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.
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