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Pony Tales - January 2013
The World of Mustangs
Shelby Wide Body
Too much horsepower is always a good problem. For the crew at Shelby American Motorsports, fixing the problems caused by too much horsepower is simply another challenge. The latest solution is Shelby's new Wide Body kit, which provides space for up to 14 inches of rear rubber from a 355-series tire. Wider front fenders also allow for more tire width and grip at the front.
The kit for '10-‘13 Mustangs was unveiled on a Shelby GTS at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Las Vegas last fall. A second kit for '05-'09 models is coming soon. The '10-'13 version gets 2½-inch wider rear quarters and 1-inch wider front fenders. The '05-'09 will be the more aggressive of the two, with 3-inch wider rear quarters and the owner's choice of either 1½- or 3-inch wider front fenders. Both will be offered as kits, or they can be installed at Shelby American Motorsports. The Wide Body will also be available as an option for the Shelby 1000, GT 500 Super Snake, GT 350, and GTS.
The Wide Body kit is designed for a simple installation with four major fiberglass components for each side of the car—rear panel, quarter panel inner filler (to fill in the wheelwell area between the sheetmetal and the Wide Body panel), rocker panel (that flares out at the rear to match the quarter panel contour), and bolt-on front fender. The factory rear quarter panel sheetmetal must be modified to provide the wheel opening clearance for the larger wheels and tires. The Wide Body rear panel uses factory mounting points and also bonds to the factory sheetmetal with 3M Panel Bonding Adhesive.
At the front, the Wide Body fiberglass fenders simply bolt-on in place of the factory fenders. Of course, the new panels must be painted to match the car. Once installed, the kit not only allows for wider tires and wheels—up to a 10-inch rim in front and 13-inch at the rear—it also provides a tougher look and stance.
For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.
50 Years Ago
As 1962 wound to a close, Ford engineering and design departments were becoming acquainted with the various aspects of the new Mustang for prototype creations. Conceptually, the new car was only a body engineering job, as the basic chassis, engine, suspension, and driveline were, by design, off-the-shelf Falcon and Fairlane components.
The mockup seen here in mid-December, 1962, shows a stylized Cougar emblem on the grill work and a license plate naming the car a 1965 Cougar, the name under which the build was approved by Henry Ford II in September. In mid-November the model was referred to as the T-5 and Special Falcon using the Cougar emblems from original styling. The ultimate name, Mustang, and its stylized pony emblem symbology had already been secretly finalized that month by Lee Iacocca and Gene Bordinat, V.P. of Styling, and kept from view. Thus, unbeknownst to all but a few, the Mustang name and emblems were agreed upon and set. The new pony car would not be known by its new name, Mustang, until the end of 1963.
Pay It Forward Too
In 2009, the Mustangs of East Texas club participated in the "Pay It Forward" Mustang project sponsored by the Drake Automotive Group, which furnished the '66 convertible and $10,000 worth of parts. The car sold for $42,000 at Barrett-Jackson, with the entire amount going to the East Texas Crisis Center, the club's chosen charity.
Club member Harry Ott passed away shortly after the project was completed. He had just begun a '65 Mustang fastback project himself. His wife, Robbie, donated the partially completed car to the Mustangs of East Texas. And so began "Pay it Forward, Too."
The club decided to build a '65 Shelby G.T. 350 clone in tribute to the 50th anniversary of Shelby American, not knowing that Carroll Shelby himself would pass away as well. Approximately 30 club members participated in the restoration. The Shelby tribute features Shelby/Cragar wheels, 340-horsepower engine, Old Air Products' heating and air-conditioning, power steering, dash mounted tachometer and oil pressure pod, four-speed Top Loader with Hurst Competition Shifter, and paint by club member Eddie Siler.
The club originally planned to sell the car on eBay. However, local Ford dealer Tyler Ford offered to purchase the car—with all of the proceeds going to the East Texas Crisis Center—then donate it back as their annual raffle car.
The winner of the Mustang will be drawn on February 3, 2012, during the East Texas Auto & Cycle Show at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler, Texas. Raffle tickets are available for $10 at www.autoandcycleshow.com.
Original Eleanor Returns!
