Steve Park, this LONG RANT is for you.(_|_)So you want to start over, How about sharing some pics of YOUR car? How about telling us about some of the work you have done or had done or whatever.. Tips, tricks, or sharing your experiance.... You know what I mean. Cause it seems like your are always sneaking in WMW.
Give respect and recieve respect.
There are a few young guys on here, so I can't blame age for not owning a 'stang. Truth is, when I took a ride in my first Ford Tempo (age 11), I swore off domestics all together. That was then. And now, I love 'stangs (almost all years). I try to blame my wife and the fact that any and all cash I have is in real estate (w/ good return!!), but I really haven't made as much of a sacrifice for a VM as my fellow VMF members would approve of. I won't go to a dealership no matter how much I like the newest model or even the previous model because I want a VM. So, my next purchase is a 65 - 68 convertible. (No real plans)
What I do have to bring to this board is a love of VM's, a lot of inside Shelby knowledge/experience, and some incredible drives.
My favorite drives each happened to be Shelbys. 3 years ago, on the day of the 'Texas 289' (pic in my album online here - haven't practiced on uploadin photos to the post) where SCAT went out to CS's Pittsburgh ranch, I got to drive a Series 1 that had all of the upgrades including the supercharger (boy howdi).
That same month, I got to drive the prototype GT500E.
2 months later, I drove the polished aluminum Cobra that's pictured in my profile. I have funny stories about each drive, but the funniest thing about each was that I wasn't supposed to be doing it! Maybe I'm a 'forbidden love' kind of guy, but those few times were sweet (especially the polished Cobra because I looked damned good in it):shocked2:. (Oh and gary Patterson from Shelby American took me out in a Cobra. Say what you want about him if you don't like him, but he knows how to drive that car!)
This last summer/fall, I was able to drive two of the WMW '66 convertible continuation Shelbys (also in album). Both have quite a few upgrades on them, but the prototype is the prettiest. When I used to think of any muscle car, I thought of a very heavy matchine that will sway on the slightest turn. I took an exit ramp on I-10 and couldn't have hugged the ground better if I was hugging the ground. The growl in my ear on every green light and that whip-back from my head on each acceleration still is as vivid in my head as the exhaust smell in my nose that lasted the rest of the day. (Hoping some of you can relate to that feeling with all that hp).
Having the experience with those two drives made me love the short bodied 65-66. Made me believe those were the best years for racing. Still love the 67-73, though.
My experience is that I was a punk kid with lots of enthusiasm/motivation. I was raising sponsorship for the marketing end of the project for Sanderson Sales & Marketing (a company whose reputation is less than admirable. no comment). It turned into Unique asking me to negotiate discounts for their products. I turned it into designing the GT500E by improving upon the options and produts already on the car. I saw all of the politics, the successes, and the less than desirable results (again, no comment). Overall, I was a part of some cooool :: history that gave me a lot of experience.
Since that time, I started a family and have worked in real estate. But, my heart is in the Shelbys. You might not find a bigger fan of CS even in spite of what I have experienced.
I fully understand about how some of you don't like what WMW is doing with the project, and I know some of you do like it. (From original spec to full custom restomod). The truth is that we have helped bring a whole new generation of people into the hobby when they were only buying rice rockets like it was going out of style. (Which hopefully it did). I believe that not by my direct involvement, but rather by the whole project of Continuation cars has there been assistance in making the Mustang Reign King. There is a lot of interest now in the Mustang and the brand. I love these cars, and all I hear from Jon is that he is 'living the dream.' Jon has restored many cars personally and then more professionally. Love us or hate us, we are absolute Mustang fans. And I wanted to share that with you. I appreciate being part of your group and I hope you will enjoy talking with me.