AmericanMuscle.com donation to Homes for Our Troops benefits Massachusetts soldier

Back in July, AmericanMuscle.com donated 5% of every sale on one day to Homes for Our Troops. HFOT is an organization that assists returning servicemen and women that have been severely injured as they selflessly serve our country. The organization, working with donations of money, building materials and professional labor, ­coordinates the process of building a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility.

AmericanMuscle.com raised more than $2100 for Homes for Our Troops during the event. And Homes for Our Troops has been kind enough to keep us updated on ­where our donation was used.

On October 10, 2007, Homes for Our Troops held a ground-breaking ceremony in Plymouth, MA, at the site where a new handicapped accessible house would be built for SGT Brian Fountaine of the US Army.



SGT Brian Fountaine

US Army

SGT Fountaine, a 24-year-old tank commander from Dorchester, MA, lost both legs below the knee in June 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded under the vehicle he was riding in. Fountaine was a member of the First Brigade Combat Team of the Fourth Infantry Division and was serving his second tour of duty — a tour he volunteered for. During his first deployment, his unit came under attack almost daily from mortars and rifle fire, but Brian still volunteered for dangerous missions. The risk of permanent injury or death was huge, but SGT Fountaine said, "I was a soldier. I expected…either a loss of limb or a loss of life."

The explosion that detonated beneath the Humvee carrying SGT Fountaine was the fifth time that he had survived an IED. Though he survived, he knew this time would be different when he found himself in the dirt beside the truck, looking at his mangled feet and fractured legs.

"I knew I would become some sort of an amputee," said Fountaine, massaging the stumps of his legs, amputated 10 inches below the knees. ”I won’t be able to feel the grass between my feet or the sand under my toes, but the important thing is I still have my life."

SGT Fountaine still has his life, and is able to walk with the help of prosthetics, but he still needs to use his wheelchair when the prosthetics become too painful.

Because of this, and because of his enormous sacrifice and his willingness to volunteer himself for the most dangerous missions, Homes for Our Troops is in the process of building SGT Fountaine and his family a wheelchair accessible house. This new home — scheduled to be completed in March, 2008 — will allow him to deal with the many challenges that come with living with prosthetics and adjusting to a new way of life. His n­ew home in Plymouth, MA allows him the independence he fought for, while still being close to his family in Dorchester, MA.



The walls of SGT Brian Fountaine’s new home going up! 

Looking more and more like a home.


We at AmericanMuscle.com are honored to have been able to contribute to both Homes for Our Troops and SGT Fountaine. We can think of no organization that deserves it more.

The Swarr Bar: Rear Support for your Mustang


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Customer Service Reps are frequently asked to give local shop recommendations. Being based out of Eastern Pennsylvania makes it difficult to direct our customers that live in other parts of the country. However, if you are local to AmericanMuscle, pay attention!

There are a lot of good shops in the area, but today we’re going to profile one of our favorites: Swarr Automotive.

Based in the Collegeville, Pa. area, Swarr Auto has the capability to do almost every modification or installation. Though they specialize in transmission, suspension and rear end builds, they have excellent relationships with local paint and body shops and engine builders.

Owner Eric Swarr has been working on Mustangs forever. His father, Jim Swarr, was a legend in the racing industry, and Swarr took over the family business when his father passed away. Having worked with the best of the best, Swarr can truly be considered one of the most knowledgeable in the industry.

Besides the top-notch work done in his shop, Eric Swarr has also designed a part that provides amazing support for 8.8 rear ends. The Swarr Bar was designed for high-performance street and strip racing applications — though it will work nicely on daily drivers, too — and is an easy, bolt-on modification for any Mustang. Constructed of mild tubular steel, the Swarr Bar is TIG welded to ensure
strength and durability, and powder-coated black to last.

The torque produced by high performance Mustangs can cause the rear to flex under load. It’s not fun when it happens, and if you’re looking to prevent it, the Swarr Bar is the way to go. This part also eliminates wheel hop, getting the power to the ground where it’s needed. In an interview with Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, Swarr pointed out one more benefit to his part.

"It also helps with reaction time," he said. "The stiffer rear allows the car to react quicker because power is used to drive the car, not flex the rear."

So, if you’re looking for rear support that also drops reaction time and eliminates that oh-so-annoying wheel hop, swing by AmericanMuscle.com or give us a call and pick up your very own Swarr Bar.

