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THERE WAS ALMOST A FORD MUSTANG CLUB IN ANTARCTICA. YES, REALLY.

There Are Currently Mustang Clubs On 6 Of 7 Continents

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Photo via Ford

The Ford Mustang continues to be one of America’s best exports. In 2020, it continued its trend of being the world’s best selling sports car. That being considered, it’s no surprise that the iconic pony car runs deep from Detroit, to Buenos Ares, to Munich, to Johannesburg, to Seoul. Just about everywhere, you’ll be able to find a Mustang Club. Six of the seven continents, in fact.

Turns out Ford wanted to make it seven-for-seven.

“We wanted to just drop (a Mustang) into Antarctica and do a club – we looked at it, but that actually wouldn’t have been authentic,” Ford Mustang Marketing Manager Jim Owens told MC&T.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Club of America
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Understandably, we had to double check to see if Owens was joking. He wasn’t. Ford Communications further confirmed that the company was indeed looking at putting a Mustang in Antarctica to start a club there. A club that would have been likely comprised mostly of penguins and half-frozen scientists.

Ford Mustang clubs are not exactly what you’d call tiny. The Mustang Owners Club of Great Britain, for example, is comprised of 2,000 paid members, over 6,000 Instagram followers and 8,000 forum members, per their website. The South African Mustang Owners Club has over 4,000 likes on Facebook. The Mustang Club of Argentina FB page is another 4,000. And of course the world’s biggest is unsurprisingly the Mustang Club of America, consisting of 12,000 “national” members, while there are around 170 regional and localized clubs with an estimated reach of over 40,000 members.

However, the largest single gathering of Ford Mustang muscle cars took place not in America, but in Belgium, where more Mustangs are sold in the country per capita than any other country in Europe. In 2019, approximately 1,326 Mustangs congregated to the Ford Lommel Proving Ground. This shattered a previous record set in Toluca, Mexico in 2017, which featured 960 Mustangs.

Ford Mustang Club largest gathering Belgium
Image via Ford.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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