NORTH FORSYTH — A herd of Mustangs will travel through the mountains this weekend, but don’t grab your saddle just yet.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, the inaugural Run for the Gold Pony Drive will draw hundreds of Ford Mustangs from all eras to journey 40 miles from Coal Mountain Elementary School to Lumpkin County.
“Mustangs from all around Georgia will take a cruise up Hwy 9 and all the backroads to Dahlonega,” said organizer Joe Grace. “We’re at 100 [cars], and I know a lot of people are keeping an eye on the sky. We’ll probably have a lot [more] show up if the weather holds up.”
Grace said the event is different from normal car shows, as there will actually be a chance to drive.
“It gives people an opportunity not only to mingle with other Mustang owners, look at their cars, talk about their cars like they would normally do, but actually get the car out and drive it,” he said.
The rally benefits Annandale Village, a nonprofit in Suwanee that provides life assistance to adults with intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.
In-person registration will remain open through start time, though it closes online at 2 p.m. Friday.
Cost is $25, and attendees will receive a T-shirt and poster celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic car.
The school is at 3455 Coal Mountain Drive, off Hwy. 369 in north Forsyth.