As my red 1999 Honda CRV approached 200,000 miles, it was time to get a new set of wheels. The Honda was custom-ordered by the previous owner and included black leather interior, a roof rack, and a top-of-the-line 5-count CD player that fit underneath the driver’s seat. I considered it the perfect car when my parents gave it to me on my 16th birthday. Twelve years later, I planned to just upgrade to a 21st Century version of the CRV until I started to consider getting a convertible.
The movie Grease and an episode of I Love Lucy were the inspiration for the kind of convertible I wanted. Since I was never a car aficionado, I started Googling. Time after time, the cars just weren’t right. Too modern, too boxy, too aggressive, etc. Then one night something caught my eye. It was a sequential blinker flashing up ahead of me. As a dance student growing up, I thought it added rhythm to the typically mundane task of signaling a turn. Several days after that, a race red convertible with a sequential blinker pulled ahead of me. Its styling, body, and proportions were simply classic.
A few Googles later, I realized that the Ford Mustang’s 50th Anniversary model was what I had spotted. I was thrilled to find out that the car came in a dark ruby red. After checking off the tasks of graduating law school, moving to Texas, passing the Bar Exam, and beginning my new job, this beauty popped up for sale. As the daughter of a San Francisco 49er fan, the fact that the car was a ’16 and would match Joe Montana’s jersey sealed the deal. Now, any commute, errand, or traffic delay is a reason to smile.
Larry and I purchased the Grande about 4 years ago from a man who bought it and never did anything with it. The Grande was owned by a former MOCA member. It was bought brand-new in Austin in 1969 and had only the two owners. The MOCA member had it in the car shows and won several trophies. We are the proud third owners of the car. It's all original and I love the color - it's called Black Jade. We enjoy taking it out for an occasional ride and enjoy taking it to the car shows.
On December 1, 1993, Dad took Mom out to dinner for her birthday. After dinner, he asked if she’d like to stop by the Ford dealership to see the new 1994 Mustang. (30th Anniversary Edition).
Mom had owned a 1966 Mustang GT Convertible, 4-spd, Emberglo with white top and Pony interior… that years later, my Brother totaled. She loved that car; so she agreed to go see the new ’94 Mustangs at the dealership.
When they arrived there, a new Laser Red Mustang Convertible 5-spd, white leather interior and white top, was center stage in the showroom. The salesman approached Mom and asked if she liked the car. She said, “Yes. I used to have a ’66 and loved it.”
The salesman then asked if she would like to have this ’94, and handed her the keys. Sensing a sales pitch, she said, “Thank you, but we just came to look at the new Mustangs.” and gave him back the keys.
“That’s too bad,” said the salesman. “Because it’s actually your car. That man standing over there (Dad) just bought it for you yesterday. Happy Birthday.” She tearfully accepted the keys.
Mom loved that Mustang, treating like a new-born baby. If it even looked cloudy, it stayed in the garage. She hand-washed herself, not wanting to risk a scratch at the car wash. Her favorite saying about it was, “If you think it looks good, you should hear the engine!”
At 17,453 miles, when she could no longer drive, she handed me the keys and said, “I know that you’ll take care of this for me.” Today, it has 23,363 miles on it. If it looks cloudy, it stays in the garage.
Motor upgrades: a 1994 Cobra upper/lower intake, BBK Cold Air Intake, 70mm throttle body, 76mm Mass Air Meter/Sensor, MSD Ignition Module & Distributor. Magnaflow Catbacks.
Suspension upgrades: Eibach Pro System Handling/Lowering Package w/Anti-Sway bars; Steeda Caster/Camber Plates and Subframe Connectors; BBK Strut Tower Brace.
Wheels/Tires: Cobra R 5-spoke Chrome 17” wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires;
Mom would have liked it. And you should hear the engine.
My wife and I have been married for 9 years, we were high school sweethearts, are best friends, and proud parents of 3 boys… yes 3! 2016 marks our 9th wedding anniversary and my wife’s 7th year as a Brain Cancer Warrior! I built this car with the intention of having a cool driver quality car that stands out from the crowd! Overall details were planned out to include what I hold most dear to me…. My family! “Team RCP Racing” is for my 3 boys Rylan, Conor, and Parker. The “09” stands for the 9 years my wife and I have been married, and the Texas backgrounds stand for the State I love! Plus what Motor Head doesn’t love the legendary Carroll Shelby and his numerous cool cars! All tied together with a few inside jokes and themes that play tribute to the days of the Trans Am Series Racing!This car started life as a 1968 Mustang Coupe, then we began the transformation by installing Global West Suspension, transplanted a 351W motor with GT40 heads and Cobra Fuel Injection mated to a T5 transmission, and A/C for the Texas heat of course, 4 wheel disk brakes, and last but notthe Iconic “Eleanor” Body Kit with a fantastic Faux-Patina. Sadly I just got the news that I blew the motor! Time for the 500 horsepower upgrade I guess! Motor on and give us a honk when you see us down the road.
Geoff's 2016 Mustang GT/CSThanks for allowing me to present my car to the MOCA COTM. I enjoyed looking at the pictures others posted to the COTM website, and all the stories shared. I believe that life is too short to drive a boring car. My car is a 2016 Mustang GT Premium with a California Special option package. It is my 3rd Mustang GT ( others were a black 2010 & red 2012). I enjoy detailing cars and am happiest with tools in hand. I am not a mechanic, but do know my way around a tool set fairly well. I have added Dynamat sound insulation ( for a quite highway ride), a catback exhaust from Ford Performance by BORLA ( for a louder city ride), a full size spare for peace of mind on the highway. I've changed out the running lights, back-up light and interior bulbs for LEDs. Added a 4th brake light LED ( adds red LED to reverse bulb). And window tint to date. Future plans include adding a Cold Air Intake and a Tuner Kit soon. Just need to choose the right brand. Also thinking about adding a dash-cam. That should do it. Thanks