Archive | December 2008

Mustang of the week #6

Wow! Already the sixth week in this ‘Mustang of the week’ series, don’t you like the beauty in these photos? I know I do. This week our guest is Jan R. from Hamburg (Germany). I know who to call for a ride in a couple of months when I’ll be in Hamburg for Next09 :)

1. Which of your own photos in the Flickr group you like most?

Nordic Pony Cars 00819

2. Is there a particular story around one of your Mustang photos that you would like to share? Something that happened when you took it? Or something related to the response you got on the photo so far?

Well, all of these winter photos. It wasn’t winter at all. Just hoarfrost for 3-4 hours in the morning. And some haze. 3 hours later all the magic was gone and it was a rainy day. Lucky us, being out there at the right time in the right place.

3. Do you own a Mustang yourself? Which model? And would you like to have one if that’s not the case yet?

Yes, the 1968 Coupé, Sprint Promotion B, you can see more photos here.

4. Do you have a specific love for photographing Mustangs? Or is a coincidence? Or a passion for cars in general?

A passion for cars in general, and for my car especially ;-)

5. Which one of the other photos (in the Flickr group) are you jealous of as a photographer?

Ensaio Mustang - Capa Maxi Tuning - jan/07

Good selection again. I really like Jan’s ‘winter’ series but also these night shots are pretty interesting, here’s one of those I like most. Don’t forget to check out all of Jan’s great Mustang photos in the Flickr group.

Blue Light

More goodness next week.

Mustang of the week #5

This week in the ‘Mustang of the week’ series my guest is Didier Lahousse (Exxodus on Flickr) from Charleroi (Belgium). Here are his answers to the 5 questions:

1. Which of your own photos in the Flickr group you like most?

This one was taken last summer (‘08). We spot the building in the background long time ago. It’s situated near the local airport and it’s very particular. In fact, the "sails" you see are used to get fresh air in the building, like natural air conditioning and on the roof there is a windmill that generates electrical power to the building. A kind of zero emission building almost ;)

Mustang 1969 Coupe

2. Is there a particular story around one of your Mustang photos that you would like to share? Something that happened when you took it? Or something related to the response you got on the photo so far?

"My mustang on the street of Belgacom tower in Brussels, Belgium." This shoot is a professional shoot; It was used to illustrate an ad for a recycling company. Of cause, some Photoshop mods were done like: cleaning the street from cars, ad panels, … and the water splash was created launching sand bags into water, some reflections were added. If someone got the final product (magazine), I would appreciate if you could send me a scan!

(Bussel / Bruxelles) Oups!

Pictures taken on set (you’ll see the before / after effect):

3. Do you own a Mustang yourself? Which model? And would you like to have one if that’s not the case yet?

Got a 1969 V8 302 Coupe Mustang. Lot’s of mods where applied to the car like, some goodies to the engine, T5 5 speed trans, a ford 3.55 (read end 9”), 03 mach1 wheel (17”), line lock, cut outs, and more to come.

Some of the rebuild story photos can be found here.

4. Do you have a specific love for photographing Mustangs? Or is a coincidence? Or a passion for cars in general?

My mustang Story started in 2002, when I bought my own. As a French speaking man, I searched the interne for a good quality site to help me rebuild my pony. Not really happy by what i found, i decide to open my own "mustang passion forum" ( http://www.mustangpassion.com ). Since, the website has grown a lot and is now known as the French speaking reference site with more than 1600 members and 150.000 messages posted. In 2005, ‘mustang passion’ also transformed into a Mustang owner Club in Belgium and in France.

5. Which one of the other photos (in the Flickr group) are you jealous of as a photographer?

Many! But I always loved this one :

Mustang by Tabajara Car Rox - Revista Maxi Tuning

Good choices Didier. I would personally have chose other rims on the Mustang but then again, I don’t even have one… at least you do :)

Here’s on of the photos I like most out of your collection:

Mustang 1969 Coupe

More goodness next Friday!

Top 10 of 2008: best posts of the year

Since I liked Cameron’s idea of putting together a top 10 of the most viewed blogposts, I decided to do the same here. Here’s the list:

  1. GT 50%
  2. Mustang for the cause
  3. Ford Mustang Trike
  4. Mustang is the new KITT
  5. The Giugiaro concept, nah.
  6. Junkyard jewels
  7. Mustank?!
  8. Yummie!
  9. Why 1965?
  10. Great 3D Mustang art

It’s worth noting that the number one most visited post won this little competition by far is it had more than double the amount of pageviews compared to the second post on the list. It also looks like posts such as number 1 or 3 generate the most heated conversations – people who love it, others that hate it.

