Finally all the efforts that went in to this blog paid off! Ford will be exporting the new Mustang to Europe. That must be a first. When I read about this it seemed like a good time to make one more (and final) post to this blog. Of course it didn’t have much influence in Ford’s decision as you might have guessed but it’s a good news item to close this website.
I stopped writing here about a year ago, it was a partially because a lack of time but also because I didn’t find that much relevant topics anymore to post on this blog. It was always about gathering fun & exciting things about the classic Mustang (mainly pre-70s) and it seemed like I had seen and found it all. Classic ads, variations of models, toys, … they’re all here and I suppose it might be an interesting ressource for Mustang fans for the years to come since I won’t close it down after this post.
I’m still a sucker for the classic Mustang and still looking for the one I want. Although I do enjoy driving my ‘72 Triumph Spitfire a lot as well. Part of my passion for old cars has translated in creating a company called Shutterspeed, where we create photostories for people and their classic and/or sports cars. Go check it out – latest photo’s include Goodwood Festival of Speed, 24 Hours of Francorchamps, Maserati Ghibli, 2012 Audi S8, … and much more! Our site is in Dutch but the Facebook page is in English, check it out.
To the readers of this blog – Thanks for reading, sharing & commenting. I had good fun gathering all the information that ended up on this blog, so did you I hope! You can still find the best selection of Ford Mustang photo’s on my Flickr group and Pinterest board.
To Ford – Yes I’m willing to review the new Mustang for you once it arrives in Europe ;-)
To advertisers (that have been emailing me for the last 5 year) – I’ve always kept this blog ad-free since it wasn’t the purpose of the project. The motivation of this blog should have inspired for better ideas then just ads. Anyway, you can always do me an offer that I can´t refuse of course to keep this domain alive.
Awesome. Normally I don’t tend to write much about Mustangs that aren’t like 40 years old but this is one of these exceptions. It’s when the Mustang enthusiast as well as the Marketer in me get excited that I make that kind of exception on this blog. And that’s exactly what Ford did with their new customizer for the 2012 Ford Mustang.
First of all it is by far the best car configurator that I’ve seen, the battle mode makes it even more interesting. And yes I realize it’s not really a car configurator in the typical sense of the word, you cannot change some options you would normally want to change in a configurator like that (interior, options, …) but I don’t really mind. It’s exactly those things that make me walk away from those tools in the first place. In this case I get to play with the different models – quite literally – and from that point go to the ‘build & price’ options, the more boring stuff, albeit not unimportant of course.
And what a stunning quality as well. The image you see above is my first custom Mustang, my color, my everything… don’t you think that is looking really good? Looks pretty real to me.
And then there’s the staging area. Once you’ve built a custom Mustang (or more than one) you can challenge other fans & friends in one-to-one battles.
And maybe bring you some inspiration. Nice work Ford! I’m gonna build me some more truly awesome ‘Stangs. Challenge me, you know where to find me ;)
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!
More pictures and video (!) at This is Colossal, go check it out.
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]
Apparently there’s a documentary titled "Marketing the Mustang: An American Icon." on the Mad Men Season 4 DVDbox-set extras. It tells how Ford executive Lee Iacocca persuaded a very reluctant Henry Ford to build the Mustang by citing research his agency guys gave him about the target demo (newly affluent boomers), and lays out the groundbreaking marketing of what would become an instant automotive classic.
Among the revelations in the doc: A lot of the Ford Mustang’s initial marketing was directed at women — the focus of the clip below. There are also a whole bunch of print ads shown in the this 2 min clip but if you’re a regular reader of this blog you have seen most of them already ;)
Thanks for the heads up Steven.
The Wall Street Journal drives with Loren Janes, now 79 year old former stunt double of many movies including the incredible ‘Bullitt’. Time to debunk some myths:
As Mr. Janes and I drove around the city, three myths were shattered. First, despite the hype, McQueen did not do his own driving in the movie’s most dangerous scenes. "Steve was a great driver, but he was only behind the wheel for about 10% of what you see on screen," said Mr. Janes, who was McQueen’s stunt double from 1959 to 1980. "He drove in scenes that required closeups—but not in the ones that could kill him. Steve always asked me first whether a stunt was too dangerous for him to take on."
A colleague of mine shared this little Youtube clip with me the other day, Jim Morrison from The Doors driving his 1967 Shelby GT500.
Jim Morrison driving his 1967 Shelby G.T. 500. The clip is from the film “When You’re Strange” (directed by Tom DiCillo) which is in turn borrowed from the movie “HWY: An American Pastoral” which Jim made in 1969 with some friends. This footage is considerably clearer than my previous post of Jim driving the car. Go full screen with this clip, the resolution is killer. You can even see dust on the car it’s so crisp and clear.
I did a lot of research on the Shelby and all indications are it was trashed after Jim hit a telephone pole when he was drunk. He had clipped it before, but on that occasion he bent the frame, ending his time with The Blue Lady (his name for the car). Jim met the same fate as the Shelby two years later, though some think he’s still alive. It’s kind of fitting as some people are convinced this car still exists. Maybe he’s still driving it.
Shelby fans, note the car has no front grille emblem, no trunk emblem, small lettered Speedway 350 tires, uneven, hammered rear exhaust outlets, comfortweave seats, fender mounted antenna, and half the molding on the driver’s side taillight is missing. LOL. Best of all, it’s a 4-speed nightmist blue car with parchment interior and 10 spoke wheels. He knew how to pick ‘em, huh? That’s the way I would have ordered it. If only you could go back in time!
An identical car sold at Barrett-Jackson auctions for $330,000 in January, 2008.