Mike Yoksich
September 6, 2017

Ford Motor Company has a history of contributing to worthy causes by auctioning or raffling special cars to auto enthusiasts. Their corporate heart is in the right place with these efforts and sometimes fate puts a special car in the hands of someone who’s heart has been affected by the cause they’re trying to benefit. Ford decided to team up with the Michigan chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to raffle off a unique 2013 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca with a one of a kind Sterling Grey metallic paint job and unique badging and trim to commemorate the Woodward Dream cruise and Mustang Alley.

James Shelton’s love affair with Mustangs began in the fall of 2011 when he saw a review of the upcoming 2012 Boss 302 Luguna Seca. Having a close friend that works as a driveline engineer for Ford gave James access to lots of engineering info on the upcoming Boss, which made him want one even more. After a few months of dreaming about the new Boss James got a chance to test drive one. After the initial acceleration and corning abilities stunned James he fell in love with the feel of the Recaro seats and the roominess and comfort of the interior combined with the stunning looks that made James want to obtain his dream car.

A week after the test drive James got an email from his friend at Ford informing him that a group within Ford referred to as “The Mustang Alley” was building a “One Off Boss” for a charity raffle to help MS.

James purchased 15 tickets as a tribute to his mother that suffered from MS for 45 years and had just passed. His life got really busy after purchasing the tickets and he didn’t attend the raffle’s drawing at “The Mustang Alley” during the Woodward Dream Cruise. A few days after the cruise James got a call from a phone number he didn’t recognize and let it go to voice mail. When James listened to the message he couldn’t believe what he heard. Ford Vice President Raj Nair left him a message saying that he had won the raffle for the MS Boss 302. James had to listen to it a few times to let it sink in. After numerous phone calls to Ford to get all the info he needed, James and his wife Susan showed up at the Ford Dearborn Development Center to be presented the keys to his new one of a kind Boss 302 Laguna Seca. The ceremony was filled with members from “The Mustang Alley” and members of the MS Society along with Ford executives and Local 3000. They proudly filled in James on all the unique details of his Boss that made it so special.

James and his wife Susan truly considered themselves to be blessed with this amazing car and Ford raised over $235,000 for the MS Society to help raise awareness for the disease and foster a cure. This might be the most documented Mustang build in history and it couldn’t have gone to a more deserving owner. James has had many offers on this car from collectors but it’s never going to leave his hands. Sometimes things are meant to be and this Sterling Grey one of a kind Boss 302 Laguna Seca has found its rightful owner. Sometimes things just work out perfectly.

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