Early History

The Mustang Club of Maryland was formed in Harford County, Maryland in July 1978 by Bob Bullis and Jim Mundis, two Mustang enthusiasts who owned classic Mustangs. They placed an ad in the Aegis, a local Harford County newspaper in search of other Mustang owners who were interested in forming a Mustang Club. The initial ad drew 16 new members and by August 1979 the membership had grown to 62 members.

In October 1978, the club received a Regional Group Charter from the Mustang Club of America thereby certifying the club as the Mustang Regional Group. That name was later changed to the Mustang Club of Maryland.

The Mustang Club of Maryland Today

Now in its 34th year since being chartered, the club has a membership of approximately 300 members from all over the State of Maryland. Today more than ever, the club is enjoying its greatest success as the popularity of the Ford Mustang has created a new venue for Mustang enthusiasts to join like-minded individuals to share the joy of owning and preserving the mystique of the Ford Mustang!

The current officers of the club are:

President – Bob Thompson
Acting Vice President – David Rummel
Acting Vice President – Richard Hinkle
Secretary – Ann Thompson
Treasurer – Steve Tapper

The club also includes a number of Committee Chairmen who organize and run the various events and activities we offer our members. The club holds monthly meetings at various restaurants rotating the locations to try to make the meetings convenient to as many members as possible.

The club has been very active in recent years by providing Mustangs for Parades, social cruises like the Catoctin Mountain Cruise, two events per year at Ocean City, MD where the club sponsors a car show, numerous car shows during the year where we raise money to support local and national charities, social events for club members and special patriotic cruises to honor our fallen heroes.

From the very beginning the club has been active in fund raising and donating back to the communities we live. We always sponsor an animal rescue charity every year in addition to other worthwhile local and national charities like the Carroll Shelby Foundation, The Fisher House and the WBAL Kids Campaign.

The club has created a wonderful website to enable our members and prospective members an opportunity to learn more about the Mustang Club of Maryland and all of our events and activities.

The website also offers a Forum where club members and guests can discuss a multitude of topics concerning Mustangs including specific advice on repairs, detailing and the general care of maintaining these highly valuable cars.

The Forum offers new members an opportunity to introduce themselves, an events calendar, The Stampede, our monthly newsletter with a synopsis of all that is happening with the club, a separate section for the different model years of the Mustang so that owners of those particular cars can engage in conversation with other members who own the same model year car, a technical section, a classified

section to enable members to advertise to sell cars or Mustang parts, and other areas for people just to chat online.

In February 2011, the club undertook its most ambitious community service project in our long and distinguished history. In an event similar to the TV reality show, Extreme Makeovers, the club along with other local Mustang Clubs took on a project to convert a 2001 Ford Commercial Van into a special needs vehicle for a young girl suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). SMA is the number one genetic

killer of children. It is a degenerative condition that affects the motor nerves resulting in muscular wasting and weakness. It occurs in one out of every 6,000-10,000 births.

Dozens of members and volunteers worked from early morning to late in the evening tearing out the old carpeting and worn interior to add new carpeting, insulation, tinted windows, new graphics, a new fabricated seat bracket for a new passenger seat for Emily’s mother Diana to swivel around to view and monitor the various medical equipment needed whenever Emily needs to be transported in the van.

A new customized in dash DVD system was added for Emily’s comfort along with a new built in GPS and entertainment system. New running boards, a back-up camera system and many other upgrades and improvements were made to the van to enable Emily and her family to travel safely and comfortably.

The van was worked on mechanically and the exterior of the van was washed and waxed using a long lasting polish and sealer. Graphics were created especially for this van and applied during the makeover.

The event was thoroughly documented with photos and we even had a videographer from the local Fox 45 TV network come to interview Nate, Emily’s father and record the work being done to the van. That evening the story was shown on the 10:00 p.m. news on Fox 45 TV.

The club submitted an in depth article with photos to the Mustang Times, the official magazine of the Mustang Club of America where the Mustang Club of Maryland was featured in the May 2011 issue.

The Mustang Club of Maryland is a vibrant, active club run by volunteers who are selfless enthusiasts in their joy of owning a true American legend, the Ford Mustang. As the Mustang approaches its 50th  anniversary in 2014 we are proud to be a part of that noble heritage.

 

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