On Sunday 14th June, residents of Maidstone, near Haynes Ford, may have heard the throaty roar of some of America’s most iconic Ford Mustangs descending on the town.
To celebrate the launch of the all new right-hand-drive Ford Mustang, that will be available for UK roads for the first time later this year, Haynes was one of the very few Ford Main Dealers allowed to display one for a weekend, ahead of its official UK dealer release. To mark the occasion, Haynes Ford held a special Mustang Celebration Weekend Event and Open House for customers.
As the finale to the weekend, the company invited the Mustang Owners Club GB to display its many Mustangs outside the Haynes Ford Showroom and on its forecourts. It also invited owners of Ford’s other most notable UK vehicles of the Mustang era to attend.
The Pony Car, as the Mustang became known, was launched in 1964 in the US and became an instant hit featuring in many celebrated movies including the famous 1968 movie, Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen.
On display at Haynes were many fine examples of the Mustang ranging from 1965 to the present day, including the all new European Specification one to be launched in the UK later this year.
A total of over 30 Mustangs were on display at Haynes and highlights included three performance Shelby GT 500s, a Mustang Pace Car and Boss 302 and a 1965 Fastback. The company also had on display its own 1965 red Mustang coupe that it had recently restored at its Ford bodyshop at Parkwood.
Commenting on the event, Richard Collison, operations director of Haynes Ford, said: “The Mustang is such an iconic vehicle and we were very lucky that Ford Motor Company let us have, for a special weekend, a version of the all new one that will be on the road later this year. The Mustang Owners Club GB did a fantastic job in supporting the event and we attracted hundreds of visitors who were all keen to see the famous Mustang throughout the many stages of its production life.”