50th Anniversary Mustang Launch Parade In Dubai
Past one year I have extensively covered Ford Mustang’s unstoppable mega success and its various roles and iterations: http://rearviewmirror.me/2013/04/23/50-years-and-one-millionth-mustang/
And it’s not a surprise that the most viewed posts on my blog are about Mustang. The most searched nameplate is also Mustang: http://rearviewmirror.me/2014/01/23/blockbuster-need-for-speed-mustang/
Then there is my friend, Mart in UK, who joined my blog just because of Mustang coverage on Rearview Mirror; also maintains his blog solely dedicated to Mustang. In fact, he is on his quest to restore his ’66 Mustang Coupe outside of USA. If anyone interested should join his blog for comprehensive insight on Mustang, here at: http://onemanandhismustang.wordpress.com/
Recently here in Dubai, UAE, Ford Middle east arranged a meet of all Mustang owners to celebrate the launch of iconic Mustang on April 17th, 1964 and its latest version: http://rearviewmirror.me/2013/12/07/the-all-new-6th-generation-mustang-its-here/
To celebrate this historical milestone, over 300 Mustang owners and enthusiasts gathered to show their love for the original muscle car in an impressive parade down Dubai’s key locations, led by the famous Dubai Police Ford Mustang Roush patrol car. The parade which went through Meydan Hotel, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Zayed Road, and The Palm Jumeirah, was also attended by enthusiasts and owners from the region who came from as far as Saudi Arabia and as near as Oman to mark this milestone. The parade ended with a Mustang festival which included displays of hundreds of Mustangs ranging from classics to customized, and various activations including competitions for Best Customized and Best Restored Mustangs.
Surprisingly, the gathering took place is a monumental fitting place that coincides the galloping front badge and the real playground for the equestrian beauties: The Meydan Racecourse, undoubtly the World’s richest race with prize purse tips over US$26.25 million!
“Ford Mustang is undeniably an iconic muscle car that has its own unique following,” said Kalyana Sivagnanam, Ford Middle East & North Africa director. “From the day it rolled out to showrooms in 1964, Mustang has captivated hearts of car lovers globally. We are thrilled to see so many fans have joined us to mark the legend’s 50th anniversary celebrations for the Middle East.”
To delight Mustang fans around the world even more, Ford recently revealed a Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition. Created to honor five decades of Mustang heritage, only 1,964 examples of the 50 Year Limited Edition will ever be built when it goes on sale this fall. For more info click here: http://rearviewmirror.me/2014/04/18/happy-50th-birthday-mustang/
Based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack, the 50 Year Limited Edition is designed to provide customers with outstanding performance and a unique appearance that will be instantly recognizable on the road. The only options for the 50 Year Limited Edition are the choice of two exclusive colors, Wimbledon White or Kona Blue, and a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
“The new Mustang blends a muscular, contemporary shape with design cues that define it as quintessentially Mustang,” said Moray Callum, Ford’s vice president of design. “The 50 Year Limited Edition adds details that set it apart from other Mustangs, while hearkening back to the 1965 original.”
“The Mustang attitude of limitless possibilities is universal and enduring, and fans around the world are simultaneously celebrating its golden milestone. Thanks to the never-ending support of Mustang owners, specifically the Mustang Clubs and Groups that joined us from around the region, for their unwavering passion and loyalty to the ‘Stang. The Mustang has made it to half a century and here’s looking at more exciting, adrenalin-pumping drives with the Pony car for many more years to come,” concluded Sivagnanam.
Mustang in Numbers
- 9,200,000+ the number of Mustangs sold so far since 1964.
- 6,395,000+ the number of Facebook fans, the highest ever for any nameplate.
- 1,000,000 the number of Mustangs sold in less than 2 years from launch.
- 418,000 the number of Mustangs sold in the first year of launch in 1964
- 22,000 the number of sales and orders the first day of Mustang’s launch in 1964
- 3,200+ the number of movies and TV series Mustang has starred in.
- 50 the number of years Ford Mustang has been in continued production and thrilling fans.
Local radio station ARN dubaieye103.8, anchor Suzanne Radford also covered Mustang, you can listen here: https://audioboo.fm/boos/2113875-mustang-1-28-04-2014?utm_campaign=embed&utm_content=retweet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
About The Face
Last but not the least, Mustang 50th year is also officially celebrated Chevrolet by custom designing it’s natural rival Camaro into a celebration cake! here is an official Press release by GM:
NEW YORK – Ever since the days of the Hatfields and the McCoys, rivalries have been a cornerstone of American culture. Some become endlessly bitter feuds. Others, like the healthy competition between the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, become a driving force for constant improvement.
“For five decades, the Camaro and the Mustang have been battling it out in every possible setting,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, GM Global Product Development. “These two cars have been striving to beat each other on the track, on the drag strip and on the streets. That competition is a big part of why both cars are so amazing, and so popular, today.”
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang, industry experts offer perspectives on four iconic American rivalries:
Camaro vs. Mustang
The Ford Mustang was introduced 50 years ago this week, creating a new class of transportation, the pony car. Three years later, Chevrolet introduced the Camaro as a direct competitor to the Mustang, and created one of the most enduring rivalries in the automotive industry.
“The new Camaro hit the ground running, and it’s been a battle royale ever since with the bowtie vs. the blue oval,” said Ken Gross, an automotive journalist for 40 years whose pieces have appeared in AutoWeek and The Robb Report. “Chevy readily admits its Camaro is constantly getting better, thanks to intense competition from Ford, and I’d agree.”