FERNDALE, Mich. - It’s summertime in Detroit so that means it’s time to go cruising once again on Woodward Ave. As fans around the world celebrate the 50th consecutive year of Ford Mustang production, the intersection of 9 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in Ferndale, just north of Detroit city limits, will again be the home for Mustang Alley during the Woodward Dream Cruise.
Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17 – rain or shine – this high-octane destination will highlight 49 years of the world’s favorite pony car with more than 800 classic and modern Mustang models from 1964 through the present day.
The annual Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day classic car event. About 1.5 million visitors and 40,000 antique and classic cars from all over North America are expected to visit the Dream Cruise, which stretches from suburban Detroit north to Pontiac in a celebration of all things automotive.
The full 2014 Mustang lineup will be on display, including the 662-horsepower Ford Shelby GT500 and the Mustang GT and V6 coupe with Performance Package.
The SVT display will feature the latest 2014 Shelby GT500, along with the Focus ST and Fiesta ST.
The new 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor sport truck will also be on display. Tremor is the first sport truck powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine.
Mustang Alley is the place to be for performance enthusiasts building Ford-powered street rods and race cars. Ford Racing will have a large display of street and strip crate engines on display. A cadre of Ford Racing technicians and engineers will be on hand to meet with the public and answer detailed technical questions about performance, installation, tuning and other topics.
Numerous Ford partners will have displays at Mustang Alley including:
•HPI (remote control cars)
•Dembeste (Shelby engine company)
•Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
•Mustang Club of America
•Classic Design Concepts
On Friday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. Jacques Brent, Ford marketing manager will deliver a keynote speech and cut the ribbon at Mustang Alley.
Ford has launched Mustang Countdown, an online video series to throw the spotlight on the legendary sports car and the culture that has formed around it all across the globe, and to continue the celebration leading up to the 50th birthday of Mustang on April 17, 2014.
The series kicks off with – Where It All Started: The Mustang 1 Concept – and turning the clock back to the 1962 debut of the first concept car to wear the pony badge. From there, other episodes lift the lid on Ford’s exhaustive Mustang archives, Mustang toys, custom Mustangs and more – all featuring unique and often rare footage, exclusive new interviews and expert insight. Subscribe to the Mustang Countdown playlist to never miss an episode.
50 years of Mustang
The Ford Mustang is about to become the newest member of a very exclusive club – vehicles in continuous production for 50 years. In its first 49 years of production, Mustang has gained a worldwide base of avid fans, including more than 5 million on Facebook, the most of any vehicle nameplate. The car’s unique combination of style, performance and affordability established an entirely new class of sporty cars, and Mustang has led the segment ever since.
Over the past 49 years, of the more than 9.2 million Mustangs produced and sold, most of them have originated close to Ford’s home base in Dearborn, Mich. From the racetrack to the silver screen to the airwaves to the toy box, Mustang has become an enduring part of pop culture.