Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
January 10, 2016

For many, early January means shoveling the driveway, taking down the holiday decorations, and sitting by the fire reading your favorite car magazines as a way to placate yourself until the spring and the snow melts so you can once again get your ride out on the street and have some fun, be it car show, cruise night, or a trip to the dragstrip. For those in the Southeast, where snow rarely hinders the hobby, one of the annual events that everyone aims for is the Silver Springs Ford & Mustang Roundup that is held in Ocala, FL every year and organized by the fine folks at National Parts Depot. NPD took over the show after the show outgrew the volunteer help from the Mustang clubs that started the event. With NPD’s manpower and marketing strength they have made the show one of the largest on the east coast.

A few years ago the Silver Springs property closed and reverted back to state ownership as a Florida state park. At first it didn’t look good to continue the show there, but the NPD staff prevailed and the last two years, though the attractions are gone, the show’s attendance hasn’t suffered much, and if anything, the slightly smaller attendance helps make the show more manageable. This year there were just over 600 cars, and that’s not bad for what is now a one-day show. We’ll see what 2017 holds for the event and its 23rd anniversary, but the only thing we know right now is we’ll be there, and we hope you will two. In the meantime, check out some photos from the 2016 event held on January 9th.

BJ McCarty of Deltona, Florida has been doing some tweaking to his EcoBoost S550 and we can assure you, that is NOT the stock turbo on it!
Turning back the knob on the way back machine a few years and it’s easy to remember when the really fast Mustangs at the track were the four-valve Cobras with a blower. This yellow coupe is running a Vortech unit.
Speaking of Cobras, Dean George’s 1976 Mustang Cobra II was but just one of a few IIs on the property and it looked spotless.
If there was another one at the show we certainly didn’t see it, but Justin and Rebecca Starkey of VMP Tuning brought their new 2016 Shelby GT350 in Avalanche Gray (no stripes) to the event, paper temp tag and all.
Another sharp vintage ride we spotted was Michael Crierie’s 1968 Highland Green fastback. Looking the Bullitt Mustang part with Torque Thrusts, only Michael’s fastback is made for moving with a built 390 FE big-block backed by a Tremec Magnum six-speed manual transmission. Michael’s fastback was also picked as Mustang Monthly magazine’s editor’s choice.
Our editor’s choice for Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords went to Jon Stowe’s 1988 Mustang LX coupe. Originally a four-cylinder, the Mustang now features a V-8 conversion with a Vortech supercharger, SN-95 seats, and a custom Tangerine spray job. Jon recently completed the car after several years building it.
This 1992 Mustang GT hatch, owned by Brian Bohnsack, had been given the 1993 Cobra look courtesy of the correct rear wing and fascia and front grille insert and then sprayed in a beautiful gray (Dark Shadow Gray perhaps?). It’s a shame Ford only offered the 1993 Cobra in black, teal, and red, because we think it would have sold very well in this gray too!
The Yellow Mustang Registry was out in force this year, with a complete row of yellow Mustangs from several generations of Mustang once again.
While we concentrated on the Mustang portion of the show field, if you appreciate anything Blue Oval, there’s plenty to see at Silver Springs every year. Early Thunderbirds, Falcons, Cougars, Mavericks, trucks, and more all show up to be a part of this legendary event.