Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
April 2, 2015
Contributers: Jim Kreuz

Mothers Big Rig Hits the Road

The Mothers big rig travels the country each year hitting the hottest events from coast to coast. Car shows, festivals, motorsports events, auctions, and more will all see the Mothers big red machine pull in with product specialists on board ready to demonstrate its latest products to help you take care of your Mustang. For 2015 Mothers also plans to bring some cool rides along for the trip, as the Mothers big rig can store up to four perfectly shined cars to transport to each event. The highlights of the 2015 Mothers big rig tour include the Hot Rod Power Tour, Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions in Palm Beach, Florida, and Las Vegas, and more. The current schedule is listed here and you can always get the latest news about the 2015 big rig schedule at www.mothers.com/bigrig.

May 1-3
Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix
Salinas, CA
www.mazdaraceway.com

June 6-12

Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour–Cruise Nights
Sat: Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
Sun: Parkland College, Champaign, IL
Mon: Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, IL
Tue: Memphis International Raceway, Memphis, TN
Wed: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Birmingham, AL
Thu: Centennial Plaza, Gulfport, MS
Fri: Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Baton Rouge, LA
www.hotrod.com Mothers daily coverage at: www.powertour.net

June 6
Rods, Customs, & Rats in the Park
Huntington Beach, CA
www.hbconcours.org

June 7
Huntington Beach Concours d'Elegance
Huntington Beach, CA
www.hbconcours.org

June 19-21
The Classic at Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach, CA
www.theclassicatpismobeach.com

July 10-12
Goodguys Nationals
Columbus, OH
www.good-guys.com

July 17-19
Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse, NY
www.rightcoastcars.com

Aug. 6-8
Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson, Reno, NV
www.barrett-jackson.com

Aug. 8-9
Monterey Pre-Reunion
Salinas, CA
www.mazdaraceway.com

Aug. 13-16
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Salinas, CA
www.mazdaraceway.com

Sept. 11-13
Pirelli World Challenge
Salinas, CA
www.mazdaraceway.com

Sept. 24-26
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event
Las Vegas, NV
www.barrett-jackson.com

Sept. 25-27
Porsche Rennsport Reunion
Salinas, CA
www.mazdaraceway.com

Nov. 3-6
SEMA Show (trade only)
Las Vegas, NV
www.semashow.com

Nov. 6
SEMA Ignited (public)
(to be announced)
www.semaignited.com

Nov. 18-22
SKUSA SuperNationals
Las Vegas, NV
www.superkartsusa.com


All (Mustangs) Aboard: Mustang Fest 2014

Steven Spielberg could not have dreamed up a better car show. We doubt that anyone could, and that includes the almost 200 Mustang and Shelby owners who were in attendance on the flight deck of the USS Lexington, a World War II aircraft carrier. The location was Corpus Christi, Texas, and the fall weather matched the setting with cool days and clear skies the first weekend in October 2014. Show promoter Island Tom (yep, that’s his legal name) and his team spent four years ensuring that every detail was covered, beginning with the boarding of 50 cars Friday evening prior to the Saturday-Sunday event. The cars drove up a concrete ramp that stretched from street level to the ship’s elevator platform, situated 25 feet below the flight deck, and then rode the aircraft elevator—14 cars at a time—up to the top deck. The elevator ride generated an eerie feeling, knowing that 70 years prior a number of World War II pilots were making this same lift, about to risk their lives to maintain our freedom.

The view on board was spectacular, with Mustangs not only lined up on the flight deck of this carrier resting in the Gulf of Mexico 100 yards off shore, but also adjacent to a dozen Navy warplanes. That was the first of many ingredients that made the weekend memorable. The second “spice” came in the form of 500 high-gloss color business cards, given to each participant prior to the event, with a photograph of their car along with pertinent info on the vehicle and owner. Attendees exchanged these cards during Mustang Fest, enabling everyone to better remember their new friends’ names, as well as their contact info. Brilliant idea! The most coveted of these cards was from the oldest participant, 95-year-young Lowell Hughes, a World War II veteran from Roswell, New Mexico, who brought his Arcadian Blue’65 Mustang V-8 convertible along with his younger next-door neighbor. After describing his harrowing landings at Anzio, Italy, and southern France during the Great War, we had to ask to see his driver’s license for proof of age—he was born on October 12, 1919! On the other end of the age scale, 15-year-old Brandon Chaffin from Dripping Springs, Texas, brought his mother along in hopes of persuading her to allow him to take ownership of her restored ’66 Mustang fastback, the same one she drove in high school.

If the Saturday night dinner onboard the ship wasn’t enough, there were tours given that went all the way down into the bowls of the carrier, and the event ended with a nice awards presentation. Yet the fun didn’t end that weekend; each car owner was mailed a high-resolution 8x10 photo of the Mustang-laden Lady Lex flight deck, taken from a single-engine airplane circling the ship during the first day. —Jim Kreuz


News Desk

The first retail production Shelby GT350R crossed the Barrett-Jackson auction block this past January with the proceeds of the sale to go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). When the gavel dropped the bidding war ended at a solid $1 million by an anonymous bidder, far surpassing several GM charity auctions held at the event.

Lincoln Electric has just released their 2015 welding equipment catalog, which features its MIG, TIG, plasma cutting, and welding gear products. You can find the new catalog at your nearest Lincoln dealer (see www.lincolnelectric.com/locator) and it is also available through the Lincoln Library app for Apple and Android devices.

If you’re looking to buy a vintage Mustang perhaps take a look at the new site www.vintagewheels.com. There you can search multiple buying sites in one spot and find just the right Mustang for your budget and location.

Heatshield Products is celebrating 30 years in business in 2015. Starting with just two products, the family owned company has now launched over 400 products in the last three decades, all proudly made in the USA. Check out www.heatshieldproducts.com for your next automotive project’s needs.


Carlisle Ford Nationals Host Ford’s GT Supercar

Attending the Carlisle Ford Nationals each year is something we look forward to during our busy summer event travel season. This year attendees will not only get to see hundreds of Mustangs from every model year and generation, along with other great classic Fords, Mercurys, and Lincolns, but for 2015, the 10th anniversary of Ford’s GT Supercar, Carlisle is hosting the GT and its owners as honored guests with special displays throughout the event weekend.

Attendees will get up close and personal with Ford’s GT and be able to meet owners, engineers, designers like Camilo Pardo, other GT program notables like Steve Saleen, and more. Special displays, including a special GT-themed hospitality area, racing GTs, and GT-specific installation areas for parts are all planned. The Carlisle Ford Nationals are June 5-7 at the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Fairgrounds and you can find out all you need to know about the event, including registration at www.carlisleevents.com. With Ford’s heavy participation over the years who knows, perhaps the 2017 Ford GT recently announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit will make an appearance!