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The 1984 Ford Mustang Anniversary Edition GT350

Wednesday May 21, 2014

1984 20th Anniversary Edition GT350 Mustang
In 1984, Ghostbusters debuted on the big screen, Michael Jackson was successfully pitching Pepsi "The Choice of a New Generation," and Ford celebrated 20 years of Mustang. The end result was the 20th Anniversary Edition GT350 Mustang package. Read more.

Ford is Looking for Fans who Embody Spirit of Mustang

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Ford's latest contest, the 2014 BET Awards #MustangAndMe contest, is looking for individuals who best embody the spirit and passion of the all-new Ford Mustang. Is that you? Okay, here's how it works. First you'll need to create an original 60-second video showing and telling how you embody the Mustang life. Those 18 and older can submit their video by visiting http://www.bet.com/MustangAndMe now through 6 p.m. EDT June 3rd.

"For five decades, Mustang has represented some of the best American culture, inspiring a feeling of freedom and independence," said Shawn Thompson, manager, Ford multicultural marketing. "For this contest, we are looking for individuals to showcase how they embody the passion and spirit of Mustang through a 60-second video."

Think you've got what it takes? If you do you'll walk away with the keys to a brand new 2015 Ford Mustang. One grand prize winner will be announced during the live broadcast of the 2014 BET Awards on Sunday, June 29th. Good luck!

Ford Dealers Now Taking Orders for 2015 Mustang Fastback

Tuesday May 20, 2014

2015 Mustang

Well folks, the wait is over. Today Ford announced their dealers can now take orders for 2015 Ford Mustang Fastbacks. As was revealed last December, customers have several engine options available when building out their Mustang.

Customers can choose from three available powerplants for the 2015 Mustang, each of which can be paired with an upgraded six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters:

  • All-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost®, producing more than 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque and with projected class-leading fuel efficiency
  • Upgraded 5.0-liter V8, generating more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Upgraded 3.7-liter V6, producing more than 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque

No word yet on when the vehicles will be delivered. Pricing will start at $24,425 for a V6 with the 3.7L engine option. Ford has not yet released pricing details for the GT and EcoBoost models. That said, hopefully they will soon. Read more.

Source: Ford Motor Company

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

U.K Artist Creates 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang Sculptures

Sunday May 18, 2014

Mustang Sculpture
Recently U.K. artist Robin Bark unveiled a limited-edition Ford Mustang fastback sculpture to celebrate 50 years of Mustang. The sculptures, which are licensed by Ford, will be made available to those looking for a special piece of Mustang history. They are based on the 1965 Fastback. Only 500 will be offered, each cast in solid aluminum, polished, numbered and signed by the artist.

"I think I was drawing cars the moment I was born," said Bark. "Growing up in South Africa, I wanted to design cars, but there wasn't much call for it, so I switched from industrial design to graphics, which took me into advertising for a time."

Interested? The limited-edition sculptures are available through the artist's website, robinbark-motorart.com or at merchandise.ford.com. Be forewarned. These are definitely for the serious collector. Pricing is set at $575.

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

This Weekend: The Second Annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show

Friday May 16, 2014

Shelby Tribute Show

This weekend Shelby will be celebrating their second annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show in Gardena, Calif. The event, which will feature a panel discussion as well as numerous sharp looking Shelby vehicles, starts Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

"With the success of our first annual event in 2013, and in true Shelby spirit, we're gearing up for an even bigger and better celebration this year," said Jenni Shreeves, executive director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. "The car community has really stepped up to make this one of the most memorable events of the year."

Looking to attend? Hope to see you there! Read more.

Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

Katzkin Partners with Chip Foose to Create Custom Automotive Interiors for the Mustang

Thursday May 15, 2014

Chip Foose

This week Katzkin, a leading manufacturer of custom leather interiors, announced they have partnered with legendary automotive builder Chip Foose to create custom automotive interiors for the Ford Mustang. If you've seen Foose's work on his "Overhaulin" TV Show, you know the sky is the limit when it comes to his designs.

