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."


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 (www.barrett-jackson.com) 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 (www.henryford.com), 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... "