My New Mustang from!

Well, it turns out that I won the Mustang that I originally built for the 2013 Mustang Customizer contest (!

I just can’t believe it. It is unreal.

But there it is in my driveway!

Let me tell you about the car.

It is a fully loaded 2013 Mustang GT with the automatic 6-speed bearing a tip-tronics system. It has the Brembo brakes as well, which is great! It has the GT500 wing, Roush 20-inch rims, Falken rubber, and 3d Carbon front spoiler along with California Special side scoops. This thing is clean, and it’s mean!

I was fortunate enough to take Vaughn around the block in it, and it was super cool getting to meet him.

The whole thing was super cool, and I’ll share more details later, but for now, suffice it to say that I’m super stoked!

So I Changed My Mind: My new contest entry

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So, I changed my mind. I don’t want a Mustang GT if I were to win the Mustang Customizer contest. No, I want the Boss 302. I still want it in white. But I want the custom Boss 302 paint scheme, Roush rims, GT grill and fog lamps, and GT500 wing with custom decklid. Boom. Like a boss.

#MustangCustomizer vs The Purist

After having customized over 100 Mustangs at, I have realized that I like the simpler style. I always have, but it just seems more concrete now. And so, I must ask myself, do I even want the 3d Carbon Fiber front bumper? Or the custom decklid? Or even the GT500 spoiler? How about the Roush rims? The purist in me says emphatically, “No.” The realist in me says the same but for different reasons. I’ve had a Saleen—a production tuner car. I’ve had a Cobra—a factory tuner car. I realize I may be splitting hairs here between production and factory tuner car definitions, but let me explain.

The Cobra was tight. Everything fit seamlessly. No cricks, creeks, or annoyances. The previous owner had broken a few things when he ran over an animal, but that aside, the car was solid. The Saleen was rickety. The sideskirts didn’t fit right, the center caps on the rims would disappear periodically, and the rear bumper was slightly uneven and even partially bubble-warped. While the Saleen may have been supercharged and quicker, it had these non-factory faults. The Cobra was a better car even if it wasn’t as fast. It was better because it was a well built machine straight from Ford.

The realist in me says, “Why get aftermarket parts when you know that you will have a similar experience to that of the Saleen?” Yes, I know, but it would still look good, unique, and Ford would build it for me. It is the purist that breaks the tie: the GT’s raw form is so good, I really do want it straight from Ford how it was designed for 2013.

You be the judge.



Vote above, but state why in the comments below!

HMS: My 2013 Mustang Contest Entry

After having customized around 40 2013 Mustangs, I found the one that was most appealing to both me and my wife. I have dubbed it “HMS,” an acronym of sentimental value between the two of us. This Mustang follows the aesthetic philosophy that less is more. While I could have gone with decals or accents of many kinds, I went with none. We both liked the stock grill, hood, scoop, and skirts. We also both liked the Roush rims and 3d Carbon Fiber front fascia. I like the GT500 wing with the concept decklid that matches the plate matte. These aesthetic features are the cherry touches to an already great looking Mustang. Surprisingly, we both really liked the white—Performance White to be precise. And it is a stock GT. It is astonishingly simple yet masterful. I like the blue hues, but this just looks so, well, perfect. It reminds me of my first Mustang, a 1994 Mustang Cobra SVT in white, only it has a true 5.0 and pinnacle retro cues. I hope I win this Mustang.

And, yet, even if I don’t win it, I could easily acquire one and do these modifications myself. The one worry would be the decklid, as I am unaware of any aftermarket part like it, but the decklid isn’t so crucial.

Funny, but when my wife saw this color and styling combination, she said, “Ahh, it’s cute. I’d drive that.” I looked at her solemnly and retorted, “It’s not cute; it’s clean.” And I intend for her to learn to drive stick in a Mustang such as this one.

Unless Ford unveils something spectacular in the next generation, my next Stang will be a 2013 GT.

Featured above is the GT with a 3d Carbon Fiber front bumper and Roush rims. It’s a simple yet elegant touch. The large rims really complement the S197 frame and wheel-wells.

In the image above you see the Roush rims with the GT500 wing on the GT. Plus, there is a concept decklid surrounding the GT emblem in-between the taillights. I love the way the concept decklid helps to form one horizontal unit with the taillights in the same style as the license plate matte. It provides a unifying touch that just fits perfectly.

Here again is the front 3d Carbon Fiber front bumber on the GT. Most prominent is the standard four-eyes feature. I love it. Unlike my 94 Cobra, these fog lights are hardly likely to take a rock and require a repair simply by driving up and down I-5.

Here’s a lovely overhead view of the GT. The front 3d Carbon Fiber front bumper really has a low profile, and the standard GT hood’s vents not only function but are very suiting to the rest of the cars’ lines. And I love the way the GT500 wing extends the look from above just as much as the 3d Carbon Fiber front bumper extends the look from below.

Here’s a pure rear view. I’ve already discussed the decklid, but I love the way the pain extends to the rear “under carriage,” if indeed that’s what it is called—the moulding around the tailpipes. The red reflectors fit in perfectly too.

