John Gilbert Staff Editor
December 31, 2015

If there ever was a California town that time forgot it would have to be Bakersfield, but if you’re someone that prefers a warm downhome atmosphere over a cold faceless metropolis, that’s a good thing.

Sure, as you can tell from the headlines captured from Bakersfield’s ABC TV affiliate channel 23 website there’s no place in America that can escape the weirdness of modern day civilization, but dig a little deeper and in Bakersfield you’ll find a tightknit car community that treats one another like all humanity should.

Watch the attached video of Ashley Goodall and her 1966 Mustang narrated by Channel 23’s Mike Hart, and you’ll discover what we’re talking about.

Ashley, with the help of her parents, acquired the 1966 Mustang out of high school and it was her daily driver until a neurological disorder called RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, set in making it impossible to drive the manual-braked, non-power steering steed.

This is where Golden Empire Mustangs, a local Bakersfield club that participates in all aspects of the Mustang lifestyle, stepped in to help. There were other organizations including Bakersfield’s Outlaws car club that got involved as a way to say thank you to Ashley for everything she does for the community. The build took place at Outlaw member Jeff Hill’s incredible home shop. Mustang parts suppliers like National Parts Depot (NPD) and a host of Ford and Mustang businesses we’ll mention in upcoming expanded coverage were involved. The drop-dead gorgeous paintwork on Ashley’s ’66 was done by San Joaquin Collision.

The Mustang scene in California’s Central Valley is extensive and our staff is really looking forward to bringing our readers more coverage in the near future.

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