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The heat is on – Mustang 5.0 Fever sweepstakes

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A triumphant trio of Ford Divisions (Motorcraft, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center, and FordParts.com) have been working on something sweet.  Something to really sink your teeth into.  Something to get everyone even more excited about the return of the 5.0 in the 2011 Ford Mustang GT.  In case you’ve been under a rock, the 5.0 of tomorrow is a tweaked-out V8 pumping out 412 hp & 390 ft-lb of twisty torque; plenty to bring smiles about, especially since the car is also able to achieve a class-leading highway fuel economy rating of 25mpg.

So what’s going on?  What does Ford have in store for 0ne lucky fan?  Keep reading to find out!

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2010 Steeda Stampede North recap

1st Annual Steeda Stampede - North

About a month ago, the first annual Steeda Stampede of Valdosta stormed the South Georgia Motosports Park with some serious Ford Mustang racing and show.  Each fall, an event dubbed the Steeda Stampede is held in Florida, so this time around, the Steeda folks decided to double the fun in 2010 and have a spring event as well.  Judging upon the huge success of this initial event, it’s sure to be a repeat affair come next year.

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2011 5.0 Mustang to pace the Daytona 500

2011 Ford Mustang GT, The Official Pace Car of the Daytona 500

2011 Ford Mustang GT, The Official Pace Car of the Daytona 500

As if it weren’t sweet enough to bring back the epic 5.0-liter Mustang, Ford has got another great news bit to share with everyone: for the first time ever, a Mustang will pace the Daytona 500!  That’s right, for the first time in 40 years, a Blue Oval will lead the pack around the oval at the Daytona International Speedway.  The 2011 Mustang GT, rollin’ with a five point oh, will be marked with a special “race red” Daytona 500 paint scheme and will include several updates to the suspension, exhaust, wheels, and interior.  Just 50 of these cars will be built in the series to commemorate the exciting honor and achievement for Ford, so get your wallet and/or credit applications warmed up, folks.

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Steeda Pony Wars – 2010

Steeda Pony Wars - 2010

The New Year is upon us, Ford Mustang fans, and the events are already starting to queue up. The first annual Steeda Stampede in Valdosta, GA is slated for February 13, 2010 and is setting up some fantastic motorhead mania.  There will be a healthy dose of drag racing, a show ‘n shine, and of course, plenty of good people around.  The Steeda Stampede is part of the “Pony Wars 2010″ event being held at the South Georgia Motorsports Park which will have a plethora of heads-up racing, cash, and prizes galore for the winners.  Keep reading to get the full scoop in the news release from Steeda.

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The 2011 Ford Mustang Details

The 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0

The 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0

412 horsepower.  390 ft-lbs of torque.  32 valves.  A 7,000rpm redline.  All aluminum block & heads.  These are a few of our favorite things from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, and the beauty is, they all come in one potent package.  The 2011 Ford Mustang GT comes with the 5.0-liter V8 power plant and tips the dyno just about 15hp shy of the Chevrolet Camaro SS.  After seeing the 2011 Mustang V6 shell out over 300 horsepower, we knew Ford had more up their sleeve and quite frankly, we’re glad we were right!

The new 5.0-liter power plant isn’t just some re-stroke.  It’s a whole new engine setup.  Designed in mind to handle a myriad of tech and marry it with old-school brawn, the latest 5-oh is totally dressed for success.  From its TiVCT (variable camshaft timing system) to its stainless steel headers, the 2011 5.0 Mustang is one promising not only power & performance, but also refinement.  All this power and torque comes in a package which can achieve up to 25 mpg on the highway.  How’s it done?  True Ford engineering, newer technological concepts, and some light nudging from a 6-speed (yes, that’s six gears!) transmission.  Keep reading to check out more shots and specs…or, if you want to skip the eye candy, feel free to dive right into the official Ford Mustang GT technical specifications.

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American Muscle kicks off the Giftmas video series

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Just in time to help solve the problem of what to get that favorite Ford Mustang fan for Christmas, the crew at American Muscle (AM) has put together a video series on their site to get a primer set up.  The first video kicks off the 12 day event where the team at AM provides a series of clips in order to help give inexperienced (and of course, experienced) Mustang parts & gear shoppers some gift ideas this Holiday season.  Head over there and take a good look at what’s in store!

