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Jim Smart Honored With the Lee Iacocca Award at Fabulous Fords Forever
Prestigious honor awarded to past editor of Mustang Monthly
Many readers will instantly recognize the name Jim Smart. Jim has been an integral part of Mustang Monthly’s nearly four decade run as being one of the top Mustang content outlets on the newsstand (and now on just about any device you own!). Jim has been Editor, Staff Editor, freelance contributor, and go-to person for Mustang history, images, and more. From his early years working under Donald Farr to his latest freelance contributions to our print and online products, Jim has seen and done it all. His passion for Mustang is one that knows no bounds and if there’s a Mustang happening there’s a damn good chance Jim will be in attendance. He’s restored his own Mustangs and helped countless others realize their dream of Mustang ownership by helping owners with their projects.
One of Jim’s biggest projects, In Search of Mustangs, was a registry he founded in 1979 with Jim Haskell. The registry’s function was to find and register ’65-’73 Mustangs, compiling data in an effort to determine manufacturing cutoffs, assembly line parts changes, and other documentation related to building Ford’s Mustang at its three assembly plants (MI, CA, and NJ). Much of their work was published in book form as the Mustang Production Guide. Volume 1 served ’65-’66 Mustangs, while Volume 2 featured ’67-’73 Mustangs. Today, the In Search of Mustangs registry is an online repository of Mustang data and encompasses all years of Mustangs. You can register your Mustang directly into the database simply by visiting www.isomustangs.org.
At the 2015 Fabulous Fords Forever, held annually at Knott’s Berry Farm in California, Jim, like many Iacocca Award recipients before him, was in attendance at the event but had no clue he was about to be called up on stage. During the shows’ VIP luncheon for media and celebrities award presenter Bob Fria, along with Lee Iacocca’s longtime personal assistant Norma Saken, spoke of the award’s meaning for dedication to our hobby and what embodies an Iacocca Award recipient. Knowing the majority of the audience would realize who the winner was as soon as Bob began to describe the recipient; Bob simply called out Jim’s name and then proceeded to go over Jim’s lengthy biography. When we caught up with Jim he a few days later he was naturally still stunned by the announcement and had this to say about his experience. “I’m still in a state of shock because I never expected it. I am so honored and humbled by this experience. I am grateful to people like Donald Farr and Larry Dobbs, who allowed me to take a passion and turn it into what has been a very rewarding career. It hasn't been just about Mustang, but about great friends who have become extended family.” Well done Jim, all of us here at Mustang Monthly are proud of your accomplishments!