The Great American Pony Drive 50: Norman, OK to Little Rock, AR

By Rob K.

There are two enormous Mustang 50th events happening April 16-21, 2014, one in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the other in Las Vegas at Las Vegas International Speedway. Prior to those two events, thousands of Mustang owners and fans converged upon Norman, Oklahoma, to split into two groups, one heading east to Charlotte and the other going west to Las Vegas. We’ll be sharing the goings-on from the road to Charlotte, and then from the event itself.

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The Mustang Club of America spent the last year getting ready for what will be a huge, rolling party. Saturday, April 12, saw all the cars pour into the National Center for Employee Development (NCED) in Norman, checking in to get their Great American Pony Drive 50 windshield banners and to get to know each other before hitting the road Sunday morning.

The Pony Drive 50 will make four stops along the route from Norman to Charlotte: Little Rock, Arkansas; Nashville, Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Asheville, North Carolina. On Wednesday, the massive group of Mustangs will pull into Charlotte and join the Mustang 50th celebration that will fill Charlotte Motor Speedway. That party will feature thousands of show cars from all over the world, as well as a manufacturers’ midway, swap meet, road course action, ride-and-drives in new Ford vehicles and lots more to keep people entertained. It’s a long weekend of nothing but pony cars, pony cars, pony cars!

We rode along on the trip east to Charlotte, and hooked up for the day with Mike Krauss of Volga, South Dakota, in a 2008 Bullitt Mustang. Mike was a 20-year marine engineer working onboard car and passenger ferries in Alaska who recently retired and moved with his wife to Volga. He saw the Pony Drive on the Mustang Club of America’s website and thought it looked like a good time, so he decided to join the fun.

Tailing Mike is another Alaskan, B.J. Hansen from Anchorage in a supercharged 2005 Roush Mustang. B.J. is a hard core Mustang fan, owning the Roush as well as three 1968 Mustangs, a 1967 convertible and a 1966 coupe.

The first stop of the day was at Randall Ford in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where the dealership welcomed all the Pony Drive cars and fed everyone with good, down-home pulled pork and beef sandwiches, baked beans and coleslaw. Randall had a brand-new Shelby GT500 in the showroom that people were able to check out while it was drizzling outside. Once we were back on the road, about 10 miles down the highway, the sky opened up with a severe thunderstorm that pelted the Mustangs with heavy rain and lightning, though thankfully no vehicle-damaging hail.

The next stops on the Pony Drive will be Little Rock, Arkansas, and Nashville, Tennessee, after stopping in Memphis for a car show and lunch on historic Beale Street.

Stay tuned to Ford Social for more updates from the road!
Ken W 04/29/2014
I was there. Awesome!
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