CONCORD, N.C. America’s original pony car will finally get its own national museum dedicated to its heritage when The National Mustang Museum comes to Concord, N.C., where the museum is currently expected to open in the summer of 2017.
Set to be located near Highway 29 and Pitts School Road, the museum not technically affiliated with Ford Motor Company or any other Mustang-related business ventures will offer an interactive historical experience. Concord’s home, Cabarrus County, is known locally as “Where Racing Lives,” and is also home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway, The Dirt Track and several NASCAR race team shops.
The founders of the museum are Steve Hall, of Atlanta, and Ron Bramlett, of Morada, Calif., who are both long-term Mustang enthusiasts who hosted the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration in Concord in April 2014. It was at this event the two hosts established a relationship with the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“This project is an ideal fit for our community and we’re eager to start welcoming Mustang lovers and even more auto enthusiasts from around the world to Cabarrus,” said Donna Carpenter, president and chief executive officer of the Cabarrus County CVB.
Hall and Bramlett hope to host a number of yearly Mustang gatherings to benefit the museum, to be announced at a future date. They’re also exploring potential partnerships with Charlotte Motor Speedway officials, which are located just a couple of miles up the road from their selected location.
“We know that these yearly gatherings will grow each year and flow over into the Charlotte Motor Speedway when we exceed the amount of Mustangs we can accommodate on the museum property,” Hall said.