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News Archive 2014

December 27th, 2014
worldwide largest Mustang scale model collection.
Adelbert Engler from Belgium is featured in a Ford video with his model car collection that has exceeded 5500 items. He started collecting Mustangs in the age of 8 and now runs the Mustang Garage in Belgium, one of the biggest Mustang dealers there.
Adelbert organised as well the AUTOWORLD special 50th  exhibition with 62 Mustangs together with Ford in Bruxelles.
I guess we can say that this guy is a true Mustang maniac. Click here to see the video.
Update: Adelbert got lots of calls and mails from Mustangers around the world, some of them having collections in the range of 2000-2500, but not many more. If you have more pass us a few lines and a picture.
December 18th, 2014
Diamonds are Forever Mach 1 revisited

Latest blueray screen bits were investigated by In Search of Mustangs Bo Durban and Mustang enthusiast Kurt Kaminer from Florida on ISOMs website.

If you have followed our own Bond Diamonds are Forever website for the past 15 years, you may be interested in some more analysis of the individual cars based on the Blue ray movie and examining the former "Cars of the Star", now Dezer collection stunt car survivor 1F05M160938.

Bo and Kurt share their findings about individualities of stickers, parts and other things as well as dents and stripes and remaining questions here on  IOSM.

This is the Stunt car that was on display for a long time in Keswick/UK by Peter Nelson in his Cars of the Stars Bond car collection. It is as of today displayed in the Dezer Collection in North Miami.
The picture above from Damian Ward shows it from the Keswick days.
We will soon update our pages with latest information from the past 3 years, as my focus was a bit on different items in that period.
Just finished - our latest club mag with 56 pages plus cover.
So, sorry for no news, but X-mas time will be exciting for further news. Stay tuned.
The Motorshow in Essen/Germany is similar to the SEMA in LV, though of course different for european taste. It typically draws more than 360.000 visitors. 80 years Jaguar, design studies, Hot Rods and Custom car including a 1000HP Ford T with 2 engines from a New Zealander are the highlights aside from a special section of "Tuning Experiences".
Nevertheless the new Mustang 2015 was launched  with Ford support on the Ford Reintges booth. The first launch at an official car show in Germany after our club event launch in June.

The european edition features a number of upgrades vs. the US-version. Bigger oil cooler, integrated front screen antenna, 2 types of 19" wheels (black and silver), V6 lower grille with V8 upper grille for bigger cooler, suspension mods and set-up, interior "haptic" upgrades.

Furthermore changes of the side marker visibility, rear white lenses with red and amber lighting for brake/turn indicators. Different sound system (Pioneer). Prices will be 34.500 for the 4cyl Ecoboost and 39.800 Euro for the V8. 7500 are planned for the first year (plus the 500 Champions League preorders), similar numbers for the second and third year, before the new emission guidelines must be fulfilled, which will require more effort from Ford.
Nov. 12th, 2014
Two outstanding replicas at the Gran Turismo magazine promo tour in Sweden
Mikael Zingmarks R-model replica and an export notchback that carries the famous #184 door number from the movie Une Homme et une Femme from Claude Lelouch.
Nov. 2nd., 2014
Ever wanted to wrench on your own 1967 Shelby GT500.

Now you can do so in subscribing to a publication "Construct your own Shelby" in Spain, France or Brasil and get a part every week. It takes however 100 issues to finish the car and as far as I understood it, it takes you 9.95 Euro per issue. Makes 995 Euro or roughly 1300 Dollar.
You'll end up with a 69cm (28") large metal body in 1:8 size. Not bad for your Mustang room.
Hurry up, because about 20 issues have been already prepared and maybe distributed by now, you can see the first 6 assembly vids on the Internet (Altaya).
October 31st, 2014
Is this it? The famous 1966 Monte Carlo rallye Mustang, that Henri Chemin and the young Trintignant raced back then?

Last Saturday I stumbled over this one in Belgium at the Autoworld Expo.
I knew there used to be a replica around, of which we have no actual trace, but it is still in France.
I asked the museum receptionist.and he said, it is the real deal.
With more eyes looking over it - it became quickly (:-) apparent, this is a 1965 model based on the typical appearance fake side scoop ornaments, the missing HiPo and GT badge etc. We wonder why a museum puts a replica on display without clarifying the status. Anyway a nice display, but misleading.
Oct, 30th- Nov. 2nd, Bruxelles
The best 50th Anniversary Indoor Mustang Show this year?