And if you’re in the area and you’re looking for a shop, give the good folks at Swarr Automotive a call.  

Free Stuff and Incredible Perks for registering your Mustang Club

Do you have a Mustang Club that you’re looking to promote? Do you want to be a part of the AmericanMuscle.com family? Now’s your chance!

Register your club on our club affiliation page and you can not only promote your own club’s website, but you’ll enjoy some incredible perks from our store! These perks are only available to registered clubs, and the list of benefits keeps on growing!

So, what do you get for signing up? Good question! Once you’ve submitted your club and we approve it, here are some of the rewards you will receive:

  • Free listing and promotion of your club through our directory
  • 5% discount on all products from our store 

  • Up to 15 AmericanMuscle.com decals for your club members
  • An AmericanMuscle.com t-shirt for yourself
  • Free t-shirt for all of your members when they place a phone order
  • Exclusive giveaways from AmericanMuscle.com throughout the year
  • Your local shows and club events listed on our site

The best part? AmericanMuscle.com will be sponsoring car shows throughout the year. When you register your club, you increase your chance of being selected because club members will be the first shows to be sponsored!

Just added to the list of perks: the chance for your club to be featured in the AmericanMuscle.com Blog. That’s right, each month, one lucky club will be spotlighted in our Blog for all of our customers to see. The feature will include club information, photos, and details of events.

So, head on over to our Club Affiliation Page and sign your club up today!

 

 

$2,126.33 Given to Homes For Our Troops Charity

AmericanMuscle was proud to host a charity event on Saturday, July 21st 2007 to raise money for Homes For Our Troops.

With the help of our customers and all of our dedicated staff we were able to raise $2,126.33 for Homes For Our Troops.


Homes For Our Troops is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping those people that give selflessly to their country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries. This organization is committed to assisting severely injured Servicemen and Women, and their immediate families, by raising donations of money, building materials, and professional labor to build a new home or adapt an existing home for handicapped accessibility.

Besides raising more than $2,100 for Homes for our Troops, we also had a lot of Fun and Food for our employees and their families.

The party started with a Delicious Pig Roast and enough hamburgers and hot dogs to feed a small army. For the employees and friends who were looking to settle their personal grudges, we had Sumo wrestling and Jousting. A number of employees took advantage of the jousting to challenge Steve, one of the owners of the company. Steve took on all challengers, with only one defeat.


American Muscle also raffled off a number of prizes in order to raise money for Homes for our Troops. There was a brand new iPhone, a case of Duff energy drink, a case of Cocaine energy drink, and a pair of Phillies tickets.

If that wasn’t enough, we had a Hot Dog Eating Contest. Using the Nathans Hot Dog eating contest rules we had 11 competitors, for a total of 54 hot dogs eaten! Eric Brooks took the gold, swallowing a hefty 12 veggie hot dogs and winning a brand new Char-Broil Grill.


We want to thank everyone who participated! It was a great event, benefiting a great Charity!

Breakdown of Donations

Sales Donation – $672.33

Additional Company Donation – $500.00

Raffle Proceeds – $260.00

AM Staff Donations – $440.00

Guest Donations – $150.00

Hot Dogs Eaten Donation – $54.00

Phone Donations – $50.00

Total: $2,126.33

From AmericanMuscle.com & Homes For Our Troops, Thank You! 


AmericanMuscle Clubs and Event Directory

AmericanMuscle.com has created a website where you can submit your car club and upcoming events. The registration process is quick, easy and free. In fact, it’s better than free. Once you complete the registration process we will send you an AmericanMuscle T-Shirt, 15 decals and discount codes to AmericanMuscle.com.

The first time each of your club members use the discount code at our store they will also receive a free AmericanMuscle T-Shirt with that order.

This mustang club directory will also be a great resource to find local car club events, races, and car shows across the country. Events are updated instantaneously so you will only see events that are coming in the future.

So lets review, quick free sign-up, get your club listed, free merchandise and discount codes, post upcoming events, and get to know other clubs across the country.

Get Listed Today in our Mustang Club Directory

Modified Model Shoot: Check out Jennifer with AM’s Hottest Products

Back in February, AmericanMuscle.com was honored to be spotlighted in the After Hours section of Modified Mustangs. We’ve been doubly honored, now, because MM has chosen to spotlight us for the second time — this time in the July 2007 issue.

