31st Annual Chili Bash & All FORD Car Show & Mini Swap Meet

31st Annual Chili Bash

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The Mustang Club of West Virginia, Inc. (MCWV) was first formed in 1968 as part of the National Council of Mustangs, an organized group formed by Ford Motor Company through local Ford Dealers. The National Council of Mustangs lost interest after just a few years and, in the early 1970s, it was disbanded.

In 1974, a few of the original members of the National Council of Mustangs got together informally and decided to revive the club. They chose the Mustang Club of West Virginia as the club name. MCWV “redefined” itself and incorporated and acquired non-profit status in 1998. A special emphasis is placed on assisting local charities.

The MCWV celebrated their 25th Anniversary throughout 1999. As of August 2008, the club roster showed 62. One-third of the current membership has been members for twenty years or more. There are two charter members from the original Council of Mustang days.

The MCWV is open to all people who currently own, or would like to own, any Ford, Lincoln or Mercury product. You don’t have to own just a Mustang to be part of what most club members believe is the best car club in the Kanawha Valley. The club is more like family than just another “Car Club.”

The Annual All Ford Car Show & Chili Bash has grown in size each year. It originally started as a club “social” function in the fall of 1980. The club met for a couple of years and decided to hold a car show in conjunction with their Chili Bash. In 1987 there were a total of eleven cars registered for the event, held at Charleston Lincoln/Mercury.

The MCWV’s annual all-Ford show has become well known, not only throughout Southern West Virginia, but surrounding states as well. The annual event has evolved to not just being another “car show,” but back to its roots as a “social event.” People come each year to sample the Chili, look at the cars, and to renew old friendships and make new ones as well.