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Goodwood Festival of Speed (2011)

Earlies this summer I went to the Goodwood Festival of Speed (UK) for the first time in my life, and man was that a great event. Going back next year, I know that much.

It’s difficult to describe what the event really is, because it’s a lot of things at the same time. But that’s also not very important, the only thing you need to know it’s 4 days of classic & sports car galore like you have never seen before. And give it to Lord March, the Festival of Speed is also one of the best organized events of that size I have ever been to.

Mustang twins: Bullitt & P-51

There weren’t many Mustangs at the event, apart from the “Bullitt” and P-51 you see above, but if you’re into cars you will like what I saw there. Here’s the link to my Flickr set, giving you a bit of an idea of the overall event.

Brent Mustangburger

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Meet Brent Mustangburger (voiced by Brent Musburger), a new character for the sequel to the Disney Pixar hit, CARS. CARS brings some style with a 1964½ Mustang that plays an well known sports broadcaster.

Brent Mustangburger is an American sports broadcasting icon. With the self-proclaimed “best stall in the garage,” the excitable 1964½ Ford Mustang is widely considered one of the most recognizable voices in the history of automobile sports television and associated with some of the most memorable moments in modern sports.

Looks like I will have to join my kids to the movies once more this summer ;)

[Via Mustang Evolution]

Bullitt Special: behind the scenes

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Jon Patrick of The Selvedge Yard (fascinating blog btw) posted an article from The Muscle Car Review (March 1987) that was titled ‘The Greatest Chase of All’ and that was fully dedicated to a behind the scenes look of how they filmed Bullitt, the grandaddy of car pursuit movies. Required reading for all of us.

We set out to learn what the recipe is for such a successful chase sequence. What we found out was that there is none; it was pretty much a hit and miss thing and, as Ron Riner put it, “other people have tried to put the same combination together to get the same results and haven’t really done it. Before we’d shoot a scene, everyone, the location people, the police department, the stuntmen, the director and Steve, would get into discussions. We realized we didn’t know what to do because no one had ever done this before.” What hadn’t been done before was a chase scene, done “at speed”(up to 110 miles per hour) through the city streets and not on a movie studio back lot. Bud Elkins said, “I think it was the first time they did a complete car chase at normal camera speed. What you saw is what really happened. It was real!”

Don’t wait any longer, head over to The Selvedge Yard to read the whole piece.

Bullitt Special: scripting the chase!

Little delay in postings on the Bullitt Special but we’re still on. This time with maybe one of the most awesome elements I found related to the movie’s famous car chase: the original script/screenplay. Having a great idea is one thing, producing it is another. It is the crew’s commitment to reality that made these 7 pieces of paper into what is now most arguably the most famous car chase in movie history. How can you not enjoy this? ;)

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Saying it again. Awesome!

[Via Jalopnik]

Jalopnik ‘Forza Motorsport’ GT500KR

Jalopnik had their own branded Mustang built in Forza Motorsport 3 – the 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang Jalopnik Forza Motorsport GT500KR – as it’s named. Could have been a shorter name right?

Anyway, here it is.

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If you play Forza Motorsport, you’ll have to figure out for yourself how to get this one, but it sure looks worth finding out.

Bonneville Mustang

After seeing a documentary about the Bonneville Speedweek only recently I wondered about the history of the Mustang at that same event. I know they’re all highly modified cars but surely in the past some Mustangs with ‘slightly’ moderated engines must have made it to the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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Here’s Mario Andretti in the 1967 Autolite Mustang for instance, one that I found here. The Indy Ford engine they used had around 480hp.

“This was a project done on a stock bodied 1967 Mustang to see how fast it would go at Bonneville Salt Flats. Chickie was working for Autolite Sparkplugs and the car was driven by Mario Andretti. He recorded a best speed of 175.875 mph. They had a piston go away and the runs were ended.”

And here’s another one:

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"The Mach could hold its own against the competition in any theater. Racing veteran Mickey Thompson flogged a couple of specially prepared Mach 1s at the Bonneville Salt Flats in some of the heaviest endurance testing ever performed on a production automobile."

More vintage sightings on the Mustang at the Bonneville Salt Flats? Let me know in the comments.

Ford Mustang Gran Turismo

At the Gran Turismo Awards at this year’s SEMA, this 1970’s Ford Mustang “Trans-Cammer” took home the award. And what does that mean exactly? Well that means it’ll get the digital treatment to feature in the 5th edition of the Gran Turismo game… so you’ll be able to drive it, quite literally (albeit still virtually) :)

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Game on!

[Via Gamedaily]

Great Mustangs from racing history

Jalopnik recently did a post about the so-called 8 greatest Mustangs from racing history and obviously there were some real classics in the list, if you know what I’m saying.

Take a look at this 1965 Ford Mustang A/FX for instance, a Mustang that was commissioned by Ford and built with express intent of drag racing. Exactly 11 were built, half with 427 cammers, and sold to drag racers for a princely sum of $1.

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Or what do you think of this 1965 Ford Mustang GT-350R that raced in the SCCA series from 1965-1967.

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And of course not to miss a 1970 Mustang BOSS 302, that raced the Trans Am from 1970 to 1973. Not my personal favorite Stang but sure looks mean ;)

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And one commenter shows us this Coca-Cola BOSS 302 that got 101 wins out of 150 odd starts when it was still racing.

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And last but not least – a little bit more extreme – this ‘Trojan Horse’ another commenter on Jalopnik asks: “How did you forget this one?”

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Don’t tell me you don’t fancy a good old classic race now ;)

Check Jalopnik for the other – more recent – great Mustangs from racing history.

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