Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
Aloha Mustang & Shelby Club - Coconuts
The Aloha Mustang & Shelby Club had plenty of coconuts--and Mustangs, too!
The Aloha Mustang & Shelby Club of Hawaii's annual "Mustang Madness" All Ford Show, held at Mike McKenna's Kailua-based Windward Ford dealership, celebrated its 10th Anniversary in fine style this past May.
Over the years, this one-day "Ford-A-Ganza" has become a "must attend" event for classic and late-model Mustang enthusiasts from all across the 50th state, as well for select "mainlanders" wishing to get away from all the hustle and bustle, if only momentarily.
Selected as Grand Marshall for the one-day fund raiser (with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, Kailua's Kalaheo High School Mustangs "Project Graduation," and other local charities) was none other than Steve Saleen, who was accompanied by his lovely wife Liz.
To the Saleens' delight there were numerous Mustang entries bearing their name, from the early '80s to the latest and greatest, parked all around the Windward Ford dealership. So popular was Steve Saleen's visit to the island paradise that he later commented that he doesn't remember the last time he signed that many autographed posters and other Saleen artifacts in one sitting. Someone in the AMSCH also came up with the inspired notion to print up some transparent 10th Anniversary Mustang Madness stickers complete with the Saleen corporate logo, and stuck them on the smooth sides of 15 coconuts. These home-grown novelties were given away as raffle prizes, (complete with both Mike McKenna, and Steve and Liz Saleen's autographs,) and no doubt made a unique addition to anyone's Ford memorabilia collection. At the show, a grand total of 127 entries occupied virtually every parking spot around the dealership and the Bank of Hawaii parking lot next to it, vying for first through third-place trophies in fourteen classes.
At day's end, Mark Leon's awesome black 1973 DeTomaso Pantera captured first in the Exotic class. Mark Metcalf's 2000 Roush Edition Mustang did likewise in the Specialty class, and Rodney Luronal (1993 LX), Bryan Jones (1993 LX convertible) and Chad Bulacan (1994 coupe) captured first place honors in Hatchback, Convertible, and Late-Model Modified classes,respectively. There were also two specialty awards given at the event. Honolulu's Lon Bentley (makeup man for actor Tom Selleck) and his flawless black 1955 Ford Thunderbird captured the Mike McKenna Best of Show award, while Kei and Miki Inuma's 351-powered, Mid States Cobra replica was selected to receive the Barbara McClurg Memorial Trophy.