Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
May 12, 2014

Battle at the Beach

We revved up our Mustang Week (www.mustangweek.com) presence last year by hosting the Battle at the Beach dyno challenge. The event, sponsored by Pro Dyno (www.pro-dyno.net), hosted nine of the most powerful Mustangs in Myrtle Beach, which we documented in our January issue ("Freaks of the Week," p. 62). It was great fun in the sun. So why not do it again?

As you may have noticed in the Mustang Week program included in the June issue, we are joining forces with Pro Dyno to host it again in 2014. Obviously we need a whole new crop of cars to rock Pro Dyno's Dynojet rollers. The 10 most powerful street Mustangs prowling the Grand Strand are the group we want to show up and throw down on Thursday, July 17.

While we won't be judging the driveability of the cars like we do at the King of the Street, we do want the kind of cars that most of our readers can identify with. We also want a wide variety of model years and engine combinations, from the latest Coyotes to the classic Foxes, so everyone can see how a particular combo compares.

If you read last year's story and thought your car could do better, this is your chance to get in on the action. Please send some photos and a car description to Battle at the Beach c/o 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619 or email 5.0mailbag@sorc.com. From that list of entries, we will select our contestants. If you make the cut, we'll let you know in time to ready your car for competition.


Have a 'Ball

If you're like us, you dream of having a massive detached garage dedicated to housing and worshiping a Mustang collection. Whether or not that dream becomes a reality, you surely have a spot in your house or garage for one of a trio of Mustang-themed pinball machines created by Stern Pinball (www.sternpinball.com). We could certainly find room for one.

"For five decades, Mustang has represented some of the best of American culture, inspiring a feeling of freedom and independence for people around the world," said Steve Ling, Ford car marketing manager. "We're excited to have Stern Pinball join us here in its hometown of Chicago with its brand-new games featuring Mustang."

The machines let you celebrate 50 years of Mustangs by earning your way to a dream collection of Mustangs by participating in pinball versions of drag racing, rallying, drifting and road racing. The games are voiced by noted Ford driver Tanner Foust, and are brought to life by genuine Mustang sounds and artwork by Camillo Pardo, best known for designing the Ford GT.

"The first car I ever bought was a '70 Mustang Sportsroof with a 302, and I'm currently restoring a '69 Mach 1," said George Gomez, executive vice president for game design at Stern Pinball. "In designing these new games, we wanted to celebrate the freedom and fun of driving Mustang."

If you are a true collector, there is even a limited-edition version signed by game designer Gary Stern. "The beauty of pinball is that there is no set outcome, and it can't be programmed like a video game," said Gary, founder of Stern Pinball. "That makes pinball a perfect match for Mustang, taking drivers anywhere they want to go."

You can pick one up over at shopfordmerchandise.com.


First to Market

Who wouldn't want to own the first '15 Mustang to roll out of the Flat Rock Assembly Plant? Well, if you had the bank, that ride could have been yours. The rights to the first production S550 went up for grabs at the Barrett- Jackson (www.barrett-jackson.com) auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, this past January.

"The response to the all-new Mustang GT on the auction block was remarkable," said Raj Nair, group vice president-global product development at Ford Motor Company. "People were drawn to the opportunity to own this historic car, while also knowing the funds would benefit JDRF. We're pleased to continue this collaboration in the fight to cure type 1 diabetes."

Sam Pack, a North Texas Ford dealer and noted car collector, took home those rights for $300,000. While that's great for Sam, it also benefits a great cause. Those monies will help lots of children.

"We are thrilled with the result of the auction," said John Brady, incoming JDRF chairman. "The enthusiasm and generosity of Ford Motor Company and Barrett-Jackson Auction Company is appreciated by the JDRF family and all those living with type 1 diabetes. The $300,000 raised tonight will get us closer to a world without type 1 diabetes."