Over 600 Mustangs set for Mustangs Across America 45th Anniversary Drive!
Participants from over 13 countries and over 40 states to take cross-country road trip
03-12-09 - Phoenix, AZ: A year ago when organizers began preparations for the 2009 Mustangs Across America road trip, it was never dreamed that over 600 cars would be a part of the event. It was never dreamed that nearly 100 participants would be coming from countries around the world including Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the UK.
But despite the economic turmoil and record gasoline prices in the past 12 months, excitement for the Mustang’s 45th Birthday is higher than ever. Mustang enthusiasts have signed up in record breaking numbers to participate in the 2009 Mustangs Across America 45th Anniversary drive. Over 600 Mustangs are registered to date, and entries continue to come in daily.
The epic Mustang road trip is headed from Shelby Automobiles in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday April 11th to arrive in Birmingham, AL on April 15th to attend Mustang Club of America’s big Mustang 45th Anniversary Bash. The five-day road trip adventure winds its way across America’s heartland, stopping for several local events. The route includes parts of Route 66, Interstate 40 and Interstate 20 in the South. The driving days average about 400 miles and include a complete itinerary of stops and breaks for travelers.
Seen on Discovery HD’s “Mustangs Across America - Kings Of The Road” television special which has been airing frequently in the last several months, the 2009 event promises to be every bit as exciting and memorable for Mustang enthusiasts. “We have had a tremendous response from the television documentary and that has fueled our event for 2009 in so many ways”, says event coordinator Sam Haymart. “The documentary really captured what Mustangs Across America is all about as well as the inherent freedom that the Ford Mustang brings”.
The road trip driving event is an easy paced event that focuses on fun and adventure. It is not a race or rally, but an outing that builds on the essence of Mustang’s character and showcases America. The route, the stops, and the several optional tourist stops give participants endless ways to have the trip their way. “People can join in for just one day or for the entire route”, says Haymart. “We aren’t driving a parade formation down the Interstate, this is a free-form do as you like event”.
Pre-Registration for the Mustangs Across America 45th Anniversary Drive is open through April 1st, 2009. After that, those wanting to register will have to sign-up at the event. Registration is $45 through March 15th, and $50 after to cover expedited shipping for the entry packets. Those who register will receive a comprehensive packet that includes a commemorative printed travel guide for the event, dash plaque, collector coin, name badges, lanyards, numbered car placard, and a host of other goodies.
The Mustangs Across America drive concludes in Birmingham, AL where the Mustang Club of America is holding their big Mustang 45th Anniversary Celebration from April 17-19, 2009. The MCA show and event is separate from the Mustangs Across America drive and requires separate registration.
For more information on the Mustangs Across America 45th Anniversary Drive log onto: www.MustangsAcrossAmerica.com
Mustangs Across America 45th Anniversary Drive Schedule:
Friday, 4/10/2009: Kick-off and Welcome Reception - Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, 4/11/2009: Las Vegas, NV to Holbrook, AZ
. 7:30am - Driver's Meeting: Shelby Automobiles
. 8:00am - Depart Las Vegas, NV
. 12:00pm - Lunch Stop: Grand Canyon Caverns on Route 66
. 4:30pm - Arrive in Holbrook, AZ
Sunday, 4/12/2009: Holbrook, AZ to Santa Rosa, NM
. 7:30am - Driver's Meeting: Dollar General Holbrook
. 8:00am - Depart Holbrook, AZ
. 12:40pm Lunch Stop: Albuquerque, NM - Coronado Center Mall
. 4:00pm - Arrive in Santa Rosa, NM
Monday, 4/13/2009: Santa Rosa, NM to Oklahoma City/Mustang, OK
. 7:30am - Driver's Meeting: City Part at Route 66 & I-40
. 8:00am - Depart Santa Rosa, NM
. 11:45am - Lunch Stop: Amarillo, TX at John Chandler Ford
. 4:45pm - Arrive in Oklahoma City/Mustang, OK
Tuesday, 4/14/2009: Oklahoma City/Mustang, OK to Shreveport/Bossier City, LA
. 7:30am - Driver's Meeting: Celebration Station Fun Center at Meridian & I-40
. 8:00am - Depart Oklahoma City/Mustang, OK
. 11:00am - Lunch Stop: Dallas Area, TX - Ford Country of Lewisville, TX
. 4:00pm - Arrive at Bossier City, LA
Wednesday, 4/15/2009: Shreveport/Bossier City, LA to Birmingham, AL
. 7:30am - Driver's Meeting: Pierre Bossier Mall - Airline Drive & I-20
. 8:00am - Depart Bossier City, LA
. 12:00pm - Lunch Stop: Jackson, MS - Trustmark Park / Mississippi Braves Stadium
. 5:15pm - Arrival at Birmingham Area: Riverchase Galleria Mall on I-459
Thursday - Sunday 4/16 - 4/19, 2009: Attend the MCA 45th Mustang Anniversary Celebration (Separate Registration Required with Mustang Club of America Event)