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400 Mustangs on Main Street

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

This weekend, Park City is hosting the Mustang Club of America Grand National car show. It’s the first time the event has been held in the Western United States.

Every year for the past five, the Northern Utah Mustang Owners Association has held its show on Main Street in Park City. In 2004, the club hosted one of the many national shows held around the country annually. The national club was so impressed that it opted to hold its Grand National show, the biggest, most prestigious and final show of the year, at The Canyons.

The Park City Chamber Bureau is anticipating about 400 cars this year, double the number this type of event has attracted in past years when organized by the state club, said Bob Kollar, director of special events for the Chamber Bureau.

The Mustang show will take up all of Main Street today from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. No visitor parking will be available from the top to the bottom.

Rudy Garcia, representing the local Ford dealer’s association, helped host a fundraiser for the Park City Firemen’s Foundation on Friday at Station 36. An actual NASCAR car was present for a Pit Crew Challenge for participants.

The Grand National show attracts Mustang enthusiasts from Canada, Australia and England, said Joyce Epperson, president of the Northern Utah association.

Show participants from about 30 states usually make the drive to attend, said vice president Jay Bryner.

"People have a great love for the Mustang, which will turn 45 next April," he said.

The show’s occupation over Main Street is supported every year by the Historic Main Street Business Alliance, Kollar said. Since a big crowd is anticipated from all over the country, the show is also expected to benefit local businesses.

Epperson said the club tries to promote business for the Main Street vendors in particular, in appreciation for their support. Prizes are awarded for playing a game requiring participants to visit as many merchants as possible during the show.

"The scenery (on Main Street) can’t be beat with the mountains and history to share with our participants. The city has been great to welcome us here," she said.

The event actually began Thursday evening with a welcoming event at the Grand Summit Lodge at The Canyons.

At the car show on Saturday, trailers will bring in Mustang Shelbys including the new Terlingua Racing Team vehicle.

When the show ends at 5 p.m., a banquet will be held at The Canyons’ Red Pine Lodge in the evening. Attendees will ride a gondola from the Grand Summit to Red Pine, she said.

Activities will continue Sunday at the Cabriolet parking lot from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a Show and Shine open to owners of all Ford-powered vehicles and Autocross racing through cones.

"Everybody has their own cast of Mustangs, highly modified or 100 percent original, old and new. Every Mustang body style will be on display," Bryner said

The awards program begins at the Grand Summit ballroom at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Mustang owners can earn points for attending shows throughout the year, including the Grand National. The most prestigious awards for cars are given out at the award ceremony. Larry H. Miller will also be honored in proxy for his support of local events and clubs with the Lee Iacocca Award.

The Grand National is the wrap-up of the year for Mustang enthusiasts.

"We enjoy each others company, make new friends, see old friends, and make happy memories with the cars as the focus," Epperson said.

Mustang Car Show:

Main Street

400 Mustangs of all types

Saturday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special appearance of a Shelby Terlingua


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