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Posted: 08/27/14

50th anniversary Mustang
star of car show

Observer Special Writer

      Given that the event takes place on the grounds of the Ford Romeo Engine Plant, it is fitting that the star of the 2014 Romeo Lions Club Peach Festival Car Show is a Ford.
       And not just any Ford.
       This year's featured attraction is a 2015 Ford Mustang. It is the 50th anniversary of the iconic sports car.
       Even better for car lovers, they will have a chance to speak with the man who spearheaded the vehicle's production: Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak, who is a Bruce Township resident.
       "The Peach Festival is a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a legend.
       "This truly is the best Mustang that we have ever made," Pericak adds. "We designed and built it from a clean sheet of paper and the results are nothing short of amazing."
       Pericak will also present a special Best Mustang in Show trophy, according to Car Show co-organizer Stan Kwolek.
       Kwolek expects approximately 200 vehicles to be on display during the event. He is enthused about Pericak's presence.
       "People will be excited to have a chance to see the new Mustang and to speak with Dave," Kwolek said.
       Pericak is looking forward to the occasion, too.
       "I can't wait to let them get into the vehicle and answer any questions they have," he said.
       Kwolek will be among them. He owns a 2003 Mustang Cobra convertible. Kwolek has been a participant in the show for the past eight years. This is his first year as event organizer. He is co-chairing, along with Paul Lozzi.
       Kwolek says it's not just the Car Show that is taking on a Mustang theme. Westview Orchards' corn maze this year is in the shape of a Mustang.
       The Best in Show Mustang trophy will be among several awards given out, starting with the People's Choice first, second and third place awards.
       Other awards include the Peach Queen's Choice, the Peach Festival President's Award, the Ford Plant Manager's Choice and the UAW Representative's Choice.
       Award trophies were made by Bill Miller and John Haley of Romeo-based Miller Machining and Tool.
       The Mustang, plant manager and UAW representative trophies feature a Ford piston. Other trophies feature a pair of rotating aluminum dice -- "a spin on fuzzy dice," Haley said.
       Miller crafted the trophies to be different than the run of the mill trophies usually handed out at car shows. He wanted to create something unique and memorable.
       Miller is a Lions Club member who sits on the car show committee. He and Haley are both car enthusiasts. Miller owns a 1937 Ford.
       This year's Car Show is Sunday, Aug. 31 and runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Ford Engine Plant, located on 32 Mile Road, east of M-53.
       Free shuttles will be available to and from the Peach Festival. Shuttles will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       For vehicle owners wishing to enter their cars in the show, registration is from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Award ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. However, the Mustang award will be given at 1 p.m.
       Other activities include a 50-50 raffle and door prizes. Registrants receive a commemorative dash plaque, as well as a ticket for a free Lions Club breakfast. Ford will have engines on display.
       For more information about the Romeo Lions Club Peach Festival Car Show, go to or

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