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(April 18, 2014) – Concord, NC – On Thursday morning, members of the Diablo Valley Mustang Association were greeted by Mayor Scott Padgett and City Council members of Concord, NC. Special guest Jack Roush, owner of NASCAR team Roush Fenway Racing also helped mark the occasion.

Prior to their visit to Concord, home of Charlotte Motor Speedway, DVMA General Board Member and MCA Regional Director, Anita Bell-Karno contacted Padgett to schedule a meeting. With assistance from the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Roush Fenway Racing, a brief meet and greet took place in an exclusive setting—Jack Roush’s personal hangar with his P-51 Mustang aircraft serving as a grand backdrop.

More than a week ago, the caravan of six Ford Mustangs and 12 members hit the road for Corona, CA—their first stop of the cross-country trek where they joined the “Mustangs Across America” group for the seven day drive. According to DVMA, 519 Mustangs were registered as of early April. The group arrived in Concord, NC on Wednesday evening.

“As we celebrate the creation of an iconic car, this event is also an opportunity to celebrate tourism and encourage friendship,” said Donna Carpenter, President/CEO of the Cabarrus County CVB.

On behalf of their cities, Padgett and Bell-Karno exchanged letters of greetings and gifts of locally made treats from each city. Bell-Karno plans to present the offering to Concord, CA Mayor Tim Grayson during an upcoming City Council meeting.

About the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau
As a destination marketing organization, the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau is dedicated to promoting Cabarrus County as a visitor destination and enhancing the complete visitor experience. We also represent and support the interests of the local tourism industry and promote public awareness of the importance of tourism. For more information, visit our website ( or find us on Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (@SpeedCityUSA).

About the Diablo Valley Mustang Association
The Diablo Valley Mustang Association (DVMA) was established in 1979 for owners and fans of the Ford Mustang.  DVMA provides a common meeting ground for Mustang owners and fans and for further enjoyment of ownership through activities such as workshops, car shows, cruises, social activities and technical sessions.

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