Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
April 1, 2002
The Kirban Flaming Pony emblem begins life as a brand-new factory Ford emblem mounted on the stock mounting bracket. The chrome plating is stripped from the emblem and the airbrushed flames are applied via a handmade template mold. The finished work is then clearcoated for protection.

When Ford debuted its now-famous Flaming Pony ad a few years ago on the West Coast, it was an instant hit. The Flaming Pony brought together the instantly recognizable running-horse emblem of the Mustang with the classic California look of a flamed paint job. Posters, hats, and other goodies soon followed to capitalize on its popularity. We even snagged one of the huge Flaming Pony banners at a Fun Ford Weekend (with Austin Craig of J. Walter Thompson's approval, of course).

We recently came across the real thing when we found out Kirban Performance Products-the wholesale dealer of all those polished and billet underhood detail goodies everyone sells-now has an airbrushed version of the Flaming Pony available as a grille emblem for '94-and-later Mustangs. We ordered ours from Holcomb Motorsports' catalog (PN DK5076 for the '94-'98 model; PN5087 for the '99-'01). Each version is available for $69.95 through Holcomb's catalog.

Installation is a breeze and takes just a few minutes. The only "gotcha" is that you will need a T25 tamper-proof Torx bit or socket to remove the OE anti-theft screws for the factory emblem. We picked up the proper Torx bit for less than two bucks at a local auto parts store.