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

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.

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.

When:

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

Where:

Doraville Library front lots
3748 Central Ave
Doraville, GA 30340

12/10 – NEGMC Toys for Tots Shopping Trip & Monthly Meeting ****UPDATE DUE TO THE SNOW****

Hello Everyone,

Due to the worsening weather forecast, especially for White County, we will be postponing our Annual Holiday Shopping Trip by one day until Sunday, December 10th. .

We will have to make 2 important changes to the itinerary:

We will push everything back about a half-hour so plan to leave Regions Bank around 9:00 AM on Sunday, arriving at Wal Mart around 10:00 AM.

We will move our meeting to Hawg Wild so we won’t tie up the good folks at Jacky Jones Ford who will open up especially for us.

Lou

 

This year we will be holding our Toys for Tots Shopping trip and Monthly Meeting on December 10.

If you would like to caravan to the Walmart in Cleveland, we will meet at the Regions Bank parking lot located next to the Oakwood QuickTrip which is on the NE corner of GA-53 and I-985.

We will leave that location at 9:00 AM.

We should arrive at the Walmart in Cleveland GA at about 10:00 AM.  Once there we will hand out assignments for shopping and amounts to spend.

After shopping we will take the toys to Jackie Jones Ford in Cleveland for distribution to Toy for Tots. For those who are new, Jackie Jones donates bike and helmets every year as well as our toys.

After placing the toys in the showroom, we will have our December meeting in the Jackie Jones break room.

After the meeting the club will caravan to Clarksville, GA to the Hawg Wild BBQ for lunch.  The Hawg Wild BBQ is located at 575 Grant ST, Clarksville, our reservation is for 1:30 PM.

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!

**** 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.

THANK YOU TO ALL!! NPD

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.