If you're a Mustang lover, this is definitely your year to celebrate. Not only will Ford be introducing the completely redesigned and thoroughly updated 2015 Mustang, but 2014 also represents the 50th anniversary of the Mustang's birth.
Not many models make it to their golden anniversary, so there are numerous big shows and celebrations across the country. One of recommendations is the “Mustangs Forever: 50 Years of a Legend” exhibit that opened last weekend at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles that will remain open through October of this year.
We visited on the opening weekend, dubbed "Mustang Madness," that featured a cruise-in and car show along with food, drinks, and plenty of ponys to check out. Since it's just a cruise, and most people spent their time away from their cars enjoying the museum, we just walked around and picked out some some of our favorites.
Back in 1966 when former President Ronald Reagan was just starting his political career with a bid for Governor of California, he racked up 16,000 miles touring the state in this Mustang convertible, which was owned by his assistant campaign director Dave Tomshany.
One of our favorites of the cars that drove in was this nicely done '67 GT500 clone. We especially liked that the owner used only vintage style parts rather than the modernized Eleanor stuff. The big Vintage Wheels Works wheels keep the right vibe while still allowing for bigger brakes and modern rubber for making the most of suspension upgrades.
When it comes to vintage color palettes, it's hard to been Raven Black with a red interior and redline tires. We're a sucker for it every time. This true GT was fully loaded with Pony interior, A/C, and Rally pac on the column.
Some say it's overused, but we're always a fan of well-executed Gulf paint scheme- especially if it's on a track based car. This '68 coupe had a host of nice budget upgrades, including a 4-point rollbar.
We go back and forth over whether we prefer the '69 or '70 version of the Mach 1. Right now looking at this gorgeously restored red one, we think '69. We'll probably change our minds the next time we run across a '70.
Yup, we were right. A 428 powered '70 Mach with a shaker hood scoop flopped our opinion back over the the 1970 side. Maybe we should get both...
We were surprised to see the Ringbrothers creation known as The Producer out on the west coast. This 700hp extreme pro touring car was actually widened 2-inches per side, giving a new meaning to the classic 2+2 designation. Check out the full feature we did on this bad boy by searching the PHR website.
Event sponsor Galpin Auto Sports fully believes that wider is better when it comes to extreme Mustangs. This 2012 Boss 302 and 2013 GT500 were both treated to significant body widening front to rear to get extremely wide wheels and tires underneath.
Hollywood Hot Rods built this stealthy 2013 GT with aluminum splitter, spoiler, rockers, and diffuser for SEMA last year and the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational. Notice the different roofline? That's actually a hand formed removable aluminum hardtop.
Grabber Orange looks good on old and new Mustangs. The '67 is cleanly modified GTA car that packs a 351W stroker and a Gear Vendors over/underdrive behind the C4 auto to give it six gears. The 2013 next to it is a stock Boss 302.
If you're a Mustang lover, this is definitely your year to celebrate.