Washingtonians braved the wintry weather last Wednesday night to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and libations at Central Michel Richard and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the only car that could give James Bond’s famous Aston Martin a run for its money – the legendary Ford Mustang.
First featured on screen in the early-60’s film Goldfinger (in which 007, played by Sean Connery, had to resort to using one of the Aston Martin’s spy gadgets to out-drive the Mustang driven by Bond girl Tilly Masterson), the 50th anniversary of the famous roadster is marked by Ford’s growing effort to export the classic American muscle car to the world. In the words of Ford Group Vice President Ziad Ojakli, “The Mustang is going global. It’s one vehicle, built in 25 states, and is soon heading out to more than 100 worldwide markets, including Canada, France, and the UK.”
Central Michael Richard provided a Bond-worthy mix of fine wine and cuisine to mark the Mustang’s approaching international travels. Dozens of District denizens — including congressional staffer Brian Kaveney, Canadian Embassy Senior Policy Officer Steve de Eyre, and public relations professionals Ashley Duncan and Annie Hughes — mixed the appetizing with the automotive courtesy of one of DC’s finest restaurants and one of America’s biggest car companies.
A sleek charcoal-grey Mustang parked outside the restaurant led several partygoers to compare the classic sports car to another famous movie vehicle – the Batmobile. The Dark Knight himself was, as usual, unavailable for comment.