A 1984 Ford Mustang GT convertible owned by a member of the Central Illinois Mustangers — who sold the automobile and re-purchased it years later — will be among dozens of cars expected to be shown during the 41st annual Mustang and All Ford Show scheduled for Sunday.
MIKE ROATE’s mustang (maroon with white top) will be among those displayed at the show to be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Landmark Ford, 2401 Prairie Crossing Drive.
The event, open to the public, draws from a regional area.
“Mustangs are kind of the centerpiece, but we show all Fords — Thunderbirds, Lincolns, Mercurys — anything that either is built by Ford or Ford-powered,” said Roate, chair of the show and treasurer of Central Illinois Mustangers.
Roate said the 1984 Ford Mustang GT was the first new car he purchased.
“Then I sold it 10 or 11 years later, and then bought it back 10 years later,” said Roate, who also will display at the show a 2007 Roush Roadster Convertible Limited Edition that’s black on top and silver on the sides.
“I sold the car. I had just gotten married and family considerations and things like that and in the meantime still couldn’t get the Mustang bug out of my blood, so my wife said, ‘Hey, why don’t you find another Mustang?’ ”
Roate got another Mustang and showed it at a national show at a local hotel, and the man who bought his 1984 Ford Mustang GT left a note on his car.
“I got ahold of him, things came together, and I bought it back,” said Roate, who has been working on it for years.
The Mustang and All Ford Show will benefit the local BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS.
“We work with Landmark Ford on this. Landmark Ford’s our corporate sponsor,” Roate said. “We try to rotate the charities for the shows every year. We try to pick a different one. We do at least three or four years before we go to the same charity. …
“The Boys & Girls Clubs has been a very special charity to Landmark and the management there, and this year we wanted to do something to help them and show our appreciation.”
Funds are raised through show registration fees, a raffle and 50/50 drawing.
“We’re expecting a good crowd. The weather so far is looking really well, and that helps bring out a crowd,” Roate said.
“We’ve had feedback already. We’ve had calls from people in southern suburbs of Chicago; Kansas City area; St. Louis; St. Charles, Missouri. We’re expecting some people to travel to this, this being a regional show.”
Registration for the car show may be done the day of the show for $20.
A regional club affiliate of the Mustang Club of America, Central Illinois Mustangers has about 80 member families and meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month, usually in Rochester at the village hall, 1 Community Drive.
For more information, visit www.cimclub.com or Facebook (Central Illinois Mustangers).
Contact Tamara Browning: firstname.lastname@example.org, 788-1534, twitter.com/tambrowningSJR.