Wow. We really are getting close to this Ford Mustang redesign, 50th Anniversary thing, FINALLY. It’s pretty much November now, and with the newsstands filling up with magazines aplenty for the year-end and Holiday season, we can be sure of one thing—we shall be seeing a LOT of the 2015 Mustang to-be. The upcoming issue of Car and Driver has a sizeable spread and loads of intelligence laid down on what everyone has been kicking around the water cooler, sandbox, and parts counter most of this year.
We have all seen plenty of what is to be the next Ford Mustang in several artistic sketches and renderings. Up until now, most have seemed to be far-fetched, edgy, and a little too “bought in” to the Evos concept debuted some time ago. This one, by Josiah LaColla, seems to show some of the more realistic and tastefully applied changes we’re rumored to see in the 2015 Mustang.
Whether you have just picked up a Ford Mustang for the strip or the street, one of the most popular modifications nearly every enthusiast seeks after is that of suspension. Be it for looks or for slaloming through the twisties, lowering the Mustang is a very solid and appealing change-up from the stock 4×4 ride height.
Well, here’s a little break from all the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang hoopla…let’s talk about this year’s upcoming SEMA show in ‘Vegas. This year’s show is going to be no exception from those past, with loads of aftermarket concepts pouring into the exhibition halls, inciting excitement & disgust all the same. One cool happening to take note of this time around is a very slick reenactment. No, not the Civil War kind, where participants get to nap for 4 hours while “playing dead”, but the type where a tribute to one of the greats is laid forth.
The folks at Hotchkis Sport Suspension are going to bring the one of the most renowned car chase scenes of all time to life for all to see. That’s right, McQueen’s dream will be replayed once again, for all to see, firsthand.
Keep reading to get the full scoop in the Press Release which follows, as there’s much more going on there than this simple scene of awesomeness.
This next (video) chapter in the Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary story is definitely a cool one…and it’s from a true enthusiast from across the pond, as well as the Rhine. Take a moment to breeze through this video feature, and you’ll quickly see that Ralf Wurm is likely one of the biggest fans of the Mustang in Europe; and maybe the world. With over 30 years of exposure and daily 12-14 hour immersion with our favorite pony car, he’s definitely got a leg up on pretty much the 95th percentile when it comes to true fanaticism about the Mustang.
The video following shows just how deeply genuine Ralf’s passion truly is, how he helps others come to the hobby, and provides us with a peek at his favorite Mustang–a 1969 Shelby GT500 he’s personally restored in entirety.
Guess what, it’s another Ford Mustang throwback story. This one’s pretty good, too, you’ll think. As you better well know by now, April 2014 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang, and it is not any particular secret Ford is planning to make this one BIG. Seriously–why else all the hoopla for nearly a year in advance of the actual event?
Because they can.
This tidbit Ford has drug from the archives is about the first owner of a Ford Mustang. Likely one of Shelby’s buddies, or some executive’s preferred in-the-know clientele, right? Wrong. The first-ever Mustang owner was a 22 year old schoolteacher from Chicago, who put down $400 (a used Chevrolet) and took out a loan to cover the balance of the then-whopping MSRP of $3419 for her eggshell blue convertible. She states she “…was the coolest teacher in the school that year.”
And rightly so. Check out the rest of Gail Brown’s story below, and how she was smitten with the Mustang then…and now.
In another documentary video release from Ford, in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang, we get another glimpse into the brain trust behind the sporting-up of the original pony car. The senior leadership (Lee Iacocca, et al) of Ford Motor Company put up the task to make something meager into a serious performance monster. And as you had better know already, it was Carroll Shelby and his team who were tapped to get the job done.
Slapping an LSx into a Ford Mustang isn’t exactly something watershed; and it’s always going to be a major point of contention for both sides of the muscle/pony car spectrum. So now, the car company Equus has a project which they call the “Bass770″, which calls upon classic Mustang style as well as various Chevrolet Corvette cues. It’s a fastback Mustang with the unmistakable horse emblems on the grille and rear deck lid, but there is something more to it, once you look a bit deeper.
“Like one, you’d best like ‘em all…”, my uncle used to always tell me when referring to the Ford Mustang attraction. Others will tend to disagree, but quite frankly, if you really are a fanatic about a car, guess what–you’re going to have to own up and take the (perceived) bad along with the good. And that’s just it; the Ford Mustang II is most commonly referred to as the bastard child of the Mustang’s long-standing good record…but if one steps back and examines the actual facts, it quickly becomes evident this little red-haired kid pretty much carried the Mustang moniker throughout some of the toughest times in American automobile history.
So just who and why would Ford Motor Company put a Ford Mustang on top of the (then) tallest building? Why not, right? At the least it’d make for a very cool photo opp…and that’s just what happened back in October of 1965. A Mustang convertible was sliced into four sections small enough to make the trip up the building’s elevators for the presentation, only to be bracketed back together once into place.
So that’s the how. Now for the why? And as you well enough know, social media took on a different form back then. OK, so let’s just call it “newsprint” and be done with that. Generating buzz is the name of the game in any PR event, both now and then.
Keep reading to get the official account of the story straight from Ford; because it’s a good one.