CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - One of the most iconic of all American cars will honored in Concord with its own museum. The National Mustang Museum will be built in Cabarrus County with a proposed opening in summer 2017.
The interactive museum is set to be located near Highway 29 and Pitts School Road. The founders are working closely with city and county officials on the project which is currently in the planning and permitting stages.
While not affiliated with Ford Motor Company, Mustang Club of America or any other Mustang related business venture, the project is the concept of long-time Mustang enthusiasts Steve Hall, from Atlanta, GA and Ron Bramlett, from Morada, CA. Both are familiar with the area and felt Concord, NC is the perfect location for the Mustang Museum.
According to a news release, the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau established a relationship with Hall and Bramlett after working to attract and host the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration held in Concord in April 2014. Bramlett served as the Executive Director of the event.
"This project is an ideal fit for our community and we're eager to start welcoming Mustang lovers and even more auto enthusiasts from around the world to Cabarrus," said Donna Carpenter, President and CEO of the Cabarrus County CVB.
Known as "Where Racing Lives," Cabarrus County, NC is home to Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway, The Dirt Track and top NASCAR race team shops.
In addition to Mustang-related driving events and various events at the museum, Hall and Bramlett are also aiming to host a number of yearly Mustang gatherings to benefit the museum which will be announced at a later date.
In 2014, Bill Ford, the great grandson of Henry Ford, and currently the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, hosted the opening ceremony for a full weekend of Mustang related activities in and around Charlotte Motor Speedway in recognition of the Mustang's 50th anniversary.
Ford says the appeal of the car over the years is easy to understand.
"I think the original car when it came out caught America by surprise," Ford told WBTV. "They hadn't seen anything like it and it really began a love affair with Mustang that's continued for 50 years."
With the selected location just two miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway, Hall and Bramlett have also started exploring partnership opportunities with track officials. "We know that these yearly gatherings will grow each year and flow over into the Charlotte Motor Speedway when we exceed the amount of Mustangs we can accommodate on the museum property," said Hall.