Brothers Performance Battle of the Brands

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If you are in the mood for a good December car show and think the only thing cooler than snow is sand, then buckle up.  Brothers Performance is set to host a “Battle of the Brands” car show at their Daytona Beach, Florida, facility.  Over 1,000 participants are expected and will include all years and styles of Ford, Mopar, and GM cars.  There will also be a dyno challenge with two $250 cash prizes as well as trophies and other cool show swag.  The first 500 to show up will get a free Brothers T-shirt (choice of Ford, Mopar, GM) also.  Last, but not least, there is a standing offer of 10% off most new items and up to 50% off of select used and blow-out products on December 12th.  If you’re in the area, check out the show!  If you’re not, well, the Internet has airfare deals as well, so get to clickin’…

Galpin Auto Sports builds a 1969 Ford Mustang from scratch

Galpin Auto Sports at SEMA 2009

Ever worked on a classic Ford Mustang?  Ever built one or restored one?  Ever built from the ground-up in 24 hours?  We’ve gotta say, this last category has to be a minority in the overall population of Mustang fans.  There is, however, a team from Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) that took the 2009 SEMA show by the reins and exhibited their mechanical talents for all to see.  Seven crewmen took just under a day (in summary) to hand build a 1969 Ford Mustang fastback on stage, right in front of the crowd.  The crowd totally ate it up.  Perhaps it wasn’t something to sit and stare at all day, but the 1969 Mustang build accomplished one thing for sure–repeat traffic.  People were constantly stopping back by the booth to check up on the progress of the build, wondering if the team was going to make the deadline.  Legendary names and brands were all rolled up into this project, making the car a truly unique specimen.  Who all was involved?  What modifications were made in the build?  Keep reading to find out!

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SEMA 2009 – the 2010 Cobra Jet Ford Mustang

2010 Cobra Jet Ford Mustang

2010 Cobra Jet Ford Mustang

Back in early September, we showed you a video of the 2010 Cobra Jet Ford Mustang making some passes for a test ‘n tune at the Milan Dragway.  During the early hours of the 2009 SEMA show this week in Las Vegas, Ford Racing pulled the coverings off the car and made its debut a kosher occurrence.  A mere 50 units are going to be produced by [the profitable] Ford Motor Company, so the scramble to get a hold of one of these 2010 CJ Mustang specimens will certainly thin out those with slow reaction times.  What’s so great about this car?  It’s a total turnkey racer straight from the Ford Racing catalog; it is equipped with a 5.4-liter V8 & a 3.4-liter Whipple supercharger; it is yet another capstone on the fortress of a legendary Ford Racing past.  Take a closer look at this winner of a drag-car and check out the full story in the Ford Press Release as well.

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Rockin’ SEMA 2009 with the Vaughn Gittin Jr Ford Mustang RTR

Vaughn Gitten 2010 Mustang RTR

Vaughn Gittin Jr 2010 Mustang RTR

Last week, we told you about the waterfall of Ford Mustangs to come from the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas.  Well, this week, the river has started to rise with the details on the Ford Mustang RTR (Ready to Rock) floating out in plain sight.  Set up with the trending and talented World Champion Drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr, this new 2010 Mustang specialty car is the result of a combined effort between designer Caleb Clark & Classic Design Concepts.  This slick-styled Mustang RTR has received some seriously cool design cues.  One particular point of interest was the rear diffuser update–definitely a nice touch!  The black matte hue helps to offset some of the hue balancing issues many have made note of on the 2010 Mustang.  Various Ford dealerships are going to carry this SEMA special in February 2010 and it will be equipped with a few tasteful upgrades to keep enthusiasts excited: a K&N high-flow airbox, Falken (of course) tires, a Ford Racing damper kit & springs, a Baer braking system, and a tuned exhaust setup.  In addition to the “go goodies”, the Mustang RTR has a few additional touches to the exterior worth noting as well.  An exclusive RTR rear diffuser, front splitter, aluminum rear spoiler, RTR emblems and vinyl all give this pony car a unique racing drifter’s touch.

Keep reading to get all the details on the Ford Mustang RTR in the Press Release.

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