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Mustang Enthusiasts Returned to Flushing Meadows Park to Celebrate 50 Years of Mustang

Monday April 21, 2014

Flushing Meadows Park Mustang Celebration

Last Thursday, hundreds of Mustang enthusiasts, as well as numerous Ford executives, gathered at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York, the site of Mustang's initial debut back on April 17, 1964. The 50 years of Mustang celebration included 94 classic Mustangs parked in front of the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows. Ford's all-new 2015 Ford Mustang was also on display.

No doubt about it, Ford's Mustang has generated much fanfare over the years. A 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang fastback owned by David Davidson was awarded "Best in Show" at Thursday's event. Two other classic Mustangs, a 1965 Mustang K-Code convertible owned by Teresa and Steve Kronred and a 1971 Mustang Mach 1 fastback owned by Steven Chernow, were also highlighted at the event.  Read more.

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

New Electronic Line-Lock Software on 2015 Mustang GT

Monday April 21, 2014

Mustang Electronic Line-Lock

Ford has revealed some new details regarding the 2015 Ford Mustang. This week the company introduced their new Electronic Line-Lock technology, which will be made available for the 2015 GT model. Ford says the Electronic line-lock technology, along with standard launch control, will help bracket racers achieve more consistent performance at the drag strip. In addition, it will give drag racers the benefit of a mechanical system without having to modify their brakes.

"We're using advanced controls technology for the all-new Mustang to provide some of our most dedicated fans with an industry-first feature they can use when they go to the track," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. "With electronic line-lock, customers who drive their Mustangs to work all week and then compete on the weekends will appreciate not having to modify their brake systems to be able to do effective tire prep at the drag strip."

So how exactly does it work? Ford says, when a driver releases the brake pedal (with the electronic line-lock feature enabled), the hydraulic control unit for the stability control system will keep the front brakes locked while releasing the rear brakes. When Mustang is sitting in the burnout box of a drag strip, the driver can apply the accelerator to spin up the rear wheels to warm the tires for maximum grip. This can all be done without having to balance one foot on the brake and the other on the gas, or install a mechanical line-lock.

The company notes, Electronic line-lock for 2015 Mustang GT is intended for use only on racetracks. Racing your vehicle will void your warranty. Okay, good to know!

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

RK Motors Unveils 800-hp 1967 Shelby GT500 Tribute Mustang in Charlotte

Friday April 18, 2014

The RK Motors RK527

Today the folks from RK Motors unveiled an 800-hp '67 Shelby GT500 Tribute Mustang, the "RK527",  at the Mustang 50th Anniversary Celebration taking place at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The RK527 is loaded with extensive features and upgrades, including custom Jon Kaase Heads, Fast XFI ECU Port Fuel Injection, Billet Specialties drive system, Bryant Billet Crankshaft, custom 3" Exhaust and Magnaflow mufflers, Tremec T56 6-speed manual transmission, Custom Detroit Speed Alumaframe, complete with coil-over shocks in the front and Detroit Speed quadra-link suspension in the rear, and massive Baer calipers and rotors.

To learn more about this sharp looking pony car, visit the company's newly launched blog, TheDetailingBay.com.

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Thomas for RK Motors

New OPI Nail Polish Collection Celebrates 50 Years of Mustang

Friday April 18, 2014

OPI Nail Polish

Last month I told you about the new OPI nail polish line celebrating 50 years of Mustang. Well, today the company released details of the nail polish line, including the colors that will be made available.

While there's no "Gotta Have it  Green" or "Kona Blue", "Race Red" will be a part of the mix, in addition to five other colors. The polish should become available here in the United States in July. No word yet on pricing or how long the limited-edition line will be available.  Read more.

Ford Sets Guinness World Record with Mustang E-Card

Thursday April 17, 2014

Mustang Guiness World Record

Ford set a Guinness World Record record today as a result of more than 50,000 fans worldwide signing an electronic card to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Ford Mustang. When all was said and done,  55,720 people across the globe logged on to Ford's website, leaving messages of enthusiasm and adoration for the iconic pony car.

