2017 July Car of the Month

Daniel's Cobra

I found my Cobra back in 2002. It is black with gray leather 1970 built April 16, 1993 and sold through Shamaley Ford in El Paso, TX. The original owner had installed a 347 and blew the engine so it was parked for a few years. His financial situation at the time allowed me to purchase the car for only $2000 to include the additional speed parts but it only came with one original wheel and 3 spare tires. I brought the car home, started cleaning and removing components that were no longer working and making a list of replacement parts needed. It took 4 months to get the car running and get the cobwebs out. I drag raced the car for a few years and then tried my hand at autocross. After the car was in good running order, I had the car painted in 2006. The restoration went into high gear after the paint with NOS wheels, and a multitude of new interior and exterior parts. It has a new Ford racing 302 short block with the stock cam, intake and AFR 165 aluminum heads. BBK Long tube headers, x pipe and Magnaflow mufflers help her sound great with 3.73 gears for quick acceleration. I installed front seats from a 2001 Cobra and an FR500 steering wheel normally for an SN95. Our move to the Austin area from El Paso, TX has also proved to be a very welcomed increase in power due to the elevation change. Thankfully the A/C blows ice cold so I can keep cruising in this central Texas heat!

2017 June Car of the Month

Brain's Highway Cruizer

This is my 2014 Mustang GT Premium w/Track Pack and Roush Axle Back Exhaust. She is called "The Highway Cruizer" because we've made plenty of highway trips to the east coast. I love driving her and after even the longest days at work, there's nothing more rewarding than a cruise along any open road. I'm hoping later this summer, we will get to take the ultimate cruise to Southern California and visit with some relatives.

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 lucky can a guy get – the car and the girl with the lipstick to march?


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 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.