Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 28, 2011
Photos By: Bill Cook, Mike Laney

It’s a great time to be a Boss Mustang owner. With the ’12 Boss 302s hitting the street, the Mustang spotlight is focused on both the new models and the original ’69-’70s. The light has never shone brighter than it did last August in Dearborn during the Boss Nationals.

Unlike most car clubs, the Boss owners don’t have a tight-knit organization with bylaws and annual board meetings. Instead, the “club,” if you can even call it that, is a loose-knit group of owners—primarily Boss 302 but also including 429 and 351—who rally around the Boss 302 Registry website and its informative, communicative forums. Randy Ream, who co-founded the Boss Registry in 1981 with Todd Eby, is the unelected and low-key leader of the group. As for the Boss Nationals, they are held whenever Ream and his merry band of conspirators decide that it’s time for another one. The first was held in 2005 during the All-Ford Nationals in Carlisle, followed by a Midwest version at the Mid America Shelby Meet in 2008 and west coast national in 2009 as part of the Fabulous Fords Forever show.

With the introduction of the ’12 Boss 302 earlier this year, the time had never been better for a Boss Nationals. Having it in Dearborn as part of the Mustang Owners Club of Southeast Michigan’s annual Mustang Memories show at Ford World Headquarters was icing on the cake, especially when Ford offered to host the group on a special visit to the Auto Alliance International assembly plant in Flat Rock, where everyone received a VIP tour of the facility that builds Mustangs. On Saturday, a gathering at Jack Roush’s auto collection in Livonia provided the opportunity for a concours show and a chance to visit with some of the engineers who were responsible for the Boss 302, including Mat Donner and Bill Barr from the ’69-’70 era and Kevin Groot, Nick Terzes, Mike Del Zio, and Shawn Carney who worked on the ’12 model. A Saturday evening dinner gave them all a chance to tell some stories.

The Boss Nationals closed out on Sunday by participating in the Mustang Memories show at Ford World Headquarters. Over 140 Boss Mustangs assembled in a corner of the show, an impressive display of old and new Bosses that included John Grafelman’s ’69 Mach 1, a car that was originally owned by Boss 302 designer Larry Shinoda. If there had been a Best of Show award, the survivor-condition SportsRoof likely would have won it.

When can you expect the next Boss Nationals? We don’t know. We’re waiting on Ream to tell us.

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