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MAA Trivia and Historical Anecdotes

• In 2004, the 40th Anniversary drive broke all records for participants coming from abroad with enthusiasts from New Zealand, Pago Pago, Australia, Sweden, and England.

• In 2004, again records were broken for the amount of participants who drove their cars from the East Coast all the way to California to start the trek in reverse.

• In recognition to those donning the US uniform of military service, MAA granted all active military personell FREE registration for the 40th Anniversary Drive and gave discounts to retired military as well.

• In 1995, Michael Hedges brought his car from Maryland to drive in the convoy from Ventura, CA to Seattle, WA.

• Only one Saleen participated in the 1994 MAA and that was Penny and David Willis's black and gold 1990 Saleen Convertible. The car was carried in an enclosed trailer with a custome made graphic of the MAA map. Penny and Dave added tape to the map each night, marking the path of the day's journey.

• The kick-off reception for the 1994 MAA event was attended by US Congressman John T. Doolittle and Ford guru John Coletti. The morning the convoy departed, MAA was presented with a Senate Resolution by California Senator Tim Leslie declaring that day "Mustang Day" in California.

• Brian Fenech of Goldsboro, NC who is often credited for inspiring the MAA movement liked the original 1994 Mustang GT pace car provided by Ford Motor Company so much he ordered one exactly like it.

• Both times MAA drove through Flagstaff, AZ in 1994 and in 1996 the convoy was met by snowy blizzard conditions.

• The participants of the 1996 MAA Event got the rare opportunity of a personal tour of the Dearborn Rouge Center Mustang assembly plant. Afterwards they attended a special show at the "Glass House" where they got their car's picture taken along side Ford concept cars.That evening they attended a special banquet with Ford executives from Team Mustang.

• In 1995, Rick Meredith of Orange County won a weekend in a Lincoln Mark VIII at a local Mustang show from FoMoCo. He drove the car in the MAA North to Seattle event. He was heard giving regular weather reports from the car's trip computer. He entered and won the Navigational Rally put on by the Mustangs Northwest club.

• All three MAA events garnered participants from 43 states, Australia, Canada, and Germany.

• During the years of the MAA Registry, newsletters were printed in both English and German languages.

• In 1994 the American Gas Association was planning to send a natural gas powered 1994 Cobra Mustang on the MAA trip with celebrity driver Tom Cruise as a publicity opportunity, but the deal was scrapped as MAA management felt the publicity would be a detriment to the event.

• In 1994, Peter Bulcock's COBRA II lost his engine in New Mexico. The chase vehicle hauled his car through four states. A team of participants and Mustangs Monthly editor Jerry Pitt conspired to help overhaul his engine in a hotel parking lot overnight in Little Rock, AR. He was on the road again the last day of the trek.


• MAA Alumni planning 2007 Caravan drive to Mustang, OK for the MCA National show in April!

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