June 1, 2013

More Roush for '14

Roush Performance describes its 2014 Roush Mustangs as "More power, more options, more performance." Each of the four models—RS V-6, Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3—begin life as a '14 Mustang before their transformation at the Roush Performance Speed Shop in Plymouth, Michigan.

Returning for '14 is the Roush RS V-6, where practicality meets performance. Powered by the Mustang's base 305hp powertrain with 31 miles-per-gallon fuel economy, the V-6 Roush packs a more affordable punch with upgrades like lowering springs, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a Roush aero body kit.

On the V-8 side, the Roush offerings start with the Stage 1, which adds visual pizzazz with the Roush-designed R6 aero body package that includes high-flow upper grille, lower grille eliminator, and corner fascia pockets with driving lamps and chin splitter, three-piece rear spoiler, and aero rear valance with diffusers. Building on the RS1, the Stage 2 upgrades the suspension with race-inspired components like a larger front stabilizer bar, increased spring rates, twin-tube struts and shocks with unique valving, Roush-designed anti-wheel hop kit, and 18x10-inch aluminum wheels with Roush/Cooper RS3 high-performance tires.

As always, the Stage 3 leads the Roush Mustang pack. It takes the styling of the Stage 1 and handling of the Stage 2, then force-feeds the 5.0L Coyote engine with a R2300 ROUSHcharger featuring Eaton's Twin Vortices Series technology for 575 horsepower. For even more performance, Roush has teamed with Ford Racing to offer their "Aluminator" forged engine as an upgrade option for owners who want to play with even more power. It beefs up the 5.0L for Phase 2 (625hp) and Phase 3 (675hp) packages available through the Roush Performance catalog.

New for '14 is the addition of Magnum Grey, Mat It Mango, Launch It Lemon, Marina Blue, and Punch It Purple to the Stage 3 graphic color lineup. Other options include a rear-seat delete with X-brace, dual-chamber off-road exhaust, and RS3 hood scoop for the RS1 and RS2.

All of the '14 Roush Mustangs are available in both coupe and convertible body styles with either manual or automatic transmission. For more information, visit www.roushperformance.com or call 800/597-6874.

Countdown to the 50th

On April 16-20, 2014, the Mustang will celebrate its 50th anniversary with two simultaneous 50th Mustang Birthday Celebration events hosted by the Mustang Club of America and sponsored by Ford Motor Company. The east coast event will be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, while west coasters will have their own show at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Related activities start two weeks earlier with Great American Pony Drives from various locations to Mustang, Oklahoma, for the official kick-off weekend followed by east-bound and west-bound cruises to the Mustang 50th Birthday events.

Over the coming months, we'll be keeping readers abreast of the 50th anniversary happenings, adding updates as they become available. You can also visit the MCA website at www.mustang.org.

April 4-11, 2014
Great American Pony Drives
Jacksonville, Florida
Departs April 4
Richmond, Virginia:
Departs April 7
Boston: Departs April 6
Los Angeles: Departs April 4
Seattle: Departs April 4
Visit www.ponydrive.us for complete schedules and routes.

April 10-16, 2014
Mustangs Across America 50th Drive (see story elsewhere in Pony Tales)

April 11-13, 2014
Official 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Party hosted by the Mustang Club of America in Mustang, Oklahoma. Shows, special speakers, and shuttles to shopping. More details to come.

April 13-16, 2014
50th Anniversary Pony Drives from Mustang, Oklahoma, to Charlotte and Las Vegas. Visit www.ponydrive.us for schedules and stops.

April 16-20
Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Shows, open tracks, special activities and displays, manufacturer midways.
April 16: Pony Drive arrivals, vendors
April 17: Opening Ceremonies, birthday party, other activities TBA
April 18: Open track, parade laps, themed dinner, other activities TBA
April 19: Evening banquet, other activities TBA
April 20: Easter Sunrise Services, closing ceremonies

Anniversaries at Carlisle

With big anniversaries this year for both SVT and the 289 Hi-Po engine, the 2013 Carlisle Ford Nationals is shaping up as a big celebration for Mustang milestones. Scheduled for the June 7-9 weekend at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the event will incorporate a 20th Anniversary SVT display and a 289 High Performance Reunion, plus a special Team Shelby Grand National.

The SVT 20th anniversary will be housed in Building Y, showcasing not only Mustangs but also Lightnings, Contours, Raptors, and other SVT vehicles. As part of the gathering, Marcie Cipriani will be attending with the SVTOA group. Although the Hi-Po Reunion will celebrate the introduction of the pre-Mustang 289 High Performance engine in 1963, the celebration will include a number of special Hi-Po Mustangs from '65-'67.

Team Shelby comes back to Carlisle too, this time hosting a Grand National event. The gathering starts with a Team Shelby Pre-Poker Run Party in Winchester, Virginia, followed by a scenic Poker Run to Carlisle for a celebration party with awards, Team Shelby BBQ, and Saturday lunch.

