By Bill May
Journal Record Staff Reporter
What better place for the worldwide introduction of the 30th
anniversary model of the Ford Mustang classic sports car than
That was the message of the Mustang Club of Oklahoma, which
has a Mustang mailing address, when club members responded to a
letter from Ford Motor Co. officials about introduction of the
1994 version. And it almost worked.
But instead of having the only national introduction of that
car, the Oklahoma City suburb must settle for a descendant of
automotive history to make a public speech during a Mustang
introduction ceremony. Edsel Ford II, a top company executive and
a descendant of Henry Ford, who founded the motor company bearing
his name, will lead the Ford Mustang delegation.
"People in the Mustang club worked hard putting this thing
together, and they almost convinced us that we should be in
Mustang for worldwide unveiling," said Ford public relations
executive John Spelich in a telephone interview from his Detroit
office. "The Mustang club will be the official co-sponsor of this
Mustang will be site of one of the "official" introductions of
the Mustang Oct. 17. There will be 100 introductions nationwide,
with a discount store parking lot in Mustang being "the biggest
and most important," Spelich said.
"Everyone here (in the Ford public relations office) wanted to
be in Mustang, for what better place is there on Oct. 17 than
Mustang (for the introduction)?" he said. "I feel lucky that I'll
He won't be alone. The senior Ford delegation will be led by
Edsel Ford II, director of Ford Motor Co., president of Ford
Motor Credit Corp. and great-grandson of the company's founder,
It's not known which other Ford executives will be at the
Mustang ceremony, but "we're planning on the top level of people
being there. The very top level," Spelich said.
"We've also invited a lot of state dignitaries to attend, but
we have not gotten any confirmations yet," he said. "Right now
all the details have not been fleshed out, but the Mustang club
wants to hold a rally and fun event, share some time with Mr.
Ford on the podium (for the ceremony) and in general have a major
"Everyone here is certainly looking forward to it."
Festivities are to start shortly after noon on Oct. 17 and
continue until about 5 p.m., said Joe Nunnally, charter member
and spokesman for the Mustang Club of Oklahoma.
"Right now we're planning a rally, but we don't have all the
details on just what it will be," he said. …