Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
February 14, 2011

Horse Sense: Robby would like to thank his dad for sharing with him his passion for cars and always telling him to respect the car, whether he was out playin' around or working on it. "Yes, Dad, I still use jackstands," Robby says. "Special thanks to my mom for letting me keep that passion as a teenager," he adds. "To my wife and kids, you are the light of my life."

The challenge with Mustangs is staying interested with just one car. That's why you see or hear of people owning several at a time or going through Mustangs like regular people change underwear. It's a challenge to stick with just one Mustang for any length of time. We buy one, get used to the power, then up the power, then get bored with that power.

Eventually, we get bored with the whole car, and the hunt for something new begins. We've all been there. We either trade the existing Mustang for the next one, which is immensely popular, or-for the fortunate few-another Mustang is added to the foray to quench the thirst for new power.

Robby Miller is one of the fortunate few. His existing Fox, although a wicked whip in its own right, couldn't hold him back from thirsting after Terminator power.

Let's back up and find out how Robby got to this point. Like most of us, Robby's dad was guilty of bringing him and his sister up to love Mustangs. Dad instilled in them the importance of tight seat belts with his own '65 Mustang coupe. He would make sure the two were buckled in tight, and then launch the Mustang's 289 at full song. Every dad should be so cool.

Since that first launch, Robby's been hooked. When Robby hit 16, he drove several classic Mustangs in the hope of following in his dad's footsteps, but none were safe or reliable enough for a first car. Making a slight concession, Robby ended up with his uncle's '69 Mercury Cougar. No, it wasn't a Mustang, but in Robby's mind, it was old, it had a Windsor and a black vinyl interior, and "it would one-wheel peel like no one's business," he says.

That's good enough for us. "My friends and I kept the used-tire stores in business," Robby adds.

The Cougar was about all Robby could muster while working at a grocery store and going to school. It wasn't until after college that Robby's dad co-signed on a loan for a five-speed '87 GT. "It was everything I wanted and had read about," Robby says.

Robby hung on to the GT for several years, even selling it and then buying it back. It was his wedding car when he and high-school sweetheart Sonia were married. "It was our getaway car during the wedding. Shaving cream, toilet paper, and Coke cans tied to the GT wing," Robby tells us. The '87 was just the start of his Fox craze, which continues to this day with his '91 coupe and latest '81 T-top coupe, Four-Valve conversion.

However, one Mustang that really caught his eye was the Mystichrome '04 Cobra. Of course, it caught every Mustang fan's eye when it came out. The '96 Mystic Cobra was cool, but the Mystichrome's added visual effect only added fuel to the fire. The Mystichrome Cobra was an instant legend that still resides at the top of many a Mustang owners' wish list.

"I will never forget the first Mystichrome Cobra I saw," Robby says. "I was in love." However, a new house was on the horizon, along with Robby and Sonia's first child, which meant the Mystichrome's sticker might as well have been $1,000,000. Robby didn't even bother talking to Sonia about the car-he knew it was out of reach. He made a promise to himself that if he ever grew out of the Fox Mustang, a Mystichrome Cobra is the one he wanted to own.

Life kept going and Robby continued to play with Fox Mustangs, but he had reached a point where he wanted to add a new Mustang to the stable. Accordingly, he looked at '03-'04 Cobras, but the cars had maintained resale value so he settled on a '06 GT. "It was great," Robby says. "Ford hit the nail on the head," he added.