My Mustang Fotofix: Contest Edition

It’s always fun to scour the AmericanMuscle archives or the Internet for material for the Fotofix, but we love to feature pictures that are a little more personal and a little less anonymous. So, members of were challenged to submit the best picture possible of their Mustang. Below are eight of the best pictures those members had to offer. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some gorgeous home-grown ‘Stangs.

Burnouts may not be good for your tires, but they sure are good for the soul.

Top 10 Mustang Events of 2010

Do you need something to do on your weekends? Do you need to spend more time talking Mustangs with fellow enthusiasts? Or, do you just feel the need to see if you can add a few more trophies to your collection? Friend, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 Mustang events of 2010, so you can find a place to mingle with other Mustang owners, test your track time, or show off your ‘Stang.

Number 10. 29th Annual Mustangs & All Ford Show in Grand Rapids, MI. — June 12th, hosted by the West Michigan Mustang Club. The show is open to any Ford-powered vehicle, and features awards for the top 20 Fords.

Number 9. 29th Annual Chester County Car Show in Kimberton, Pa. — May 30th, hosted by the Valley Forge Mustang club in Kimberton, PA. The show will feature People’s Choice awards for the top 3 Mustangs in each class, plus a President’s Choice award.

Number 8. 31st Annual Mustang & Ford Auto Show & Swap Meet in West Des Moines, IA. — June 6th, hosted by the Mustang Club of Central Iowa. Go for the Mustangs and the 38 popular vote classes, stay for the swap meet (private sales and commercial vendors) and the for-sale corral.

Tuner Turmoil

Question: “What do I need to know about tuners?”


I can’t get an easy question this week, can I?  This question isn’t so much difficult as it is very broad – and there is a lot you should know about Mustang tuners before purchasing one for your Stang.  A tuner is a device that reprograms your car’s computer to produce the best performance results, with or without modifications.  A chip or tuner is mandatory if you want to tune your car.  While a chip/tuner cannot fix mechanical problems, it can improve horsepower, torque, and yes – even fuel economy.

Chip vs. Tuner

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The most noticeable difference between a performance chip and a tuner is the method of use.  A chip installs directly onto the car’s computer and has a selector switch that allows you to change tunes “on the fly”.  Chips can hold up to 4 tunes and are recommended for pre-OBD II (1988-1995) vehicles.  The SCT 4-Bank Eliminator Chip that we offer is not like the pre-programmed chips you see elsewhere on the internet (like eBay for example); if you do not order tunes with the chip it will arrive blank, with no programming whatsoever.  While they don’t possess the DTC-reading feature like the flash tuners, they are still eligible for the “Free Tunes for Life” program; however they must be mailed back to us to have new tunes installed.

NMRA At Atco: Sun, Fun, and Mustangs Rockin’

What a weekend for AmericanMuscle and Mustang aficionados in the Philadelphia metro area! The NMRA brought its third race weekend of the season to Atco Raceway, in southern New Jersey, and the weather could not have been more perfect: sunny, mid-70’s, and an SPF-40 kind of day (the sunburned bodies in the office on Monday were too numerous to mention). It was a Mustang lover’s dream.

AM’s two sponsored NMRA drivers, Tim Matherly and Bart Tobener, arrived from Georgia ready to tear up the ¼ mile track with the best drivers in their respective classes. Tim’s 2010 modular Mustang runs in the Real Street class, and Bart’s Fox Body notchback Mustang has been eating up strips in the EFI Renegade class. In addition to Tim and Bart, AmericanMuscle had two of our own, Brick Spurio and Karen Baum, running in the True Street brackets.

Mustangs At the Ballpark Photo Contest!

Mustangs and baseball are the two best things about warmer weather, and we love combining two great things. In that spirit, we’re challenging our blog readers to take pictures of their Mustangs at a ballpark! The person who submits the best picture will win a Pypes Beast exhaust system, plus 2 tickets to a local major-league baseball game.Two runners-up will each win a $25 gift card and an AM prize pack.

The ballpark in question doesn’t have to be a major league stadium, but pictures should include the name of the ballpark if possible. Pictures must be submitted by midnight on Tuesday, June 1st. You can enter multiple pictures, but please do not submit the same entry more than once. Winners will be announced on the blog on June 4th June 7th (to give us time to take a look at the last-minute entries). We’ve included a couple of pictures from a similar post to give you some inspiration. Now all you need to do is snap some pictures!

1st place wins:

AM Employees Are Galloping Towards A Cure

I’d like to take a moment to step away from my  usual subject matter and talk about something very near and dear to my heart… Breasts. Now, they’re near and dear to my heart because I have a pair, and because I don’t think the  female form would be complete without them. Since this is a blog with a largely male audience, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re also fond of breasts, though probably for different reasons, which we won’t be exploring today.

Are Breasts an Endangered Species?

