[drumroll; pass the envelope, please...oh, we're so excited we can barely contain ourselves...]
Paul Bledsoe’s dark blue 1988 Fox Body Mustang GT. Here’s the particulars of Paul’s very sweet ride:
Model: 5.0L GT
Color: Dark Blue
Body style: Fastback
Comments: “This car is a junk yard purchase, fully restored, from empty shell to show car level, taking 4 years. It is a tribute to our son, Patrick, who died suddenly in 2000. His younger brother and I finished in 2006, what he started in 1999.”
Paul hails from Louisiana, and his ‘stang recently nabbed a first place trophy in the Modified Class, 1964-1/2 to 2010 at the Mustang Club of America (MCA) National Show in Pensacola, Fl., along with a similar win at the 45th Mustang anniversary bash in Birmingham, Al. in 2009.
The voicemail on my office phone was time stamped at 3:17AM, and the frantic message that followed was left in an almost unintelligible whimper:
“Dude. You are so not gonna to believe this. Check your email first thing in the morning.”
How do you take a Mustang from stock to super-powered? This winter, we took our ’05 Legend Lime V6 on the road to Swarr Automotive in Collegeville, PA. The mission was simple–to add more horsepower and style to the bone-stock ‘Stang (and boy, did we ever; just wait until you see the final numbers!). We’re releasing the super cool 4-part project videos on April 6th, but we’re awesome, so we have a sneak peak video to keep you salivating ’til then.
Guess which mods we’re using, and you could win a $50 AmericanMuscle.com gift card! The first two people with the most correct, specific (saying ‘CAI!’ isn’t quite specific enough) guesses will each win a $50 AmericanMuscle.com gift card and a wicked cool AM t-shirt. That’s a heck of a prize for just guessing! All you have to do is watch the video below, and leave a comment on this blog entry letting us know which Mustang mod you think we’ve made. If you’re the first person to make the most correct guesses, you win. It really is that easy, so watch the video and let us know what your best guess is!
Spring is here at long, long last. That means it’s time for all the Mustangs that have been hibernating to come out and bask in the sun. These high-powered, shiny ‘Stangs will be showing off (and rightly so) at every traffic light and racetrack around. Having a high-performance Mustang is a beautiful thing, but for many of us, it’s not the only thing. While there’s a certain segment of the population that loves the “sleeper” style (you’ve seen them, they’re the primer-black beasts with the huge engines), and there’s nothing wrong with that, most folks prefer to have a ‘Stang with a cleaner style. Whatever your preferred look may be, there are no limits to your styling options. One of the things to consider when planning your exterior mods is what kind of look and feel you’re into. There are several popular themes, and you might want to consider one of them when you’re customizing your pony.
- Aggressive – Mustangs have a lot of attitude and a certain toughness by their very nature, so it’s a natural choice to play that aggressiveness up. A chin spoiler always gives a touch of menace to a Mustang, and a wicked cool billet grille is another great way to add some spice.
- Sporty – If you want a lighter, less threatening look for your ‘Stang, why not go sporty? Lowering your pony will help your performance, and improve your stance on the road. If you’re rolling in a convertible, a light bar will add some personality to your ride. A hood pin appearance kit is a perfect finishing detail, and it saves you from having to drill through your hood.
- Blacked Out – For those who think the aggressive style listed above is a little too soft, there’s the blacked out look. Sure, you could go with some simple black accessories to accentuate a great paint job. But when there’s a whole world of tinting and darkness to explore, you probably won’t be content with just a blackout panel for long.
- Retro – If you’ve gotta have that sweet, shiny chrome, it’s time to go retro! Wheels are an obvious, easy modification that can make a huge difference. For a bigger dose of the shine, try a door dress-up kit with an antenna or some tail light trim.
- Custom – When you like everything we’ve mentioned, or especially if you only like certain parts of those styles, the custom option is a great way to go. Mixing and matching different styles and ideas will create a unique look that suits you perfectly. (more…)
In an encore performance, a Mustang is once again pacing a major NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The recently unveiled 2011 Mustang V6 has been selected as the pace car for the the Food City 500, coming up this Sunday at Bristol International Speedway.
This is the second time in the current NASCAR Sprint Cup season that a Mustang has paced the field. In February, the 2011 5.0 GT was piloted by NASCAR legend Richard Petty during the pace lap of the Daytona 500.
So what makes the second time so special? No one can remember when two Fords (much less two Mustangs) were selected for pace car duties in a NASCAR single season. What we’re witnessing is recognition of Ford’s commitment to the Mustang, and to continue offering a thrilling ride to the every day performance car enthusiast.