Don Roy
July 20, 2010
Photos By: James Pickett

Ok, so there's show and there's go and, certainly, there are extreme versions of each. Take a six-second Pro 5.0 car - that's right? Many of you can recite from memory what it takes to build such a pony. Take a 90 mm turbo, add a pair of slicks the size of your hot tub, throw in twin parachutes used for air-dropping a main battle tank... The list goes on and on.

Now, can you do the same for a show car Equivalent? Try it. Add a polished blower? Great, You've got the equivalent of a 17-second car There. Anybody can do that. Throw in a custom Finished nos bottle? Wow... Take a half second Off. How about dual nos bottles? That's better. Take another half second. How about we take the Dual bottles and make new interior panels that Wrap around the bottles? Now you're talking, Because you don't see that every day. Take 1.5 Seconds off. You're starting to get it, so repeat The process for every single component in the Car. When you're done, perhaps it's ready for The big time.

So, what is the big time anyway? How about Best of show at the moroso Ford show? How About repeating that at the gainesville Ford Show? Now, do it again at the nopi nationals... Two years in a row. Take home more '1st in class' Hardware than you can remember. Ditto for best Ford, best airbag system, best Paint, best interior ... Remember, you're not competing against Cleaned-up daily drivers or cute local club cars Anymore. You're in the "league of extraordinary Vehicles" now, along with bobby Persad from Port st. Lucie, Fl and he's taken home all that Iron before.

Of course, it wasn't always that way. Six years Ago, bobby gained possession of this 1995 Mustang gt. A year later he took it to his first car Show, though it was only mildly modded then. Seeing the other mustangs and talking with Owners about what they had done got bobby Interested in doing something special. At the Time, there weren't a lot of aftermarket products Available for the sn95 pony. In particular, bobby Wanted an air ride suspension, so that the car Could be slammed at a show, but still driven There and home again without needing a back Brace. There was a nopi extravaganza coming And, to get things done in time, he paid someone To build and install a custom air bag suspension. It didn't go well.

"On the way to nopi, it kept springing leaks. The front end dropped while driving and it turned Into the ride from hell," bobby told us. When he Got back home again, the system came apart. Upgrades included a Thomas compressor, Firestone Air bags and smc valves. As well, the controller Was rebuilt as a 10-channel unit, instead Of the original duallie. It was a learning experience, And one that has guided bobby ever since. "I learned that I should have just taken the time To do it myself the first time. A lot of problems Would have been avoided."

The transition of this mustang continued with A xenon body kit, which was among the few shipping At the time for sn95 cars. Combined with A cobra rss hood and ground dynamics rear Wing, the car started its journey. Prior to paint, The door handles, side scoops, emblems and Antenna were shaved. All bodywork and paint Prep was done by bobby before delivering the Car to chet at Florida street dreams, in stuart, Fl. Bobby did all the wet sanding work and Buffi ng, as well, to get rid of orange peel and Graphic edges. As you can see in our photos, the Car sports a dual blue and silver flame paint job Over the blue base coat. Both ppg and house Of kolor products were used by chet, who did All of the airbrush work as well. That work, as it Happens, extends throughout the car these days - from the windshield wiper arms to the distributor Cover. Now, that's attention to detail!

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