This week marks the 50th anniversary of an American icon-- the Ford Mustang.

Local dealership Lance Cunningham Ford celebrated Tueday with a show of ponies, as they are affectionately called.

It hosted drivers taking part in the "National Cross Country Pony Drive" from Oklahoma to Charlotte.

More than 200 Mustangs and their owners stopped at the dealership for lunch.

Lance Cunningham Ford is one of the region's leading Mustang dealers.

"Some of the questions today is what's with the Mustang? Well, everybody has a car, everybody has transportation whether it be a truck or big SUV. A Mustang, it's just a culture, it's a life," said Lance Cunningham.

The Mustang's actual birthday is on Thursday, April 17th. A five day celebration gets underway at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday.

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