2016 Mustang GT Road Trip

Mustang Challenge | 26 Days, 13 US Cities, 8K Miles, 1 Road Trip


It is my pleasure to introduce what is quite possibly our most questionable venture to date: The Mustang Challenge.

In what seems like the setup for a slapstick B-comedy movie, two Canadians are flying down to our offices in Pennsylvania and grabbing the keys to an AM employee’s Ruby Red 2016 Mustang GT PP and embarking on an 8,000 mile road trip across the country – cue laugh track.

[The Mustang Challenge is a loosely bound concept that was created to inspire others to get out and explore the country in their cars. In this Mustang Challenge, two Canadians are touring the USA for the first time, traveling for 26 days through 13 different US cities while traversing over 8,000 miles behind the wheel of a 2016 Mustang GT. This is one post in a series of many. To read the previous articles, jump to the bottom of this page.]

Backstory

I was recently approached by one of our senior freelance contributors, Connor, about his grand plan to travel down from Canada to the United States with another friend, exploring the country one burger joint at a time. While he was initially looking to borrow one of AmericanMuscle’s fleet cars to transverse the continental United States, I had to be the bearer of bad news/voice of reason (unfamiliar territory for me) and spout off some jargon about “insurance nightmares” and “timing issues”.

However, my ever open-minded colleague and ex-blog editor caught wind of the request. “What if they take my ’16 GT?” he asked me during a meeting, at which point I had to pick my jaw up off the table. Through some back and forth between Connor and Andrew, they eventually settled on swapping cars for a few weeks after the AmericanMuscle Car Show on August 13th.

To set up the trip and iron out all the logistics, Connor flew down from Canada in his plane with his road trip partner Alex and met up with us at the AmericanMuscle HQ. We gave them the grand tour, showing them everything from our video studio to our spinny chairs (they even recline!), before sitting down to hear their pitch, which included a questionably drawn map of North America.

Map of America
Highly Detailed Pre-trip Planning Map of America

When they wrapped up their proposal, there was a moment of silence before chuckle and a “let’s do this” seal of approval rained down on the crew. And just like that, it was settled- two dudes from Canada have managed to successfully bamboozle my boss out of his S550 Mustang (something I laughed at and have reminded him of daily).

Map of Mustang Roadtrip

Where We’re Headed

Immediately following the AM Car Show, Connor and his buddy Alex are going to trade keys with Andrew, taking his 2016 Mustang GT on a 26-day road trip spanning 13 US cities while trotting over 8,000 miles of heated asphalt. For those 26 days, Andrew will be driving Connor’s 102,000 mile, $250 2004 Ford Focus Station Wagon back and forth from Philadelphia to Malvern. I honestly don’t know who is going to have the more interesting 3-1/2 weeks.

What I do know is that we will be closely covering this Gearhead/Freaky Friday scenario, updating the blog frequently with the mishaps, oddities, and overall impressions of both parties. So please, sit-down, relax and scratch your head as you and I wonder why anyone thought this was a low-risk, good idea as we document this cross country adventure.

Map-With-Legend

Click the link to read the article from each stop

Departures/Arrivals Approx. Distance (kms) Time behind wheel (hrs) Duration (nights)
Montreal/Malvern 760 7.3
Malvern/Virginia Beach 433 5.2 1
Virginia Beach/Nashville 1138 10.6 2
Nashville/New Orleans 857 7.6 2
New Orleans/Austin 818 7.6 2
Austin/Phoenix 1619 14.4 1
Phoenix/ Los Angeles 599 5.5 1
Los Angeles/ Las Vegas 434 4 2
Las Vegas/ San Francisco 916 8 2
San Francisco/Portland 1024 9.8 2
Portland/Salt Lake City 1232 11 1
Salt Lake City/Denver 839 7.7 2
Denver/Kansas City 970 8.5 1
Kansas City/Indianapolis 511 4.8 1
Indianapolis/Columbus 282 2.6 1
Columbus/Malvern 718 6.8 1
Total: 13,150 kms (8,171 miles) 121.4 hrs 22 nights (4 nights baked in for random debauchery)

Apologies for this being in kilometers to our friends in the USA (basic conversion is 1 mile = 1.6 kilometers).

Follow The Series

Be sure to check back to the blog on Tuesdays and Fridays for updates. You can also follow Connor and Alex on their adventure by checking in on Twitter and Instagram @MustangMounties

4 comments

  1. Last September I took my ’15 gt pp from central NY all the way to long beach and then up the pch and back in 9 days, hands down the greatest experience of my life so far

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    1. That sounds like a ton of fun Karl–there’s just something about a Mustang that seems to beg for a solid beach cruise every once in a while. Got any plans for your next trip location wise?

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