Oct 8, 2008 | Views: 723
Filed under: 2008 Ford Mustang (My Bullitt)
The show was held at the Queen Marry in Long Beach CA and put on by the Beach Cities Mustang Club on Sunday Oct. 5th 2008. Got'a hand it to the BCMC – despite some setbacks beyond their control – they really put on a great show.
I'd made reservations to stay aboard the Queen Mary and arrived about mid afternoon on Saturday amidst some inclement weather that had everybody worried. But luckily that blew through without too much drama other than to cause some of the participants, committee members & volunteers some extra prep time.
My stay aboard the Queen Mary was great! I got a great room and was a little bit surprised how large it was. Had a two room stateroom with bedroom and what I guess you'd call a living room with a foldaway couch a wet bar, refrigerator and two bathrooms. Aside from the two TVs and some modern electronics (radio & web TV keyboard) the room was something out of the 1930s. I had a couple of beers (Newcastle brown ales) in the lobby lounge and had a rather colorful chat with some the other guests. We where also entertained by a real live lounge singer (Jennifer) and a pretty interesting lady bartender who kept us enthralled with her stories about the ghosts that haunt the lounge.
Back to the show – because I arrived early and was more or less on my own, I volunteered to help out with parking. So got up early Sunday morning dawned an orange vest & a walkie talkie and helped park a fair portion of the 400 plus vehicles that took part in the show. I'm guessing I personally parked about 20-30 vehicles (Mostly Bullitts BTW of course). It was kind of funny because the committee made such a huge deal about how strait the lines had to be. But when it was all said & done and the last car'd been staged – I think our Bullitt section (the 2008s anyway) was the straightest and looked the sharpest. So I took great pride when ever I heard how great our section looked from others.
Anyway I had a great time but one of the highlights for me was having the chance to meet Chad McQueen who's father stared in the Movie was more or less responsible for the cult like following of all things Bullitt. Anyway while I didn't ask him for a autograph as so many of my fellow Bullittheads did but I did get to chat with him about the Bullitt Mustang & shake his hand. What a down to earth & all around great guy.
Well as I said well over 400 vehicles showed up 95% plus most Mustangs. But because the Bullitts were the featured model – between the clones' movies cars, the 2001 and the new 2008s, we had over 30 Bullitts at the show. I think someone told me that that was some sort of record.
That said it was a great event and I finally got to meet lots of fellow Ford, Mustang and of course Bullitt enthusiasts
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