Mustang's 45th Anniversary 3 Months Away
It's hard to believe that the Mustang is going to be 45 years old on April 17th, 2009 but it's true. America's favorite pony car is what many of us would consider middle aged. But, as you can tell by this months center fold, all is well in Mustang land! Fort has given the Mustang a sexy new face lift, added a bunch of new options such as the full tinted glass roof (which just happens to be my personal favorite!), a supercharged engine option and kept the price well within the affordable range for most new car buyers. If they can't seduce some of the GM and Mopar fans over from the dark side with the 2010 Mustang, then I guess it's just impossible to do!
I've been told that the first 2010 Mustangs will be delivered sometime in February so they will be present at the Mustang 45th Anniversary Show. I also have no doubt that there will be a few on the Mustangs Across America cross country trip. So, if you're going to buy one, wouldn't it be a great piece of history for your new 2010 to be a part of this event? I sure think it would. But hurry. In just 3 short months on April 9th, Cindy and I will be leaving Stockton to drive to Las Vegas and meet up with the Mustangs Across America group for our drive to Birmingham, Alabama for the 45th Anniversary Show and all of its festivities. If you've ever wanted in on an event like this, it's not too late for you to join the party and come on the cruise with hundreds of other Mustang owners! Just go to www.mustangsacrossamerica.com and see what it's all about!
As for the Mustangs Plus April Display, it will be held on Saturday, April 25th so Cindy and I should be back for it with all kinds of tales of our 5,000 mile trip. And, some of them will actually be true! So come on out and spend the day with us and hundreds of other Mustang enthusiast who look forward to our show every year. Be sure to look for the entry form on line at our website, www.mustangsplus.com and also in the next Restomod Magazine. Hopefully we'll see you there!
Another Restomod Mustang Is On The Loose!
On December 19th, Tim Riley picked up his 1967 Restomod Mustang that he had The Restomod Shop build over the past several months. I must say, it is a beautiful car! Originally equipped with a "C" code 289 2V V8 engine and 4 speed transmission, it left The Restomod Shop with a Smeding Performance small block 427 Windsor engine, a Tremec 5-speed transmission, 9" rear end with 3:50 gears and Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes. Quite a difference in performance from the stock 289, 4-speed, 8" rear end and drum brakes!
As Tim's Mustang was being assembled in the assembly shop, most of the people who saw it asked exactly what the colors were. It's been a long time since I've seen any car generate as much interest in colors as Tim's Mustang did. Actually, the colors were selected by Tim from new cars that he saw. Many people assumed that the stripes were silver. But, in reality, they are a very light blue. When Terry and The Restomod Shop crew painted Tim's Mustang, Tim gave them the paint color codes. That's how the paint was ordered. So, if you want to know exactly what colors Tim chose, you'll have to ask him!
Another thing to keep in mind is that Tim special ordered a custom set of wheels for his Mustang and at the time he came to pick it up, they weren't ready. So, we loaned him a set of 18" Torque II wheels until his are finished. So, the next time you see Tim's Mustang, it will have his "mystery wheels" on it and the car will look different than it does in these pictures.
Tim will be at the Mustangs Plus April Display so come and see this beautiful Restomod Mustang! Hopefully, after Tim has it just the way he wants it, I'll be able to shoot it and you'll see it in a future edition of Restomod Magazine!
"I Support My Local Mustang Club. Why Should I Join The Mustang Club of America?"
Unfortunately, I hear this from Mustangers everywhere I go. The MCA is a very important part of the Mustang hobby and yet most Mustang owners who are members of local Mustang clubs are not members of the MCA. It's great to support the MCA. They are two different entities that provide different benefits to the Mustang hobby. Allow me to try to explain to you how and why they're different and why both need your support.
First, let's look at the average local Mustang club. Your local Mustang club is a place where you build friendships with local people who appreciate the Mustang the same as you do. With them, you'll have outings, shows, get togethers and monthly meetings. How your local club grows, how it donates to charities, the bonds it builds with local businesses and more is all in the club's control. Sort of like a family. But, it's very hard for local clubs to build relationships outside their area. The time, energy and money it takes to do this is usually not at the local clubs disposal. And this is where the MCA, as a national club, comes into play for all Mustang owners.
Now, let's look at the MCA. The MCA is the voice of the Mustang hobby that everyone hears on the national level. Currently, the MCA has around 11,000 members. The MVA has 25 National Board of Directors. There are also 5 members of the Executive Board which includes the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Past President. These 30 people come from all over the United States to run the MCA. Six national meetings are held each year. National Board Members attend these meetings on their own time and at their own expense. So, the people who are elected to these offices are dedicated MCA members.
As a national club, the MCA builds relationships with people and businesses from all over the world. A very good example of this is the MCA's relationship with Ford Motor Company. When Ford Motor Company wants to know what Mustang owners are thinking, they contact the MCA. This is exactly what Ford did back in May of 2008 when they had 10 MCA National Directors come to Dearborn to see the 2010 Mustang prototype. Afterward, we were asked to write down our impressions. Many people don't realize it, but without the MCA input to Ford, there probably wouldn't have been a 1994 Mustang. Or if there would have been, it would have been a front wheel drive. My sources tell me that the Ford Probe was supposed to be the 1994 Mustang. Where would our hobby be today if that had happened? Also, remember the tail lights on the 1994 and 1995 Mustangs? It was the MCA that convinced Ford to make the change to the 3 lens upright design which has been used on the 1996 and up.
On another level, the MCA has spent years understanding how the older Mustangs were built, what is considered correct and original, and has put these facts together to come up with judging rules and categories for all Mustangs. It really means something for your Mustang win a Gold, Silver or Bronze award at a MCA National Show. Just ask any of those people who have bought a Mustang, any Mustang, and paid thousands of dollars more for it at one of the auctions like Barrett-Jackson because it was an MCA Gold winner. Without the MCA to set that standard, how would anyone know the quality of the car they were buying? This effects every Mustang owner because it helps to keep the value of our Mustangs higher.
Another reason to belong to the MCA is because the MCA gives back so much to the Mustang hobby. There are over 175 MCA Regional Mustang Clubs all over the world. As an MCA Regional Club, the MCA helps many of them by providing insurance under the MCA umbrella for their car show and events that would cost them thousands of dollars a year. The cost for this coverage? Nothing. As an MCA Regional Club, the club can apply for show insurance and hold their event knowing that the participants are protected and that their club is safe in the event of a problem. You'd be surprised at how many Mustang shows would not happen if it weren't for the MCA helping their Regional clubs. This brings up the question. Is your local Mustang club an MCA Regional Club? If not, why not? The MCA requirements are very minimal and the MCA is always looking for more ways to help. For more information, go to www.mustang.org.
I didn't get around to building friendships all across the United States and the wonderful National shows that the MCA sponsors and host. These, along with the above, are just a few of the reasons I feel it's important to be a member of the MCA. It cost just $40.00 a year and if you join for 5 years, you get the 5th year free. Each month, you'll receive Mustang Times, the club magazine. For any true Mustang enthusiast, the magazine alone is well worth the membership price. So think about it. The MCA needs every one of us as members so that it can continue to be the voice of the Mustang hobby.
Until Next Time,