It's been several years since Ford Racing Performance Parts has displayed at the Hot Rod &
It's no secret that street rodders are a diverse and individualistic bunch. The last thing they want is for their ride to look like any other ride on the road.
From custom body modifications to fiberglass interior panels and more, they're always trying something new and going for a look no one else has. This individualism keeps the hobby strong, so aftermarket companies that cater to the street-rod crowd are constantly looking for new product ideas.
Sadly, most Mustang owners don't realize that a little effort and customization can really make their Mustang stand out from the rest of the Shelby and Eleanor clones at the cruise night or car show. Today people want to buy a front fascia or center console out of a catalog instead of making something from scratch, or at least modifying another design to be uniquely theirs.
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The good news is that over the last few years, we've seen the typical street-rod owner move up into the '60s and '70s-era cars, meaning that our Mustangs are now showing up at events like Goodguys, NSRA, and so forth. When "our" cars show up at events like this, street-rod parts suppliers see a new product avenue, and we all benefit. Companies like Roddoors (makers of custom Mustang door panels), Lokar (who makes great billet pedal sets for Mustang/Falcon), and Painless Performance (full car wiring kits for '65-'70 Mustangs), to just name a few, have stepped up into the muscle-car market place.
One place to see all the latest goodies from these companies and more is the annual Hot Rod & Restoration Trade Show, which happens every year in Indianapolis, Indiana, in early March. So take a walk with us down the isles of the Indianapolis Convention Center and see what's new for our cars.
While the Hot Rod & Restoration show is nowhere near as large as, say, the SEMA show, it does have its share of cool rides, both on display around the show and within many of the manufacturer's booths as well. We spied some sweet Ford rides this year and wanted to share them with our readers too. Check 'em out!