April 16, 2014

Mustang Makes its Way Home to Original Owner

For most of us our first Mustang is but a distant memory and we'd bet the majority of us would do just about anything to get that first ride back in our garage. Drive-in movies, the prom, maybe even your honeymoon or bringing your first-born home from the hospital—these memories would mean so much more if you still had the Mustang they happened in right? Well one such Mustang owner was able to do just that and it all happened because his parents never changed their phone number!

Dennis back home with his ’68 Shelby GT 350 once again in his name—45 years later. Dennis meeting with owner number two (on the left). Dennis also had the pleasure of meeting owner number three (on the left) and owner number four (on the right).
Dennis back home with his ’68 Shelby GT 350 once again in his name—45 years later. Dennis meeting with owner number two (on the left). Dennis also had the pleasure of meeting owner number three (on the left) and owner number four (on the right).
Dennis back home with his ’68 Shelby GT 350 once again in his name—45 years later. Dennis meeting with owner number two (on the left). Dennis also had the pleasure of meeting owner number three (on the left) and owner number four (on the right).

Dennis Blocker of Lehighton, Pennsylvania has been a car enthusiast since he was old enough to turn his own wrenches. He ordered a '68 Shelby GT 350 from Gilboy Ford in nearby Allentown; his closest Shelby dealer. The GT 350 became Dennis' every day driver and found its way to many race tracks over the years. Swearing he'd never sell it (sound familiar?-Ed.) Dennis found himself in the middle of the same gas crisis as the rest of the U.S.A. and in 1971 traded the Shelby in for a new Bronco (he needed to pull trailers for his business). Ten years later he did find a '65 GT 350 for sale and picked it up. He joined SAAC and enjoyed the fastback, but it wasn't his '68.

Dennis' '68 GT 350 didn't sit on the dealer's lot very long. It sold quickly to a local buyer and traded hands two more times, eventually ending up in Alabama. Owner number four performed a full and correct restoration and during that process found the owner's manual in the car with Dennis' name and phone number. However, the number was for Dennis' parent's house, where he lived at the time. A call to the number and owner number four got Dennis' mother. She gave the latest owner Dennis' number, as he wanted to speak with Dennis and get details from the original owner for the restoration. The restored car hit the show circuit for a few years, but in 2010 owner number four called Dennis and asked him if would like to purchase his original car back. Dennis now has his '68 Mustang back and he's not letting it go again.

Radio-Controlled Fastback

Vaterra RC, a new division of radio controlled products giant Horizon Hobby, was launched to bring a new level of realism to car enthusiasts that are looking to join the radio controlled car hobby. While Vaterra launched with some Brand X vehicles mid-2013 we were excited to see their first officially licensed Ford offering recently; a '67 Mustang fastback! The fastback's lines are true to scale and feature a few light restomod touches as well. The Vaterra Mustang R/C comes in a dark green finish with low-profile rubber and performance-look wheel package. Clear body "shells" are available so that owners can custom paint their Vaterra R/C Mustang to match their own full-size ride as well.

The Vaterra R/C '67 Mustang features an efficient and quiet shaft-driven electric drivetrain that powers all four wheels with waterproof electronics. Included in the Vaterra R/C '67 Mustang ready-to-run (RTR) kit is the Vaterra V100-S chassis with four-wheel independent suspension that is fully assembled, the officially licensed '67 Mustang body shell, a two-channel radio, 7.4-volt NiMh battery, and battery charger. The Vaterra R/C '67 Mustang is 1/10th scale, measuring in at 14.85-inches long with a 10.25-inch wheelbase. The Vaterra R/C '67 Mustang should be on your local hobby retailer's shelves by the time you read this, or check out www.vaterrarc.com to find your nearest retailer or to buy online. Be sure to check out our Facebook page and website for more pictures and video too!

News Desk

As part of the Mustang's 50th anniversary, Ford has developed a special Mustang 50th Celebration Kit for clubs for a $200 shipping and handling fee. The kit includes display materials, event favors, and door prizes. Clubs can find more information at www.mustang50yearcelebration.com or by calling (800) 367-3788. International clubs should call (313) 621-0771.

For 2014, the Mustang Dream Giveaway will be giving away a pair of Shelby GT 500s, a '69 and a '14, both in Grabber Blue with white stripes. Visit www.dreamgiveaway.com for more details.

Speedway Motors is back on the road again in 2014 with their big rig hitting over 25 events this year. Look for them at Goodguys events, the Syracuse Nationals and more. Check out www.speedwaymotors.com/events for the full schedule.

Slightly Mad Studios has announced a "massively multiplayer" online PC racing game, that is free-to-play, called World of Speed. The online racing game will feature player challenges, differing game modes, tracks, and cars. We're waiting on an official Ford vehicle list, but for now you can check out www.worldofspeed.com to get started.

DynoMax Performance Exhaust has announced their spring promotion, rewarding up to $100 via a Visa pre-paid card for the purchase of a qualifying cat-back exhaust system. Visit www.dynomax.comfor a full list of applicable systems and how to submit your rebate info.