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

5.0 Feedback

With Interest

I enjoyed your Bench Racer in the Feb. '14 issue. I read it fresh out the Mailbox. I have to admit that I don't always read your column, but the photo of the RSX concept Mustang piqued my interest.

I am the original owner of a '90 LX 5.0 hatchback that has about 48,000 miles on it. I sat down with a local dealer in January 1990 and filled out a build sheet because there were no new LX 5.0s on the dealer lots at the time. I picked my colors and options that included entering the code for the optional 3.08:1 rearend (I had a 3.73 put in not long afterward) and the rear window defroster was deleted at that time. Mine is probably the only '90 Mustang in New Hampshire without one.

I do all of my own maintenance, so nobody touches my baby. And I try to keep it looking stock. It still has the factory original 10-hole wheels and tailpipes (aftermarket mufflers, H-pipe and headers, but the tailpipes are original). Even the windshield wipers are original (including the rubber!)

A few years ago I finally had the funds to install a Kenne Bell Twin Screw and all of the supporting mods (injectors, throttle body, custom dyno tune, and more) on the stock long-block. This helps me keep up with the new GTs.

To get to your point about respect for Foxes, I'm not sure there is a lot of respect. I recently re-joined the New Hampshire Mustang Club and entered the car in its first show last September. Most of the cars were newer Mustangs. When I was in the club for a year or so in the early '90s, most of the cars were '65-'73. At this show, a couple was looking at my car and I heard the wife say to her husband, "That's a Mustang?"

I look forward to your magazine every month and I have extended my subscription into 2018. I even have four 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords license plates from my caption contest entries.

Brian Miller
Via email

Many thanks for your lengthy support of the magazine. We greatly appreciate our regular readers. Regarding the Foxes, they are getting to the age that they really are "old" cars to younger people, and they may not hold that same respect that they did for our generation. I suspect that the '05-'09 S197s and the '11-'14 Coyotes may be the next generations to maintain a bit of status with those that grew up around them.

King's Rules

I'm building a '13 Mustang that is flirting with the line between street and strip. I'm really interested in entering my car in the King of the Street competition. Are there any rules and regulations?

Matt Garrison
Cookeville, TN

There are no rules or regulations for admission to KOTS, the car just has to impress us with its looks, combo, and stated performance. As far as participating, the only rule is that you must run a D.O.T.-spec tire.

I will caution that if you are flirting too heavily with the strip side of the equation, the car may not fare as well as you like. Too often competitors focus on one or two portions of the competition, like the dyno runs, and forget that it's usually the best all-around car that wins.

Star Car

Did you love seeing the hero car rip across the big screen in the Need for Speed movie? If the car looked great to you in the theater, imagine how awesome it would look in your driveway! Of course, it probably won't come cheap, but it was possible to buy the real movie car at the Barrett-Jackson ( auction in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 12.

"Mustang was cast in a leading role of the movie with screen time equal to many of the actors," said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. "Director Scott Waugh challenged our team to give this central character enough personality and American masculinity to take on some of the world's most exotic cars, just like in the popular Electronic Arts video game that inspired the movie."

To the benefit of the Henry Ford Health System (, a non-profit group dedicated to "improving the health and well-being of a diverse community," this auction is for a car that appeared in the movie, which premiered March 14, and at promotional events for that movie. It features a custom widebody kit, Forgiato 22-inch wheels, and a unique Kona Blue-stripe-over-silver paint job.

Short Times

At press time there were strong rumors that Ford's partnership with Microsoft could be ending. Word is that the Blue Oval will turn to QNX, a division of Blackberry, to power its next generation of SYNC… An alumnus of these pages, the Shelby-inspired Snakebit truck spearheaded by Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed also sold at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale for $450,000. "We are elated with the response to this one-of-a-kind truck," says Vaughn Wyant, co-chair of Wheels of Dreams, and president and CEO of Vaughn Wyant Automotive Group. "The volunteers involved in this project traveled an amazing road to get here, and it was thrilling to finally reach the moment where Gene and Shannon were spurring on the auction crowd to support the future children's hospital. What an incredible moment... "