There were a few highlights only this year, that we call a top ranking party. The rare cars tent at Charlotte, a Shelby insider event, but when it comes to a real 50th Anniversary Indoor show, I would call this a really outstanding event. Belgium has ever been a secret tip for Motorsport and collectors, with this Mustang Special show in the Autoworld Expo and Museum, they have made another milestone of a quality oriented presentation.

Over 50 Mustangs (showcar, replica moviecars, racecars and an excellent set-up of a "Pebble survivor" proof that the organizers CCDA together with the Mustang Garage, Ford Belgium and other involved parties have put together one of the best indoor Mustang shows this year. Respect.
The show got a thumbs up by all those that went there. Shelbys, Boss 302, Boss 429, specific special editions for almost any model year - a great show.
October 28th, 2014
How to build out of a 1972 Green Monster a Shelby Europa replica?

Chris M. introduced his latest restoration to us and the strange thing about this car is that it already had a number of Shelby Over-the-Counter items from back then installed.
The manifold that added 95HP to the performance sheet, a staggered rear shock set-up and many more good ideas.
The former livery was something like grabber green, but this was a no-go for Chris family.
So Chris decided to make it outstanding in a different way and keeping some stuff and spirit that the original owner had in mind, when ordering this car and dressing it out.
We will tease you more, but this car turned out so nice, that we first feature it in our own club mag.
Rare Find of the Year?
A 1970 Cobra Jet is a good find already, a 1970 T-5 Export Cobra Jet Mach 1 is already one of 86 T-5 Sportsroofs in that year anyway. Considering that probably less than 10 were delivered with the 428 Cobra Jet, this one is a true Rare Find, if it really has matching tags to verify the Marti report.

And when you hear what the current owner paid for it, you will be quite envious
3100 Dollar for this car is a dirt cheap price. Still the deal is made with a sad background. The former owner was a club member from 1992-2008, then died. His parents kept the car in memory of him for a period of 6 years locked up.
But we take from this after all that you can make a good deal still today as a hunter. The new owner is doing a full rotisserie restoration now and rest assured the car will be tidy expensive afterwards.
October 20th, 2014
Mustang Survivors from Serbia

You may think that Ford Mustang, as one of the biggest symbols of US automobile industry and capitalist car culture, had nothing to do with East European communist countries during the Cold War.

And you’ be wrong. In fact, there is one ex-communist country that had Mustangs from their very beginning. That country is Yugoslavia, or ex-Yugoslavia, since it was dissolved into independent states in the early nineties.
is report comes from Serbia today thanks to Vukasin Herbez.

But Yugoslavia wasn’t your typical communist country with strict rules and governmant opression. Thanks to Josip Broz Tito and his close ties to US and Western European countries, Yugoslav people enjoyed capitalist consumer goods like movies, rock music, blue jeans and cars. And among those cars, Ford Mustang was one of the favorites.

Mostly notchbacks were imported, the bigger share were also 6-cylinder cars, yet others were pictured and found. Most disappeared in the 80ies and 90ies, so you'd be fortunate to find one today like this 67 white notchback.
Full report in our next club mag first.
October 20th,
A black Jade 1969 T-5 with a Nugget Gold interior and the Int. Decor Option Package is a Rare Find indeed.

This one is even for sale. We stumbled over it with our T-5 registry and the texan dealer might be willing to part with it for a price offer above 20 Grand.
If you want to own a properly documented car and put your magic hands on it to make it shiny again for the show, don't miss this opportunity. I have a bit photoshopped the brightness, so you can see much better some spots in the paint. Dash has a crack, the mirror some rust around the base, dings and dents from usage and otherwise unmolested ....says the current owner.

October 11th - 20th
A rare Canadian 1968 Mustang GTS Find?
We are looking at a strange March 28th built 1968 Mustang with GTS emblems and a very special hood scoop. It also features a rear spoiler decklid and Shelby upper and lower side scoops.

First we thought that this could be one of 5 special Export (I2) Fastbacks delivered to Ford of Canada? Actually it was not.

Update Oct. 15th: With the Marti report it turns out to be a Lime Gold GT S-code delivered to Central Canada, which is not so special to be a rare find yet. But it could be still a dealer appearance or display car or anything beyond our current knowledge.

Ever heard about the central canadian Comanche package on the Firebirds? There seems to have been some interest in such special packages at least in that area.

If you can point us to special show cars or have another clue about 1968 GTS from the B1 code area, let us know. Actually Mainway Ford or Elgin Ford are B1 dealers obviously.