For the first time, the gates will open on Thursday as part of the new "early bird" day to give swap meet buyers a jump on the weekend and also serve as a set-up day for everyone else.

The Carlisle Expo Center will once again host Ford's "Go Further" Ride and Drive Experience, where Ford-branded cars will be available for free test drives. Onsite installations, including the Mustang Garage, will also return. Additionally, details are being worked out for Ford-hosted interactive test drives with professional drivers so passengers can see what certain Ford vehicles can do on the autocross track.

Saturday night will once again feature a Downtown Ford Parade and Street Party benefitting the Downtown Carlisle Association. Led by representatives from Ford, over 400 Mustangs and Fords will cruise into the downtown area for live music and food.

Additional activities throughout the weekend include a burnout competition, beauty contest, Kids at Carlisle activities center, Women's Oasis, autograph sessions, industry guests, and more. For more information, visit the website at www.carlisleevents.com.

Mustangs Across America 50th Drive

Sticking to the tradition of driving cross-country every five years for Mustang milestone anniversaries, Mustangs Across America is "pulling out the stops" for its 50th Anniversary Drive in April 2014. Calling it the "Drive of a Lifetime," event coordinator Sam Haymart says the 50th MAA will take an all-new route, covering over 2,400 miles and seven days as the cruise travels from Los Angeles to Charlotte for the Mustang Club of America's Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration on April 16-20, 2014.

Departing LA on April 10, the road trip adventure will tour the American Southwest, Texas oil country, and the deep South on its way to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Open to all Mustangs, the 50th MAA is planned for segments that average 350 miles per day with stops in Phoenix, Arizona; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Midland, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Jackson, Mississippi; and Atlanta, Georgia, with arrival in Charlotte scheduled for April 16. Haymart has established a leisurely pace to allow visits to attractions like the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Texas, the Sixth Floor JFK Museum in Dallas, and the Vicksburg Military Park in Mississippi.

"For the Mustangs Across America 50th Anniversary Drive, we are excited to bring something new," says Haymart. "The optional day tours allow people to take in quality sight-seeing along the way. It adds to the romance of Mustangs parading across our beautiful country together."

While there are planned stops, tours, and events, participants can also travel at their own pace with the freedom to make their own stops and side trips. With nearly 150 Mustangs already pre-registered, Haymart says he expects at least 500 Mustangs to make the journey.

For more information and registration form, visit www.mustangsacrossamerica.com.

News Desk

Summit Racing Equipment is now offering retail store pickup service for orders placed online at www.summittracing.com, www.genuinehotrod.com, or www.powersportsplace.com. After placing an order online, customers can take delivery at any one of Summit's retail stores in Tallmadge, Ohio; McDonough, Georgia; and Sparks, Nevada.

With a larger Whipple supercharger and a few other speed parts, Lethal Performance has laid claim to the world's fastest '13 Shelby GT 500 with their 9.39 @ 147 mph pass at Palm Beach International Raceway.

Florida Mustang owners will appreciate a new product from Awesome Products. The Love Bug Eraser cleans off any and all bugs using car wash soap and water but is especially effective for those nasty little Love Bugs that swarm twice a year in Florida. The reusable Love Bug Erasers are available for $5.49 for a 1-Pack or $10.98 for a 3-Pack. For more information or to view the video, go to www.lovebugeraser.com or call 904/280-1499.

Mustang Monthly Editor Donald Farr has written Ford's officially-licensed Mustang 50th Anniversary book. Mustang: 50 Years will be published later this year by Motorbooks.

With one win and three top five finishes after the season's first four races, Sam Hornish Jr. sat atop the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. Hopefully, the Penske Racing Mustang driver will continue the winning ways established by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who won the last two Nationwide championships in a Mustang before stepping up to the Sprint Cup series for 2013.

We may be getting closer to finding out what Ford has in store for the '15 Mustang. Word leaking out of Dearborn says Ford may reveal the new car's design later this year or early 2014.

Everyone is aware of the Mustang Club of America's Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration events in April 2014, but we're also hearing rumors that Ford may stage its own Dearborn celebration in August.

Drake Mustang for Charity

Scott Drake and the East Texas Mustang Club are joining forces once again to build a special Mustang, this one to benefit Drake's favorite charity, the National Down Syndrome Society. In 2009, the East Texas club built Drake's "Pay It Forward" '66 Mustang convertible in 100 days (see "Overhauled for a Cause" in the November 2009 Mustang Monthly). Club members got a jump on their latest project by tearing down the '64½ convertible in one day.

Called a tribute to the Mustang's 50th anniversary, the completed car will tour Mustang Club of America events and serve as Drake's display car at the 2013 SEMA Show before heading to one of the MCA's Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration events on April 16-20, 2014. The car will then be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson with the proceeds going to the National Down Syndrome Society.

"We want to do all we can to raise awareness for the National Down Syndrome Society," said Drake, whose son Troy was born with the Down condition. "I spoke with their Vice President of Development yesterday and they are very excited about the opportunity to work with us on this project."