2014 November Car of the Month

Larry Merkin's 2011 GT500

The first mustang I drove was a 1965 that my mom drove as the family’s second car.
[On]Days when she did not need the car, I got to drive it to high school during my junior and senior years.
The first new car that I owned was a 1969 Mustang hard top coupe.
It was maroon metallic with a black vinyl top.
It was a 302 v-8 with automatic transmission and air conditioning.
I bought it new the day before I went into the US Air Force in Oct 1968 for $3200 cash.
When I got it I only got to drive it for half a day before I went into Air Force basic training and did not get to drive it till February 1969.
I was stationed in Denver Colorado at Lowry Air Force base in tech school for air to air guided missiles.
I modified it with an Edelbrock aluminum high rise manifold and a Holley 4 barrel carburetor.
I bought the hood scoop and the air cleaner from Ford that sealed up under the hood for cold air intake through the scoop.
I also went to Ford and bought the 8 track radio and installed it and the speakers myself.
As everyone says, I wish I still had that car.

In January 2011, I decided that I wanted a mustang again.
I went on the Ford web site looking at cars and thought I would probably get a mustang GT.
There was something on the web site about build your dream car.
I picked a GT500 in white, silver or gray.
The next week the San Marcos dealer emailed that they had a Sterling Gray Metallic.
I went in to look at it and they said it had only 10 miles on it and did not let everyone test drive it unless they were really interested.
I said was really interested and had $20,000 saved up to put down on it.
So I went for a test drive and then they opened the hood to show me the engine.
It has a plate on the valve cover with the names of the two guys that built the engine.
One of the two’s first name was Larry and I said well it has my name on. Let’s do the paperwork.
I drove it home that day and brought in my down payment the next day.

The car came with 550 hp engine output.
I have modified it with a Whipple 2.9 super charger, Ford Racing throttle body, and a JLT larger cold air intake.
Also an AFCO dual pass heat exchanger for the inter-cooler.
Also a one piece aluminum drive shaft, adjustable upper control link, and lower control arms with stiffer bushings.
Also a Kenne Bell electronic boost-a-pump for the fuel.
Then a remote John Lund tune through Maximum Velocity Performance in San Antonio.
Run on their Mustang Dynamometer plots at the rear wheels 634 Hp, 555 ft-lbs torque, and 17.7 psi boost.
A Dynojet Dynamometer reads about 10% higher readings than a Mustang Dynamoneter, I hear.
That would be 697 HP on a Dynojet Dynamometer.
This is the engine mod that Shelby does to make a level one 750 hp super snake.
Shelby charges about $30-40 thousand and does other exterior and interior mods with badging.
I have put about $14,900 into the car so far after purchase.

I have attended the Texas mile five times making about 10 runs each time.
The fastest run was 180.8 MPH in March of 2013.

In April of 2014 I drove to the 50th Mustang celebration in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
On the last day you could make 2 laps on the NASCAR oval track.
They had 15 mustangs at a time with a pace car in the front limiting your speed to about 60-70 MPH.
You were not allowed to pass, I laid back and got a large gap between me and the car in front, then accelerated and got up to 110 MPH.
My license plate is BD*SNAKE standing for Bad Snake, you could only use 7 letters.
I am very proud of the car. I thank the club for being car of the month.

A Thank You to All Our Sponsors of the 34th Ford Roundup

The Mustang Owners Club of Austin would like to take this opportunity to say
to Joel Gray of Mac Haik Ford
and all the hard work that went into the 34th Annual Round Up Car Show.
Mac Haik was very generous in letting us use their facility to hold the car show plus providing the big tent out front for everyone’s use.

We would also like to give a BIG SHOUT OUT and
to all the following companies for their support of the car show and SafePlace:
Trophy Sponsors:

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