I'm with you Rupp
There are going to be four other MCA national shows for 2014 and I am sure all of them will be celebrating the 50th anniversary. Plus there will be regular MCA judging there.
So if you do not like the split show do not go! Go to one of the other national shows. Vote with your attendance.
I'm with you Rupp
Last edited by 17780; June 11, 2012 at 08:00 PM. Reason: ford
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Last edited by gcvaleri; May 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM. Reason: ford
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Why don't we all go out in our driveway on April 17th and honk our horn? That way there would be a party in all 50 states and in Europe and Australia.
I've been following this thread since it opened and I've been trying to understand and reconcile the MCA decision to do two shows for the 50th anniversary. I understand the geographical decision to give both the right and left coasts easier access to a celebration but I think it diminishes the show to split it. I've read Steve Prewitt's column in the June issue of Mustang Times where he postulates that there are always folks unhappy with certain decisions. He's right but I didn't see him trying very hard to sell the two celebration locations. He said that each location would attract more cars than any of the preceeding anniversary shows but that means more than 6000 cars at each show. The reference point is 6,002 registered cars at the 35th show in Charlotte back in 1999. So according to Steve, over 12,000 cars are going to show up and be more or less evenly split between Charlotte and Las Vegas. Wouldn't that be great but it's a lofty goal. And then Austin Craig in the June issue of Mustang Times talked about three anniversary shows back in 1994 for the 30th. Well, yes, but MCA only had one of them and that one was at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The one at the annual Knott's Berry Farm show was well attended but then Knott's always attracts a lot of Mustangs, more so on the anniversaries every 5-years but always a lot. And as said, it was their annual show, not an MCA event. The third show at Indianapolis was in conjunction with the 500 that year and again not an MCA event. I'll bet there were other smaller celebrations too so I'm not sure what Austin Craig was trying to tell us. Trying to justify two locations for the 50th, I guess. But the question that still bothers me is why MCA finds it necessary to divide their resources rather than stage one large show near the center of the country. And why haven't we heard more details? The celebration is less than two years away. To do things right for such a big event, two years is a short lead time. I hope everything works out for MCA but I have my doubts at this point.
Another thing about the shows was meeting people from all over the world. I chewed the fat with fans from New Zealand, Austrilia, Germany, France, Belgium, etc. and really enjoyed it. How will an overseas person decide which show to go to?
If I decide to go, i'll probably head West to LV since I've been to both shows in Charlotte in 94/99 and i might as well go someplace new.
I though Barber was hands down the best show, great venue, cars on the track almost all day, the museum was awesome, great parking, lots of shade, etc.
The mostly static shows at Charlotte/Nashville were ok but, by Sunday I was more than ready to head home. you could only walk around a look at Mustangs so many times. At Barber we stayed an extra day so we could do another day in the museum.
Being in Austin, it puts me almost dead center away from both of them, almost 1300 miles either show.
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Everyone here who has voiced a negative opinion or questioned MCA must understand Mr. Prewitt's opinion of you as he states in his column: "Most of the negative responses I've read or been informed of are voiced by a few very opinionated individuals.". Apparently Mr. Prewitt doesn't care for opinions that do not match or disagree with his.
As for 50th details--Mr. Prewitt also addressed that issue. It seems that as we are now under 2 yrs from the show they are now starting to work on details...thus no information has ben released as the details...and let me quote Mr. Prewitt on this to be very clear: "Everyone needs to bear in mind that very few details of actual plans have been released. That is because most of the details are still being developed by those in charge of what will be done".
Last edited by Mustang 3; June 2, 2012 at 09:55 PM.
Knott's Show will have their own 50th party in 2014 on the weekend before or after Vegas--- so yes there will be a MAJOR west coast 50th show in April 2014 other then Vegas despite MCA.
Last edited by Mustang 3; June 2, 2012 at 09:56 PM.