French Mustang club takes Tupelo pit stop

TUPELO – This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, and the 25th anniversary of the Mustang Club de France.
Members of the club decided it was time for le grand tour, or, as Americans might call it, a road trip.
“We rented 42 Mustangs in Atlanta,” said Jean Claude Dupree, club president. “They’re brand new, 2010. They’re not yet in Ford dealerships.”
The group has visited Chattanooga, Nashville and Memphis. On Thursday, they stopped at the Tupelo Automobile Museum on the way to Birmingham for a Mustang celebration.
“We saw Tupelo was on the route from Memphis to Birmingham,” said Dupree, a Nampîmes resident who owns a ’67 convertible. “We were obligated to stop. This is magnificent. This is a super, super museum here.”
The Mustang Club de France has more than 300 members, and 94 made the trip to the United States. Carl Attali, 46, of Paris, bought his 1995 black and white convertible about six months ago.
“I have a lot of Mustangs in die cast models,” he said. “It’s a passion.”
Pascal Barthod, 44, of Paris, owns four of the classic cars. His collection began nearly 25 years ago, when Barthod was watching television.
“It was a French film with a ’67 convertible Mustang and ‘Whoa!,’” he said. “In my mind, I want that car.”
Barthod said his first Mustang was “rusty and damaged. The car ran, so it was a very good deal for me.”
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