Rapid Mustang and Ford Club History
The Rapid Mustang club was formed in 1990 by Vern Juran. He simply put a put in a newspaper add asking if anyone interested in Mustangs to meet at Baken Park Plaza in Rapid City South Dakota. That newspaper advertisement met with a surprising response from Mustang fans, which led to the formation of the Rapid Mustang Club. The first members were primary early Mustang enthusiasts from 1964 ½ to 1973. The club grew in scope in the mid 1990’s to include all Mustangs. Then in 2001 the scope was widened to include all Fords, Lincolns, and Mercurys. At that time the name and symbol for the club was changed to reflect the new name “Rapid Mustang & Ford Club” with non-profit incorporation forms filed with the state.
The first news letter published was dated October 4, 1990 with a total of 18 members. Membership has reached as high as over 100 with the help of McKie Ford sponsoring new members, for a year when they purchase a Mustang. The average membership has been between 60 and 80 while looking for more to join at all times.
In July of 1992 member Marty Boone came up with the first logo that the club used. This logo has gone relatively unchanged with a circle that had the mustang running horse symbol and bars and Mount Rushmore on the Bottom with the writing on the inside edge of the circle saying “Rapid Mustang Club of the Black Hills”. With the expansion of the club came the new symbol that you can see on our home page.
Through the early 90’s some of the standard events still take place that were formed back then. Participation in the “World of Wheels” which has changed to become the “Counts Motor Sports Show”, spring and fall runs, and picnics and Christmas Parties. Members also join together to go to various car activities such as shows in a group. In 1995 the big Annual Rapid Mustang Car Show was formed which still goes today under the name Annual Rapid Mustang & Ford Club Show. This show started outside of Rapid City’s Civic Center, went to Deadwood for a few years and currently is held back at Memorial Park outside of the Civic Center.
The club met with great success in its first time out at the “World of Wheels” car show getting the “Best Club Display” since then the name of the show has changed but the club has had a great tradition of winning most of the “Best Club Displays”.
Club presidents have been Scott Nixon, Don Bender, Mark Weishaar, Les Weishaar, and Vern Juran (founder). With other officer positions of Vice President, Secretary, Business Manager and Treasurer all of which has kept this club going to serve the enthusiasts in the area.
The club has been a charter member of the Mustang Club of America, and serves members in the 4 states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska. We are now one of the better known clubs in the area and are always looking to widen our horizons. The Web page is still new with it only being in existence since November 2002.