5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
2008 Ford Mustang GT - Vapor Trailer
Paul Nemoga blazed a trial to make his 2008 GT stand out
Having visited MV Performance many times over the years, we know exactly what Paul Nemoga experienced on a daily basis. On our many trips to MV, we too would make our way through the parking lot, getting ideas and wanting to bring half of the cars home with us. Fortunately, we only spent a few days at a time at MV on tech projects, but Paul worked right across the street—he had to live it everyday. He had to see and hear all those Mustangs going in and out of the shop on a daily basis.
Finally, it was too much for Paul to take. He had to have his own. "It all started out innocently enough," Paul says. "I was home building my Ford Mustang through the Ford website." The problem came when he hit the Locate button and discovered two Mustangs fitting his order sheet near his Jefferson, Georgia, hometown.
As soon as Paul's wife, Jeanne, came home from work that day, he convinced her to go look at the two prospective Mustangs with him. "After all, it was my 46th birthday—what better present could I get myself?" Paul reasoned. Of the two Mustangs matching Paul's option list, one was red and the other Vapor Silver. After about a minute of debate, you can see which one Paul picked. (Nice choice, Paul!—Ed)
The ride home with the car seemed to take forever, with Paul pushing every button in the car, blasting the radio in an attempt to look cool. By the way, the day prior to us shooting Paul's car, he was wearing a Motley Crüe shirt, which makes Paul a connoisseur of fine music in our book. Anyway, Paul and Jeanne stopped for a burger on the way home that night, and Paul couldn't stop staring out the window at his new ride. "I was thinking, I can't believe I just did this," Paul says.
It was dark by the time they made it home, so he parked it, locked it, and brought the paperwork in the house. Like we all do, he looked out the window just to make sure he wasn't dreaming, and sure enough, he wasn't, the car was his. "I walked in the bathroom and got sick...I mean sick," Paul says. We think it was the burger, but Paul says he was having second thoughts about taking on the financial responsibility of a new car.
He reasoned he could take the car back to the dealership, leave the keys and the paperwork, and all would be well. "Jeanne looked at me like I was an alien," he says. Jeanne wasn't hearing any of Paul's ramblings. "Paul, you have worked hard and you deserve this car...you're keeping it," Jeanne said. Paul called a good friend, and the friend confirmed he did the same thing with his new purchase.
Knowing he wasn't alone with his panicked reaction, Paul decided to keep the car. "After all, this was the first new vehicle I bought that wasn't for someone else," Paul says. The reason for the guilt of buying the car is that the 'Stang was going to be a weekend car, so it was hard to justify its purchase. "I put it in the garage for three days and didn't look at it," Paul says.
Eventually, Paul came to grips with his purchase, driving it to dinner a few times, having the windows tinted, and then back in the garage it went to get ready for Paul and Jeanne's wedding. Just prior to the couples' nuptials, though, Paul took a trip to Mustangs Unlimited to look around, and a Mustang show happened to be taking place that same day. Paul ordered a couple goodies, looked around the show for more ideas, and talked to several Mustang owners in attendance. "I ended up there all afternoon," Paul says.
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On the way home, Paul had the thought that the car show thing was the coolest thing to do. What better way to spend a day than to hang out all day around people who love their cars? "They were all friendly and loved to talk cars, and they were proud of their Mustangs," Paul says.
Paul and Jeanne were off to Vegas to get married, and while walking through the Hard Rock Hotel parking lot, they passed a silver Mustang similar to Paul's. Jeanne stopped to look at it and said, "Look at these window things, they look cool." We believe Jeanne was talking about the car's quarter-window louvers. Paul says, "I just laughed and said ‘You like those?'" It's a good thing she did because that's what Paul bought while at Mustangs Unlimited. "Mine will be at the house when we get home," Paul told Jeanne.
After the couple got home, the mods began in earnest. Car shows were on the to-do list every weekend it seemed. "Needless to say, we were hooked," Paul says. Paul's car didn't seem to get any attention at the typical car shows and cruises, so the couple stuck to Ford-only events. But again, working right across from MV Performance, he kept hearing the same question over and over again from MV's Tim Matherly and Shane Cannon. "When are we supercharging it?" the boys would ask. "I kept saying, ‘Give me the magic number,'" Paul says. Paul wanted to know how much.
