Beale Street and Mustang Stories

We’re back again with the Great American Pony Drive report (click here to read our kick-off article)! To celebrate 50 years of Mustang, the Mustang Club of America is hosting two huge shows, one in Charlotte, North Carolina, and one in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Pony Drive started in Norman, Oklahoma, and heads both east and west to Charlotte and Las Vegas to converge at the shows.

We’re on the eastbound leg to Charlotte, riding along with participants to capture a few of the stories from those taking their Mustangs on the trip. On Monday morning, we left the first stop at Crain Ford in Little Rock, Arkansas, on the road to Nashville, Tennessee, with a lunch stop in Memphis. There, the Memphis Police Department pulled out all the stops to let the Mustang caravan park on the famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis, enjoying the scene for lunch. When we hit the road out of town after a couple of hours, the police stepped it up even further by shutting down the freeways out of town so that the Pony Drive got a free ride to the city limits. It was truly outstanding and showed the locals’ appreciation of the history of the Ford Mustang.

And then the rains came, like the day before, but harder and longer. In fact, Mother Nature was relentless all the way to our destination for the night, Nashville, Tennessee. On Tuesday, we head out to Asheville, North Carolina, and then we make the trip to Charlotte on Wednesday for the start of the Mustang 50th Anniversary Celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

We had the pleasure of meeting several loyal Mustang fans, including Caroline Trammell of Oklahoma. Caroline bought her 1965 Honey Gold Mustang brand new from Fred Jones Ford in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, after hearing all the buzz about the new model from Ford. At 24 years old, she didn’t even have a driver’s license when she bought the car but knew she needed it, and it served as her daily driver for many, many years. The car is 100 percent stock other than the typical consumable parts like oil and tires. She told us, “It’s had its little problems like all old cars do, but my Ford Dealer fixed them all.” Forty-nine years later, the little coupe has a mere 108,000 miles on the odometer.

Caroline had family friend and former race driver Candice Muzny do the driving chores. Caroline also has a 2004 40th Anniversary Mustang at home, saying, “I figure everybody needs a new Mustang every 40 years. In another 40 years, I can have another one, right?”

She finished by saying, “You know what they say about Mustang people, right? We’re family, and then we become friends, and not all family are friends. Mustang people are a special breed of people.” After only two days on this drive, we tend to agree.

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