Hot products and a hot model are the perfect combination for this photo spread!

For those of you that haven’t gotten their copy of the magazine yet, read on for a peek at what you’re missing!

If you haven’t grabbed a copy of the magazine, what are you waiting for? Run — don’t walk — to the nearest magazine seller and pick one up today!

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AmericanMuscle.com: Proud Sponsor of Mustang Week 2007!

AmericanMuscle.com is proud to announce that we have been added as a sponsor for the 5th Annual Mustang Week, the Largest Mustang and SVT gathering on the East Coast! This is our second year sponsoring the event and, just like last year, we have provided a set of wheels to be given away to one lucky ‘Stang owner during Mustang Week!

This year, we have sent a set of FOUR (4) 18×9 Anthracite FR500 wheels, worth more than $600!

But, just in case you need more incentive to go to Myrtle Beach and show off your car, though, here is some information about the event!

In 2002, Mustang Week began as a small cruise-in with roughly 150 ‘Stangs showing up to show off at Broadway at the Beach and The Hard Rock Café in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

By 2006, Mustang Week had grown into a 5-day festival packed with events that drew more than 700 Mustangs and SVT vehicles, along with thousands of spectators! Mustang Week is now one of the PREMIER Mustang events.

In 2007, the staff and crew of Mustang Week has 5 days of events planned.

  • Tuesday, July 24th is a Meet-N-Greet at Planet Hollywood from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25th, the Mustang Week crew has planned Fun Runs and a Burn-Out Contest at the Myrtle Beach Speedway for all participants.
  • Thursday, July 26th is Drag Night! Participants will meet at Hooters and cruise to Darlington Drag Strip.
  • Friday is the 4th Annual Car Show at Colonial Mall, with the Mustang Week crew and judges presenting the Top 75 trophies and a whole lot of “Best of” Awards!

Mustang Week wraps up on Saturday, July 28th, with the Southeast’s largest Mustang and SVT Cruise-In at Colonial Mall!

Join the Mustang Week crew in Myrtle Beach, S.C. from July 23rdto July 29th, 2007 for the East Coast’s Largest Mustang and SVT gathering!

Complete event and hotel details, as well as car show registration information, can be found on the event website: www.mustangweek.com, or by clicking the picture below!

AmericanMuscle Rep Races Past the Competition!

Spring is here and enthusiasts everywhere are bringing their ‘Stangs out of hibernation for racing season! One of AmericanMuscle.com’s own customer service representatives — Brick Spurio — is no exception!

A Mustang Enthusiast since before he could legally drive, Brick started racing the day after he got his license. According to him, he had a, “‘66 Mustang Coupe 289 three-speed. I thought it was the fastest thing ever. I went racing, got my doors blown in and got bit by the speed bug.”

He’s been obsessed with making things go faster since then, and when racing season starts, Brick starts itching to get on the track. The owner of two Mustangs — an ‘87 GT, an ‘03 Mach 1, and always looking for more — Brick’s most recent quest for speed brought him to Reynolds, GA, home of the Silver Dollar Raceway and site of the 7th Annual Bassani Xhaust NMRA Ford Nationals.

Though he wasn’t the driver in Georgia, Brick and his crew raced a 1990 Mustang LX Convertible, 7-UP Special Edition, which is show below.

Driven by Chris Van Gilder, they won the first round against Bob Cook, only to lose by the slimmest of margins to Mike Roush in the second round. The official times are not available yet, but as soon as we have them, they’ll be posted!

Brick and his crew will be in Milan, MI next for the 4th Annual Toyo Tires NMRA Ford Nationals! Look for the guy in the AmericanMuscle.com gear and be sure to say hi!

AmericanMuscle.com in Modified Mustangs Magazine!

Mustang enthusiasts are always on the look-out for the latest information about their ‘Stang, and where to get parts for them. There are few magazines out there that cover the basics and the trends as well as Modified Mustangs.

Guess what? Modified Mustangs decided that American Muscle was cool enough to be spotlighted in the February 2007 edition of their magazine! They took a hot girl and posed her next to some of our hottest products! Could it get any better? We didn’t think so either!

For those of you that didn’t get a chance to see this extra hot spread, check out the pics below for what you missed!

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