Some of us at TCC remember the Ford Mustang's first appearance some 45 years ago. Younger folks remember when their dads ran out and bought one to assuage the pain and depression of mid-life crisis. Many of us have actually owned a Mustang--the luckiest, having pre-disco-era models.
All of which is to say that we're very happy celebrate the anniversary of one of America's favorite icons, automotive or otherwise. We've loved the Mustang from the very start--from its precocious muscle-car beginnings, through its awkward, trying-to-fit-in style of the 1980s, to its rather awesome rebirth in recent years.
We are not alone. In fact, Ford is expecting hundreds of thousands of fans to throng Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham this weekend for a full slate of races, photo ops, and good ol' fashioned car-ogling to celebrate the Mustang's 45th anniversary.
Can't make it to Alabama? Well, you can still participate in Ford's '10 Unleashed campaign. Basically, that's a marketing campaign for the 2010 model, with a make-a-wish element thrown in for fun: in 250 words or less, you're asked to answer the question, "If you could unleash your Mustang side, how would you do it?" The company will choose six of these "Penthouse Forums" moments and make them a reality. (Not that we'd know anything about Penthouse or its esteemed forums.) Good luck!