Elisa Coon
Freelancer
October 22, 2015
Photos By: Grant Cox

What started as a hobby of imports with his dad as a teenager fast turned into an unshakeable love of Mustangs. Kansas-based Air Force pilot and family man Graig Boerste has had his share of vehicles, though none have grabbed at his soul like the Pony has. After starting off in the corporate world and meeting his future wife, Jessica, they began going through the motions of starting a family of their own. Graig made a bold career move out of the mundane nine-to-five to the Air Force, where he pilots a KC 135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft, so it would only be fitting that he had cool wheels, too.

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For a half-century the Mustang has been an American icon and has facilitated countless friendships and relationships. Graig and Jessica are no exception. His future wifey was a Stang chick when he met her, and with that he knew he had someone to share his passion with. Fast-forward several years, through an overabundance of vehicles, including a 1995 Mustang, a Mitsubishi Eclipse, a 2001 Corvette, a 2010 Mustang GT, and a handful of others. Our focus is now on the star of the show, a true 5.0L stunner: the 2012 race-red, stage-three Roush, his anniversary gift to himself. Hopefully his better half was able to score something of equal or lesser value.

With one glance, it’s clear to see why this stunner breaks necks wherever it goes. For Graig, this daily driver was so much more than something he could romp on at the local dragstrip. Experience pushing the limits and breaking car parts diverted him from turning it into the high-powered five-oh track star it could be. The enjoyment of cruising the car shows and the attention this rouge beauty drew were all he really needed, but Graig never rejected the chance to play a frisky cat-and-mouse with a crotch-rocket every now and then. Even the stock appearance was plenty enough for Graig, but with his wife’s blessing he decided to set this Roush-special apart from the rest of the pack with some exterior and performance modifications.

This steed sat nicely on street tires wrapped around a set of 20-inch Forgestar F14 wheels, exuding a fresh euro vibe that we totally dig. It’s amazing how minor changes like a set of wheels, a Trufiber carbon fiber hood, and a window louver upgrade transformed this chariot into something completely uncommon. Cruising around Mustang Week and making periodic jaunts to local Roush-specific shows quickly became a hobby for Graig and his wife. At a local dealership car show, Jack Roush himself offered to sign the dash and the hood. Despite Graig’s appreciation, he opted for just the dash, authenticating an already legit ride.

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When it came to performance enhancements under the hood, Graig immediately did his research and learned about Brenspeed, an Indiana- and Texas-based company that specializes in aftermarket Roush performance packages. Atop the 412hp engine sat a 2.3L twin-screw factory supercharger, amping up the power rating to a stout 540 ponies, but he wanted more without going overboard. Brenspeed offered a sweet upgrade package called the Corvette Killer that would put Graig’s stallion at just over 700 hp at the crank. The kit included the basics: a smaller 82mm blower pulley, a 90mm idler pulley, an SCT handheld X3 tuner, a mail-order 91-octane custom calibration, higher-flowing fuel rails with 47-pound injectors, a Kenne Bell boost-a-pump, a larger throttle-body, and a few other goodies to vastly improve overall performance and throttle feel. Force-feeding the engine 10 psi through the Roush supercharger coupled with a set of BBK long-tube headers and off-road X-pipe set this race-red beauty into race mode, making for one sick street car.

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After a couple of years and thousands of dollars, Graig decided to cut the cord on this Roush beauty because he had reached a stopping point with it. With the redesign of the new 2015 Mustang, he just couldn’t resist the totally upgraded chassis and engine. His stable lost a Pony when he sold his Roush but gained something brand spanking new: a 2015 Mustang GT. The future is unknown, but one thing is for certain. Graig will put the upgraded engine internals to good use with supercharged boost in the future. We can’t wait to see what’s next for him and his Mustang-loving bride.

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