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Pony Tales: Ford Mustang News - December 2014
50 Years of Mustang DVD Set
I don’t know about you, but we can’t get enough 50th anniversary Mustang stuff. We’ve stocked up on diecasts, T-shirts, coffee mugs, and more knickknacks than the wife probably knows about (unless she’s seen the credit card statement, and if so I’m in the dog house!).
A popular collectible we have from previous anniversaries are VHS tapes (remember those?) of the Mustang’s history in collectible gift boxes. Now we have a two-DVD collectible set from the folks at TM Books & Video celebrating 50 years of the Mustang. This DVD set features early footage of the Mustang’s release in the Ford Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964, and continues through five decades, telling the stories behind the Mustang’s unbelievable success through former Ford employees, collectors, and notable Mustang historians, such as Bob Fria, Matt Stone, and John Clor. Interviews with Mustang designer Gale Halderman and archival footage documents the Mustangs blazing trail through 50 years of production and even tells of the Mustang’s “pre-history,” such as Henry Ford’s mastering of the moving assembly line, and much more.
Here is how Lee Iacocca, the genius behind the Mustang, accounted for its success: “It wasn’t a car looking for a market. It was a market looking for a car.” Mustang The First 50 Years traces the social history that proves the wisdom of Iacocca’s words. Narrating the documentary is Tom McComas, a veteran Hollywood stuntman (shown standing to the left of Bruce Meyer and Bruce’s Shelby G.T. 350). He is known for his work in The Dark Knight, House, Armageddon and coming to theaters in 2015 Terminator: Genisys. McComas has been around cars all of his life. No matter what generation of Mustang you own or are a fan of, Mustang The First 50 Years will have you on the edge of your seat with its great story telling and crisp cinematography. TM Books & Video is offering Mustang The First 50 Years on its website at www.tmbv.com/mustang-the-first-50-years/productinfo/ mustang and through select outlets. Total running time is two hours and 30 minutes and the video was shot in HD. Get yours now for just $19.99!
Vaterra R/C Launches Latest Scale Mustang Offering
Earlier this year (May 2014 Pony Tales) we shared with our readers the launch of a new radio-controlled car brand and one of their first products, a really trick looking 1/10th scale ’67 Mustang fastback. The fastback, fully licensed by Ford, and available in a dark green finish with a few “restomod” touches, has been a big hit for the fledgling Vaterra R/C (a division of well-known and respected Horizon Hobby). The fastback was sold at the Las Vegas 50th anniversary event and has been picked up by several Mustang catalogs. Now Vaterra has followed up with their latest Mustang release, a dark blue ’15 Mustang fastback. Using the same V100-S shaft-driven four-wheel-drive chassis as their ’67 Mustang offering, the easy and fun to drive R/C car, which is roughly 15 inches long, will be at hobby stores and online retailers by the time you read this. The new ’15 Mustang body is also available separately for those of you who have already picked up Vaterra’s ’67 Mustang. Hopefully Santa has one under our tree this year! Check out www.vaterrarc.com for more details.
’15 Mustang Job 1 Starts
Ford’s latest Mustang began rolling out of the Flat Rock Assembly Plant on August 28, marking the beginning of production for the sixth-generation of Ford’s venerable ponycar that still defines the market 50 years later. For the first time in that 50-year history the Mustang will be officially sold outside the United States, as it can now be exported globally. The Mustang will now be available in more than 120 countries now that it will be factory built in an available righthand-drive model. This first-time availability of a righthand-drive model will allow exportation to more than 25 righthand-drive mandatory markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa.
“Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, said. “Expanding its availability globally affords our customers around the world the opportunity to have a true firsthand Mustang experience—one unlike any other.” The Mustang’s impact goes well beyond the more than 9.2 million cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. It has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music, and video games, and is the most-liked vehicle on Facebook, with close to 8 million likes.
The ’15 Mustang is hitting U.S. dealers now, where customers can see firsthand Ford’s clean-sheet design of the all-new sixth-generation Mustang, especially its fastback body design, independent rear suspension, and much more. The venerable 5.0L “Coyote” V-8 is still underhood for the GT package, now packing 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The 3.7L V-6 continues as the base engine (and is no slouch either if you haven’t driven one yet!), but the big news for the ’15 model year is the introduction of Ford’s EcoBoost engine program to the Mustang lineup. For 2015 the Mustang receives an all-new 2.3L EcoBoost engine, returning a factory turbocharged option to the Mustang sales brochure for the first time since 1986. The EcoBoost engine’s twin-scroll supercharger delivers an impressive 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.
Like the 1,964 50th anniversary Mustangs won’t be special enough, by the time you read this some lucky person will have bid on and won the last one produced (No. 1,964) at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction to benefit the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute’s Get Your Heart Racing program. Speaking of 50th anniversary Mustangs, if you can’t swing one of the 1,964 being built you might want to consider ticking the check box for the 50 Years Appearance Package on your ’15 Mustang order form. The package nets you embossed seat backs, 50 years upper grille, chrome taillight trim, 19-inch Luster Nickel wheels, and more. Our pal Vaughn Gittin Jr. may be the king of drifting behind the wheel of his Monster Energy/Nitto Tire Mustang RTR drifter, but he’s been known to tear up an F-150 or Fiesta or two in the name of fun video content. His latest involves a Fiesta ST and his best pal, Brody. Head on over to YouTube and search for “Man’s Best Friend” and have a look at JR’s shenanigans!