Paul and the boys went back and forth for months until an NMRA/NMCA event at Charlotte. Paul and Jeanne took the car to show, and of course, Tim was racing at the event. Visiting Tim's trailer, Paul was once again asked when a supercharger would find its way on the car. However, this time Tim said he had a deal Paul wouldn't be able to refuse. "He was right," Paul says. That's when a ProCharger P-1SC supercharger landed under the hood to take both the show and the go up several notches. Problem solved.
One would think this was the end of the story, but actually it's just the beginning. Not long after the supercharger install, Paul was once again standing out front staring into MV's parking lot. A '10 body-in-white, Tim's current Renegade car, was on a trailer out front, which made the wheels start turning again inside Paul's head. He stared at the car for a few days before it hit him like a ton of bricks.
Paul was actually talking to a buddy when the idea struck. "Duh, that's it!" he said. He hung up with his buddy, and called his friend Kirk Mowry, who worked at Mark Gibson Racing next door to MV, to meet him at the body-in-white. "I told him this might be crazy, but do you think we could cut this in half and make a trailer to pull behind my car?" Paul asked. "I don't see why not," Kirk said with a laugh.
Not wanting his idea to get out, Paul kept it quiet, sharing it only with his personal "circle of trust." Paul set out to find a suitable body to turn into a trailer. MPS Auto Salvage, a stone's throw from MV, had one, but it was missing too many key parts to be a viable candidate. Paul looked into buying a salvaged car and selling off what he didn't need, but once again, back across the street at MV, Shane told Paul of a S197 body right down the road.
After playing phone tag for roughly a month with the car owner, the prospective Mustang trailer was his. Paul and his friend Ken Shoufler hauled it home on a Friday, and to continue keeping the idea under wraps, the car was hidden in the back shop of Mark Gibson Racing. With the ARCA season over for the year, work commenced on building the trailer.
At this point, Jeanne didn't even know about the trailer idea. Woman's intuition finally lead Jeanne to question Paul. "What are you and Kirk up to?" she asked. Of course, Paul's answer was, "Nothing." To that Jeanne said, "You and Kirk are spending way too much time together and on the phone." Sealing Paul's fate, right then his phone rang and guess who it was. Yep, it was Kirk.
The jig was up, so Paul took Jeanne to the shop, and it didn't take her long to figure out what was going on. She had a few choice words for Paul, but without missing a beat, Paul said, "Honey, remember last year when we were coming back from the mountains and you wanted that great big pumpkin, and it wouldn't fit in the car... well, we can fit them in the trailer. I'm building this for you."
Paul's explanation must've hit the mark because with one fell swoop, Jeanne was on board. Paul ordered everything needed to finish off the trailer and had it painted in time for the NMRA/NMCA Commerce, Georgia, event.
Needless to say, Paul's creation was surrounded all day, everyday, and it's been that way since the project was finished. "Everyone thought it was the craziest thing they ever saw," Paul says. "I told them there is someone in Michigan just as crazy as me," he added.
It was the same thing at every show Paul and Jeanne attended. People were all over it. "People would chase us down, gas stops took twice as long, and we were even pulled over by a West Virgina officer so he could take pictures of the car," Paul adds.
Unfortunately for Paul, Jeanne has her own project now, so it looks like he has to detail the car and trailer himself from here out. Jeanne is now working on her '97 Cobra convertible. You know what that means: Hide your SN-95s, guys. 5.0
Horse Sense: With MV Performance moving to a new location, Paul doesn't have to worry about any new ideas coming from the parking lot across the street. However, MPS Auto Salvage is still right around the corner, as is Mark Gibson Racing, an ARCA race shop.
5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
ProCharger P-1SC w/ 10 psi
Ford Racing short-tube headers w/ GT500KR axle-back exhaust
Stock TR-3650 w/ Barton shifter
Stock PCM w/ DiabloSport tune
Stock, Auto Meter Cobalt
Suspension and Chassis
Airlift Performance Auto Pilot
Forgestar CF5 20x9-in
Airlift Performance Auto Pilot
Forgestar CF5 20x10.5-in