Event: Mustangs at Woodward

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Mustang Alley and Mustang Memories celebrate 50 years of our favorite pony car during Woodward Dream Cruise week

By Steve Turner
Photos by Stacy Stangz

If you are into cars, there is no doubt the Woodward Dream Cruise is on your event bucket list. An ad-hoc celebration of all things automotive held on the roads of the Motor City, this event brings out all sorts of cool hardware, making it a fantasy land for car people. For Mustang fans, in particular, the presence has continued to grow thanks to the efforts of Ford and the Mustang Owners Club Southeastern Michigan.

Naturally, this year’s festivities took on a special significance in accordance with the Mustang’s big 50th birthday. In addition to the traditional Mustang Alley and MOCSEM Mustang Memories car shows, there were a host of other activities to enjoy. There were track days at Gingerman and Waterford Hills along with tours of cool facilities like the Roush collection and Watson Racing. There was also a special tour of the Mustang’s birthplace, the Flat Rock Assembly Plant.

There was so much going on, you really had to pick your spots, and team SVTP was on hand to soak up some highlights of the Mustang action.

Mustang Heroes

Birthdays are as fleeting as ice, so you definitely want to appreciate every one you can. When it came to celebrating the Mustang’s big 5.0, the Mustang Heroes Banquet was a marvelous way to pay respect to an automotive icon and its family.
Birthdays are as fleeting as ice, so you definitely want to appreciate every one you can. When it came to celebrating the Mustang’s big 5.0, the Mustang Heroes Banquet was a marvelous way to pay respect to an automotive icon and its family.

Organized by Mike Rey and his MOCSEM crew, and held at the Ford Conference & Event Center, the Mustang Heroes banquet was one for the ages. Offered as an optional upgrade for Mustang Memories show goers, this night was the kind of experience that would give any Mustang fan chills.

Over 60 Mustang heroes were on hand, from modern-day heroes like Dave Pericak, and Global Performance Vehicle Chief Engineer, Jamal Hameedi to legends like Neil Resler and Jack Telnak it was a star-studded gathering. The club made them all honorary members that night.

Named for an automotive icon that carved his name permanently in Mustang lore, the Lea Iacocca award is given to those showing Dedication To Excellence In Perpetuating An American Automotive Tradition. We can’t think of a more deserving person than our pal John Clor, the Performance Group Enthusiast Communications rep at Ford. Here Mike Rey presented the plaque to John in front of an amazing audience of Mustang heroes and fans.
Named for an automotive icon that carved his name permanently in Mustang lore, the Lea Iacocca award is given to those showing Dedication To Excellence In Perpetuating An American Automotive Tradition. We can’t think of a more deserving person than our pal John Clor, the Performance Group Enthusiast Communications rep at Ford. Here Mike Rey presented the plaque to John in front of an amazing audience of Mustang heroes and fans.

“We had our current chief engineer, Dave Pericak, just tear the roof off the place as we introduced the right-hand drive Mustang to the entire world live for the first time ever!” Mike said in his post-event wrap-up. “Dave drove me into the middle of the CEC in a brand-new 2015 Anniversary edition Mustang to start off the evening!”

Before the duo drove in, Dave wowed the crowd via a live video feed of his smoky burnout using the heralded line-lock feature. We have to say they know how to start a party. The burnout kicked off a night of speeches, giveaways, autographs, and fun for all. If you weren’t one of the 500 attendees, you are definitely wishing you were now.

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Mustang Alley

With this year’s Mustang Alley celebrating the Mustang’s 50th birthday, it was time to relocate to a slightly larger venue. It proved a wise choice as the display swelled by 367 cars in 2014.
With this year’s Mustang Alley celebrating the Mustang’s 50th birthday, it was time to relocate to a slightly larger venue. It proved a wise choice as the display swelled by 367 cars in 2014.

For 16 years, Ford has hosted a gathering on the third Saturday of August. This year the Mustang Alley event moved to the west a smidge to the intersection at 9 Mile and Woodward in Ferndale, Michigan, so it could expand capacity its capacity beyond the previous limit of 800 cars.

At the 2014 edition, 1,167 cars registered for this display of pony car pride in the thick of the Woodward action. With all the automotive chaos around the motor city, it is great to have this little enclave of Mustangs for Blue Oval fans to focus on. It is typically one of the most crowded spots along the 16-mile stretch of Woodward that hosts the Dream Cruise, and this year the crop of cars did not disappoint.

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Mustang Memories

The Mustang Owners Club Southeastern Michigan knows how to put on a show. From the Mustang Heroes banquet on Thursday to the big Mustang Memories show on Sunday, this club clearly put a lot of work into its events.
The Mustang Owners Club Southeastern Michigan knows how to put on a show. From the Mustang Heroes banquet on Thursday to the big Mustang Memories show on Sunday, this club clearly put a lot of work into its events.

Dating back to 1975, the Mustang Owners Club Southeastern Michigan has celebrated the Mustang, and it has been hosting shows. Its annual Mustang Memories show has become part of the Woodward vernacular for Ford Fans, and it has taken place at impressive sites like Ford’s world headquarters.

Like Mustang Alley, this show also relocated in 2014. You can’t knock its new spot, however. This the show was held at the Ford Product Development Center. Yes, a car show at the place where Ford tests its pre-production and production vehicles is just about as cool as it gets. Besides, the new location allowed the show to accommodate more cars.

Your author has a soft spot for Chrome Yellow 1998 Cobras, and this droptop looks showroom fresh. As much as we love modding cars, it’s always the stockers that bring the memories rushing back.
Your author has a soft spot for Chrome Yellow 1998 Cobras, and this droptop looks showroom fresh. As much as we love modding cars, it’s always the stockers that bring the memories rushing back.

Another change for this year was dropping the judging aspect of the show, which definitely made for a more relaxed environment. That really helped on the morning of the show, when there was a bit of rain. It didn’t scare people off, as they weren’t worried about having a perfectly clean car. As such, 1,218 cars showed up.

Those that did participate picked up a pretty sweet goody bag and a commemorative plaque just for coming out. That swag was so nice, some of it went for good money on eBay after the show. That’s just the kind of event that MOCSEM puts on.

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