03/21 – Ponies in the Smokies Mustang Show – Sevierville, TN

For those of you who may have missed last year’s Ponies in the Smokies Mustang Show, the 2018 show will be held on March 21 thru March 24, 2018.

Registration is now open using the following link: https://poniesinthesmokies.com/registration/

There are several options available for registering your Pony for our event!

If you only wish to participate in the Friday car show & Saturday cruise in, you just need to purchase option number 1, the “outdoor show field ticket”. This is $30 dollars and gets you access to the car show on Friday and the cruise in on Saturday as well as three extra general admission tickets will be provided for guests. Show field spots will be limited to around 600, so don’t hesitate, register now! Once they are gone, they are gone!

If you also wish to participate in the Shine run on Wednesday & Thursday, you will need to purchase a “shine run ticket”. This is $20 dollars and gets you your “shine run” card so you can participate. If you choose not to buy a ticket for the car show or the car show is sold out, you may still purchase a shine run ticket. This ticket will also come with general admission tickets and will gain you free access into Saturday’s cruise in.

If you wish to only participate in the cruise in on Saturday there will be a $10 entry fee due at the gate. This will include entry for car and driver. All extra passengers will be $5 each. Kids 12 and under are free.

Please Note: All show field & shine run tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

PLEASE NOTE! You will need to register for each one if you plan on doing them both! Please print out your tickets and bring them with you the weekend of the event!!


05/25-05/27 – MCA National Show – Grovetown, GA

It is not too early to begin planning on attending the MCA’s only 2018 National Car Show that will be held in our part of the country.

The Georgia On My Mind National Mustang Show will take place on Friday May 25, 2018 – Sunday May 27, 2018.  The location for the car show will be the Columbia County Exhibition Center at 212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown, GA, 30813

For more information please visit: https://motosho.com/event/59504afb0a0be

12/02 – Unstabled Mates Toys for Tots Car Show – Doraville, GA

Unstable Mates is a HUGE supporter of the NE Georgia Mustang Club’s shows at Mustangs Unlimited, so we want to get as many of our cars as we can to attend and support their show!

We will be meeting at the parking lot next to the McDonald’s near the intersection of I-85 and Pleasant Hill Rd.  I believe this is Venture Dr.  You head west on Pleasant Hill from I-85 and the McDonald’s is on the left.  Turn at the next light down the side street and take the left past the McDonald’s then right into the shopping center parking lot.  We will be leaving from there at 9:00 AM sharp for the cruise down to the show site.


The show will be held on Saturday December 2nd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This year there will be a ‘All Mustang Toys for Tots Cruise-In’ held in conjunction with the City of Doraville as part of their holiday tree lighting celebration weekend.  Come out and show off your ride while meeting other Mustang owners and giving to a great cause at the same time.
Donate one unwrapped toy to display your vehicle.

All Mustangs and Ford vehicles (Cougars, Capris, SVT Lightnings etc.) are welcomed.

Food vendors will be available


Doraville Library front lots
3748 Central Ave
Doraville, GA 30340

**** 01/13 – The LAST National Parts Depot Silver Springs Mustang & Ford Car Show – Ocala, FL ****

NPD has announced that the upcoming 2018 Silver Springs Mustang and Ford Car Show will be their LAST show.

Although this will not be an “official” NE Georgia Mustang Club outing, several members have indicated they will be attending this LAST Silver Springs Mustang and Ford Car Show.  If you are planning on driving down to Ocala please let either Lou Manglass (lou@manglass.net) or Scott Mossbrooks (mossy8930@gmail.com) know via email you are attending, also please include your cell number.

We will try to get together as a group for the Friday drive over to Cedar Key for lunch and any other events.  An example would be to drive down to the Don Garlits Drag Museum, which is a short drive south of Ocala, on Friday afternoon after returning from Cedar Key.

If you have not made your room reservation yet, the most convenient group of hotels and restaurants are at I-75 Exit 93 on Florida State Road 200.

