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September Car Shows and Cruise-Ins

The Dog Days of summer are now behind us, which should bring some cooler weather.  Here are a few selected September Car Shows and Cruise-Ins for you to consider, more Car Shows and Cruise-Ins will be added as information becomes available.

For additional information on the following Car Shows and Cruise-Ins check the calendar on the upper right side of this page.

Bold print indicates your NE Georgia Mustang Club’s participation in that Car Show or Cruise-In. NE Georgia Mustang Club members can earn points toward NEGMC’s President and Prestige awards at those selected shows.

08.30 – 09.01 – Mustang Club of America Grand National Show – Fredericksburg, VA – 8:00AM-5:00PM
09.02 – 09.08 – Mustang Week – Myrtle Beach, SC – 8:00AM-5:00PM

09.06 – 09.07 – Shades Of The Past Hot Rod Roundup – Pigeon Forge, TN – 09-07 8:00AM-5:00PM
09.07 – NE Georgia Mustang Club September Meeting – Loganville, GA – 10:00AM-2:00PM

09.14 – Georgia Street Rod Association September Meeting – Scottdale, GA – 10:00AM-12:00PM
09.14 – 09.15 – Atlanta Region SCCA Autocross – Hampton, GA – 8:00AM-5:00PM

09.21 – Braselton Bash Chip Foose Edition – Braselton, GA – 12:00PM-6:00PM
09.21 – Fried Pie Car and Bike Show – Buchanan, GA – 9:00AM-4:00PM

09.26 – 09.28 – Maggie Valley Swap Meet – Maggie Valley, NC – 8:00AM-6:00PM

October Car Shows and Cruise-Ins

October is the month for the NE Georgia Mustang Club’s annual fall car show in Maggie Valley, NC.  There was a great turnout last year with over 200 Ford vehicles in attendance and with your help we are looking forward to exceeding that number this year.  See you at Maggie Valley!

For additional information on the following Car Shows and Cruise-Ins check the calendar on the upper right side of this page.

Bold print indicates your NE Georgia Mustang Club’s participation in that Car Show or Cruise-In. NE Georgia Mustang Club members can earn points toward NEGMC’s President and Prestige awards at those selected shows.

10.05 – Maggie Valley Shelby, Mustang & Ford Fall Regional Car Show – Maggie Valley, NC – 8:30AM-3:00PM
10.05 – Cars for Campouts Car Show – Duluth, GA – 9:00AM-2:00PM
10.05 – 10.06 – Atlanta Region SCCA Autocross – Hampton, GA – 8:00AM-5:00PM
10.05 – Ponies In The Park Open Car Show – Adairsville, GA – 9:00AM-3:00AM

10.12 – Tara Mustang Club Mustang & Ford Car Show – McDonough, GA –
10.12 – GSRA Meeting at the Cofer Collection – Tucker, GA – 2:00PM-5:00PM
10.13 – Rods for Rescues Car Show – Lawrenceville, GA – 12:00PM-4:00PM

10.19 – Secret Santa Car Show – Oakwood, GA – 8:00AM-5:00PM
10.19 – American Street Rodders Car Show – Hoschton, GA – 9:00AM-1:00PM
10.19 – 10.20 – The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance – Atlanta, GA – 8:00AM-6:00PM

10.26 – 10.27 – 51st Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival – Dawsonville, GA – 9:00AM-5:00PM

November & December Car Shows and Cruise-Ins

The year is winding down, however here are a few selected Car Shows and Cruise-Ins for you to consider during these last days of 2019.

For additional information on the following Car Shows and Cruise-Ins check the calendar on the upper right side of this page.

Bold print indicates your NE Georgia Mustang Club’s participation in that Car Show or Cruise-In. NE Georgia Mustang Club members can earn points toward NEGMC’s President and Prestige awards at those selected shows.

