Still reeling from the failure of the Ford Edsel, Henry Ford II was originally reluctant to approve Lee Iacocca’s concept for the new Mustang. Eventually, Ford relented, and production began, with the first example rolling off the assembly line on March 9, 1964. Over the ensuing 55 years, six generations of Mustangs – totalling over 10 million vehicles – have been produced.
Stated Motorama Show Car Co-ordinator Gary Challice, “It’s perfectly timed for the Motorama show to celebrate the Mustang, a car that set the standard for the muscle cars in the 1960s and beyond. Mustang has such a glorious history, we’re honoured to have more than 40 examples, covering the full spectrum of street, road racing and drag cars, here to celebrate the 55th anniversary.”
Challice continued, “We will have a very rare, special edition Laguna Seca Mustang on display in the front hall. And with the aid of the Barrie Mustang Cruisers, The Golden Horseshoe Mustang Club and The Ontario Mustang Club, show visitors will be able to see virtually every style of Mustang ever produced.”
When it comes to engineering and building production-based Mustangs for global road racing series, the undisputed leader is Markham, Ontario’s Multimatic Motorsports.
With the assistance of Canadian race driver, Scott Maxwell, Multimatic has designed, developed and constructed road-race Mustangs that have enjoyed a long and distinguished history of success.
One of Multimatic’s most recent developments is the Mustang GT4, homologated for global GT4 competition, and currently racing in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Blancpain GT World Challenge America and the British GT Championship.
Multimatic Motorsports’ display at Motorama will include a Mustang GT4, along with the company’s ‘retro-mod’ 1932 Ford Coupe. In addition, as builder of the current Ford GT supercar, Multimatic will have one on display, liveried in the iconic Comstock Racing colours. Multimatic will also have recruiters on-site, specifically seeking highly skilled painters and detailers for its Ford GT assembly facility in Markham.
Multimatic Motorsports will support the show’s Mustang exhibitors by sponsoring participation plaques of appreciation that will be awarded to each car owner.
“The response from Mustang clubs and car owners to the anniversary feature at Motorama has been incredible,” said Motorama’s Rob Morton. “This will be the biggest single-make celebration we’ve ever included at the show. The fact that Canada’s own Multimatic is going to be a big part of it is the cherry on top! We’ve worked closely with them since our company was formed in 1997. We were honoured to be on their Le Mans-winning car in 2000, and Larry Holt’s (Multimatic’s Chief Technology Officer) column in our car racing magazine, Inside Track Motorsport News, is a ‘must read’ piece in every issue. We’re honoured that they’re participating at the show this year.”
The Mustang Corral will occupy the southern portion of Hall 2 in Toronto’s International Centre and will welcome the public for all three days (March 8, 9 & 10) of Motorama.
ABOUT MULTIMATIC: ‘Strength Through Technology’ is both a motto and the operating philosophy at Multimatic. Multimatic’s core competencies include design and creation of complex mechanisms, body hardware, suspension systems and body structures, as well as the design and development of lightweight composite automotive systems. In addition, Multimatic delivers niche vehicle design, development and production of road and race applications. Headquartered in Markham, Multimatic has manufacturing divisions and engineering facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and alliance relationships with partners around the world.
To learn more about Multimatic and Multimatic Motorsports, visit their website: www.multimatic.com.