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 mustangs.about.com mentioned in a post, the first 2011 Mustang commercials debuted recently. In his words:

Image Courtesty of road-reality.com
Image Courtesty of mustangs.about.com

“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.

Photo Courtesy of askmen.com

Photo Courtesy of askmen.com

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

And, the Generational Ride of the Month Winners Are…

The submissions have been reviewed, votes have been cast, and the panel of dedicated Ride of the Month judges has spoken. We’re pleased to bring you May’s Generational Ride of the Month winners. All winners will receive a $25 AmericanMuscle.com gift card and an awesome AM t-shirt, plus bragging rights for an entire month.

2005+ Winner

Click to enlarge image
Click to enlarge image

Shane Peltz’s silver V6 Mustang is sleek and stylish. As Shane says, “My father bought me my 2006 Mustang V6 thinking we could make a real head turner. With my father’s love for cars and my sense of style we knew we could do it. We started this monster project by putting on a chin spoiler. From there, we decided to dress up the hood by putting on a carbon hood scoop and two black hood pins. From the hood to the engine compartment, we have Red Line chrome hood struts. To brace the the car around turns, we put a Steeda strut tower brace on… We designed our own custom Kat-skin interior. Also we installed triple pod racing gauges and rear window side louvers. Rear racing diffuser and custom striping round out our project. Thank you for all your help AmericanMuscle.”

And, the May Ride of the Month Winner is…

Angela Leggett’s 2003 Dark Shadow V6 Mustang. Here are the details of Angela’s awesome ride.

Year: 2003

Model: V6 Mustang Coupe

Color: Dark Shadow

Wheel style & size: Cobra R 17X9

Comments: “I have no trophies and consider this Mustang a work in progress. I have just added the Eibach pro-line springs, struts, and shocks and it rides, drives, looks, and handles 100% better, best mod I could have done. I’m working on many more things as the money comes. I call this Mustang the Dark Horse because it is an under dog being a V6 and my hopes are to change that soon with a super charger and some power upgrades.”

My Mustang FotoFix: New Edge Edition

Everywhere I’ve turned lately, New Edge owners have been saying they’re not feeling the love. They’re not the most current generation of ponies any more, and lots of manufacturers are focusing on the S197’s for cool new parts. Unfortunately, I’m not the CEO of a huge manufacturing company, so I can’t do anything about the new parts. I do have a little pull on the blog, though, and I thought it was time to show the New Edges some love. So here are seven sweet ‘Stangs for you to enjoy.

All a Mustang ever needs to shine is sunlight. A little chrome never hurts, though.

Why Do I Need a Cold Air Intake For my Mustang?

The Cold-Air Conundrum

Question: “I just bought a Mustang and my friend told me I should get a cold air intake as my first mod, but I’m new to cars and I was wondering what a cold air intake is and how it helps my car.”

Answer:

This is a great question, and one I hear almost daily. Cold-air intakes are great first mods because their easy installation makes them a perfect DIY project.  Before we delve into the details, let’s start with the basics.  Your stock intake consists of the airbox, the mass air-flow sensor (aka “MAF”), and the air inlet tube that connects to the throttle body.  The airbox houses the air filter and in some cases the MAF.   An AmericanMuscle Mustang air filter removes moisture and particulates like dust and pollen from your Stang – all things you don’t want in your engine.  Once the air is clean and dry, it’s the MAF’s responsibility to tell the computer how much air the engine is getting, which is why your car won’t run (well) without it.  With the cleaning, drying, and measuring out of the way it’s just a short trip up the inlet tube to the throttle body and into the engine.  Seems pretty simple, right?  Well it is, but let’s see how an aftermarket intake differs from stock, and how that affects your Pony.

Mustang’s Birthday – $10 off $100 Orders

We love a party, and to celebrate the Mustang’s 46th birthday, we’re having an incredible sale! On Saturday, April 17, you’ll see a coupon code at the very top of the AmericanMuscle.com website. The coupon will take $10 off any order of $100 or more, and is good for 24 hours only!

Evolution of the ‘Stang

Ford Mustang at the Worlds Fair, 1964
Ford Mustang at the World's Fair, 1964

While production of the Mustang started on March 9th of 1964, the Mustang first became available for purchase on April 17th, 1964 at the World’s Fair. With that one model, Ford changed America’s automotive path forever. An entire class of cars, featuring long hoods and short rear decks (not to mention large, powerful engines) emerged soon after the Mustang, and have been called “pony cars” ever since.  The Mustang’s body style has changed over the years, but its distinctive formula has remained essentially the same.

AM-Sponsored Muscle Shatters Speed Record

Eric Swarrs Ford GT Supercar

This past weekend, rookie driver Eric Swarr ventured onto a mile long WWII-vintage Army airbase strip in Maxton, NC with one goal in mind: set an East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) Blown Fuel Super Street land speed record. His ammunition? A 2006 Ford GT Supercar, owned by Bob Self and sponsored by AmericanMuscle and Swarr Automotive.

Nearly everyone is familiar with the concept of land speed records, and for the most part, when you hear about a really eye popping speed run, it’s coming from Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Here’s a little trivia factoid. The quest for land speed records actually started on the East Coast in the 1920’s and 30’s on the hard sands of Daytona Beach, Fl. When most speed trials started moving out West, a void was left on the East Coast. ECTA was formed to fill that void, and they selected an abandoned runway in Maxton, NC as the staging ground for speed record runs.

Saturday and early Sunday runs by Swarr were part of the ECTA rookie development program. He first had to make 125 MPH and 150 MPH runs on Saturday, to satisfy ECTA that he could safely pilot the vehicle. On Sunday, he made one last development run of 175 MPH, and then was given a single opportunity to open it up, and break 200 MPH. And open it up he did…