On any given day there are car shows and cruise-ins all across the land. Not many of these events can say they predate the birth of social media, however. Before MySpace and definitely before Facebook the crew at the Silver Mustang Registry wanted to put faces to their forum screen names and a show was born. This year the show celebrated its 10th anniversary.
“So we tried to find a central location for friends to meet, so we picked Stone Mountain. It was kind of a central spot where everyone could just come to the middle,” Donnie Salter, Founder of Mustangs at the Mountain, explained. “There were about 15 or 20 of us the first year —silver Mustangs. It used to be called Silver in the Hills because of the Silver Mustang Registry.”
It’s more than just a Mustang show to us. It’s a show and almost a family reunion. — Donnie Salter, Mustangs at the Mountain
“When it started, we had no kids and we weren’t married, so it’s kinda cool how it’s grown with us,” Donnie said. “…It’s more than just a Mustang show to us. It’s a show and almost a family reunion.”
Since taking on the new moniker five years ago, the Mustangs at the Mountain show has grown at a steady clip and the site has moved around to accommodate more cars. It has also picked up major sponsors like American Muscle, Late Model Restoration, Mustang Week, and Summit Racing. Along the way Donnie and his volunteer team have tweaked the format to keep things fresh. However, the idea was always to keep it chill.
Mustangs at the Mountain Winners
Best Of Show: Patricia Allen
Best Interior: Nathaniel Key
Best Engine: Clabe Hall
Best Suspension: Joseph Kitchen
Best Paint: Patricia Allen
Club Participation: Mustang Lovers
Pre-1979 Mustang: Richard Mchan
1979-1993 Mustang: Clabe Hall
1994-1998 Mustang: Wayne Mccutchen
1999-2004 Mustang: Jason Lemons
2005-2009 Mustang: Jerry Hamilton
2010-2014 Mustang: Robert Jahn
2015-2017 Mustang: Bryan Merrill
After making the road trip up and scouring the entire show, we can say that the vibe of the show is great and the variety of cars in attendance is much broader than just silver ’Stangs these days. We saw everything from ’60s classics to modern Coyotes and everything in between — even a Mustang II.
So, if you are in the area or feel like taking a vacation to Stone Mountain Park (there is a campground and amusement park there) keep this show on your radar for May 5, 2018.