"Mustang is an inspirational car, and it is no surprise its fans worldwide have been inspired to help make history on this very special occasion," said Steve Ling, car marketing manager at Ford. "After an exciting week of celebrations globally, the Guinness World Records title is an extraordinary exclamation point on Mustang's birthday today.''

Happy Birthday Ford Mustang!

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

RK Motors 1967 Shelby GT500 Tribute “RK527” to Debut on Friday

Thursday April 17, 2014

The RK527 Mustang

RK Motors has announced they plan to debut their custom 1967 Shelby GT500 Tribute "RK527" Mustang at  the Mustang 50th Anniversary Celebration in Charlotte on Friday.

The company says the vehicle's debut will also signify RK Motors owner and chairman Rob Kauffman's plan to drive the RK527 during the upcoming HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour, taking place June 7 to 14.

Nice job RK Motors. This Shelby Tribute is one slick ride! To get the latest news on the RK527 Mustang, visit the company's newly launched blog, TheDetailingBay.com.

Photo Courtesy of RK Motors

Happy Birthday! The Ford Mustang Turns 50

Thursday April 17, 2014

Ford Mustang

Happy Birthday Ford Mustang! It was fifty years ago today, April 17th, 1964, that the Ford Mustang made its debut at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York.

The first model Mustang, the early 65 (or as many refer to it, the 64 ½), was available as a coupe or convertible, and featured a base 170-cubic inch six-cylinder engine with a three-speed floor shift transmission. By comparison, the 2015 Mustang will feature three engine options: a 5.0-liter V8 (See photo), a 3.7-liter V6, and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. According to reports, the V8 engine produces 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads.

No doubt, the Mustang has played an important part in my life over the years. So today, the 50th anniversary of Ford's iconic pony car, I'd like to thank Ford for making the Mustang a reality so many years ago. Team Mustang, through and through. Kudos to you!

Cake by Mustang Enthusiast Denise Decker

It's Official! Ford to Offer 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang

Tuesday April 15, 2014

50th Anniversary Edition Mustang

For some time now, rumors have swirled regarding a special-edition 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang. Well, good news. Ford has announced they will be offering 1,964 limited-edition anniversary cars for the 2015 model year.

The cars will be made available in two colors: Wimbledon White or Kona Blue. For those lucky enough to own one, the 2015 Anniversary Edition Mustang will be available with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic option. The car will also feature some anniversary goodies not found on any other Mustang. Read more.

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Interview: Ford’s Kemal Curić and Larry Pelowski Talk About the 2015 Mustang

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Kemal Curic and the 2015 Mustang

Recently I had the opportunity of talking to Mustang Exterior Design Manager, Kemal Curić, and Ford Master Modeler Larry Pelowski. Both played a major role in bringing the 2015 Ford Mustang to life. No doubt, their hard work paid off in the end.

Come along as we take a closer look at how the 2015 Mustang became a reality. Read more.

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Need for Speed Mustang Sold for $300,000 at Barrett-Jackson

Sunday April 13, 2014

Need for Speed Mustang

This weekend the "Need for Speed" movie Mustang, Lot # 3003, sold for an impressive $300,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction. The movie Mustang features a custom-designed wide body, Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels, an enlarged lower grille with custom designed air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood, and low-profile mirrors. It also sports a custom silver exterior with Kona Blue racing stripes and angel-eye fog lamps in the grille. Unfortunately, the car is not street legal, but it sure is easy on the eyes!

Proceeds from the sale of the car will go to benefit the Henry Ford Health System, a not-for-profit corporation managed by Chief Executive Officer Nancy M. Schlichting. It is comprised of hospitals, medical centers and one of the nation's largest group practices, the Henry Ford Medical Group, which includes more than 1,200 physicians practicing in over 40 specialties.

Photo Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

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