Katzkin CEO, Brooks Mayberry said, "Our core values embrace design in everything we do. The addition of Chip Foose's award-winning creativity provides yet another pillar to support Katzkin's world-class marketing strengths while tapping a growing segment of the market."

As for Foose, he said, "I am excited to take my relationship with Katzkin to the next level through our licensing agreement. Katzkin has the highest quality leathers and their craftsmanship and stitching is outstanding. I'm excited to see my concepts come to life, from my design to your car."

Throughout 2014 and 2015, additional Chip Foose Katzkin interiors will be created for other popular models such as the F-150.

Photo Courtesy of Katzkin

Ford Mustang Rides 21 Miles into the Sky

Thursday May 15, 2014

Mustang in Space

What's that? It's a bird, it's a plane. Oh wait, it's a Mustang.  The folks at Big Valley Ford in Stockton, Calif. recently became the first people to document a Mustang leaving the earth's atmosphere. Okay, so it was a toy Mustang (a Revell model Mustang to be exact), but a Mustang none-the-less. The feat took place on May 2, 2014.

"We wanted to celebrate 50 years of Mustang and the impending arrival of the all-new 2015 Mustang by doing something really special," said San Francisco-area Ford zone sales manager Michael Sego. "Mustang has always been about getting behind the wheel and hitting the open road, but we decided to take to the open sky."

So Sego, along with Steve Kubitz, managing partner of Big Valley Ford, decided to send one up on a rocket.  Unfortunately that wasn't practical, so Sego and the Big Valley Ford team used a high altitude weather balloon to ride a capsule up into space.

Ford reports that, approximately 74 minutes after the balloon was released, it reached a maximum height of 110,000 feet, or nearly 21 miles. At that point the car and the instrumentation box - which contained a GPS location transmitter - came back down, landing in a field where it was retrieved about six hours after launch. Wanna see it all play out? Watch the video here.

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford's Warriors in Pink Program 20 Years and Going Strong

Sunday May 11, 2014

Ford Mustang Warriors in Pink

Some of you might recall Ford's special-edition Warriors in Pink Mustangs that were made available several years ago. A portion of the proceeds from each vehicle sold went to support the Ford Warriors in Pink program, which has a goal of fighting breast cancer through awareness and prevention.

Recently the organization, now 20 years old and going strong, conducted a breast health awareness survey. The results of the survey shed light on the thoughts and perceptions surrounding breast cancer. You can see them here.

"Through Warriors in Pink, Ford continues to be a unifying force in driving awareness for breast cancer," said Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas, Ford Motor Company. "This year is especially meaningful to us as we mark our 20th anniversary and honor the strength and courage of all the survivors who have shared their stories with us throughout their journey."

This month, Ford is introducing the 2014 Warriors in Pink line of apparel and accessories dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. Ford says the Warriors in Pink apparel collection features bold symbols that signify hope and strength, and that embody the warrior spirit of taking charge, harnessing power and standing together. New to the collection this year are a hoodie T-shirt, a lightweight jacket and a men's polo and necktie, as well as best-selling accessories such as the annual women's scarf and an updated versatile tote.

To all those so support Warriors in Pink, many thanks to you.

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford to Raffle 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Years Convertible

Thursday May 8, 2014

50 Year Mustang Convertible

Looking to own a very special Mustang? Ford recently announced they will create one Convertible 50 Years Edition Mustang for charity.

The car, which will be raffled off this summer, will go to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The lucky winner will be announced in Mustang Alley in Ferndale, Mich., on Aug. 16, 2014 during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Read more.

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford Mustang Sales Down Slightly in April

Wednesday May 7, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang

Last month Ford sold 7,243 Mustangs. That's 6.6 percent fewer than the 7,751 Mustangs the company sold in April of 2013. In all, Mustang sales remain up this year. Last year at this time Ford had sold 25,071 Mustangs. This year the company has moved 26,839 of the cars, resulting in a 7.1 percent year-over-year increase.

Meanwhile, Chevrolet sold 9,043 Camaros in April and Chrysler sold 5,122 Challengers. Looks like the Camaro is once again king of pony car sales. That said, I'm sure the Mustang will regain its title in the near future.

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Sources: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Chrysler Group LLC

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