In sum, I love this car. Like I said, unless something really drastic comes out in 2014, I’ll be getting a 2013 in the future. And unless the new generation for 2015 is totally just flippin’ crazy awesome, I think the 2013 is going to be the best bet for my dollar. However, the way Ford has been going lately, they might just knock the 50th anniversary out of the park.

Top Gear Muscle Cars Episode, Released Feb 21, 2012

Last week, Top Gear returned on the History Channel in the USA with Rutledge Wood, Adam Ferrara, and Tanner Foust. It was entertaining as they drove big rigs. But it paled in comparison to tonight’s Muscle Cars episode in which Rutledge drove a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Adam drove a 2012 Mustang GT, and Tanner drove a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS (automatic). Competing in three competitions, they set out to see which retro revision is the best of the lot.

The first competition was to do a drag race in the LA river. But they each drove their 1970 counterparts for half the race. And those cars were really cool, too. Unfortunately, my favorite is the Mustang, and this race did not bode well for Adam. I Tweeted him about it, and he fessed up to his f’up. That’s okay. He really did look good driving it. And he made up for it in the next round. Oh, the Camaro won that round with Tanner driving it.

The second competition was to do a slalom in a drive-in theater. But there was a catch. The driver had to wear an electrical stimulus device at the mercy of the other two bystander contestants. Adam went first in the Mustang, and each other contestant found that they could not beat his time, even though, to paraphrase Tanner, the Mustang has inferior and out-dated live axle technology.

The third and final competition was to drive the car around a NASCAR oval track and try and get as close to The Stig’s top speed in the respective car. Adam went first, again, and tried to match Stig’s 153mph, but came up short at 141. Before Adam went, Tanner set the rule that once out of pit road, the lap started. Tanner went after Adam. Now, Tanner had added a spoiler to his Camaro to try and make it more aerodynamically sound to try and best The Stig. As he left pit road, the spoiler ripped off. He stopped, turned around, and went back to pit road to fix it. However, he disqualified himself based on his own rule agreed upon by all the contestants. Fail. Victory belonged not to Adam but to Rutledge who got 153mph in the SRT8.

There we have it, a 3 way tie. But, as Tanner said, muscle cars are all about the 1/4 mile. I would have to say he is right and the edge really is the Camaro’s in this episode. Not that I am a fan of the Camaro, since clearly I am a Mustang fan. This episode was highly entertaining, yet it didn’t stop with this Camaro-Mustang-Challenger competition.

Rutledge and Tanner took a Roush Stage 3 Mustang and Boss 302 out to the desert to race two horses. Thrilling stuff–at least with Tanner behind the wheel of the 302. Rutledge didn’t even press the Stage 3. In any case, Tanner had some really good things to say about the 302. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. Numbers don’t lie, and The Stig gives us the perspective that we need. The Boss 302 was faster–that’s right, faster–than the Roush Stage 3, even though the Roush has more power and a heftier price tag. The Boss 302 was equally as fast as the Aston Martin Vantage V12. Astonishing, right? Equally astonishing: The Roush Stage 3 barely, and I mean barely, beat the Evo. I know what you are thinking: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? That speaks to the high quality of the Mitsubishi favorite and the poor balance of the Roush. Haven’t I said in the past not to get a Roush? Well, if I didn’t, I was thinking it, because they have no objective resale value, but now the proof is in the pudding. Just kidding. It’s not like the track could utilize the Roush’s strengths. It all depends on your desired application, but I digress.

The show was great, and I hope you all got to see it.

Hot laps:
1:19.5 – Ford Fiesta Rallycross (Tanner’s)
1:22.0 – Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR
1:22.4 – Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
1:22.8 – Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
1:23.3 – Ferrari 458 Italia
1:23.4 – Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce
1:25.3 – Porsche Panamera Turbo
1:26.9 – Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Balboni
1:27.2 – Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
1:27.4 – Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
1:27.6 – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
1:28.2 – Aston Martin V12 Vantage
1:28.2 – Ford Mustang Boss 302
1:28.4 – Lotus Evora (wet)
1:28.5 – Ferrari California
1:28.9 – Roush Mustang Stage 3
1:29.2 – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
1:30.0 – Subaru Impreza WRX STI
1:30.0 – BMW X6 M
1:39.0 – Hennessey F-150 VelociRaptor 600

Featured Car List

  1. Aston Martin V12 Vantage
  2. Aston Martin V8 Vantage
  3. Audi R8 GT
  4. Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
  5. Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
  6. Chevrolet Camaro SS
  7. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
  8. Dodge Challenger SRT-8
  9. Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR
  10. Ferrari 458 Italia
  11. Ferrari California
  12. Ford Fiesta Rallycross (Tanner’s)
  13. Ford Mustang Boss 302
  14. Ford Mustang Boss 302
  15. Ford Mustang GT
  16. Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni
  17. Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
  18. Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce
  19. Lexus LFA
  20. Lotus Evora
  21. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  22. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
  23. Morgan Aero SuperSports
  24. Porsche 911 GT2RS
  25. Porsche Panamera Turbo
  26. Roush Mustang Stage 3
  27. Subaru Impreza WRX STI Wagon