Ford Mustang parade celebrates icon's 50th birthday


Ford Mustang 50th Birthday

Not many models can boast a 50-year lifespan, but the Ford Mustang is one of the few that can. This legendary model was born in 1964 and enters its sixth incarnation this year, in the form of a sharp new turbocharged model.

To celebrate the Mustang's 50 years as the iconic affordable American sports car, a sunny Silverstone saw the largest-ever European gathering of Mustangs last weekend. A parade of 175 gleaming Mustangs took to the circuit – charting the transition of the "Pony Car" from its birth as a 60s muscle car to a turbocharged 21st-century machine, which buyers will soon be able to find in showrooms.

The Mustang's 50th-birthday celebrations saw a huge crowd gather to simultaneously watch Mustangs on the track and in the skies – in the form of a Second World War 'Mustang P51' air display. Also starring at the event were machines from movies including Gone in 60 Seconds, American Gangster and Bullitt.

Two Mustang Celebration Races took place on the track, featuring a record 30 race-prepared Mustangs thundering around the track – and full 58 car grids. The packed line up included a number of illustrious Shelby GT350s and former F1 driver and Le Mans winner Jackie Oliver.

The all-new 2015 Mustang also made an appearance at the event. The 21st-century iteration may give buyers the option of a very un-60s turbocharged model but traditionalists shouldn't be disappointed – a throbbing 5.0-litre V8 motor will still be available.