Courtney Barber
June 12, 2017
Photos By: Owner

E. Ryan Cheek from Asheville, NC (Instagram: @bl_steel) had just purchased her first Mustang, a 2017 GT Premium with the performance package in Lightning Blue, after coming to the agonizing decision to sell the car that she’d built by herself over the previous 12 years and buying the new Mustang instead. That’s when she read the story of Team Mustang Girls and their epic road trip in the Project Road Warrior 1965 Mustang to Alaska and back, and became inspired.

She said, “So there I was, with a brand new Mustang and reading an article about two badass ladies road-tripping all the way to Alaska in their classic Mustang. Reading the article was intense, emotional, and it basically told me to ‘toughen up butter cup.’ So I buckled down and really began focusing on becoming a better performance driver. As a 33 year-old mom of two (luckily with a supportive hubby) I have begun my journey to race car driver—it still feels hard for me to say that in earnest and out loud because I've been told it's a silly dream and that I have a ‘real’ life by some of my peers and most family members. But there will always be naysayers, right?”

She continued, “So I've joined my local SCCA club and have attended every autocross (except one due to a flat tire). I've also attend the BMW Performance Center (east) 1-day M school and plan to attend an HPDE through NASA in the fall.”

Her last car had, in her words, “150 horsepower and a bigger (but lighter) ‘square’ wheel (same size on all four corners) setup with upgraded BBKs springs” but this new 2017 Mustang is modified to about 470 rwhp, is 7 inches wider, weighs 1000 pounds more, and has a staggered wheel setup. She added, “So learning to control the beast has been a challenge, but I love it.”

Finally, Ms. Cheek said, “In closing, I'd like to say, thank you! I realize your Alaskan adventure was a personal triumph, but when you wrote the article it became a national triumph, a classic muscle car triumph, and even a feminine triumph. You gave so many women the motivation to do what some say is impossible—whatever that may be.”

Each week Team Mustang Girls features a different female Mustang owner. Submit your story at http://teammustanggirls.com/submit-your-mustang-story/.


Check out our previous Mustang Girl Mondays!

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
Ruby DeSimone: 1966 Mustang coupe
Jenifer Scouton: 1966 Mustang coupe
Becca Crum: 2015 Roush Mustang
Danielle Dillo: “Havoc”, her 2015 Mustang GT
Lea Anne Powell and her 2015 S550 Mustang
Erica Bradley and her 2000 GT
Annie Schroll and her 2016 Mustang GT
Samantha Wood: 1965 Fastback and 2015 Roush Mustangs
Emily Desjardins: 1965 Mustang
Kendra Nickles: 1965, 1968, and 2007 Mustangs
Robin Whiteford-Quinton: 2015 GT, 1993 GT, 1991 LX coupe 5.0, and 1989 LX coupe 5.0 Mustangs
Lindsey Burch: 2015 Mustang GT
Grace Victoria Williams: 2009 Mustang GT Premium convertible
Karina Arredondo’s: 1972 Mustang
Megan Webb: 1965 California Mustang
Marissa Burckhardt: 1966 Mustang coupe
Danielle Turley: Late-model Mustang corral
Carlee Shoemaker: 2003 Mach 1
Stephani Walker: Her Mustang Obsession
Nickie Armstrong: 2016 Shelby GT350 and 1978 King Cobra
Caitlin Strand: 2016 Mustang GT Premium
E. Ryan Cheek: 2017 Mustang GT