Blue Oval Enthusiasts Come Out To Play!

Text and Photos by Joe Greeves

    The first big show of the year is always a milestone event, even in the Sunshine State where there are numerous car shows every weekend of the year. This year, the Ford enthusiasts had the first opportunity to get together, enjoying the huge collection of 642 vehicles and attractions at the Ford and Mustang Roundup, sponsored by the National Parts Depot and held in Florida’s legendary Silver Springs State Park. No judges, no tech, no standing around for hours with nothing to do, this event is all about fun and with all the attractions of one of Florida’s oldest theme parks, there were lots of options. NPD hosts the weekend event but starts the fun early on Friday morning with a ‘Pony-Trails’ caravan through Ocala’s famous horse country to scenic Cedar Key. The 131 drivers on the tour had the option of viewing NPD’s fabulous collection of vehicles upon their return.  Beautiful weather Saturday and Sunday brought out a huge collection of vehicles, free if you were driving a Ford-powered ride that was 1993 or older. Newer cars paid only a modest $10 fee with all the proceeds going to Silver Springs State Park. Although Mustangs were certainly the favorite choice, with three 2015 Mustangs on display on the main stage, you could still see an amazing diversity of vehicles at the event.  Everything from a Ford-powered Monster Miata to a 1947 Lincoln Continental convertible with a 4.6L SOHC V-8 and four-wheel independent suspension! Participant judging on Sunday afternoon saw dozens of NPD awards going home with new owners. Avid enthusiast and all around great guy, Tim Manes won the coveted Lee Iacocca award in recognition of his years of dedication to the sport.  If you’d like to learn more about this season-opening event, go to  for details on the 2016 show.  Let them know if you would like to see the event become a big one day event or remain as a two-day weekend get-together.


 This year’s show was held at Silver Springs, one of Florida’s oldest theme parks.  The Vermillion Red SVO Mustang out front with a supercharged Coyote motor under the hood belongs to Wayne and Debbie Vance.     01.

 Sponsoring the event for the last two decades, the NPD booth was active throughout the weekend.  02.

 Tim Manes has been a regular at the show for many years. He began the build of his awesome ’65 Fairlane Sport Coupe with its supercharged 468 ci V-8 by selling 500 of his model cars on eBay, raising $25,000!   05.

 John Cornwell from Largo, Florida displayed his class-winning yellow 2005 Mustang GT convertible, loaded with details and complete with distinctive Lambo doors.  06.

 Brian and Kristie Erickson rolled in from Pensacola, Florida, taking a class win in their 1997 Mustang Cobra,  Larry Shinoda edition.   08.

 Arriving from The Villages, Florida, Donald Greenlee displayed his 1947 Lincoln Continental convertible, vintage on the outside and brand-new underneath, complete with a modern 4.6 L V-8. 09.

 Jean and Jerry Boles from Port St. John, Florida took a class win with their ’63 F-100 Styleside custom, powered by an awesome 4.6L, dual overhead cam V-8.   12.

 From the first Ford produced in 1903, this 1959 Ford Galaxie was the 50 millionth car produced by Dearborn in April 29, 1959. It had been assembled from select parts from every Ford plant and supplier, making everyone part of the milestone celebration.  16.

 Several brand-new 2015 Mustangs were on display, like this one owned by Cassie King from Orlando, Florida.  Her car was chosen for a trophy by NPD’s Anna Schmidt.   19.

 One of the biggest vehicles at the event was Glenn Townsend’s class-winning 2002 F-350, loaded with custom paint, off-road suspension, and competition stereo inside the plush cab.  20.

 Tod Anderson from Edgewater, Florida displayed his beautifully detailed Saleen Mustang.  22.

 From St. Augustine Florida, Pete Leonard took a class win with his distinctive Daytona Coupe replica, manufactured by Superformance and powered by a Roush 402 stroker V-8.  24.

 A genuine one-of-a-kind, this Mustang-themed ‘M1Stang’ was built by St. Augustine’s Bill Carnes using genuine Ford sheet metal and a Miata chassis.  26.

 The patriotic theme on the tilt forward hood of Ed Sobolewski’s 2011 Mustang GT/CS captured everyone’s attention as well as a class win.  27.

 Brian Stilwell from Lakeland, Florida displayed his bright orange ’65 Coupe, complete with highly detailed six-cylinder under the hood and beautiful custom interior.  29.

 John and Sandy Dunham from Stuart, Florida added a dash of high-performance when they squeezed a modern Ford V-8 into their 1997 Miata, making it a ‘Monster’!  30.

 The class-winning two-tone 1935 Ford Tudor Sedan of Wayne and Judy Newkirk from Jacksonville, Florida was updated with a modern 5.0 V-8 and Ford AOD automatic transmission.  32.

 One of the quicker cars at the event was the 1986 Mustang SVO owned by Wayne and Debbie Vance from Newland, North Carolina.  The supercharged Coyote motor produces just shy of 700 hp. 34. 


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