Pete Epple Technical Editor
July 16, 2010
Photos By: Peter S. Linney

The suspension upgrades include a slew of components designed to increase cornering ability. The shocks and struts, springs, upper and lower controls arms, and sway bars have all be swapped for GMS pieces. Four-piston Baer brakes sit up front, with stock calipers and Baer rotors in the rear, giving Mouse the ability to bring the good times to a halt quickly.

Being a car-show buff, Mouse has paid just as much attention to the cosmetic details as he has to performance, adding bling wherever he could. The exterior has been upgraded with a Roush front bumper, side skirts, and quarter-window louvers to make this GT look more aggressive. A Cervini's Stalker hood, Agent 47 side mirrors, and some slick pinstriping from James Crawford finish off the exterior.

The driver's compartment sports custom yellow-leather seats, door panels, and a shifter boot to tie the body color to the interior. The dash is covered in custom yellow carbon fiber, with Auto Meter gauges in Roush vent pods so Mouse can keep an eye on boost and oil pressure. All of the stock control knobs have given way to billet replacements, while custom sill plates and embroidered headrests give the interior a personal touch.

As a finishing touch to this rolling showpiece, Mouse has amassed a collection of autographs from some of the biggest names in the Mustang world, including Jack Roush Sr. and Jr., Chip Foose, and Carroll Shelby, just to name a few.

Proud of his creation, Mouse and his wife, Alena, have seen much of the country traveling to shows and events. The couple has been to Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, California, and Florida, among other places, all in the name of showing off their slick S197. Mouse's Pony was even part of the 2009 SEMA show, on display in the Granatelli Motor Sport's booth.

This year they plan on hitting new shows in the Carolinas, and they may travel to Canada to showcase this labor of love. In addition, Mouse and Alena started a car show promotion company, FAT Cars (Friends And Their Cars), to bring friends and cars together-because that's what its all about.

Over three years, Mouse and Alena have won numerous trophies in multiple show categories, with over 30 best in show awards. After many years on a long road to recovery, Mouse still finds strength in his '06 GT.