A Date with the Queen - Beach Cities Mustang Club
The Beach Cities Mustang Club's annual show at the Queen Mary should be in everyone's calendar
As car shows go, Mustangs at the Queen Mary enjoys one of the nicest venues in the country with a breath-taking view of the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline, and the RMS Queen Mary docked nearby. With three smoke stacks jutting skyward, the Queen Mary has been moored in the Port of Los Angeles since 1967 and open as a tourist attraction since 1971. When Mustangs and a great historical attraction get together, it's an experience not to miss. Last year, Mustangs at the Queen Mary hauled in over 325 cars.
The Queen Mary is a 75,000-ton ocean liner that first set sail on May 27, 1936, serving primarily across the North Atlantic between Britain and New York City for more than 30 years. The Queen Mary served valiantly during wartime as a troop ship ferrying allied soldiers. After World War II, she was converted back to a passenger liner for the remainder of her time in service, then docked permanently in Long Beach.
It seems logical Jon Schultz of the Beach Cities Mustang Club would choose this spot for a Mustang show. For 16 years, Mustangs at the Queen Mary has been the biggest little Mustang show you'll ever see because it draws thousands every September. If you live in the Southwest, it's worth the trip, especially if you book a room aboard the RMS Queen Mary Hotel and pretend you're sailing the North Atlantic.
Schultz credits the show's success to committed sponsors like Scott Drake, Hotchkis Performance, America's Tire, Whiteline USA, K&N Filters, TruFiber, Roush Performance, Ford Racing, Falken Tires, Magnaflow, Voss Performance, and Vortech/Paxton. Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin, Jr. made his third appearance at The Queen, this time promoting his new RTR Mustang. Mustangs at the Queen Mary was also the final stop for the High Five Tour with its special Shelby GT 500 tribute car for Wounded Warriors.
Appropriately, Mustangs at the Queen Mary paid tribute to Carroll Shelby with a moment of silence, along with a surprise guest, Carroll's widow, Cleo. Jon also holds close the late Joe Gosinski with a Memorial Best of Show Award, which was taken by Steve Phillips' '71 Mach 1. Gosinski, founder of Chicane Sport Tuning in suburban Los Angeles, was the apparent victim of murder several years ago. Law enforcement continues to search for his assailant. For more information visit www.rewardforjoe.com.
Schultz credits an army of over 100 volunteers who help him put this show on every year. The show committee alone consists of 30 volunteers. He adds he could never pull it off without the assistance, along with dedicated sponsors and supporters.