For over three decades, the Gulf Coast Regional Mustang Club has been staging its early spring Mustang show in Pensacola, Florida, the westernmost city in the state's panhandle. Over that time, the show has grown from a small gathering of local Mustang owners in a hotel parking lot to a full-fledged Mustang and all-Ford event at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, complete with an in-door concours show. This year, on March 26-28, the event took on the prestige of being named a Mustang Club of America national event, which helped to attract over 350 of the nicest Mustangs from all over the country.
In addition to the MCA involvement, the club added a few twists to the Gulf Coast National. Several other local car clubs were invited to participate, which brought Falcons, Mopars, and Porsches into the mix of available cars to view, although they were displayed in their own areas within the huge Fairgrounds facility. Also, Mustang participants had chances to get away from the polishing and waxing to take a Thursday deep-sea fishing trip or a Friday cruise to the National Museum of Naval History.