Mustering up the Mustangs

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Southern Mustang Club convention committee members John Lyons (left) and Tony Forde look through some notes for the upcoming 38th National Mustang Convention, Southern Muster, to be held in Invercargill during Labour Weekend. Photo: Janette Gellatly

MUSTANGS are being rounded up and will be corralled for public viewing at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome on Saturday, October 22.

The Southern Mustang Club will be hosting the 38th annual National Mustang Convention, Southern Muster, for the second time in Invercargill during Labour Weekend.

Convention committee member Tony Forde said registrations were already indicating this could be the largest gathering of Mustangs held in New Zealand, with vehicles from as old as 1964 to current models.

“Examples of the most exotic Mustangs ever manufactured will be appearing, with engine horsepower ranging from 220hp to 900-plus-hp across the various types.”

Held over four days, Mr Forde said the southern club was one of only six clubs that could host the popular national event.

“It is our opportunity, once again, to bring more than 150 cars and more than 300 visitors to the province.”

The event will include four days of activities, based in the city but also throughout the wider region, he said.

Mr Forde said the club had previously hosted the nationals in 2011, which had been “a resounding success”, and he estimated the attendance for this year’s event would be even greater.

“In 2011, 220 people registered for the convention, and the car show had 114 cars on display, which 650 members of the public paid to visit.

“So far, registrations are progressing well.”

The convention included socialising, a car show, dine and dance, a car run and an awards dinner function.

Although those who wanted to take part in the convention had to be a member of a Mustang club, there would also be a show day at the velodrome on the Saturday for the public, from 10am-4pm. Entry, adults $5, and children under 12, free.

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