Celebrate the Ford Mustang’s 50th Anniversary at The Henry Ford

Did you know that the Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th Anniversary this month? Today, guest blogger Lish Dorset tells us how to join in on the celebration at The Henry Ford Museum. 

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

This year, it’s all about the Mustang at The Henry Ford. If you’re a fan of classic cars, there’s a lot to be excited about this year as the Ford Mustang turns 50. Launched in April 1964, the Mustang was the first of the American pony cars and instantly became an American icon, creating a loyal fan base right from the beginning.

If you’ve been to Henry Ford Museum, you know that we have two very special Mustangs within our collections. The 1962 Ford Mustang I Roadster Concept Car and the 1965 Mustang Serial Number One are visitor favorites within Driving America and help tell the story of the early days of this classic car. As part of the year-long celebration of all-things Mustang, we’ve put these two important vehicles on the road as part of our THF OnWheels Tour so that car lovers across the country can see these two classics up close.

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Our Mustangs first went out on the road this past January at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. As part of Ford’s presence at the show, guests were greeted by these two icons as the company told the story of the car’s history in their exhibit inside Cobo Hall. The cars’ next stop was to Las Vegas and North Carolina for the Mustang 50th Anniversary Celebration in mid-April.

Where can you see our Mustangs back here in Michigan? At this year’s Motor Muster at Greenfield Village. We’re expecting a great Mustang turnout this summer, so it’s definitely an event not to miss.

It’s been a lot of fun so far this year helping celebrate the anniversary of this fantastic car. Whether it’s downloading a wallpaper for your phone or keeping an eye on our blog for updates from our curator of transportation, there’s almost always something Mustang-related to share here at The Henry Ford.

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Our biggest gift to Mustang fans is our THF OnWheels Mustang #1 Fantasy Sweepstakes. Now through September 30 you can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to enjoy a unique, behind-the-scenes experience with our Mustangs as well as a trip to Detroit for the 2015 North American International Auto Show. It’s the ultimate in VIP experiences for VIP Mustang fans.

To keep up to date with automotive happenings at The Henry Ford, make sure to subscribe to THF OnWheels, our enthusiast channel for car lovers. From feature stories to event information, it’s a one-stop-destination for the car news you need. And it’s a great resource for fueling your love of Mustang this year.

Lish Dorset is the social media manager for The Henry Ford in Dearborn. She lives in Royal Oak with her family. She learned how to drive in a 1994 Ford Mustang, much to her mother’s objection.

For more information on the Mustang’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, watch the video below:

The Winner of the Pure Michigan Mustang Is…

Mary Jane Rickett of Redford Township, Michigan took home more than memories from yesterday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400. She was the winner of the custom-made ROUSH 2012 Stage 1 Pure Michigan Mustang!

We met up with Mary Jane and her husband following the announcement of their win to ask a few questions about their love of racing, past visits to MIS and how they plan to enjoy their new ride. 

See Mary Jane’s answers below and please welcome us in congratulating her on her win!

Q: Are you NASCAR fans?

A: Yes. We’ve been coming out here about 12 years. 12… 15… something like that. Since we’ve been married. 15 years. Yeah, we’ve been coming here about 15 years.

Q: Have you ever won anything before?

A: No. I won a lunch once before.

Q: So would you trade the car for what we have in the envelope?.. Just joking, there is nothing in the envelope.

A: (laughter)

Q: How did you find out about the contest and how did you enter?

A: On Facebook. There was a link to the MIS website and that’s where I filled it out.

Q: Have you been in a MIS race before?

A: Yes.

Q: What do you love most about racing?

A: I love everything. The sound of the cars, the smell of the fuel. Just the excitement. The excitement of seeing who is going to win. 

Q: Who do you think is going to win today?

A: I’m hoping Carl Edwards. I’m going to go with Carl Edwards.

Q: Other than driving home today in the new car, where is going to be the first place that you take it?

A: To work to show it off!

Q:  Whose spot is not going to be in the garage?

A: Oh my spot is going to be in the garage. We already know that. (laughter from husband)

Q: Do you know how much horsepower it has?

A: No…

Whew! (after finding out it has 412 horsepower)

Q: Do you usually camp when you come out here?

A: No. We usually come out Friday for the time trials and then go home and come back out on Sunday. There is usually a tailgate, so we get here pretty early. It’s a good time.

(her husband chimes in) We’ve been coming out with the people we tailgate with for a while. I brought them out on a Friday for the time trial, he had never been out here and he’s been out ever since. I got him hooked.

Q: What is your favorite thing about MIS?

A: Just all the fans and the cheering in the crowd. It’s super fun to be a part of it all.

Congratulations to Mary Jane on winning the Pure Michigan Mustang! Safe and happy travels in your new ride!