Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
April 19, 2016

What’s a Mustang lover to do between big events? The big celebrations usually fall every five years, and the 50th anniversary was two years ago, so it’s only another three years until the 55th anniversary events. National Mustang Day was created to keep the Mustang in the general public’s eye, show support for our favorite car, and celebrate the birth of the Mustang on April 17th. (Sponsored by National Parts Depot and Mustang Driver magazine.)

During this first year, dozens of Mustang clubs signed up to support this special day by planning cruises, show ’n’ shines, music, grilling, drive ins, prizes, and cake cutting (see the website for details and photos). April 17th fell on a Sunday this year.

Dozens of clubs held celebrations at Mustang-based businesses and local Ford dealers. Dyno challenges, open houses, cars-and-coffee gatherings, shop tours, and more. Here in Florida, two clubs, the Mustang Club of Tampa and the Suncoast Mustang Club, decided to caravan together across the state to Revology Cars. As the company that produces 1965-1966 Mustang replicas, it’s great place to have a National Mustang Day open house. We decided to tag along, and see the latest happenings at Revology Cars with Chief Revologist Tom Scarpello and his crew. Be sure to check out www.nationalmustangday.com for 2016 coverage and to see what’s being planned for April 17th, 2017, and beyond.

On display in front of Revology Cars was a recently completed 1966 Shelby G.T. 350H replica (fully licensed by Shelby American) alongside a real 1966 Shelby G.T. 350H. Amazingly, both were owned by the same gentleman. The Shelby replica features Ford’s awesome 5.0L DOHC Coyote V-8, making 435hp. Revology Cars recently announced the standard engine in all of their replicas will be the Coyote, with the GM LS-based E-rod emissions certified V-8 a no-charge option.
The standard wheel package on the Revology Mustang replicas is 17-inch aluminum versions of the famous Styled Steel Wheel. However, the Shelby gets a more correct-looking 17-inch version of the Magnum 500 with Hertz center caps.
The vintage Shelby G.T. 350H was certainly no slouch, and its 289 Hi-Po was looking sharp in the engine bay. With the hoods down, the two cars were visually identical, save for the wheel-and-tire package. Inside, a few touches like leather instead of vinyl, upgraded instrumentation, and other discreet features were distinguishable in the Revology Mustang replica. A true Mustang fanatic would be able to tell the difference, but a casual observer would no doubt consider them “just, really cool Shelby Mustangs!”
The two Florida Mustang clubs arrived as a group and were given premium parking, right up front and around the entrances to the main parking lot. (We drove the wife’s Fusion, as we had other errands to run in Orlando, and parked next door.) While the majority of the Mustangs were 2005 and newer, a few dedicated vintage owners attended, as well as a New Edge Mustang or two.
Speaking of New Edge Mustangs, we spotted this vintage Mustang Monthly window decal on a Mach 1. These decals were created back in the mid-1980s and handed out at Mustang shows by the Mustang Monthly staff—a rare find, if you will.
The open house itself was from 10am to 2pm, and tours were led by Tom Scarpello, Nathan Loucks (Revology’s Vehicle Integration Supervisor), and Lonnie Wagner (Revology’s Parts & Service Director). The tours rotated through approximately every 15 minutes to give everyone plenty of time make their way through the facility, see in-progress builds, ask questions, and so on. Loucks was our guide during our particular tour, and even though we’ve been to Revology before, it was still quite fascinating.