Update October 25th: Until the owner gets the factory invoice from Kevin Marti....we just assume - this is indeed another 1968 Mainway Ford Special promo car similar to the 1967 Stallion from Edward F.?
The GTS could mean anything from GT Stallion to GT Special something. The scoop on this car looks very similar to the Stallion hood, however it was mounted a bit further back on the hood. We meanwhile found another GTS convertible and linked both owners to trigger memories. Stay tuned.
Let us know what you think this is. More here on a special site now
October 9th, 2014
The first Ponycar is now one hundred and 64 years old? Mystery or a sign?

The term Ponycar as we know it was rather coined by Car Life magazine editor Dennis Shattuck, when the Mustang appeared under the medias eyes in 1964, yet it dates back to 1958 for cars of that sort according to wikipedia.
But what about earlier Ponycars. First traces of "linked" foot-driven Pony vehicles are found as early as 1850.
In 1937 a US manufacterer build a Pony Express vehicle.
We have yet to date this nice Ponycar that I stumbled over last weekend at a autumn car show.

Let'see your eldest Pony vehicle you can find.
October 7th, 2014
Some post the questions, Ponysite.de has the answers:-)
Shelby uncovered in France was the recent web headline. The published  pictures on leboncoin.fr showed a number of abandoned classic cars that were stored in an old rural building in the north of France. Amongst them an Alfa Montreal and this 1966 Shelby. Quite some old pics -  as it turned out - upon further investigation from 2007.

Actually we were able to put our torch on this due to a french mate in the area. He received more pictures and it turned out to be 6S948, listed as "whereabouts not known" in the last 65-67 SAAC registry.

This car seems to have the original goodies in the engine bay and is reported to have just about 19.000 or 22.000km on the odometer. It was sold to Intersport/Paris originally via FAV. We will keep you updated on the buying process, if there ever will be one, as the owner seems to be hesitant in showing the car to interested parties.
Three times a year, I have to steer away from this site to write our club magazine  with clubmate Felix and a number of contributors.
We managed to get together 64 pages with all the 50th. reports from our own club meeting with 1000 Mustangs, both parties in Charlotte and Las Vegas and the Ponydrives from east and west.
A few more hilights like the Fast and Furious Mustang, I met in Charlotte, the Borning movie star from Norway, a rare 78 T5 on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary (we are a classic Mustang club only), the obvious 1964 1/2 club members car, an unrestored survivor, further event and travel reports, readers cars and resto hints...we have put together a quite remarkable magazine again.

Subscriptions possible in Europe for 50 Euro, worldwide 90 Euro. There is just one issue, you should be able to read german.

The 02/2014 cover shot was taken at Ford Cologne during the works visit that we could do before our Mustang convention.

September 22nd, 2014
We had reported on the 1970 Ford Rallye Team recently and are glad now that Mrs. Crocket found our site, now Carol Thornton after Eds death in 2006, speaking out about some more facettes of the story and a few corrections.

Stay tuned for more.
September 15th, 2014
Back on the road after a 10 years restoration is finally 6S240.

Alan Faulkner-Stevens from Dragon Wheels UK, one of the leading experts in Shelby restorations over here brought it back to its former glory.

Congratulations to the owner. I saw this car in Alans workshop years ago and seeing it now it is just the result of pure and hard workmanship from an expert.

September 13th, 2014
Nicky Faulkner in his Falcon won the Shelby cup at the Goodwood Revival against the many other Mustangs.
Though a (replica)  Alan Mann RDH Mustang at some time chased the Falcons up closely, a Falcon driven by Nicky Faulkner won the race.
Henry Mann crossed the line second in another 65 Notchback, a well deserved tribute to his father Alan Mann at the Shelby Cup. A.Nannerup with his genuine G.Felton 65 notchback was there as well.
See the coverage from Goodwood Racing
online here
September 11th, 2014
Ready to race this weekend?

Seeing this beautifully restored genuine racecar in this cosy atmosphere you would never picture that the owner ever would spend a second to think about  racing this weekend in a fender-banging dangerous 25 Mustang head-to-head race.
Well, he does.

This car here is actually Gene Feltons genuine race car in its replicated livery, the race will be the Shelby Cup at the Goodwood Revival next Saturday and the owner is no other than Anders Nannerup, who was the former Mustang Club of Denmark president and who is still active in vintage racing with a number of Ford powered race cars. His FR500S at track days and this 65 Ford backed up racer. Plus a new project of a 67 Trans-Am replica - however with latest race-prooven add-ons. Watch out for a Black Jade with Gold Stripe 1967 notchback in the near future. A way cool combination in my view.