No single aspect can be attributed to NPD’s decision, it is a mix of dynamics that brought us to this fork in the road. There are fewer activities for families within the park, and an apparent slow-shrinking of interest/activity for car shows in-general. For this show in particular, every year the ratio of cars-preregistered to cars that show-up shrinks. These dynamics, juxtaposed against the time and resources that we have historically invested in administrating and putting-on the show, made this a tough but necessary move.

With this being the “Last Hurrah”, we hope to see a large turnout, and we intend to bake some “special” features into the cake to make it a worthy and fun send-off. If you’ve ever attended a Silver Springs show, the 2018 event should be a must.

Our Silver Springs shows have always been intended as a huge “Thank You” to our loyal customers, and to the hobby in-general. And we assure you, our gratitude and our emotion for this hobby has not swayed an inch. The shows have simply become too large of a burden, with diminishing returns.

We cannot overstate our appreciation for our customers and for all the loyal participants of our Ford and Mustang shows. We would also like to express our appreciation to all who contributed to the genesis of the original Silver Springs event, and who helped volunteer in the early days.


Car Shows 11/04 & 11/05

This weekend there will be several Car Shows being attended by our Club members.  Looking forward to seeing you at one or more of these Car Shows!

Saturday 11/04

Kennesaw –  Georgia Regional Mustang Club will be holding their Toys for Tots car show at Tidwell Ford in Kennesaw. Scott Mossbrooks and Lou Manglass will be leading the caravan to the show site.  We will be meeting at the Hobby Lobby parking lot which is on GA-20 just west of I-985 in Buford.  We will leave there around 8:00 AM. Our plan is to cruise across Hwy. 20 to Canton and then down to the show location. Let us know if you plan to go with us.

Sugar Hill – S&S Ace Hardware is doing their annual show at the Sugar Hill Church, Richard Schmidt will be leading the caravan.  On Saturday morning we will meet in the parking lot beside the Hardees located on the corner of Buford Hwy (US-23) and Buford Drive (GA-20).   We will depart that location at 9:00 AM sharp for the short drive over to the show site.

Helen – The third show is the Rods on the Hooch in Helen, GA.  Rick Hayslip has volunteered to put together a meeting place for this who want to attend this show. Please watch for an email from Rick or send him one if you are interested in attending this Car Show.

Sunday 11/05

Suwanee – On Sunday the Suwanee Classic Car Show will be held at the Suwanee Town Center.  This was a great show last year with a wide range of cars entered.  We will meet at the Wal-Mart parking lot at the corner of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd  and Satellite Blvd.  Scott Mossbrooks will lead the caravan from that location at 8:30 AM for the short drive to the show site.  We need to be there early for the good parking spots in the main show area.  Please let Scott know if you are planning on attending this show. 


Cruising at Cruisin’ the Coast

By: Rick Schmidt & Steve Harrison


On the morning of October 4, Georgianna & I met Jan & Steve Harrison and headed south on I-85 for this year’s Cruisin’ the Coast®.  Participating in Cruisin’ the Coast® has been a bucket list item for some time and this year we were going to check out the cruise.

For those who may not be familiar with Cruisin’ the Coast® the following is a brief description from the Cruisin’ The Coast® web site:

“Welcome to America’s Largest Block Party.  Cruisin’ the Coast® began in 1996 as a festival to celebrate antique, classic and hot rod vehicles, nostalgic music and related events.  374 vehicles registered that first year and this year we had 8,130 registered vehicles.  Car enthusiasts from 41 states plus Canada, Puerto Rico and Germany drove to the Mississippi Gulf Coast this year to showcase their rides and to cruise our beautiful 30-mile stretch of beach side highway (US-90) with designated venue stops in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport, Pass Christian, Pascagoula and Ocean Springs. Each venue is set up as a mini festival with a stage for live bands, streets reserved for registered cruisers to drive thru each venue (just like back in the day when you cruised thru your local hamburger stand), reserved parking for registered cruisers, spectator parking, and vendors for food and event merchandise. Registered cruisers receive an ID card in their registration packets to exhibit all week in their car’s front window; this ID allows entry into the venues where reserved parking is available. Our weeklong event includes cruise-ins, a Salute To Our Veterans event, car auction, swap meet, car corral, and a parade. Spectators are welcome and will find that our cruisers love to talk “old cars.”

