Ford Mustang Boss 302
Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
November 21, 2013

For those of you that have taken notice of the late-model Mustang on the cover, let me clear the air straight away by saying that Modified Mustangs & Fords will remain the classic-only Ford performance magazine that you have come to know and love. Back in the February issue, I mentioned we were taking part in a design duel with our sister magazines where our creations were then voted on by our readers, and probably more accurately, our Facebook fans. Taking part in the contest meant running a picture of the Modified Mustangs & Fords American Heritage Racer, as I dubbed it, so there you have it.

The late-model books have a much stronger following with regard to the amount of Facebook fans, so it was difficult to maintain pace with them during voting. I still think our design was better than the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords competitor that we lost to in Round 1, as well as the other two from Mustang Monthly and 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords. I will go on record to say that the winning entry from 5.0 Mustang’s Steve Turner did appeal to me, and apparently it appealed to a great many more.

The great thing about the customizer is that you do have quite a few choices to play with. You can mix and match colors, stripes, body components, and wheels to your heart’s content.

Folks have been doing this in real life since the first Mustang was sold, so it’s nothing new, but it’s always fun, and much easier to do on the computer screen. Since Ford isn’t in the business of selling old Mustangs, it’s unlikely we’ll see a similar program where we can build our own vintage ponycar in the same manner. Maybe there’s a reader out there who can write some code and put one together for us to tinker with. Then again, we’ve always been a hands-on crowd, and bench racing is as much about building a car as it is about building the relationships with your friends or fellow racers as you do it.


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