Everyone Is Invited to Bring their New & Rare Classic Cobras and Mustangs

SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011—Lyon Air Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage military aircraft and automobiles, will host an open forum inviting owners of classic and late-model Cobras and Mustangs to bring their cars to the Museum as part of a “Cars & Cockpits” event scheduled for Sun., Nov. 6, 2011, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the facility, located on the west side of the runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. (NOTE: Weather permitting).

Viewing the automobiles in the Museum parking lot is free of charge. Regular Museum admission prices (see below) will be in effect.

“The Ford Mustang is one of the most successful sports cars ever built by an American automobile manufacturer, and we want to showcase this incredibly popular vehicle,” said Mark Foster, president of Lyon Air Museum. “This is the first time we’ve ever used this ‘Open Forum’ mode of inviting all comers to bring their cars for display. We think it will open this event to newer audiences.”

Introduced in 1964, the Ford Mustang created the “pony car” class of American automobiles—sports car-like coupes with long hoods and short rear decks—and gave rise to competitors such as GM’s Chevrolet Camaro and imports like the Toyota Celica. Probably the most famous Mustang ever built was a Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback driven by Steve McQueen’s character in the 1968 action pic “Bullitt.”

Decades of Mustang design changes have produced notable models like the 429 SCJ (Super Cobra Jet) and the Shelby Mustang, a high-performance variant built by Shelby American from 1965 through 1970.

The 1993 Shelby Mustang SVT Cobra was a pony car built by Ford and the Shelby Special Vehicle Team (SVT). With the introduction of the “new edge” Mustang in 1999, came a new SVT Cobra. Debuting in early 2002, the 2003 Cobra, codenamed “Terminator” by the SVT development crew, came with a supercharged 4.6 L DOHC engine.

Today’s fifth-generation 2011 Ford Mustang V6 Coupe echoes in its styling the fastback Mustangs of the late 1960s.

The 30,000-sq.ft. Lyon Air Museum opened in Dec. 2009. The Museum has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational aircraft and vehicles. In addition to military vehicles and motorcycles, on display are an original 1939 Mercedes-Benz Model G4 Offener Touring Wagon used by Adolph Hitler in Germany and Poland until it was seized by the French Army at the war’s end.

Lyon Air Museum is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707. P: 714/210-4585. F: 714/210-4588. Email: info@lyonairmuseum.org. Web: www.lyonairmuseum.org.

Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission rates: General admission–$12; Seniors and Veterans–$9; Ages 5-17–$6; Under age 5—Free. Groups of 10 or more–$1 off each visitor. Pre-arranged school groups—Free.

Media Contact:
Ned Madden
Rodheim Marketing Group