OK since most of you are against Dearborn and I don't feel like driving 18 hrs. to go to Birmingham how about another site location. Any thoughts about Indy, Nashville, or Charlotte?
This is a touchy subject and one that I'm sure the MCA has already spent countless hours/days/weeks debating. I'm sure Uncle Ford is keen on having their say, especially if they're a premier sponsor and that could outweigh any arguments against having the 50th in Dearborn. However, since this IS the MCA's site and I'm sure the planning committee will be reading our posts here, I'll weigh in with my $0.02 on why Dearborn does NOT make sense for the 50th.
I think almost any Mustang enthusiast, MCA member or not, would tend to agree that it makes sense to have a big show in the city recognized as the birthplace of our favorite cars. However, I think the problems associated with having the 50th Anniversary show in Dearborn include:
1) the timing of the anniversary - weather in Dearborn in mid-April is anything but reliable and travel to/from the show could be hazardous through the northern states, keeping people away; I've lived in a nearby suburb for 10 years, and I've yet to take my cars out of storage before May 1st due to low temperatures, ice, snow and/or salt still on the roads in April...
2) the inherent 'issues' that you have to deal with in coming to or staying in/near Dearborn - i.e., proximity to Detroit's well-documented, albeit legitimate, crime issues
3) no real tracks close to Ford World HQ - the majority of enthusiasts/attendees that would want an open-track, road-racing element at the 50th would NOT be satisfied simply doing a few laps around the Dearborn Proving Grounds at essentially "parade speed" or given rides by Ford engineers/drivers in a handful of new Mustangs and NONE of Michigan's road courses approach the level of quality we've been spoiled with at Barber or even the 'rovals' at Nashville, Charlotte and Atlanta (Michigan Speedway comes close, but again, its over an hour from Dearborn); Milan Dragway is a relatively nice drag strip, but again it's too far from Dearborn with no road-course available
I'd be all for having an MCA Regional or National show in Dearborn at World Headquarters in the late spring, during the summer or even the early fall. But I think the true 50th Anniversary show, if it's going to coincide with the Mustang's 'birthday' of April 17th (as it should), demands a location with warmer/better weather and facilities.
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I agree the Michigan weather in April is a crap shoot. I checked on Google Maps and from my home Charlotte is 784 miles (12:54 hrs), Indianapolis is 851 miles (13:30 hrs), Nashville is 1,004 miles (16:39 hrs), and Birmingham is 1,101 miles (18 hrs). I can understand why most of you would want this show at Barber Motorsports Park when you're probably less than 8 hrs away but put yourself in our shoes here up north and would you travel 18 hrs to go to this show?
I am reading this thread and wondering to myself: "Why all this bickering?" The simple fact is the powers that be will put on the show where they think is best, and let us figure out if it's worth going to. It's the big 50 so I am sure wherever it is will draw more than enough cars. The best plan would be to come up with 3 or 4 locations that are somewhat central to the majority, and let the membership vote... Regardless, there will be someone unhappy with the location no matter where it is! But have fun arguing about it, it's fun to read!!!
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We're not bickering we are mearly debating different locations for the show. As for our thoughts on the best location meaning nothing, both Ford & MCA want our input and value what we think & feel. Ultimately the final decision will be up to Ford & MCA. I know that the weather in April will play an important role in deciding location but it would be nice not to have to make a cross country trip just to attend a major show. I've been a dues paying member of MCA for 30 yrs and have only been to 2 national show because they're always too far to drive to.