Mustang Club of America throws 30th Anniversary Stampede

We can't make it to every event around the country, so we appreciate it when a reader steps up and does our job for us. Chris Tutor attended the Mustang Club of America's 30th Anniversary Stampede held at Barber Motorsports Park over Labor Day weekend and filed this report...

So what happens when you get a herd of high-energy ponies together? Stampede, baby. More than 1,000 classic and late-model Ford Mustangs were herded into Birmingham, Ala. for the Mustang Club of America's 30th Anniversary Stampede over the Labor Day weekend.

Barber Motorsports' gorgeous facility was the host for the high-horsepower event where lucky club members were able put pedal to the metal on the racetrack in everything from a 1965 GT coupe to a 2005 Ford GT. Rare and fragile Mustangs like a 1966 Shelby GT350 convertible sat side-by-side with the 2006 Shelby GT-H, which was just down the row from some 2005 Ford GTs, Mustang Interceptors, pedal cars and a 1969 Boss 302 once owned by Johnny Mantz were also on hand.

Check out the rest of Tutor's report along with a tons of high res Mustang shots after the jump.

Roush showed up with a corral of its latest high-performance monsters. There were several years of Steedas and Shinodas represented and one very impressive 2007 Shelby GT500 with manufacturer's plates. Ford Racing even trotted out its very bad-ass 415-hp FR500. The Shelby GT-H made its first public appearance since being seen at the Woodward Dream Cruise, as well.

One of the oddest sites of the day was watching a late-80s Mustang Police Interceptor chasing a line of Mustangs and an AC Cobra around Barber's challenging track, immediately followed by another AC Cobra and even more ponies. Over the pulse-quickening growl of the Ford V8s could be heard the shrieking whistle of the cop car's light bar in the wind.

And to think, I was actually afraid of those guys when I had my Camaro. Proceeds from the Anniversary Stampede will benefit The Moody Miracle League that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball.

Classic Mustangs

Mustang Police Interceptors

Late Model Mustangs

Ford Racing FR500 Mustang

Shinoda Stangs

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