It was relaxing and interesting to page through Gene Feltons original race scrap book with telegrams from Lew Spencer with racetrack set-ups and many more tidbits of Shelby American Racing history in those red leather seats after a hard days work. We could fill a few gaps with those informations on the 66 notchback race Mustangs. Thanks, Anders.
September 5th, 2014
Sometimes it takes about 15 years or more to get an update on a rare specific car. Good that Ponysite.de is still round to continue the story, even though it is harder today to find real news or report on Rare Finds.
The owner of this
1971 Shelby Europe in the Netherland finally contacted us to update us on the cars story. He is ready for some restoration work and for sure the rest of the group of the owners are already linked up to him by today to give proper advice.
Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

Read more on 1F02M202548 and the others as we had it so far. Still need to update the page after our last years thorough database research with Kevin Marti and SAACs Rick Kopec.
August 16th. 2014
Mustang Memories

What a cool Megaevent from the MOCSEM

Holly Clark had one of her best days at this Mustang Memories event from the Mustang Owners Club of South East Michigan.
Phil Clark was named a Mustang Hero and his daughter Holly received this certificate.
Look at her smile and you know why she goes through all the efforts and her pain to get the word out, that Phil Clark played a major role in the Mustang history. Until 15 years ago Phil was almost not existent in any Mustang book, but the word has spread through her engagement with journalists, lobbyists and the right people in the scene plus with help from ponysite.de and the NZMustang site. It seems that by now her efforts pay off in events like these. Congratulations, Holly.

Certificate presented to Holly during the Mustang Heroes Banquet last weekend.

Representative cars from Roush on display.

This Bullitt chart caused some confusion. Of course we all know that Derrick Kuzak was a major player in the launch of the 2008 Bullitt, seeing him dressed like McQueen with a 2015 ....well, Derrick retired in 2012 from Ford in his age of 60. If he had a hand in the 2015 Design, you ask?
Yes, he was one of those that choose one of the 3 attributes the Mustang VI should carry. Bullitt-Coolness came from Derrick.
We will see how cool the car really is in our own hands. I would say another model year choice of colours should do the job.

The display outside of the For Development and Engineering Center.

All pictures Holly Clark.
August 10th, 2014
For those that have a deeper interest in the 1964 Tour de France and what became of the cars from the Alan Mann Mustang Racing Team, the news in the recent Mustang Monthly magazine must have been some news, but hold on!
 There were so many mistakes in the news, that we would like to sort it out for you and comment.

First of all french racer E. C. has definitely not "found" this car. Actually it was quite a long time on sale from an UK based dealer, who bought it from Alain Goupy, Motorsports director from the Le Mans circuit. Alain had contacted us more than a decade ago and we could thus follow the car for a long time including its restoration or let's say second racing preparation in line with actual FIA regulations.

Second this is not the Mustang that was the first racing Mustang ever. There were many more before the TDF in 1964, though it is true that Alan Mann was the one who finally got the FIA approval in July 1964 for Ford (after their first attempt failed) and that the TDF was with its series the most important first Mustang race probably in history. Yet there were Mustangs racing appearances starting in May 1964 already at certain rallyes and SCCA sanctioned races such as Waterford Hills with Bob Acton.

Third E. C. car is not the known DPK4B car, but the DPK5B car... if it is. The DPK4B was always reported as to be the spare parts car and later sold to Switzerland. There is more about the 4th. car vinned 112 however, as it got sold early on, how the DPK5B got on the prototype is not totally clear yet).

Back to DPK5B we have offered the past 3 owners and the french restorer to have the car verified by an ex Alan Mann Racing team mechanic, but all of them did not accept the offer for any reason until 2016. As of 2016 they turned the car however to the actual Alan Mann Racing shop to have it restored again.. We do have pictures of the various past restorations and reports, so can pretty much sort out some facts and fallacies or derivations from its original set-up.

Again we still offer the current owner to have the car checked out by John Grant of Alan Mann.
Until then a doubt mark remains on this car or what really has survived from the original #109 car due to a gap in its history in Belgium any layin there in pieces in a garage.

Before Mustang Monthly ..Holman Moody was also approached as we heard from Lee, but they can little contribute to a verification. It would be so easy to give the car a proper credit and verification, so do your own judgement on what is presented, if you are really into this cars heritage.
Ask the ones that did them.
July 6th, 2014
Whenever a Mustang business is going out of business, a new one starts.

This is your opportunity to turn your work into a passion.
Mustang Corrall in Illinois advertises its running operation for sale.
Obvious many parts cars are around and the supply for sure never ending as long as Mustang parts wholesalers are around.

Give Sarah Hampton a call, if you want to change your job into an entrepreneur.
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