06/02 – NE Georgia Mustang Club’s Moonshine Rally & June Meeting – Dawsonville, GA

Please join us for the NE Georgia Mustang Club’s Annual Rally which this year will begin in Dawsonville, Georgia.

The new date is Saturday, June 2nd. Based on the level of successful execution on past rally’s, we will be making this Spring’s version a little easier so we can all fully appreciate the route of beautiful Georgia backroads that I have selected. If you are into high speed Interstate driving including stop and go bumper to bumper traffic then this event is probably not for you. If however you are up for a little challenge, some beautiful scenic driving and a lot of fun then by all means, join us.

As in past, the rally will consist of three segments where you will time yourselves from point A to point B within each segment. Written clues/road signs will be given to direct you through the three segments. Sealed rescue maps will be given in case you veer off the designated course and need help, however, a 10 minute penalty will be incurred if you need to open and use the map. For you high tech folks, your GPS/Smart Phone is of no value since you won’t know where exactly you are headed. For the speed freaks, anything substantially under the designated time will disqualify you from wining that segment or overall win. This is a timed event!

I will be setting and running the designated route several times and setting the average target times for each segment and the overall rally. This is not a race! The winners will be those that are the closest to the times I establish (driving posted speeds) for each segment and the overall rally. After the rally is over, we will have the awards ceremony, share our days venture, lunch (on your own $$) and a brief meeting. I expect the scheduled driving portion of the event to be about 90 minutes once you leave Dawsonville. Of course I’ve said that before!

The past rally’s have proven to be a fun event or at least I will try and make it so! It is most helpful to have a navigator and time keeper that will help keep you on track and on pace, at least they’re supposed to. A healthy Steed is also wise to have. You will not be passing a lot of garages waiting to make some repairs. This is a rain or shine event so bring anything reliable you want for the day but a Mustang sure would be nice!

This event takes a lot of planning and logistics for it to run smoothly, especially if we have a big turnout. We will ask for a $10 entry fee per car to cover the cost of prizes and other small expenses. Trust me, the prizes will be HUGE! Any money leftover will go to our annual Christmas toy drive. I promise full disclosure on such a large pot of money!
I need to know by May 20th if you plan to attend and how many will be in your party.

Please email me directly with a confirmation on your planned attendance. My email is gwhiz427@gmail.com

After May 20th, I will confirm with everyone that I have received a reply from and from that point forward, only those signed up will receive further emails on the subject event.
Nancy and I look forward to hosting you at the annual rally event. We guarantee you will have another great unforgettable day!

Gary and Nancy Dyck

06/09 thru 06/15 – 2018 Hot Rod Power Tour – Southeast Edition

Hot Rod Magazine has finally brought the Hot Rod Power Tour to the Southeast!  If you have ever thought about attending all or part of this annual gathering this is the year as the Power Tour route will circle through the Southeast.

The 24th annual HOT ROD Power Tour will continue in 2018 with exciting new features for auto enthusiasts worldwide, as the highly anticipated seven-day, seven-city journey is expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators. The 2018 event will take place from June 9-15.

2018 Dates and Venues:

Saturday, June 9 – Bowling Green, KY – Beech Bend Raceway Park

Sunday, June 10 – Chattanooga, TN

Monday, June 11 – Birmingham, AL – Hoover Metropolitan Stadium

Tuesday, June 12 – Hampton, GA – Atlanta Motor Speedway

Wednesday, June 13 – Darlington, SC – Darlington Raceway

Thursday, June 14 – Raleigh, NC

Friday, June 15 – Concord, NC – zMAX Dragway

Hotel Information: Hot Rod’s official travel partner, Anthony Travel can assist you in arranging your travel and hotel for this year’s Power Tour. Visit Anthony Travel – Hot Rod Power Tour page to get started on booking your trip. If you have any questions, contact Anthony Travel at hotrod@anthonytravel.com or call 844-406-6850.

What is the Hot Rod Power Tour? Interested to find out more? Click on this link for a short video summary of the Hot Rod Power Tour.

02/24 – NE Georgia Mustang Club Judging Clinic – Prepping Your Mustang for MCA & Other Judged Shows

At the January meeting our resident MCA National Gold Card Judge, Steve Harrison, offered to conduct a workshop about preparing your car to be judged at a MCA National Show.

The NE Georgia Mustang Club is pleased to announce that a “Going for the Gold” Judging Clinic will take place on February 24th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Steve will discuss general judging guidelines such as the new 2018 scoring process for Occasional Drivers and Daily Drivers; how judges score your car; judging professionalism and the different levels of judges that make up the judging team.  Steve, along with Rick Schmidt and Keith Corkern will describe the tools and techniques that they use on their own prize-winning cars and will, if requested, informally judge your show car to give you an idea of what areas of your car may need attention.

Whether you are thinking about attending your first MCA National Mustang show and are wondering how to achieve a top score at a judged show; this clinic is for you.

