Auckland set to become Mustang central over weekend

Auckland set to become Mustang central over weekend

ford mustangAuckland is set to become Mustang central tomorrow, ahead of Labour Weekend.

The Ford Mustang ‘Drive-Thru Friday’ experience, powered by Ford and Uber, gives Uber customers the opportunity to get a ride in a brand new Ford Mustang and meet some of its top sports stars. This will be followed by the 37th National Mustang Convention on Saturday, and a final Mustang assembly on Sunday.

Since the first Ford Mustangs rolled off the assembly line 52 years ago, the Mustang has become one of the world’s most iconic vehicles, symbolising the freedom of the open road and embodying Ford’s ‘fun to drive’ DNA.

The new right-hand drive Mustang continues that heritage – whether it’s the classic V8 GT or the more fuel efficient 2.3L EcoBoost. It has struck a particular chord with Kiwis, as have past models, as evident in Mustangs already being sold out for the rest of of 2016 and Ford New Zealand receiving orders for 1200 new Mustangs for delivery in 2017.

Schedule of event

Friday October 21 will see Uber riders in the Auckland CBD and inner-city suburbs receiving, in addition to the regular icons, a special Mustang icon on their Uber app From 10am to 2pm on Friday.

Rather than get the usual drive, requesting the Mustang will put them in with a chance to get picked up in a brand new Ford Mustang and taken to the Viaduct Events Centre where a special event site has been set up by Ford.

At the site, lunch will be served! Mustang riders will be offered a traditional American ‘po’ boy’ sandwich prepared by Dixie Barbecue. And from 10am to noon, Ford will be hosting members of the All Blacks and Black Sticks to meet and mingle with fans.

Ford anticipates high demand so if all Mustangs are booked, the event site will still be open to all.

The next day – Saturday October 22 – Mustangs ranging from the original 1964 model to the latest 2016 version of this marque will be on show at the Viaduct Events Centre from 10am to 4pm as part of the 37th National Mustang Convention. Entry is open to the public at $10 for an adult and $15 for a family.

The Mustangs will assemble again at 10am on Sunday October 23 in front of The Spencer On Byron hotel in Takapuna. From there, they will ride in convoy via Kumeu to the AMP Showgrounds at Helensville, where the Mustangs will be on display until 2pm.

Ford Mustang in New Zealand

Kiwis have a particular love affair with Ford Mustangs – after the US, New Zealand has more Mustang owners per capita than anywhere else in the world!

The first ever right-hand drive Mustangs factory-built in the US arrived in New Zealand in November 2015, and sold faster than they could be supplied.

Apart from the latest models, the lucky Uber riders will also get to see other classic Ford Mustangs gathering at the Viaduct Events Centre ahead of the convention and hosted by the New Zealand’s Mustang Owners Clubs.

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