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: mustang-360.com/ events/1808-roundup-redux-in-bellevue-washington.