COTM

2017 May Car of the Month

Frank's Red Rocket

The car was originally owned by my daughter who was married to a Ford dealer in Laramie, WY. (She's still married to the same guy but he's no longer a Ford dealer!) So, I am the second owner of this beauty and took delivery just 10 days before the 50th anniversary Pony Drive Across America from Mustang, OK to Las Vegas International Speedway in April 2014. That trip was a good opportunity to evaluate my new purchase and I discovered a good road car with a forgiving shifter and decent gas mileage (when my right foot behaves!). I've put 12K miles on the car since I acquired it and try to drive it weekly, with the top down, of course! "Red Rocket" will be journeying to Overland Park, KS (Kansas City) for the 2017 MCA Grand National show in August. Join us!

2017 April Car of the Month

Mitch and Cecilia's CC

HOW TO WIN A MUSTANG IN THE COLOR OF YOUR LIPSTICK By Mitch Moore
How lucky can a guy get – the car and the girl with the lipstick to march?


Geez – LIFE IS GOOD!


Check out the ad that Ford placed back in the day (see pic). How cool might it have been to win a car in the color of the girl’s lipstick.


Well, that didn’t work out too good for me at the time, but…..


Time has a way of working magic!


CC’s favorite saying is “What I’m looking for is looking for me.”


I say, “what dominates one’s thoughts becomes reality.”


Either way, having a 60s Mustang has been on my mind since the summer of ’64. Sure guys of 9 years old love cool cars. It’s as true today as it was then. I saw one for the first time when the Mom of a friend of mine at the Southwest YMCA in Houston drove up to the Y to pick him up that summer in her new green Mustang. I was smitten to say the least.


Fast forward a bunch of years. Google searches for help with this led me to ClassicMustang.com and Mark Logan, President and CEO of SW Dynamic Motorsports LLC. I have to say without Mark I imagine I might have settled for something that wasn’t 100% what I wanted.


Long story short, Mark found my 1967 Mustang in Mariposa, California. He had professionally inspected and negotiated what is certainly a better price than I could have on my own and had it shipped.


Soon enough it arrived in Dallas where Mike Grubbs of Grubbs Mortor Sports spiffed it up. Mainly we added front disc brakes and factory in-dash air conditioning as well as a period looking radio and speakers in the kick panel. To the eye, only the speakers might reveal that something had been changed from the way it was originally delivered.


For inquiring minds, it is painted the same Candapple Red as it came from the factory and has the same 289HP power plant. Interestingly, I have th original owners manual which has not only the owners name and address, but also the date of sale, which incidentally matches the date on the Marti Report.


The current picture of my Mustang is a recreation of the original ad I mentioned above. I guess one can never truly go home, but in my minds eye I still see that ’64 Mustang every time I see my ’67 Mustang. Pretty cool, huh? Yeah, I got way, way lucky – the car and the girl !!!

2017 March Car of the Month

2017 March Car of the Month

As my red 1999 Honda CRV approached 200,000 miles, it was time to get a new set of wheels.  The Honda was custom-ordered by the previous owner and included black leather interior, a roof rack, and a top-of-the-line 5-count CD player that fit underneath the driver’s seat.  I considered it the perfect car when my parents gave it to me on my 16th birthday.  Twelve years later, I planned to just upgrade to a 21st Century version of the CRV until I started to consider getting a convertible.

The movie Grease and an episode of I Love Lucy were the inspiration for the kind of convertible I wanted.  Since I was never a car aficionado, I started Googling.  Time after time, the cars just weren’t right.  Too modern, too boxy, too aggressive, etc.  Then one night something caught my eye.  It was a sequential blinker flashing up ahead of me.  As a dance student growing up, I thought it added rhythm to the typically mundane task of signaling a turn.  Several days after that, a race red convertible with a sequential blinker pulled ahead of me.  Its styling, body, and proportions were simply classic.
  
A few Googles later, I realized that the Ford Mustang’s 50th Anniversary model was what I had spotted.  I was thrilled to find out that the car came in a dark ruby red.  After checking off the tasks of graduating law school, moving to Texas, passing the Bar Exam, and beginning my new job, this beauty popped up for sale.  As the daughter of a San Francisco 49er fan, the fact that the car was a ’16 and would match Joe Montana’s jersey sealed the deal.  Now, any commute, errand, or traffic delay is a reason to smile.

2017 February Car of the Month

Larry and Ginny's Black Jade

Larry and I purchased the Grande about 4 years ago from a man who bought it and never did anything with it.  The Grande was owned by a former MOCA member.  It was bought brand-new in Austin in 1969 and had only the two owners.  The MOCA member had it in the car shows and won several trophies. We are the proud third owners of the car.  It's all original and I love the color - it's called Black Jade.  We enjoy taking it out for an occasional ride and enjoy taking it to the car shows. 

2017 January Car of the Month

Mom's 94

On December 1, 1993, Dad took Mom out to dinner for her birthday.  After dinner, he asked if she’d like to stop by the Ford dealership to see the new 1994 Mustang.  (30th Anniversary Edition).
Mom had owned a 1966 Mustang GT Convertible, 4-spd, Emberglo with white top and Pony interior… that years later, my Brother totaled. She loved that car; so she agreed to go see the new ’94 Mustangs at the dealership. 
When they arrived there, a new Laser Red Mustang Convertible 5-spd, white leather interior and white top, was center stage in the showroom.  The salesman approached Mom and asked if she liked the car.  She said, “Yes.  I used to have a ’66 and loved it.” 

The salesman then asked if she would like to have this ’94, and handed her the keys. Sensing a sales pitch, she said, “Thank you, but we just came to look at the new Mustangs.” and gave him back the keys. 
“That’s too bad,” said the salesman. “Because it’s actually your car.  That man standing over there (Dad) just bought it for you yesterday. Happy Birthday.”  She tearfully accepted the keys.
Mom loved that Mustang, treating like a new-born baby.  If it even looked cloudy, it stayed in the garage.  She hand-washed herself, not wanting to risk a scratch at the car wash.  Her favorite saying about it was, “If you think it looks good, you should hear the engine!”
 
At 17,453 miles, when she could no longer drive, she handed me the keys and said, “I know that you’ll take care of this for me.” Today, it has 23,363 miles on it. If it looks cloudy, it stays in the garage.

Motor upgrades: a 1994 Cobra upper/lower intake, BBK Cold Air Intake, 70mm throttle body, 76mm Mass Air Meter/Sensor, MSD Ignition Module & Distributor.  Magnaflow Catbacks.
Suspension upgrades: Eibach Pro System Handling/Lowering Package w/Anti-Sway bars; Steeda Caster/Camber Plates and Subframe Connectors; BBK Strut Tower Brace.
Wheels/Tires: Cobra R 5-spoke Chrome 17” wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires; 

Mom would have liked it.  And you should hear the engine.

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