11.02 – The 20th Annual Buford ACE Classic Cruise-In and Show – Sugar Hill, GA – 10:00AM-3:00PM

11.06 – 11.09 – Emerald Coast Cruizin – Panama City Beach, FL – 8:00AM-6:00PM
11.08 – 11.10 – Saleen Club of America Dragon Run – Fontana Village, NC – 8:00AM-10:00PM
11.09 – Georgia Street Rod Association Fall Leaf Cruise – Cumming, GA – 10:30AM-3:00PM
11.09 – 11.10 – Atlanta Region SCCA Autocross – Hampton, GA – 8:00AM-5:00PM
11.10 – Classic Car Show – Suwanee, GA – 8:00AM-4:00PM

11.16 – YEARONE’s Braselton Bash for Jackson Counties Holiday Connection Toy Collection – Braselton Bash – 1:00PM-5:00PM

12.07 – Georgia Cool Cruisers Toys for Tots Cruise-in – Tucker, GA – 11:00AM-3:00AM
12.07 – NE Georgia Mustang Club’s December Meeting & Toys for Tots Buying Trip – Cleveland, GA – 8:00AM-4:00AM


Red Grille Medallion Award!

Congratulations to Kenny and Lisa for being awarded the MCA Red Grille Medallion for their 2004 Mach 1.  In addition to the Red Grille Medallion Award, they also received a Gold Award for the Houston show.

Great Going!!

For those of you thinking of striving for their own Grille Medallion this is how to achieve that goal:

When you attend a National event you will earn 2 points for your Mustang when receiving a Gold Award (1st) and 1 point for a Silver Award (2nd) at that show.

When you attend a Grand National event you will earn 3 points for your Mustang when receiving a Gold Award (1st) and 2 points for a Silver Award (2nd) at that show.

It takes 20 accumulated points to earn one of two different types of Grille Medallions:

  • Red medallions are awarded in the Occasionally Driven; Daily Driven and Modified Classes
  • Blue medallions are awarded in the Concours; Thoroughbred and Unrestored classes

Once you accumulate 20 points then you simply need to fill out the form (typically in the MCA magazine) and submit it.

It takes a dedicated individual and/or individuals to achieve this recognition which only adds to the awards prestige.

Again congratulations to Kenny and Lisa as it has been several years since a NE Georgia Mustang Club member has received a Grille Medallion.



NE Georgia Mustang Club News (02.07.19)

We are off to a very exciting year. We conducted our first board meeting, evaluating all the work ahead of us this year. We are currently in the throws of moving our Mustang Unlimited show to YearOne Muscle Car Parts in Braselton, GA and all the planning that is involved. For may years we were fortunate to have an awesome relationship with all the people who worked at Mustang Unlimited and they always did an incredible job hosting our shows. With Mustang Unlimited closing the Georgia location, it created an opportunity for us to seek a new site for our show. YearOne has been gracious to invite us to start the car season at their location. Not only are they providing the site, but partnering with us to have a very successful event. You will probably see some not Ford products at our show and a section will be set aside for those cars. It was our intention to have an only Ford show but given that fact, YearOne has been doing shows there for many years, open to all automobiles. so, it may happen that something other than a Ford product may show up and as car guys we don’t want to turn anyone away. Our awards will be focused on Ford products. As far as a Club Show, the voting will be separate from the non-Ford cars. However, there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for the non-Ford cars. I simply want to bring this to your attention so if there are non-Ford cars there, it would not come as a surprise.

We have a ton of events planned for this year as you will see on our website calendar. This should appeal to all our members, as it will not be just car shows. Our next meeting, at Gateway Classic Cars, we will discuss the usual events and in addition, will be rolling out many new opportunities for our club and members.

The club address has been changed from Baldwin, GA to Braselton, GA to facilitate our ability to retrieve mail from the PO Box. We have updated our information on the MCA site to reflect our new address and officers, so as you search for clubs on the MCA website you will see that as well. The NEGMC website is being updated daily, which keeps it current. It is your best resource for information pertaining to the club and other activities.

Our spring show is now an MCA regional show making both shows MCA regional shows. Our March show is listed in Mustang Times (Maggie Valley soon to follow). We had a guy in NC saying he saw it listed in Mustang Times and is coming to the March show. Maggie Valley planning is going hand and hand with the YearOne planning and both prove to be great events.

I’m going to stop here, but I wanted to bring you up to date on some of the club activities. More information to come at the February meeting. Again, it is at Gateway Classics in Alpharetta. Be sure to have your club decal on your windshield. The decals will be available at Gateway if you do not have one (I will tell you why at the meeting.) Bring your chairs!

See you soon,


NE Georgia Mustang Club’s 2018 Toys for Tots Buying Trip

Thanks for everyone who came out in the miserable weather on Saturday (12.08.18) to make our annual Christmas shopping trip a great success!

