Greg Clark
April 22, 2009
Photos By: Mark Houlahan
Pictured along with members of the Mustangs of East Texas are Mary Jean Wesche of Mustang Club of America (back row, fourth from left) are Scott Drake (back row, fifth from left), Kenny Northum of Quantum Performance (back row, third from right), Craig Chesley of Mustangs of East Texas (back row, second from right), and Kevin Campbell of Kicker Audio (front row, far right)

In celebration of Drake Automotive Group's 30th anniversary and the 45th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, Scott Drake and the Mustang Club of America are giving one MCA club a chance to Pay It Forward with the ultimate Mustang makeover. The lucky MCA club will start with a '66 Ford Mustang convertible project car and $10,000 in parts donated by Scott Drake. The club will finish with a fully restored Mustang that will be displayed in the Scott Drake booth during the 2009 SEMA show and later sold at auction. Proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the charity selected by the winning MCA club, giving them an opportunity to Pay It Forward.

Several clubs from across the country submitted applications for the contest. Mustangs of East Texas (www.mustangsofeasttexas.com) stood out from the rest by providing a hardbound book with a full timeline and delegated plan of the restoration. The club knows who will be responsible for every part of the car. The club has worked with the East Texas Crisis Center (www.etcc.org) for years. The crisis center is "dedicated to providing safety, shelter, and education for victims of family violence, sexual assault, and other violent crime" with a "commitment to restoring dignity and purpose in the lives of victims and promoting public compassion and awareness in order to reduce violence in our community."

Scott Drake and Mustangs of East Texas aren't the only ones involved in this project. Quantum Performance will donate an engine of the club's choice to the project, Performance Automatic will provide a C4 automatic transmission, and Kicker Audio will provide a complete audio system for the car.

We'll follow the build of the car right here, so check back for updates.