Car enthusiasts from all over the country will flock to the Augusta area during Memorial Day weekend.
The Mustang Club of America’s Georgia on My Mind National Mustang Show is revving up to bring in about 350 Mustangs on Friday, May 25, to Sunday, May 27, at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown.
Show Chairman and CSRA Mustang Club President Mike Anchor said anyone who’s ever wanted to see a particular Mustang likely will get that chance at this free show.
“We have cars coming from as far as California and Washington state; in the past, we’ve had a car or two from Canada, so this is a pretty big show,” Anchor said. “If there’s any Mustang that somebody likes, like there’s some Mustang they’ve always wanted to see but they’ve never seen one because they’re rare — like a Boss 429 — basically, if you like the Mustang, and you want to see a specific Mustang, chances are it’s gonna be at our show.”
Local Mustang clubs — like the CSRA Mustang Club — bid on the chance to host such a show, and the last time it was in this area was in 2015. The national Mustang Club hosts four shows a year, with winning bids happening across the country, including places like McAllen, Texas; Lincoln, Neb., and Topeka, Kan.
Not only is it an opportunity for car fans to see beautifully kept specimens, but it’s also a chance for Mustang owners to have their cars judged.
“There are several different classes of cars,” Anchor said. “My car will be in the Occasional Driven Class, so it’s one that I like to get out and drive. I don’t drive it every day, but I drive it weekends and maybe on weeknights when I want to go out and do something, I’ll jump in the car. Those cars are judged on cleanliness, condition and overall workmanship.”
Other classes include Unrestored (those are usually low on mileage with original factory parts and equipment as ordered, and they’re judged on originality. Reproduction or updated Ford Service Replacement parts are not acceptable). The Thoroughbred Class is designated for restored or unrestored cars that have parts from the correct era (absolutely no reproduction parts are allowed). Concours Class involves cars that have been restored to original or better than original condition, judged for originality (points are deducted for non-original parts). Occasional and Daily Driven cars are not judged on authenticity.
So, why do car owners care if their cars are judged to Mustang Club of America’s standards? One of the benefits, Anchor said, is that their cars can be verified as being correctly restored (for its specific class), which can add value to the vehicle during resale.
Along with the hundreds of cars for patrons to view, there also will be all kinds of vendors — yes, including food — and a Saturday night banquet (catered by Diablo’s Southwest Grill) and casino night. Tickets can be purchased at motosho.com.
Vendors selling Ford and Mustang products also will be at the show.
Like in 2015, proceeds from the show will benefit the Rebecca Erryn Moon Foundation, a charity that helps children in the Georgia Cancer Center. Money is raised primarily through car registration fees and through corporate sponsorships.
“So we have cars that are restored from the ground up, carried in on trailers, and like I said, they look like they’re brand spankin’ new,” Anchor said. “I would just encourage people if they’re not doing anything Memorial Day weekend or if they’ve got a few hours, to come out, look at the cars, spend some money at the vendors, help support our charity and help support the people that have helped put the show on.”
Georgia on My Mind National Mustang Show
Columbia County Exhibition Center
All day Friday, May 25, through Sunday, May 27
Presented by the CSRA Mustang Club and Mustang Club of America. Free.
Visit csramc.org or mustang.org.