The clinic will take place at Steve and Jan Harrison’s home at 4211 Lantern Hill Drive, Dacula, GA 30019 on February 24th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

If you’re interested, we’d like to have an approximate head count so please send an e-mail to Steve at steve66shelby@gmail.com and let him know you are planning on attending and please bring your car show chairs.

01/20 – NE Georgia Mustang Club After Christmas Party – Sugar Hill, GA

Your NE Georgia Mustang Club After Christmas Party will be held on January 20, 2018 at the Sugar Hill Community Center which is located at 1166 Church St, Sugar Hill

The start time is 12:30 PM, if you can come early we can use help to set up tables and chairs etc. We are also responsible for clean up afterward so please plan to stay and help.

The club will provide meats and drinks. Please bring a side or desert to share. There is a full kitchen with a convection oven if you need to heat up food.

We will have our gift exchange as usual. Please bring a wrapped gift value no more than $20 to join in the fun. Couples can bring a gift each if both want to participate. Gifts can be gag gifts if you want. We have some gifts that keep coming back.

If you are bringing children that want to participate please bring a child appropriate gift for them to exchange. I can tell you from past experience that some of our gifts are not child appropriate.

See you there!

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.

MCA National Car Show Results

Your NEGMC was well represented at the closing awards ceremony for the MCA National Car Show at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville.  Our Club entered 11 cars in the judged portion of the Car Show and were awarded 8 Golds and 3 Silvers.

Congratulations to the following Club Members:

  • Richard & Shirley Rider – Gold in the Modified Class
  • Steve & Jan Harrison – Gold in the Modified Class
  • Rick & Georgianna Schmidt – Gold in the Occasionally Driven Class for both entered Mustangs
  • Keith & Deb Corkern – Gold in the Occasionally Driven Class for both entered Mustangs
  • Rick Hayslip – Gold in the Occasionally Driven Class
  • Judy Juenemann – Gold in the Presidential Class
  • Mark Juenemann – Silver in the Occasionally Driven Class
  • Ken Shoufler & Lisa Nemoga – Silver in the Occasionally Driven Class
  • Cher Hayslip – Silver in the Unrestored Class.

Congratulations also to Dana Berry! Dana did not enter his Mustang in the Car Show, however he was out there tearing up the Atlanta Motorsports Park Track for two days enjoying the High Speed Driving Experience portion of this MCA National event.

  Richard & Shirley Rider – Gold

   Steve & Jan Harrison – Gold

  Georgianna Schmidt – Gold

  Rick Schmidt – Gold

  Deb Corkern – Gold

  Keith Corkern – Gold

  Rick Hayslip – Gold

  Judy Juenemann – Gold

  Mark Juenemann – Silver

  Ken Shoufler & Lisa Nemoga – Silver

  Cher Hayslip – Silver

  Dana Berry – Track Time!!

NEGMC Maggie Valley 2015 Article in Mustang Times

2015 FALL REGIONAL SHELBY/MUSTANG & FORD MEET

By Rick Hayslip

Photos by Rick Hayslip and Bill Howell

On the 29th of August, the Northeast Georgia Mustang Club hosted the 42nd Annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang and Ford Meet in Maggie Valley, NC located on the southern edge of the Smokey Mountain National Park.  On Friday NEGMC members caravanned to the Dillard House in Dillard, GA. Additional NEGMC members joined the caravan for a great Dillard House breakfast before continuing the cruise to Maggie Valley which included enjoying a drive across a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We spent the afternoon preparing for the show and registering cars for the following day.  We knew we were going to have a great turnout for the show on Saturday as we had 74 cars preregistered and another 50’ish registered Friday.

Saturday we were up early and were greeted by overcast skies but no rain all day.  At 8:30AM we opened the gates and by noon when registration cut off, we had registered a record 224 Mustangs and other Ford products. This was a popular vote show with the top three cars in each of 26 classes receiving an award of a pressed metal sign which featured the 3 Best of Show winners from the previous year.  After cleaning their cars the participants roamed the show field enjoying the fellowship and cars of the other participants plus the food and various other vendors including Mustangs Unlimited and Jacky Jones Ford until the awards ceremony began at 4:30PM.  Congratulations to the Best of show Early Mustang, Best of Show Late Mustang, and the Jim Osborn Award (best of show non-Mustang) winners, their vehicles will be featured on the 2016 show awards and t-shirts and congrats to all the top 3 in class award winners.

On Sunday several club members had a great time running a rally starting in Maggie Valley and ending with lunch in Highlands, NC, before heading home.  If you’re in the area next Fall, come see us on October 1 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, we’d enjoy meeting and hosting you in Maggie Valley’s beautiful surroundings.

 

2015 NEGMC / Mustangs Unlimited Toys for Tots Car Show Gallery

What a great car show today! We had 123 cars! Thanks to all the Mustang and Ford owners and enthusiasts that came out and helped us raise money and toys for the kids! The Northeast Georgia Mustang Club really appreciates your support of this event. Because of the success of our shows this year, we will be able to donate several more thousands of $$$ to Toys for Tots this year, in addition to these toys collected today, and help many children have a merry Christmas who otherwise may not!