Mus­tangs North­west 38th An­nual Roundup


We’ve been do­ing Mus­tang shows for decades now, and the Mus­tang Roundup held each July in the sub­urbs of Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton, is con­sis­tently among the best. Tech­ni­cally in the city of Belle­vue, the Roundup is the sig­na­ture event of Mus­tangs North­west, a lo­cal club af­fil­i­ated with the Mus­tang Club of Amer­ica. In­ter­est­ingly, 2018 was the 38th an­nual event, and the only MCA-judged show on the West Coast this year. The Mus­tang Roundup con­tin­ues un­abated, due in large part to an army of vol­un­teer Mus­tangs North­west club mem­bers. We thank this group for their com­mit­ment to the cause!

Com­pared to our last visit that was per­haps about 10 years ago, we found the Roundup to have changed very lit­tle—and that’s a good thing. Billed as the largest an­nual gather­ing of Mus­tangs any­where, we have no rea­son to doubt the claim. The four-day Mus­tang love­fest be­gins with a track day on Thurs­day at Pa­cific Race­ways in Kent, Wash­ing­ton. As an aside, the Kent track was a stop on the Trans Am cir­cuit back in the late 1960s, so there’s plenty of his­tory there for Mus­tang fans. In fact, at the 1970 Kent race, Par­nelli Jones notched yet an­other vic­tory in his Bud Moore Boss 302 Mus­tang on the way to the sea­son cham­pi­onship.

Fri­day is a less bois­ter­ous se­cond day of the Roundup, with a leisurely Pony Trails drive through the back­roads of western Wash­ing­ton. Day three is the MCA-judged show at Belle­vue Col­lege, fol­lowed by an evening park­ing lot party at the nearby host ho­tel with a live band. How­ever, it’s the fourth day at the Roundup that’s al­ways been the main at­trac­tion. Known as the Peo­ple’s Choice show, it in­cludes the judged show com­peti­tors from Satur­day, plus hun­dreds of Mus­tangs from around the North­west. This year in­cluded full dis­plays from Shelby Amer­i­can and Saleen, plus a dis­play from the North­west Ford Deal­ers, which in­cluded a pre­pro­duc­tion 2019 Bul­litt. Sun­day’s show also marked a joint ef­fort be­tween Mus­tangs North­west and the Puget Sound chap­ter of the Early Ford V-8 Club, with a suc­cess­ful at­tempt to bring in more clas­sic Fords of the non-Mus­tang per­sua­sion. It was great to see the smat­ter­ing of Cy­clones, Gal­ax­ies, pick­ups, and other great FoMoCo prod­ucts that showed up as part of this team ef­fort.

Ad­mit­tedly, the trend we see na­tion­wide of fewer clas­sic car par­tic­i­pants was no­tice­able at all Roundup events this year. In their place was a sea of modern Mus­tangs, and while we won­der where all the vin­tage cars have gone, the en­thu­si­asm for the later cars is heart­en­ing. That crowd tends to be younger, and is cer­tainly en­thu­si­as­tic about what Ford is cur­rently churn­ing out of Dear­born—and with good rea­son. There’s ab­so­lutely no doubt that the cur­rent crop of Mus­tangs are the most re­li­able, most com­fort­able, and most com­pe­tent ever. Yet we ap­peal to those with the vin­tage cars to recom­mit to bring­ing them to your lo­cal show for show-and-tell. Make no mis­take, peo­ple still want to see the clas­sic iron!

See more im­ages in our on­line photo gallery at: mus­ events/1808-roundup-re­dux-in-belle­vue-wash­ing­ton.

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