A note at this point is that to be officially registered with Cruisin’ the Coast® you must have a 1989 or older vehicle.  That is not to say that if you don’t have a “qualifying” vehicle you cannot enjoy Cruisin’ the Coast®.  Because the majority of events occur on public roads and the various venue events are open to all, there is no reason that you should not attend and enjoy Cruisin’ the Coast® regardless of the age of your vehicle.

The drive down was uneventful until we were approaching Montgomery.  Because we left early to clear Atlanta before the morning rush hour and because of the time zone change we were in Montgomery’s morning rush hour.  Typical stop and go traffic that became really exciting really quick.  I can say that Jan & Steve and Georgianna & I were as close as could be to being involved in a major accident without actually having a bent fender or two.  As it was our Saleen sustained paint damage due to pieces of plastic bumper supports flying out from the 4 car chain reaction wreck in the lane beside us.

Happily the balance of the 6 hour drive to Biloxi was without any additional excitement.

We checked into our motel, unloaded and headed out to see what Cruisin’ the Coast® was all about.  As we headed West on US-90 to the registration site we were immediately engulfed in a slowly rolling car show.  This was to be the normal traffic pattern for the rest of the week.  As we discovered, the best way to enjoy Cruisin’ the Coast® was to either find yourself a shady spot somewhere along US-90 and watch the parade of Hot Rods drive by or in a similar vein find a good spot at one of the venues and watch the Hot Rods drive by.  We used both approaches during our time there.

At registration we found a shady place to park, strolled around looking at the cars and of course bought shirts and ate ice cream.

Our first venue after registration was the Margaritaville Casino.  The casino blocked off one of their parking lots for Cruisin’ the Coast® participants.  In the parking lot there was food (cheese burger in paradise!), music and some fun games.  We found great parking places where we could enjoy the event and also watch the cars going by on US-90.

In Pass Christian we watched legal, city police approved burn-outs after which we found a good shady spot to watch the Hot Rods cruise by.  That afternoon, a half block away, there was a group called “NA NA SHA” performing a 2 hour concert.  What could be better Hot Rods and Oldies Music!

Of all of the venues we visited, we considered this location in Ocean Springs the best.  Ocean Springs is a nice little town with many food choices and more importantly a lot of shaded spots along the street.  We stayed in Ocean Springs for a little over 4 hours watching the non-stop parade of Hot Rods roll-by.

We were surprised to find Dennis Gage in Oceans Springs filming (taping?) a segment for his show “My Classic Car” as the Cruisin’ the Coast®  schedule had him in Pass Christian that day (Friday).  I guess hurricane Nate changed his schedule as well.  He took a little time out to sign autographs for us and chat – nice guy!

We left a day early due to hurricane Nate’s projected land fall.  When we left on Saturday morning the weather was cloudy, but up to that point the weather had been great with clear blue skies.  Many people left Friday afternoon but since we had tickets to the Beach Boys we decided to stay and enjoy the concert.  In the picture below can you guess who has joined Mike Love & the Beach Boys on stage?  The guest performer played the guitar, sang and was killer on the drums!

A gold star if you guessed John Stamos!


After thoroughly enjoying the Beach Boys we headed back to the motel and packed as much as we could for Saturday morning’s early departure.

This was the first time being chased out of a car show due to a hurricane!

After having a bit of excitement on the trip down, thankfully the drive back to Atlanta was without incident.

