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Awesome 2012 Retro Mustang GT

Here’s yet another reason why you should go to SEMA this year. It’s a bit too far away for myself to visit the event, but I would at least want to see this Mustang up close.

John Heermann – 23 years old – created this ‘68 styled Mustang GT from a new 2012 Mustang. And it looks just great. Ford should take a look at this and let this Mustang inspire them for their new yet to be designed Mustang model. Seriously!

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Here’s how he did it:

“The Retro Stang features ‘68 and ‘69 Mustang sheetmetal hand grafted into the nose, tail and rear quarter panels of the 2012 Mustang GT body.  The hood has been lengthened 14-inches and the rocker panels custom made.The headlight doors and rear fender caps were hand built from scratch by Heermann.  Another feature you might notice is the raised back glass to give it the angle for the fastback look.”

Awesome John!

[Via Mustang Heaven]

#22: 1969 Mustang. Homemade. From paper!

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How awesome is this?! This Brooklyn artist is making an entire 1969 Mustang from scratch… from paper:

In his latest work One Piece at a Time, Brooklyn artist Jonathan Brand has constructed every single part of a 1969 Mustang coupe at 1:1 scale out of nothing but paper. Using digital drawings as a source, he printed the blueprints with a large-format inkjet printer. The components were then meticulously cut out and folded into a wide range of objects including spark plugs, nuts and bolts, a radiator, and even the individual tire treads. The final work will not be assembled into an entire vehicle, but rather displayed as loose miniature sculptures.

Thinking back about the reason that I initially started this blog, this is a good one for the series of posts I wrote about ‘the quest’. Not sure if I have the patience for this though. But just look at this stuff, how cool is that, seriously. I gotta go see this!

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More pictures and video (!) at This is Colossal, go check it out.

[Source: Colossal // Hat tip to Clo]

Shelby Limited Edition Cruiser Bike

Let it to Shelby do do awesome things with anything on wheels. Although we usually think of Shelby as creator of awesome car modifications, this time they teamed up with Felt Bikes to do something similar with your regular bicycle.

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“This limited edition cruiser bicycle will be individually badged and serial numbered bikes are finished in Wimbledon White with the Guardsman Blue paint scheme that’s so reminiscent of the vintage Shelby cars. The bike boasts Felt’s hydro-formed aluminum tank frame, three-speed Shimano Nexus internal gearing and 36-spoke wheels.”

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Awesome don’t you think? Hat tip to Cameron for discovering the news, and yeah I want one as well. He also has got loads more pictures of the bike so go check it out. It doesn’t come cheap but in comparison to any other good bike the price is definitely about right.

[Via ‘67 Mustang Blog]

Mustang Ranch

After the Mustang Forest… we got the Mustang Ranch, and it can be yours for $700.000 (well if it ain’t sold already that is).

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It’s a shame to see such a collection of fine cars rot away, anyway here’s the story on how it was discovered by a reader of Jalopnik:

“I have just returned from a vacation somewhere tropical. On the way back form a day excursion I chose an alternate way back to the highway. Ok, I made wrong turn somewhere and rolled with it. This "scenic route" brought us upon what was recorded by these images. It was my wife who first saw them. "Oh look, Mustangs!" I turned my head in time to see a metric shitload of vintage ponies. I immediately turned around and pulled into the driveway. There was a gentleman in the yard who turned out to be the caretaker for the owner of the house/treasure trove. It turns out that the guy who collected all these cars recently succumbed to cancer and his wife wants all these pretty ponies sold en masse for what is by local standards the princely sum of $700 large (I think there plenty of room for negotiation here).”

More images on Jalopnik.

Mustang ‘Crazy Horse’

Here we are again, after a bit of a break from Mustang blogging – here is part of the reason why in case you wonder – I’m back at it again. But enough introduction already, look at what I found some days ago…

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Autoblog found this one for sale over on Ebay and apparently it’s the only 1967 Ford Mustang ever fitted with a retractable hardtop. Well it’s the first I’ve seen anyway. Not sure if I like it though, but people that have been reading this blog for a while know that I like to stick with the real thing.

[Update - Seems like the retractable hardtop on a classic Mustang isn't unique, I suppose the 1967 Mustang with butterfly doors AND a retractable hardtop still is though ;)]

Augmented Mustang reality

Remember the when I wrote about this Flash website, that allowed you to drive around with a 3D mustang on the site. That was nice but what this developer has done now is way beyond nice, it’s just totally cool. I already said on my other Twitter account recently that ‘Augmented Reality is the new black’ with several applications showing up online, advertisers taking smart advantage of the technology such as you can see here.

Today my buddy Steven sent me some other cool application… because it was Mustang related. It’s one of the many AR examples I’ve seen lately but must say I find it one of the coolest (yeah even if it wouldn’t have been with a Mustang). It’s much more dynamic that most cases where it just shows a static 3D object. Just like the creator notes:

“In most of the cool AR projects I have seen so far [1] [2] the user is supposed to hold the marker and move it around in front of the camera and the 3d object follows the marker. I had a slightly different idea: why not just leave the marker and the camera in one place and use your keyboard to move around the 3d objects?”

Check it out this video!

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Read all about this cool project here.

Stretching it!

Maybe the Mustang pick-up or wagon conversions weren’t that bad at all… I mean if you look at the stretched versions of a Mustang, those other ones looked just great. I cannot even begin to say how ugly and useless I think these cars are. What’s your take?

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Mustang mutations and conversions

Remember this post about the Mustang pick-up I did recently. Well it seems like there are loads more of these pick-up like Mustang conversions, Wolfgang Kohrn from ponysite.de gathered a whole bunch of them (with backstories) on his site.

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And also from the Mustang wagon there seem to be quite some more copies out there:

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Check them all out here. Any other exotic conversions you have seen that you can point me to? Let me know in the comments.

#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.

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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 #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!

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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.

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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:

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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.

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