In about a month this blog will be 2 years old, I’ll write something about my personal favorites when that moment has arrived.

Designed to go like it looks?

I love these classic Mustang ads… I’m sure you’ve figured out that much with all the AdClassix posts I’ve made so far. The copy on these ads never stop to amaze me though, advertising sure has changed over time:

“Carroll Shelby designed his Cobra GT to go like it looks”

cobragt

#21: Learn how to play golf

It’s been a while since I last wrote about a good scenario to get myself a Mustang, but here’s one. It seems like I need to learn golf and then get me one of these nice little Mustang golf carts as shown below.

Mustang Golf Cart

I think the guy driving it looks a bit like a dope but the cart sure looks fancy. To the golf court it is then…

Thanks to David for sending this in.

Mustang of the week #4

This week’s guest on the ‘Mustang of the week’ series is Ale Jr from São Paulo (Brazil). Here is what he had to say on my 5 questions.

1. Which of your own photos in the Flickr group you like most?

I like this one in particular, because it brings me exactly the feeling I wanted when I took it. It shows power, style, control. I can almost hear the noise.

bigwheel

2. Is there a particular story around one of your Mustang photos that you would like to share? Something that happened when you took it? Or something related to the response you got on the photo so far?

Last year I went to a city named Aguas de Lindóia for the Annual Classic Cars Meeting and met that yellow GT500 over there. Unfortunately it was raining and the car was separated from the public by some fences, so I didn’t get any decent shot. This time I was at Interlagos Circuit in a sunny lovely day and it showed up. So I spent the time I want admiring and taking as many shots as I want.

3. Do you own a Mustang yourself? Which model? And would you like to have one if that’s not the case yet?

No, I don’t, unfortunately. I think I’d have an old GT500R or a new 427R Roush Mustang, if I could. The first has lovely lines and the last is a beast itself. Might be a good fun riding any of them.

4. Do you have a specific love for photographing Mustangs? Or is a coincidence? Or a passion for cars in general?

My father used to fix cars when I was a child, so I grew up in the middle of engines, cars and trucks. The noise and the gasoline smell are music and scent for me. Then I had a chance of being a course marshall at Interlagos Raceway, where I can put two of my passions, cars and photography, together.
Since then, I’m always on track, very close to the races and inside all the emotion, which I try to put on the photos I take. The Mustangs are special for me because of the lines and the sound. They look powerful and sound very nice!

5. Which one of the other photos (in the Flickr group) are you jealous of as a photographer?

I’m not jealous because I believe each photographer does the photos the way he/she likes. From the pool I highlight Bruno Guerreiro’s and LiveandLetDie‘s photos. They look amazing and carefully done. They do an awesome work.

Thanks a lot Ale Jr for answering those questions, I’m sure we got the 2 photographers you named up here as well one day. Good choice on the ‘Big Wheel’ shot, like it a lot as well.

More goodness next week… with a fellow countryman of mine.

Good Times: Mustangs up for auction

SonnyCher

Are you looking for some exclusive Mustang auction, a unique bidding offer? Than this might just be it for you:

“A pair of his and hers 1966 Ford Mustang Convertibles customized by the legendary George Barris at the request of Ford Motor Company for the singing duo Sonny and Cher will be auctioned by RM Auctions at their Fort Lauderdale, Florida auction February 6-8.  These two Mustang convertibles were customized to reflect the flamboyant onstage personas of the iconic 60’s entertainers, Sunny and Cher.  The Mustangs were used mostly for publicity purposes along with appearing in Sonny and Cher’s only feature-length movie, Good Times.”

They’re not really what I like about the Mustang, as I prefer things to remain the way they are (so that new front is not my style) but still pretty exclusive nevertheless. Apparently this is the first time in 25 years these cars have come to market. Full story at the ever interesting Mustangblog.com.

Mustang forest!

So you’re scanning through your RSS reader as usual and then you read this: [Secret Garden] Massive Secret Junkyard found in Rhode Island Forest. Worth investigating don’t you think?

“Imagine a secret junkyard frozen in time somewhere around the 70′s with every bit of vintage hardware stretching for hundreds of acres. Classic Mustangs, Camaros, Cadillacs, Hemis; you name it, it’s here. But not for long: The law man’s saying to crush ‘em. Massive mega-gallery below along with the location and what you can do to save them.”