In closing, if you enjoy seeing a wide variety of Hot Rods from barely driveable street gassers or restored stockers or rat rods, Cruisin’ the Coast® is the show for you.

Maggie Valley Write-up on Ford Muscle.Com

Kudos are given to our Club’s Maggie Valley show and congratulations to Rick Hayslip on his blue Saleen being in the author’s top 5 show picks!


By Jeff Southard


 Our Five Favorites From The 44th Maggie Valley Show

Maggie Valley, North Carolina is well known for its mini-trucking events and motorcycle rallies. Its maybe even better known as the home of the legendary moonshiner Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton. However, once a year in early October, Maggie Valley turns into Mustang Valley as hundreds of the nicest Ford Mustangs in the south invade the town for the annual Mustang and Shelby All-Ford Show presented each year by the North East Georgia Mustang Club.

We were on hand for the 44th edition of this event in search of the coolest Fords on property at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds and what we found certainly were impressive! Check out or top five Fords from the event below.


#5 – 1967 Shelby GT500

If you read our article last month about the Pigeon Forge Rod Run, you know that starting these lists off with a Shelby GT500 for sale is becoming a bit of a trend. This red beauty was parked toward the back of the show field in the car corral area and posted for sale.

The seller stated that is 1967 Shelby GT500 only had 33,000 original miles on the clock, and from looking at the car, we believe it. This was a nice, original Shelby that while showing some wear around the edges, could stillbe enjoyed and driven. One look at the rear inner fenders and we got the picture that someone had been doing just that. There was plenty of burnt rubber present.

If you have an extra $125,000 laying around, you too can burn rubber in this GT500…

Forget the timeless look of the GT500 or the legendary power of the 427 engine, we were most impressed by that 8-track player! Hopefully that tape goes with the car or that might just be a deal breaker for a potential buyer!


#4 – Clean Coyote SN95

Gone are the days when most any Mustang with a DOHC or Coyote is automatically attention-worthy. Nowadays, even with the engine swap, it still takes something special to get our cameras shooting. This ultra-clean, red SN95 did just that.

Never mind the Coyote 5.0 shoved in between the fenders, this is a super-clean convertible with ’03-’04 Cobra seats, Auto Meter gauges, and a perfect stance. This car has the look. Oh yeah, it does have that Coyote in it too, we cannot ignore that fact for long. The overall all execution of this car is top notch, one of the cleanest SN95s we have saw in a long time.

Cover one eye and pretend that Coyote is not under the hood, this is still one super clean convertible! The red and silver go together perfect, the stance is just right, there is nothing not to like about this SN95!


#3 – Bright Atlantic Blue Saleen Cobra

Saleens are rare. Cobras are rare. But Saleen Cobras truly limited. Throw in the Bright Atlantic paint and you can see why we picked this one. To add more allure, the convertible and white top factor, mix it all together and what do you get? A one of one collector piece that is out-of-this- world cool. Owner Rick Hayslip (Georgia State Representative for the Saleen Club Of America) tells us this is one of only 65 Cobra Saleens built between 1996 and 1998, only 34 of which were convertibles. This is the only one painted Bright Atlantic Blue.

Bright Atlantic Blue is one of the prettiest shades of blue to ever grace a Mustang and the white top and silver Saleen stripes just add to that effect.


#2 – Flashback S197

The current Mustang styling is so engraved in our mind that it is often easy to forget that this all started with the retro movement. Frankie DeFeo’s “1970 Flashback” pays homage to that retro styling with some cool under the hood artwork and custom touches through out the car.

The car also has plenty of modern touches including an awesome sound system ready to play your favorite ’70s tunes at the click of a button. The red paint is a mile deep and looks awesome. This one clean S197!

Now you see it, now you don’t! Just on of the many cool tricks on this 2006 Ford Mustang!


