Friday, November 21, 2008

Love of my life...

Back while we were all still waiting to see the 2010 Mustang I entered an essay into the Mustang story portion of the promotion. Of course I did not win (sigh) but this was what I sent in. It is corny but I liked it. :) Wednesday, October 08, 2008 1:02 PM "What would you like for your birthday dear?" I smile… More Mustang parts! You see, I'm not the average girl... dinner, movies and jewelry are nice but they just don't thrill me like the sound of my Mustang first thing in the morning. Luckily the love of my life doesn't mind that I have a human life partner. The love affair began when I opened the door to my best friend's garage at the age of 15 and there, unmolested, was her 1966 Mustang that her parents bought for her shortly after her birth in June 1966. I would sit in that beautiful car, smell the leather, examine every detail, and imagine a day when I would drive a Mustang as wondrous as this. Twenty one years later my dream became a reality as I drove my 2002 GT Convertible off the lot. This was followed by a 2004 40th Anniversary Edition Coupe and lastly by my 2006 Stampede Edition Mustang (#351 of 500). No other car has such a rich heritage, lasting legacy, and promising future as the Mustang. Its one car I remember as a kid, love as an adult, and will remember fondly when I pass it on to the next generation. The Mustang is one American Icon that will not fade with time. Now, speaking of the 2010 Mustang have you seen it? Pretty impressive! The first thing I was thinking was... "I wonder if they will put out any regional specials?" :) I'm sure if they do that the Texas/Oklahoma and California Markets will not be included. They took care of those with the 2005 & 2006 regionals. Of course, I could be wrong. The 45th Anniversary Edition, limited to 4500, was already announced. Hopefully this time they won't put the 45th badge on ALL 2010 cars like they did the 2004 40th Anniversary ones... Ever try explaining your 40th Anniversary Edition Mustang to someone with a 2004 40th Anniversary Mustang which, of cource, has a 40th Anniversary badge? They all think they have a "40th Anniversary Edition" when, in fact, that was a special package available in only 3 colors with specific options... only 5700 created and over 4000 of those were Crimson Red - A color that only exists for that special. The other two colors are Black and White. Ok, don't get me going on that. Back to the 2010... From what I've seen at the reveal event on Monday, on the website, the order guide, and the photos it appears that Ford designers spent some time at the local Mustang Club car shows. They paid attention to what we customized on our cars, what we liked and enhanced and what we added to it to make it better. Reading the order guide I see all these standard items that were aftermarket for the S197 crowd (is 2010 still S197?). If my car wasn't 1) rare 2) my baby and 3) owned by the bank I might actually consider an upgrade. Its nice to look though. :) The Grabber Blue and Kona Blue were awesome!! I can't wait to see what they will have done by the time the Stampede is paid off and in storage (not sold!).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Its been awhile!!

Yellow Rose was a smashing success.  Our little trio took Most Unique Display and all three of us earned Class Awards.  Not bad at all.  We had a blast!  We did a Red, White and Blue theme as the "Patriotic Ponies" honoring our those who have served/are serving our country.  Susan's "USA PNY" was the centerpiece of our display.  Each of us had an individualized show poster describing our car and then at each corner and at the center posts were pictures of all three cars together with a description of our display and what we were doing (Honoring our troops).  We also had a slideshow (with patriotic songs) of soldiers playing - some of which were family members of our club members including my Dad and my niece.  We had giveaways and candy and red, white, and blue mardi gras beads.  It was really fun. 

Its been a busy busy show season.  I participated in 18 Shows this season and earned 6 Class Awards, 3 Class Winners/First Place, 1 Director's Choice and the Most Unique Display honor.  I started showing half-way through the 2007 season and completed 12 shows earning 5 Class Awards, 2 Class Winner/First Place and one Participant Choice Award. 

Christmas is around the corner and I can't think of anything I want for the Stampede... Well, maybe some new leather covers for the seats but that's out of the $$$ range.  Future thoughts may include a GT bumper and duals.  My friend Donnie has a muffle delete that sounds sick on his Mustang! I keep imagining that times two!  Other than that, I may have someone look at the suspension parts and tell me if they are V6 or V8.  I don't think they are V6.  The car is lower than Susan's V6 (I've measured it thank you!).  The ride and handling are totally different.  I realize I have traction control and she doesn't but I can turn that off and it doesn't change the fact that it just sticks to the road.  We have the same wheels, same tires, same swaybars (?), same suspension (?)... I have ABS and traction control... but this thing corners like my old 2002 GT only better.  Seriously.  If you are a NTMC member and know me personally I'll let you drive it and see for yourself.  Something is different in this Stampede package...