For many years, Jerry Heasley's "Rare Finds" column ran in our sister magazine, Mustang & Fords. But when M&F merged with Modified Mustang to become Modified Mustangs and Fords and changed its editorial focus to restomods, editor Steve Baur asked if Mustang Monthly would like to take over the column. You betcha. Since its Mustang Monthly debut in March 2011, Rare Finds has become a reader favorite with its reader stories about Mustangs found in barns and fields.
Sidenote: Heasley has compiled many of his Mustang rare finds into a new book, Rare Finds: Mustangs and Fords, available from Car Tech (http://www.cartechbooks.com).
The Great Stories
Over the years, we've been fortunate to discover, thanks to our readers, many historic and unusual Mustangs for stories in Mustang Monthly. Rich Downing was on his way to the Mustang 45th Anniversary Celebration in Birmingham when his brother-in-law called to ask if he knew anything about the 1964 World's Fair convertibles. Turns out, Rich's father-in-law, Dr. John Mansell, had purchased 100004 back in 1965 and still owns it. A couple of years ago, our friend George Huisman from Classic Designs Concepts called to say he was standing next to a 2,900-mile '70 Boss 302 survivor, a car that had been sitting—still on jack stands with headers halfway installed—since 1970. We featured it in the September 2009 issue.
Those are the great stories we love presenting in Mustang Monthly.
Readers who have been with us for many years (and we've heard from several who have subscribed continuously since the first issue in February 1978) will recall the various editors over the years. Each brought their own flavor and expertise to the magazine. For me, it seemed like I was always coming back to fill in between editors.
Larry Dobbs: February 1978 – September 1980
Donald Farr: October 1980 – May 1984
Jim Smart: June 1984 – December 1986
Donald Farr: January 1987 – August 1987
Tom Corcoran: September 1987 – March 1994
Donald Farr: April 1994 – June 1994
Jerry Pitt: July 1994 – March 1995
Rob Reaser: April 1995 – July 1996
Jeff Ford: August 1996 – April 2003
Donald Farr: May 2003 – Present