#1 – Boss 429 Street Racer



One of the most legendary Mustangs of all time is the Boss 429. Available to the public strictly to meet NASCAR production numbers, these cars came from the factory as a race-ready street terror. This Grabber Blue 1970 is one of only 62 in this shade and one of only 500 1970 Boss Mustangs to roll off the assembly line. But beyond all that, this Boss has some extra special history.

The car was modified in the ’70s by legendary factory Ford racer Hubert Platt. Although it has since been returned to original form, the Platt treatment included a Weiand intake manifold with dual center squirt Holley carbs; Hooker headers; a Lakewood scatter shield; an aluminum flywheel and a 4.56 Traction-Lok rearend.

As the story goes, even with the legendary drag racers hand on the car, most of this cars racing action was scene stoplight to stoplight on Saturday nights! Check out the cool vintage photo of the Boss below…


Every time we put these Top 5 and Top 10 lists together, we have just as many cool rides that could have made the list. Here are some close calls from this event.

Check more pictures by following this link to Ford Muscle.com:


NE Georgia Mustang Club / Mustangs Unlimited Toys for Tots Car Show Results

The weather for the Toys for Tots Car Show could not have been better.  The Mustangs and Fords attending the show displayed a great cross section of Ford Motor Company’s production.

The winners at this year’s show were:

Best of Show Early Mustang:  Richard and Georgianna Schmidt

Best of Show Late Mustang:  Frankie and Suzanne Newsom

Best of Show Non-Mustang:  Art Coates 

Club Participation Award:  F.O.A


Top 20 Award (in no particular order):


Lawrence Perry

Scott Mossbrooks

Bill and Carol LaPointe

Terry Parson

Scotty Smith

Nathan Jenkins

Dana Berry

George Simms

Erik Kilbo

Vern Adams

Eddie Dover

Rick and Cher Hayslip

Craig Freeman

Richard and Shirley Rider

Conrad Parsons

Cliff Spark

Johnny Ross

Thomas Morton

Lawrence Martin

Michael Bond






October Car Shows

If you are into Car Shows then October is your month!  If you see a Car Show in this month’s list that interests you, click on the Events Calendar for additional information.

  • 09/30 & 10/01 – Atlanta Concours d’Elegance – Braselton, GA
  • 10/01 – Cars of the Past Car Show – Covington, GA
  • 10/01 thru 10/08 – Cruising the Coast – Gulfport, MS
  • 10/07 – NEGMC Maggie Valley Car Show – Maggie Valley, NC
  • 10/07 – Tara Mustang and Ford Car Show at Summit Racing – McDonough, GA
  • 10/07 – Tallulah Falls Founders Day Car Show – Tallulah, GA
  • 10/07 – Cars for Campouts Car Show – Duluth, GA
  • 10/07 – Men of Grace Car Show – Snellville, GA
  • 10/13 thru 10/15 – Mountain Stangs Smoky Mountain Ford Stampede – Pigeon Forge, TN
  • 10/14 – Delivering Hope Car Show – Commerce, GA
  • 10/14 – Mountain View Baptist Church Car Show – Gainesville, GA
  • 10/14 – St. Matthew’s Car Show – Snellville, GA
  • 10/14 – Foxtoberfest Car Show – Kannapolis, NC
  • 10/20 thru 10/21 – Gear Jam Vintage Drags Car Show – Commerce, GA
  • 10/21 – NEGMC Toys for Tots Car Show – Lawrenceville, GA
  • 10/21 – Oakwood Secret Santa Car Show – Oakwood, GA
  • 10/21 – Turn One Classic Car Show – Hampton, GA
  • 10/21 – Good Neighbors Car Show – Blairsville, GA
  • 10/27 thru 11/05 – Hilton Head Motoring Festival – Hilton Head, SC
  • 10/27 thru 10/29 – Moonshine Festival – Dawsonville, GA
  • 10/28 – Polar Bear Car Show – Buford, GA
  • 10/29 – East Hall Baseball Car Show & Festival – Gainesville, GA