Pony Express - December 2013
Foulger Drag Car
Here’s a photo I took at Irwindale Raceway (California) in 1969 or 1970. The ’68 Cobra Jet Mustang fastback was sponsored by Foulger Ford, and the ’57 Ranchero in the other lane is cool too.
Bainbridge Island, WA
Great photo, Lynn! In the 1960s, southern California’s Foulger Ford was one of the top Ford performance dealers on the west coast. They sold many Cobra Jet and Shelby Mustangs, and also heavily promoted Ford’s Muscle Parts program. They were involved in one of the great how-to articles from those days when they modified a base ’69 Mustang 302 hardtop with parts from the Muscle Parts program and documented each change with a test at the drag strip. Wish we still had a copy of that one!
I read your fire protection article (“Fire Protection for your Mustang,” August 2013 issue) and found it very useful in updating my knowledge of new fire extinguisher products. There are many ways to tackle a fire, but please tell your readers of one essential piece of information: If you have a fire under the hood, do not lift the hood to put the fire out! This will simply create a chimney to fuel the fire as more air will be drawn from underneath the car to speed up and funnel out through the open engine compartment. You should just unlatch the release mechanism, then aim the extinguisher through the gap between the top of the radiator and the hood and towards the base of the fire. Remember, fires need air! I worked for three decades in the British equivalent of your Highway Patrol and have seen numerous smoldering engine compartment fires quickly transformed into unmanageable infernos through such well-intended actions. Cheers.
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I am one of the original Mustang Monthly subscribers from 1978 and still have every issue. I wanted to send you a picture of my mailbox. I just made it. I thought you would find it amusing.
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Car Wash Hardtop
I recently watched the old movie “Car Wash” on late night TV. I believe it was filmed in Los Angeles on Wilshire Blvd. in the 1970s. About halfway through the movie, the girlfriend of one of the workers picks him up in a ’68 Mustang hardtop with the special edition vinyl roof kit. No one else watching with me was impressed that I knew what it was but I thought it was way cool!
We’ve heard about the hardtop’s cameo appearance in “Car Wash,” a 1976 movie that featured a number of the era’s celebrities, including Richard Pryor, the Pointer Sisters, and George Carlin. Guess we’ll have to stay up late to catch it ourselves. We have to wonder what happened to the Mustang?
About halfway way through the movie, the girlfriend of one of the workers picks him up in a ’68 Mustang hardtop with the special edition vinyl roof kit.
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