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Spectacular Spring at AACA Museum, Inc.

We kicked off the start of our summer car show season in style on May 12th with a fabulous turnout for our Cars 4 Critters Car show!   By reworking the show layout, we were able to have more macadam parking, especially for those vehicles that were lower to the ground.   We’re also happy to help support Castaway Critters, The James A. Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals as a fundraising partner for this event assisting animals in need in our community.

And the winners are . . . .

Best American

Best Asian

Best British

Best European

Best German

Best Italian

Museum 15th Anniversary

People’s Choice

Best of Show

 Todd Hoover

Bryan McCree

Jere Haigh

Terry Brubaker

Daniel Groninger

Rhys Myers

Steve Landersman

John Rinehart

Rhys Myers

2002 Dodge Viper

2013 Scion FR-5

2015 Ultima

2016 Volvo Polestar

2001 Porsche 911 Turbo

2006 Lamborghini Spyder

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

1988 Ferrari 328 GTS

2006 Lamborghini Spyder

Mustang & Thunderbird Exhibit Opening Draws more than 400 attendees!

Spring 2018 Exhibit Opening Crowd

Spring Exhibit Opening Panel

 

Autograph Session

Our spring exhibit opening had a fantastic turnout of more than 400 guests!  It was an incredible jam-packed evening filled with both Mustang and Thunderbird enthusiasts.

We would like to thank all who attended, everyone who loaned vehicles for the exhibit (Mustangs & Thunderbirds) and our panel of Ford professionals who came to share their knowledge, history and personal stories all about Fords.   Our panel included the following:

 

Chuck Cantwell

Chuck Cantwell

John Clor

John Clor

Gale Halderman

Art Hyde

Chuck Cantwell – project engineer for Shelby American for the GT 350 and other vehicles.   Chuck is also an author of the recently published book: Shelby Mustang GT350:  My Years Designing, Testing, and Racing Carroll’s Legendary Mustangs.  Chuck Cantwell Bio

John ClorEnthusiast Communications Manager for Ford Performance: Veteran journalist John Clor has owned, raced, worked on, written and spoken about Fords and Mustangs for some 45 years. After a 15-year career at The Detroit News, Clor shifted to automotive journalism with stints at AutoWeek magazine and later Edmunds.com. He joined the Ford Special Vehicle Team in 1995 and spent the better part of the next decade working on SVT Communications, PR and Marketing. Since 2007 he’d been managing a club outreach program and enthusiast communications for Ford Racing, a job he now does for Ford Performance, as well as managing all enthusiast content on FordPerformance.com. Clor is an Iacocca Award Winner, author of the book Mustang 2015, plus Mustang Dynasty (2007 & 2009), and host of his own local cable-access TV show, “Cars In Context.” He’s also a member of several Ford-based car-clubs, and is the proud owner of two ’70s era Mustangs, including one he calls “a long-term project.”       John Clor Biography

Gale HaldermanFord Stylist Gale Halderman worked closely with then-division vice-president Lee Iacocca, his special projects manager Hal Sperlich and Ford studio chief Joe Oros to help create the design that defined the original Ford Mustang. Under direction from Oros, Halderman was asked to come up with design ideas overnight for a new sporty car concept, and the next day one of his six sketches was selected out of the two-dozen designs that were submitted. After penning Mustang’s now-iconic shape, Halderman was then tasked with leading the design team responsible for taking the 1965 Mustang from concept sketch to clay and from feasibility on through to production.

 Halderman served as design chief for the Ford Mustang for eight more years. Mustang design advances under Halderman’s leadership included the ’65 Mustang 2+2 Fastback, the ’67 SportsRoof and the ’71 Notchback and full Fastback designs. Later, Mr. Halderman oversaw the design development of the 1979 Fox Body (3rd generation) Mustang under design chief Jack Telnack.  Halderman Bio

Art Hyde – After attending the 1964 World’s Fair and falling in love with the Mustang, Art came up with the idea and then created the original Bullitt Mustang in 2001.  He did the same for the 2003 Mach 1 and led the design, and he also led the design and engineering teams for the all-new 2005 Mustang.    Art is one of only two Mustang Chiefs who were responsible for two different generations of Mustangs.  Current Adjunct Professor of Integrative Systems and Design. Art was the former Chief Engineer at Ford Global Product Development System, and also worked as Mustang Chief Program Engineer. Art started his time at Ford in 1977 completing various engineering and planning positions. Art Hyde bio

If you missed the program . . . Not to worry . . . We have a video coming soon!

ITC Thunderbird Gallery 1964 Home Office Special Order Prototype Mustang Convertible