Event Recap: Mustang 40th Anniversary Celebration

The legend of the Ford Mustang began on April 17 th, 1964, when the first Ford Mustang rolled off the line at the Dearborn Assembly Plant. So intrigued with the Mustang at the time, Jack Roush, then starting a career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company, purchased one of his first new cars – a Ford Mustang.

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Jack Roush and the Roush Performance Products team.

The legend of the Ford Mustang began on April 17 th, 1964, when the first Ford Mustang rolled off the line at the Dearborn Assembly Plant. So intrigued with the Mustang at the time, Jack Roush, then starting a career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company, purchased one of his first new cars – a Ford Mustang.

Forty years later, Ford Motor Company, Jack Roush and about 110,000 enthusiasts celebrated the Mustang’s big four-zero at the Nashville Superspeedway. The Roush Mustang and its namesake Jack Roush played a leading role in the celebration.

The celebration of the Mustang’s 40 th Anniversary included four days of events; featuring: races, manufacturer displays, car shows, autograph sessions, concerts, cruise-ins and other activities honoring the Mustang milestone.

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The AllSport Roush Racing Cobra, made famous when piloted by Tommy Kendall to a dominating '97 Trans Am series championship, was raced by RPP President Larry Parker during the Saturday celebrity race.

As the title sponsor of the event and significant contributor to Mustang history, Jack Roush performed a flyover in his P-51 Mustang warbird. Jack in his Mustang, a replica of the original "Glamorous Glen III" (which was flown by Chuck Yeager in World War II), passed over the crowd as the National Anthem concluded during the opening ceremonies. The crowd was entertained as Jack performed some aerobatics on his flyover.

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Jack Roush, his P-51, and some of our favorite Owners and Enthusiasts.

As a follow up to the dramatic flyover, a group of Roush Mustang Owners called the Roush Owners and Enthusiasts Association (ROEA) met Jack Roush at the local airport and formed a Roush Mustang parade into the event. As an icon in the Mustang world, Jack Roush spent nearly two hours signing autographs and talking to Mustang enthusiasts about their Roush Mustangs and Roush’s plans for the future Mustang.

"By far, the Jack Roush flyover and subsequent autograph session was the hit of the event," said Jim Chism, Executive Director of the Mustang Club of America and Event Director and Roush Mustang Owner, "Jack’s ‘vision of’ and ‘passion for’ the Mustang is what has built the overwhelming strength of the Roush brand of Mustangs. There are a lot of enthusiasts anxious to see what Jack has in store for the new 2005 Mustang."

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Jack signs autographs for a couple hundred friends.

The Roush Performance display at the 40 th Anniversary of the Mustang featured Performance Parts and Performance Engines. As the Roush brand continues to spread over more Ford products, performance enthusiasts have responded well to these product entries into the marketplace. Roush Performance Engines debuted its 402IR Weber-style Eight Stack fuel injection and induction engine at the event and immediately found success as enthusiasts were drawn to the aggressive polished eight-stack intake.

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The 402IR, a fuel-injected 351W-based performance engine with Weber-style intake.

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ROUSH Performance
ROUSH Performance
ROUSH Performance, a division of Roush Enterprises, designs, engineers and manufactures completely assembled pre-titled vehicles, aftermarket performance parts, and superchargers for the global performance enthusiast market. Based in Plymouth Township, Michigan, ROUSH Performance was founded in 1995 by motorsports legend Jack Roush.
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