It was a fitting birthday present to the iconic Ford Mustang, the automobile that started the “pony car” class half a century ago. To celebrate its 50th year in 2014, Ford Philippines recently organized the Mustang Northern Run, a road trip dedicated to the legendary car and its enthusiasts.
Twenty-four members of the Mustang Enthusiasts Club took their steeds out for a romp northward from Ford’s Bonifacio Global City showroom to Clark International Speedway and Subic Bay International Airport, where they really got to stretch their horses' legs.
The convoy first went to Clark International Speedway in Pampanga for a good run around the track. Participants were divided into groups to give everyone--from track novices to hardcore speed freaks--a chance to drive at their own pace.
Running nose-to-tail, the cars dove deep into the bends and came screaming out the other side. While the Mustang is better known for its straight-line performance, the afternoon at the track proved to the drivers that this pony could tackle twists and turns, too. The watchful eye of veteran racers (and brothers) George and Louis Ramirez ensured that the stallions got to leave the track without a scratch.
Next destination was Subic Bay International Airport, where the Mustangs proved their mettle on a 2.8km runway stretch. The arrow-straight road had a seemingly endless run-off that allowed the drivers to step on the throttle.
Monsters like the Shelby GT500 and the Roush Stage 3 Supercharged Mustang got to maximize the use of their speedometers even just halfway down the track. The sound of growling engines dominated and echoed across the open airport, while every run was met with ear-to-ear grins on the drivers' faces.
As the day ended, cars and owners lined up and turned on their lights for one last lap around the track. The cars taking off into the sunset was a surreal sight, and everyone hoped that this would just be the first of many stallion runs to come.
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Photos by Alfred Mendoza
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