A special Thank You goes out to Fritz and the folks at Jacky Jones Ford for providing us with a great new Transit van, a fine photo op, and acting as our drop-off point for Toys for Tots and White Christmas goodies.

Another special Thank You to the Ford Owner’s Association for adding additional Christmas toys to bring our donations “over the top.”

Following our shopping trip, Jacky Jones Ford hosted our December meeting and elections. There were no further nominations so your 2019-2020 officers were elected as nominated:
President – Steve Harrison
Vice President – Keith Corkern
Treasurer – Emily Priebe
Secretary – Dan Capps

Our new officers will be installed at our January 19th after-Christmas party. Over the next month our Secretary and President will work with their successors to assure a smooth transition.

Until then: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays!


P.S. Our Spring Show will be held at the Year One campus on 3/16/2019.

Mustang Times Article on the 2018 Hot Rod Power Tour

Last June several members of the NE Georgia Mustang Club participated in the Hot Rod Power Tour.  Afterwards we met and put together an article for submission to MCA’s Mustang Times magazine.  The article was accepted and published in this month’s issue, enjoy the article.

For those of you who have not been a part of the Hot Rod Power Tour, in June of 2019 the starting point will be at the zMAX Drag Strip in Concord, NC.  Where the tour will go after that will not be announced until this January.

Several NE Georgia Mustang Club members will be taking the tour next year, think about joining us.  I know you will have a great time.

Paul Wilbanks – NE Georgia Mustang Club Member Featured by Mustangs Unlimited

Congratulations to Paul Wilbanks!

Mustangs Unlimited has added Paul to their “Featured Customer” page –

Paul’s write-up is as follows:

My fascination with Mustangs started when my brother bought a 1964 Ford Mustang. He was 12 years older than me and I looked up to him. I remember driving around the neighborhood with him and just being the talk of town in that Mustang. My brother would drive that car all over the place. He would even take it from northern Georgia to Daytona and Miami on a weekend. Once I got a little older and started driving he would let me drive the Mustang. I remember having such a blast driving that thing. Unfortunately, he sold it off for almost nothing when he was done with it.

Fast forward to 1988. My family was complete as we had four children and it seemed that there was less time in the day than there was money. I started to get the itch for a Mustang of my own. I didn’t really have the time to work on a car and restore one, so buying a 1964 like my brother had was out of the question. So, on my birthday in November I decided to buy a brand-new Fox Body Mustang. I ordered the early 1989 Mustang so that it matched the 1964 my brother had as close as possible. It had the V8, leather, convertible top, manual gear shift and was the closest color available to what my brother had on his.

I pretty much drove my Mustang from 1989 to 1998. Following in my brother’s footsteps I allowed people in my family to drive the Mustang, so they could experience it as well. Unfortunately, when my daughter was a senior in high school (twenty years ago), she got in an accident with the Mustang. Luckily, she and everyone else involved were okay, but the Mustang was technically totaled. I had it towed to my garage where it sat for about a year. Not being much of a mechanical type person, I started taking an auto repair class at Lanier Tech in Gainesville, Georgia. During my classes I learned a few tricks of the trade, which I would take home and apply to the destroyed Mustang. Over the next few months, I replaced the convertible top, bezels, weatherstripping, moldings, door panels, carpet, leather upholstery, emblems and tons of trim parts among other things. Shortly into my work, I realized I was not meant to be an auto body mechanic, so I left that work up to a nearby auto body shop. With the rebuild, I tried to keep it as it was in 1989. I still have Norwest Automotive in Sugar Hill GA maintain the motor. They keep it in top running condition. Before I sent it to Norwest, the motor was leaking about anyplace that held fluid, but they managed to seal it all up for me and keep it running like a top.

During my time with the Mustang, my wife has gifted me gift certificates to Mustangs Unlimited and bought me a few gift type items from you guys. The next thing I would like to get from you is a set of shocks, springs and struts.

I love driving the car. I joined the Northeast Georgia Mustang Club, so I could be around like-minded people. It is rare that I take the car out and do not get thumbs up or someone telling me that they love the car or that they knew someone who used to have one just like it. It is great feeling knowing that I know such a great piece of Americana and that I played a part in restoring it after the accident. I am looking forward to the many miles ahead!

— Paul Wilbanks