The Southeastern Virginia Mustang Club (SEVMC) was invited to participate in the 40th anniversary of the Neptune Festival Parade; always happy to show off our “Pony Pride”, we jumped at the opportunity. In addition to this anniversary, it was the 50th birthday celebration for Virginia Beach as a city. The coordination of assembling enough cars for a parade can be a daunting task and this was no exception. With communication of Mustang enthusiasts in the area, we got our group ready.
The parade was held 28 September, 2013 in Virginia Beach, Virginia at Atlantic Ave; the famed street that runs parallel to the ocean front. The concept for the assembled Mustangs was to show off cars from each decade; we had the 1960’s through 2010’s represented. Two cars from each decade was requested by the Parade organizer; we were happy to oblige this request.
Prior to the parade, a number of our group asked me if they could “rumble the crowd” with some Mustang muscle; I wasn’t sure if they wanted us to do that so I found the Parade Organizer and posed the question to him. He looked at me and said “Absolutely! It’s expected. Show that Pony muscle.” I had to smile knowing the members would be all too happy to make the parade route roar with Mustang horsepower.
It started once we were told to get ready… Mustangs roared to life and the crowd began clapping and pointing to our Group. I saw kids pointing to us and saying “race cars” as we woke our cars from their resting spot. The Ponies were ready to make the Neptune Parade take notice that the Southeastern Virginia Mustang Club was there and to show some Ford Mustang muscle.
As we started our slow gallop down Atlantic Ave with Mustangs roaring, people who were sitting jumped to their feet and started clapping. I had a GoPro camera on my hood and people were pointing and saying “hey look, that one has a GoPro” and they waved to my Race Red 2011 GT coupe. Little kids continued to point and say “race car” but their parents corrected them and said “it’s a Mustang”. Yes… we rocked the Neptune Parade.
As we got in between buildings, we came to a slow crawl and really let the Ponies sound off… the sound echoed down Atlantic Ave. Again, the crowd clapped and smiled as the Mustangs cleared their exhausts. As we came to the end of the parade, we regrouped and went to Jake’s BBQ for lunch.
What a fun day we had and the SEVMC made a great impression on the public regarding what it meant to own a Mustang. Mustang… its not just a car, its an American Icon.
Check out our photos at http://www.sevmc.org/gallery3/index....September-2013
MCA Regional Director
Southeastern Virginia Mustang Club (SEVMC)
Nationally Certified Judge; Modified