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.]
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.
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).
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.
Mustang Challenge Itinerary
Click the link to read the article from each stop
|Departures/Arrivals||Approx. Distance (kms)||Time behind wheel (hrs)||Duration (nights)|
|Phoenix/ Los Angeles||599||5.5||1|
|Los Angeles/ Las Vegas||434||4||2|
|Las Vegas/ San Francisco||916||8||2|
|Portland/Salt Lake City||1232||11||1|
|Salt Lake City/Denver||839||7.7||2|
|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
- Giving away a 2016 Mustang GT
- The trip from Connor’s perspective
- Here’s why Andrew’s giving his 2016 GT away
- Day 1 – Montreal to Philadelphia in the Jalopy Ford Focus
- Day 2 – A Bad Break Lands Two Flat Tires
- Days 3 & 4 – Exploring Nashville, TN