The Mustang turned 50 this year. An American Classic that has been loved by millions, including me and hubby. And my Dad in his time, too. He owned an original Pony car, the 1964 1/2. I remember seeing photos of it, though I was too young to remember the actual car. His was white with a red interior.
We have owned a 1965, 1978, 1995 convertible and now a brand new 2014 convertible. So you could say that Pony Car is in our blood! Shopping for our new car last weekend we heard about the Northwest Celebration happening in Woodburn, we decided to check it out! One of the goals of this Parade was to break the worlds record for the largest parade of Mustangs. I am pretty sure they broke this record easily! (the previous record was 621)
It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Enjoy the following photos with captions telling the story of the cars we saw.
We arrived about mid-morning. The Woodburn Drag Strip was already teaming with Mustang enthusiasts; the lanes of the drag strip lined up with 4 rows of cars sparkling in the sunshine.
It was fun to see the similarities and the differences side by side. These two blue beauties represent the original generation Mustang along side the 2014 Pony Car. 50 years, side by side.
It was fun to get up close and take a look at the details of the cars assembled here. We are all so familiar with the Mustang Icons: the Pony logos, the Ford insignia and the lines of these cars. Remember when the gas caps were on the rear of cars?
There were a lot of pristine automobiles at the is get-together, but who doesn’t have a memory of that rusty, faded icon on the side of the car. Even though these cars were less than perfect, they were more than worthy of being part of this amazing group of cars.
This car’s mirror-like paint did a good job reflecting me kneeling down to photograph the Pony emblem.
Another imperfect beauty.
This familiar tail light is from the same generation of the first Mustang that we owned, a 1965 model, white with red interior.
And this tail light is the same as the 1995 Lazer Red convertible we owned. Ours had a white leather interior.
I love the way the grille of the Mustangs has evolved. But there is just something about those early models, I can’t resist capturing.
Love the way the sunshine sparkled on the chrome.
Even the rust can’t take away from the authentic look of this American classic.
The 70’s grille, still features that classic Pony.
As I was bending down to take photos of this Turquoise 1964 the original owner walked up and began to talk to me.
Her name was Linda; she had purchased the car in Lake Havasu, Arizona.
She told the story of how she had the car painted by Earl Sheib at one time.
And she added the air conditioning, which froze her out, but was better than driving in the heat.
Thank you Linda, for sharing your beautiful Mustang with us.
There was lots of fancy paint and striping to admire.
We ran into Robert with his 2007 Mustang.
Everyone there was enthusiastic about the cars and the reason for the parade, Mustang Turns 50!!
This shot was taken just as the parade began. It took a while for the rows to file out.
These beauties caught our eye, red and white all in a row.
Something I am sure I will never see again, a rainbow of Mustangs in all styles and colors.
Cars filing out, on the right of the photo and the 3 rows waiting to begin the parade.
Classic White Mustang speeds by.
For me, it’s like looking a memory when I see a classic white Mustang.
Here you can see the way they style has kept true to it’s roots: Classic 60’s in the foreground with the 2000’s generation on the road ahead.
Mustang isn’t just about looks and styling, it’s about the way they drive! That’s Robert racing by with a wave.
It was rumored that the cars lined up for 10 miles, twisting through the Oregon country roads. Here you can see them shining in the distance, the chrome and paint reflecting the springtime sunshine.
And when they returned to the Woodburn Drag Strip we had the chance to see them all one more time.
Here comes Robert, racing in with the rest of them.
And this is Linda, in her sharp ’64.
See you out on the road this summer. We will be in that Race Red Mustang, top down and hair flying in the wind!