Dearborn, Michigan – Mustang enthusiasts from around the world are expected to converge in Birmingham, Alabama on April 17, 2009 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the iconic model. The date has been officially declared “Mustang Day” by the state of Alabama.

Ford and the Mustang Club of America will mark the anniversary with a four-day celebration at the Barber Motorsports Park that is expected to draw more than 2,500 vehicles, including nine original owners of the 1964-1/2 Mustang and their cars.

“For four and a half decades, Ford has connected with more than nine million owners celebrating their individuality, passion and love of the Mustang,” said Jim Farley, Ford group vice president of marketing and communications. “Mustang created the segment and remains America’s number-one muscle car, delivering a fast, fun and affordable car that personifies the freedom of the open road.”

The event will include a convoy that will begin in Las Vegas on April 11 and is expected to grow to 500 cars from all over the country. The final day’s drive is expected to nearly double in size with people from the entire eastern seaboard joining in.

Events will include a cruise-in from the park to Homewood, Alabama for a street party with food and live entertainment; a display of more than 2,500 Mustangs from 1964 to 2010; the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge; installation of Ford Racing performance upgrades for late-model Mustangs in an on-site “Mustang Garage” throughout the weekend; professional drivers providing laps around the Barber park in Mustang FR500S race cars; and world champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr., who will give demonstrations and rides.

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