Ford Mustang Rally

 

The pictures show just how many Ford Mustangs assembled in the city of Zug in Central Switzerland on 5 August 2017. You might have thought you would be unlikely to see so many of the iconic two-seater American sports car in one place – particularly in Switzerland. However The Mustang Club of Switzerland was founded in 1980, with 30 vehicles, and as the pictures show they have a lot more members today. (If you were not at the rally in Zug (or if you were, but without your camera), you can download these pictures free of charge.)

The cars have become even more ‘cool’ as a result of appearing in films and being mentioned in song lyrics: the Mustang Club of Switzerland’s website lists 25 films in which the Mustang has played a significant and often glamorous part, including the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’ and Steve McQueen’s ‘Bullit’. The Mustang has been on the “Car and Driver Ten Best” list 7 times so far. It is mentioned in songs by Martha and the Vandellas, Chuck Berry and Katy Perry; then there is always Wilson Pickett’s ‘Mustang Sally”.

Ford first produced the Mustang in 1962, and it is still being made today in various body styles: the coupé, the hatchback, the convertible and the fastback. The Mustang has been made more exciting for speed-fans by entering and winning various races over the years: the cars were first and second in the Tour de France in 1964; they won Hot Rod Association races and drag racing championships (2002); they have won a number of Sports Car road races starting in 1965. However it is true that most of these successes took place in the 1960s and 70s. Still, club events like the one in the pictures are keeping the car alive and in the consciousness of the public. 

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