Look at a selection of photos to get a taste of what is in the ‘Mustang forest’:

mustangforest1

mustangforest2

mustangforest3

mustangforest4

Seriously, this beats about everything I’ve written about on this blog. Here is what the guy who took all the photos (a ton of them) had to say about this:

“Thousands of these classics will go to waste. Here is mostly mustang pictures I took . There us Hundreds of 64-71 Mutangs. Boss, mach 1, many many convertibles, K codes, fastbacks.. Maybe Shelbys? The owner is crazy. He’s always drunk is very hard to deal with. He’s in another world. He said he personally DROVE nearly all the cars in a field in the 60′s-70 and left them there for dead. Many are rusted beyond repair. But there still many parts cars. It will take about two weeks of walking 5 hours a day to see all the cars here. Plus many of them are so buried in overgrown trees and prickers there is no way to see them. I seen a dozen complete 392 hemi cars. This guy refuses to advertise, so nobody knows about it. Believe it or not the guy is still buying cars and driving them in the woods. The last time i was there the owner bought a running 60′s mustang and drove it in the woods to be left for dead.”

Want to save a Mustang… and a forest at the same time? Here’s where you need to go. I looked it up on Live Maps and this is what it looks like from above:

livemaps_mustangforest

Unbelievable! I have no other words for it.

Mustang of the week #3

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I found so many good Mustang photos on Flickr (preparing for this series of posts) that I created a Flickr group for it. Then I started wondering if it wouldn’t be cool to give some more background about the photographer instead of just sharing the on great photo. So from now on this weekly post will highlight one of the photographers in that Flickr group, and I will be asking them the same 5 questions.

First up is Evan aka evvvvs from Melbourne, Australia!

1. Which of your own photos in the Flickr group you like most?

I don’t have a favorite but if I had to pick one, this might be it. Both of these beautifully restored cars were recent concourse trophy winners. Congratulations Tony & Jim!

Fastback vs Convertible

2. Is there a particular story around one of your Mustang photos that you would like to share? Something that happened when you took it? Or something related to the response you got on the photo so far?

I guess this photo stands out a little. The striking black paint work & the fact that it’s the same model as my own car, really dragged me in. I met Laurie the owner on this particular night & we had a good long chat about our cars. We bump into each other regularly at local events & he’s always got a kind word to say about the photos I post on Flickr. It’s great to get that sort of feedback from the owners of the cars you shoot.

Mustang vs Fairlane

3. Do you own a Mustang yourself? Which model? And would you like to have one if that’s not the case yet?

Yes, I own a 1965 A-Code Coupe which I’m currently restoring.

4. Do you have a specific love for photographing Mustangs? Or is a coincidence? Or a passion for cars in general?

I certainly do. I have a passion for early Mustangs & while I can’t enjoy mine (resto in progress) I figure I might as well enjoy the finished projects of fellow Mustang owners!

5. Which one of the other photos (in the Flickr group) are you jealous of as a photographer?

I think this shot by Steve Kay is pretty special:

Smooth back

Thanks Evan! Nice choice on the photos and good luck with the restoration of your own Mustang. Oh and Evan, I think I like this one most, but it’s a tough choice to make :)

Shelby In Motion

More goodness next Friday.

‘65 Red Mustang- Needs love

I don’t normally post or link to classifieds for Mustangs on this blog, nor will that change in the future. But this one on Craigslist caught my attention because the way it was advertised. So just spreading the love here, Colorado Springs unfortunately is a bit far for me ;)

“I am an oxidized red 289 V8 coupe with black and cream interior. I was my owners primary vehicle for 8 years, I’m ugly, but run well. Better than being gorgeous and broken down. New carb and rear tires, will be a perfect vehicle for someone with a desire to work on me. Interior needs re-upholstered. Yes, I have rust, yes the quarter panels need replaced. Classic mustang parts are some of the cheapest to buy. As with older classics, you can put in 3 or 4K and sell for a good profit. (I actually saw one go for 68K on a Barrett Jackson Auction) No clue on the mileage. THIS IS A GREAT FIXER UPPER DEAL. It can be driven away, but probably not completely reliable, since it has been sitting parked for 5 years. Classic Mustangs DO NOT lose value like all other cars, they actually gain value. Therefore, no foolish offers even considered.”

So if you have some $1995 to spare and quite a bit of free time…

craigslist1  craigslist2

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