So why are we talking about breasts, if we won’t be showing you any, and if we won’t be talking about why you love them? Simply put, they’re being threatened. Breast cancer is sweeping not just the nation, but the world. It is endangering the busts of women everywhere, and it must be stopped. This is a cause that Ford itself can get behind.

From left: Emily, Heather, Karen not pictured: Tina
From left: Emily, Heather, Karen not pictured: Tina

You’re probably wondering why you should care, and how you could possibly help. It’s no secret that the automotive world is dominated by men. We forget sometimes that all of those men are firmly connected to women. No matter who you are, you have a mother. There’s a good chance that you also have a sister, or a girlfriend or wife, or a niece, or an aunt, or a friend who is a woman. The unfortunate, frightening fact is that any of them might have to do battle with breast cancer in their lifetimes. If that’s not an argument that moves you, consider that 1 out of every 100 cases of breast cancer is diagnosed in a man. While this cancer prefers women, it will still attack men.

Coming Up: AM At NMRA Atco, NJ Event

Bart Toebener

This coming weekend (5/14 – 5/16), the NMRA Keystone Ford National Series brings their third event of the season to the Atco Raceway in New Jersey. AmericanMuscle will be there!

Our two sponsored NMRA drivers, Tim Matherly and Bart Tobener, will both be on hand for the competition, and AM will be videoing their qualifying runs. We’ll be hanging out during the day on Saturday, walking the vendor midway, and cheering on our own Karen Baum and Brick Spurio as they compete in the local true street classes.

“Bad Bart” Tobener has been drag racing since 1998, and is competing this season in the EFI Renegade class. The competition is incredibly tough, but after his amazing qualifying run earlier this year at Bradenton, Bart is confident that he’s going to be a points front-runner in his class all through the season.

Tim Matherly
is the reigning 2009 NMRA Real Street Champion, having won the NMRA Real Street class at four different events in 2009. In June of ‘09, he set the then-top speed Real Street record of 146.050 at Atco in his MVPerformance Mustang. This year, Tim returns with a 2010 Mustang that is really race-styled and ready to challenge his prior record.

Here’s the schedule for Atco (courtesy of NMRA):

AM Sponsors 2010 King of the Street!

King of the Street

What gets the Mustang enthusiast’s blood pumping faster than watching Tim Matherly’s modular 4.6L 3V 2010 Mustang in an NMRA qualifying run? How about the opportunity to cut loose on your own – and show the world the track power and street sweetness of your own stallion!

AmericanMuscle is pleased to announce its partnership with 5.0 Mustang and Super Fords magazine in sponsoring the 2010 King of the Street Competition this coming fall in Bowling Green, KY.

“Everyone at AmericanMuscle is thrilled by the opportunity to be sponsoring the top Mustang street competition of the year,” said Andrew Voudouris, VP of AmericanMuscle. “It’s a natural fit for us as a company, and a great opportunity to reach out to our loyal customer base in a fun, ‘bragging rights’ style of competition.”

The attributes that are necessary to be KOTS champion embodies everything that AmericanMuscle strives to bring to our customers as well as the Mustang world in general. Judging is based on the following criteria:

2011 Mustang Commercial Debuts

Ford is understandably determined to showcase their 2011 V6 Mustang as much as possible. As our friend Jonathan over at mentioned in a post, the first 2011 Mustang commercials debuted recently. In his words:

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“The spot focuses on Ford’s new V6 Mustang screaming through urban streets in true muscle car fashion. No doubt, it’s pretty awesome to say the least. The big message? “31 MPG and 305 Horsepower.” Not bad, not bad at all”

Not bad, indeed. There has been a fierce rivalry between GT and V6 owners for years, and this much-anticipated Mustang will certainly help even the score. Watch it now!

Top 10 Mustang Movie Moments

Most of the folks here at AmericanMuscle love Mustangs. Okay, that’s probably being pretty mild. Most of the folks here at AmericanMuscle are obsessed with Mustangs. Not only can (and will) AM staffers talk pony tech with you all day, they can go on and on (and on) about Mustangs in pop culture, especially movies.

Since its initial release, the Mustang has been featured in thousands of movies. Like any big Hollywood name, the Mustang has had its share of bit parts. The original pony car has also won its share of starring roles, though, and those are what we discuss most. After some debate, we’ve put together a list of Top Ten Mustang Movie Moments. You’ll notice a lot of them are chase scenes, because Mustangs are at their best when they’re demonstrating their speed and handling capabilities.

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Number 10. Love it or hate it, the highly modified Mustang (aka Frankenstein’s Monster) in Death Race handles its business in its final race. movie info

Number 9. When you’re the last person left in New York City who hasn’t mutated into a nightmarish creature, what do you do for food and transportation? For Will Smith in I am Legend, the choice is simple. You hunt deer in a GT500. movie info