The original Gone in 60 Seconds movie, starring a '73 Mustang SportsRoof as "Eleanor," is now available as a special Blu-Ray and DVD Combo Pack. H. B. Halicki's film from 1974 inspired the 2000 remake that starred Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, and a custom '67 fastback as the new Eleanor. With what USA Today has hailed as, "One of the greatest car chase scenes in history," the movie's 40-minute chase and crash scene became a template for future car chase movies.
Written, produced, and directed by Halicki, the plot involves a scheme to steal 48 muscle and exotic cars. A '73 Mustang SportsRoof as Eleanor becomes the movie's superhero as the car slams through five cities and wrecks 93 cars while eluding the police.
The Gone in 60 Seconds Blu-Ray and DVD Combo Pack comes with a collection of bonus features, including a piece about the life and times of H. B. Halicki, an interview with widow Denice Halicki, commentary from the editor and director of photography, special interview with Lee Iacocca, and three featurettes about the crash scenes.
Restored in Widescreen and digitally remastered in 5.1 Dolby with DTS Surround Sound, the Gone in 60 Seconds Combo Pack retails for $20.99. Look for it at Wal-Mart, Amazon, Best Buy, and other national chains.
Cancer Claims Paul Brown
Mustang race driver Paul Brown passed away on October 13, 2012, after a battle with skin cancer. He was 43.
Brown won the 2011 Pirelli World Challenge GTS Drivers' Championship in his Tiger Racing/Paul Brown Racing Boss 302S.
The son of well-known Mustang race driver and tuner Kenny Brown, Paul got his start in street cars and local SCCA events before moving into open track events and obtaining his race license. He worked with his father in the Saleen race program during 1986-'87 where he was exposed to drivers like Steve Saleen, Rick Titus, Scott Pruett, Parnelli Jones, and George Follmer. He made his first SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge start in 1993.
Following last year's championship season, Brown was diagnosed with an aggressive melanoma and began undergoing treatment. In 2012, Justin Bell drove the No. 50 Mustang in Brown's absence. With Bell unable to attend the Mosport event in June due to a scheduling conflict, Brown returned to the driver's seat for what would turn out to be the final time. Battling side effects from the cancer treatment, Brown raced to a pair of top-10 finishes, including a third-place.
Outside of the driver's seat, Brown operated HP Motorsports in Omaha, Nebraska, for many years and more recently managed the shop at Tiger Racing.
Donations in honor of Paul are being directed to the Citrus Valley Hospice and Hospital Home Care Nursing (820 North Phillips Ave., West Covina, CA 91791) and Arcadia Methodist Hospital—Emergency Care Unit (300 West Huntington Dr., Arcadia CA 91007).
The original '67 Shelby G.T. 500 Super Snake sold for $330,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Las Vegas last September. In 1967, the car was modified with a 427 at Shelby American for a Goodyear high-speed tire test, where it was driven by Carroll Shelby.
Mustang will be the featured marque at the 2013 Keeneland Concours' de Elegance, scheduled for July 18-21 at the Keeneland Thoroughbred Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. As the host club, the Bluegrass Mustang Club is planning special events for Mustangs, including a Pony Trails cruise. Visit www.keenelandconcours.com for more information.
Fatman Fabrications now offers the option of mounting the new Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) rack and pinion to their line of IFS kits. Contact Fatman at 704/545-0369 or visit www.fatmanfab.com for more information.
The Mustang Club of America has created a new MCA Lifetime Achievement Award. The first recipient was Luke Lucas, long-time member of the Oklahoma Mustang Club. MCA president Steve Prewitt presented the award during the Grand National show in Mustang, Oklahoma, on Labor Day weekend 2012.
Goodyear has added a reproduction of the P225/60VR15 Gatorback tire, as used on '85-'90 Mustangs, to its line of classic tires.
The Mustang Club of America is working on a program that will allow digital judging via iPads at concours events. It will also allow online registration and a database of participating Mustangs and their owners.
The Ford Racing High Performance Driving School, based at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, has announced its schedule of schools for 2013. It's available at www.millermotorsportspark.com or by calling 435/277-7333.
Carlisle will be hosting a 50th Anniversary of the High Performance 289 Engine at the 2013 Ford Nationals. Look for a special Invitational Display and classes. If you own a 289 Hi-Po car (Mustang, Fairlane, etc.) and would like to participate, submit the application found in the Ford Nationals section of the Carlisle website: www.carlisleevents.com.
