Courtney Barber
August 29, 2016
Photos By: Owner

Seventeen year-old Arielle Kessler has always been into Mustangs since her dad is, in her words, “a Mustang freak.” At the age of 11, her dad got her to help him change the oil and do minor maintenance on his Mustangs, calling her his “Oil Angel,” and playing a Mustang counting game on road trips. He had an agenda: Arielle always wanted a Mustang of herself but dad made sure she could work on one first.

For her senior project in high school, she got a 1966 convertible and began working on it, mostly to learn how to do body work and welding, which family friend Jim Boyer has helped her out with. Arielle told us, “So far it has been a big project. I think some of the messiest parts were removing the convertible top and the rust hiding everywhere. With the convertible top, I did not empty all of the oil out of the hydraulics and when my dad and I went to remove it, the oil got everywhere in the shop. It was not fun to clean but I though that it was very funny.”

Ever the car girl, Arielle said, “I love driving Mustangs too. When it’s just the roar of the engine and me, I get the chills. My favorite car show was from 2014, in Utah, Idaho. It was part of the Mustang club from down there and it was mostly Mustangs. The sad thing about this show though, was that all the cars were barely driven. It’s a car, it’s meant to be driven and have fun in until something breaks or it dies on you. Then you fix it and drive it again!”

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Tina MacGregor: 1965 Mustang coupe
Kady Holloway: 2015 Mustang
Natasha "Mustang" Marie: GT500 Shelby
Becky Watson: 1965 Mustang
Brianna Waters: 1968 Mustang
Paige Seaman: 1969 Mustang
Karli Space: 2003 Mach 1
Carly Jo Ellingson: 1970 Ford Mustang
Nikki Frost: 2013 Mustang GT
Nancy Perez: 1965 Mustang
Monica Moreno: 1968 Mustang Coupe
Caitlin Terhune: 1967 Fastback
Faith Sternlieb: 1966 Mustang
Shauna Jellison: 1966 Mustang Coupe
Melissa Wyatt: 1966 Mustang
Reesie McGuigan: 2000 Mustang GT
Judith Mendoza: 1965 Mustang
Denise Polanco: 1966 Mustang Fastback
Janette Semerdjian: 1965 Mustang Coupe
Naveel O'Neill: 2015 Mustang GT
Miriam Estrada: 2015 Mustang
Shawnie Bittinger: Supercharged 2006 Mustang
Tayla Burns: 1965 Fastback
Clarissa Corona: 1966 Mustang
Amber Reynolds: Scarlett, her 1966 Mustang GT
Kristen Napier: 2008 GT
Adriana Robledo: 1992 LX Hatchback
Arielle Kessler: 1966 Mustang Convertible