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Pony Tales - August 2013
The World of Mustangs
Shelby Widebody Kit
If you’ve been drooling over Shelby American’s GT 500 Super Snake Wide Body (see “On the Wide Side” in the April Pony Tales), you’ll be pleased to learn that Shelby’s Widebody kit is now available from Shelby Performance Parts, as seen here on a ’07 Shelby GT.
According to Shelby Performance Parts Vice President Jer Gervasi, “The Shelby Widebody Kit, as seen on our candy red Super Snake at the North American International Auto Show, resulted in so many requests from Shelby and Mustang owners that we immediately went to work developing a package to meet the demand. Now customers can have a Shelby Widebody Kit for their ride without shipping the car to our Las Vegas facilities.”
The kit for ’05-’09 Mustangs and Shelbys is available in two versions. The complete package includes rear quarter-panels that add six inches of fender to house up to 13-inch rear wheels, as well as the front panels that allow for 10-inch front wheels. The Shelby Widebody Kit is also available in a rear-only option. Both packages include a Shelby billet fuel door, installation instructions, special tools, and hardware for installation. Note that the kit requires substantial body and paint work; a professional body shop is recommended for installation.
The rear-only package starts at $3,399, while the four panel kit goes for $5,999, not including wheels and tires. The same packages for ’10-’14 models will be available by summer.
Info: www.shelbyperformanceparts.com; 702/405-3500.
The complete package includes rear quarter-panels that add six inches of fender to house up to 13-inch rear wheels, as well as the front panels that allow for 10-inch front wheels.
This is one of the coolest products we’ve seen in a while. Hot Rod Chairs is offering a desk chair in the style of the ’65-’66 Mustang Deluxe bucket seat, perhaps better known as the “Pony Interior” seat. The base is all metal with five rubber-wheeled casters (non-marking) and the tilting seat is adjustable for height. Priced around $450, the Pony office chairs are available in OE Mustang colors. Better yet, Hot Rod Chairs is planning a second Mustang office chair based on the high-back ’69-’70 Mach 1 bucket seats. Contact Hot Rod Chairs for ordering information at 830/522-5728 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at www.hotrodchairs.com.
Mobile Mod Center
MRT and Gateway Classic Mustang have joined forces to create the Mobile Mod Center, a “performance center on wheels” to offer Mustang owners the opportunity to have their rides customized while attending their favorite shows and events. By calling 248/939-7954, enthusiasts can select the products they need and have them delivered on the Mobile Mod Center for a guaranteed installation appointment to have the products installed by experts. Products are available from a wide range of manufacturers, including MRT exhaust and styling products, Kicker Performance Audio, Ford Racing, BF Goodrich, Webasto sun roofs, ACE Racing Clutches, SCT Performance Tuning, Black Magic, and Gateway Classic Mustang suspension components. The Mobile Mod Center will be on hand at the following summer events:
Event, Location, and Date
Mustang Week | Myrtle Beach, SC | July 15-21
Motorsports Challenge | Gingerman Raceway, MI | July 25-27
South Lake Tahoe Experience | South Tahoe, CA | August 2-4
Hot August Nights | Reno, NV | August 6-11
Mustang Memories | Dearborn, MI | August 11
Woodward Cruise Kickoff | Plymouth, MI | August 16
Woodward Dream Cruise | Ferndale, MI | August 17
Blacktop Nationals | Wichita, KS | August 23-25
Sturgis Mustang Rally | Sturgis, SD | August 28-Sept. 1
Run Thru the Hills | Pigeon Forge, TN| September 13-15
Toledo Mustang Show | Toledo, OH | September 16
One Millionth Mustang at Flat Rock
On April 17, exactly 49 years to the day after the Mustang’s introduction in 1964, Ford celebrated the assembly of the one millionth Mustang at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Mustang production moved from the Dearborn Assembly Plant, where Mustangs had been built since 1964, to what was originally known as the AutoAlliance International Assembly Plant in 2004. Raj Nair, Ford’s group vice president for global product development, rode off the line in a Ruby Red ’14 Mustang convertible with Ed Salna, material planning and logistics manager at the plant, riding shotgun.
Getting the Red Out
Last May, 31 bright red Mustangs from the Red Mustang Registry embarked on a journey to raise money for charity by taking a cruise to Dover International Speedway. The event, headlined as “Get The Red Out,” allowed RMR members from across the nation to meet and enjoy a private tour of the track, including the opportunity to drive their red Mustangs on the Monster Mile. The registry also videotaped the event to share the experience with members who were unable to attend. With the aid of Chris Guiton, a two-time Emmy Award winner for graphic design, the final product was compiled into a DVD with all sales being donated to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
If you own a red Mustang and would like to participate in the Red Mustang Registry, visit www.allredmustangs.com. —Daniel Ramey