Boss in the Living Room
Drew Alcazar doesn't have to go far to admire his '69 Boss 429—it's parked in the living room of his home near Phoenix.
When Alcazar, chief executive officer of Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions, and his wife Josephine purchased the house and realized it needed a major renovation, Drew figured out how to incorporate the Boss 429.
"When we first saw the house, I joked that it was large enough to park a car inside," Drew explained. "To which Josephine amazingly replied, ‘Yeah, that would be pretty cool.'"
The living room and garage share a common wall, so during the renovation a built-in movable bookcase was added; it "opens" to allow the Boss 429 to move in or out.
"The Boss 429 is my ‘ultimate holy grail," says Drew. "I found it during the late 1980s in completely original condition—100 percent original Wimbledon White paint and every single belt, hose, battery, exhaust system, even the original Polyglas tires. Due to the originality, it's basically a ‘flower pot' anyway, so it was the best candidate for a living room display."
During the home reconstruction, pal George Huisman from Classic Design Concepts in Detroit sent some original dirt from the former Kar Kraft assembly plant, where the Boss 429s were built. "We put it in the concrete slab that the car now sits on," Drew adds. "So the original Boss 429 now sits on the original dirt from the Kar Kraft parking lot!"
Commemorative Shelby Signature
Carroll Shelby may be gone but you can still get his autograph thanks to modern technology.
As part of the Shelby Legacy Collection, enthusiasts have the option to receive Shelby's commemorative signature on an assortment of items, including art, die-cast models, books, dash panels, and more, for $75, which goes to the Carroll Shelby Foundation. The signature, which is performed by state-of-the-art technology, captures Carroll's signature flawlessly. The difference between a genuine autograph and the commemorative version can be found in the line underneath – it has three dashes instead of the two commonly made by Shelby.
The $75 is only for the commemorative signature and is a separate charge from any item ordered through the Carroll Shelby Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation, make a donation, or order an item with the commemorative signature, visit www.carrollshelbyfoundation.org.
Changes for Carlisle
Carlisle Events has announced some major changes, including the addition of a Thursday "Early Bird" day and reduced ticket cost on Sunday for the annual Ford Nationals in June.
In 2013, the Ford Nationals will open a day earlier, on Thursday, to provide an opportunity for early bird shoppers to get a jump on the rare parts and great deals in the swap meet. Additionally, Sunday admission will be reduced by half, plus parking outside of Gate 5 will be free on Sunday. Finally, children age 12 and under will be admitted free. Previously, free admission was granted for children 8 and under.
Carlisle also announced a change in staff members, including Ken Appell as the new Ford Nationals event manager to replace Rick Markko, who left the organization in 2012.
For more information about Carlisle Events and the Ford Nationals, visit www.carlisleevents.com or call 717/243-7855.
50th Kickoff Weekend
At the Mustang Club of America's Director's Summit in Dallas last fall, 50th Birthday Celebration chairman Ron Bramlett announced that the MCA will host a 50th Kickoff Party Weekend on April 12-13, 2014 in Norman, Oklahoma (near Oklahoma City). The kickoff weekend will allow 50th participants to drive to the middle of the country, then depart in organized cruises to either Charlotte Motor Speedway or Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the official 50th anniversary events on April 17-20, 2014. Dignitaries from Ford and the Mustang world will be invited to speak.
For those making the trips to Las Vegas and Charlotte, activities and shows will be organized along the way, making for a weeklong 50th anniversary celebration. Participants can also join the cruises as they make their way to Charlotte or Las Vegas.
Other 50th anniversary news reported by Bramlett:
The 50th Birthday Celebrations will be designed for the entire Mustang community, not just MCA members. Other non-affiliated clubs, such as the Yellow Mustang Club, will be invited to participate.
There will be no concours judging at Charlotte or Las Vegas to allow MCA judges to enjoy the events. Appreciation awards will be presented to participating Mustangs that won gold, silver, and bronze awards at 2012 and 2013 MCA national shows.
Every participating Mustang will receive a 50th Birthday Celebration participation award.
Per previous anniversary years, there will be no MCA Grand National show in 2014.
The MCA is developing a website to distribute 50th Birthday Celebration information and provide online registration.