On April 19, 2014, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates stated that their staff has been making plans for a huge 50 year celebration of Ford Mustang. One of those plans is to alert everyone of the party so that they can join in on the fun. Their celebration party will be held today (Saturday, April 19) at the Estates in Fort Myers, Fla.
More than 80 Ford Mustangs will be at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates property over part of Easter weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Car owners will be on hand to visit with guests and answer questions. Admission details can be seen at their website, and the fun day includes an audio tour as well as admission to the homes, gardens, lab and museum.
In addition to the Mustang celebration, other special programs during the day will include "Henry and Clara Ford" leading informal tours throughout the event, food will be available for purchase by Texas Tony’s BBQ, (served on the Ford Cottage Terrace), a live DJ will help make the event more festive, plus additional Mustangs will be provided by Sam Galloway Ford.
Background on the celebrated automobile as told by Edison Ford:
"The Ford Mustang debuted in 1964 and immediately became a success during a time that Henry Ford’s grandson, Henry Ford II, was Chairman/CEO of the Ford Motor Company. In just two years, over one million Mustangs were sold helping to create the “pony car” class of American automobiles. When introduced, the unusual styling of the Mustang, similar to cutting edge European vehicles, appealed to car enthusiasts. Multiple body styles and various price points broadened the appeal.
An appearance in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger further popularized the vehicle. During the last 50 years over nine million Mustangs have been sold. A portion of the proceeds from the Mustang celebration will benefit the restoration of the antique car collection of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates."
During "normal" days, the Edison Ford is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and it is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition, thanks goes to three of the men responsible for all this - Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and Thomas Edison!