Tamworth Mustang muster could turn into club

BOYS AND THEIR TOYS: Neville Evans with his 1968 Mustang and Steve Bartlett with his 2016 Mustang Photo: Peter Hardin 180916PHB005

BOYS AND THEIR TOYS: Neville Evans with his 1968 Mustang and Steve Bartlett with his 2016 Mustang Photo: Peter Hardin 180916PHB005

YOU don’t usually see a brand new Mustang driving through the streets of Tamworth, let alone seven of them.

Last October, seven local enthusiast met at a launch party for the 2016 Mustang they had each just ordered.

They decided to meet every few months for a Mustang Muster.

On Sunday the group met at the Golden Guitar and cruised up to Kentucky, while earlier this year they took a drive down to Willow Tree for lunch.

Steve Bartlett, proud owner of a 2016 Mustang, said the group could develop into a local Mustang club.

“There are a lot of local Mustang owners, particularly the older models,” Mr Bartlett said.

“It's still early days but it could transform into a club where we hold regular rallies.”

He said Tamworth had "great potential" to hold big Mustang events.

“It's a great location, right in the middle of Brisbane and Sydney, so we could attract drivers from all over,” Mr Bartlett said.

“In my mind, there is a great opportunity to have a big event in July, with a could be associated with Hats Off or another major event, which could develop over the years.”

Mr Bartlett said he’s had a life long love affair with the “icon” car and jumped at the chance to have one of his own.

The 2016 Mustang is the first model to be released globally – that is as both a right and left-hand drive.

“Before this you had to import them in, then convert them to a right-hand drive,” Mr Bartlett said.

“The '16 model throws right back to the '65 and '67 models, it's got a modern spin, but the body design is inspired by the very early models.”

It's been a long time coming – Mr Bartlett ordered his car in October 2014 and it only arrived in March this year.

But it was worth the wait.

Like most Mustang owners, Mr Bartlett said he's constantly got a smile on his face when he's driving.

“They say you never own a Mustang, the Mustang owns you,” Mr Bartlett said, laughing.

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