The Southeastern Virginia Mustang Club (SEVMC) was invited to participate in the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS) Parade held in Virginia Beach, Virginia on 27 September, 2013
The SEVMC cars were the only non-emergency vehicles in the parade and were requested to parade the VAVRS President and Junior President in convertibles; the SEVMC was more than happy to oblige.
The Parade began at the corner of Atlantic Ave and Laskin Rd and proceeded approximately 15 blocks along the resort city. The lead Mustang was Angie Bon’s performance white GT convertible and carried the President, Edward “Buddy” Bish Jr. The Junior President rode in Cleve Barrow’s 1966 GT350.
The other cars in the parade consisted of a SVT Cobra, an award winning Concept Car, a Steeda, a Roush, and other Mustangs of the SEVMC. The parade was the 10th parade held by the VAVRS within Virginia Beach and the Mustangs provided a nice beginning to a parade that honored a vital organization within the state of Virginia.
The President of the VAVRS is also a Mustang enthusiast. Buddy is the proud owner of a 2002 Mustang, he was more than thrilled to ride in a 2013 GT convertible. The mile of smiles on the faces of the crowd told the story; Mustangs still bring smiles to the faces of everyone who sees one.
Let me just say a few words about the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue squads.
As I was driving Buddy through the parade, he was telling me some facts about the state organization. Virginia Beach is a forward thinking organization. Buddy told me that Virginia Beach is the oldest volunteer organization not only in the state but in the country. Virginia Beach was also the first volunteer organization to use advanced life support in the field. The superb people in Virginia Beach who dedicate their time to this vital calling are certainly heroes in my eyes and they should be thanked for the dedication and sacrifice to the community.
The VAVRS is also a participant in an international exchange program with rescue squads in Germany. Some members of the German exchange program were lucky enough to be there on Friday night to see the SEVMC Mustangs. One German volunteer stated “the GT350 is my dream car” and asked if he could sit in Cleve’s 66 GT350; Cleve was happy to grant the request. When the man sat down, there was a huge smile across his face.
I want to thanks those members who participated in the parade, the VAVRS was very appreciative that we helped them out. The SEVMC has had a good bit of exposure this past weekend; hopefully we can do even more next year.
Check out our pictures at http://www.sevmc.org/gallery3/index....September-2013