Last year 2014 as we all know was a big year for Mustang enthusiasts as April 17th marked 50 years since our favourite car made its stunning debut. The Mustang set sales records for the Ford Motor Company and put a new phrase in our language “pony car”.
The Mustang appeared on the silver screen for the first time in the year of its release 1964 in the James Bond smash hit movie “Goldfinger”. The Mustang is the only car to ever win an award for design excellence from Tiffanys of New York. Yes the very store made even more famous by Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” a movie classic.
The list goes on and on without doubt the car is a legend. To say the Mustang is popular in Australia is an understatement however when they arrive on our shores the steering wheel is on the left hand side. Many owners have had their cars converted to right hand drive not only the earlier models but many of the 2000 and up cars have gone the same way.
During 2014 Ford announced there would be a new model Mustang for the 2015/ 2016 year and the big news for us down under was that for the first time the new car would be built on a right hand drive platform. Potential buyers have seen the pictures of the new car read about the road testing and been told about the specs including the new IRS. But there is nothing better than seeing the real thing.
Well Mustangs On The Move had a unique opportunity to do just that on Wednesday 24th June when we were invited to see the new car. David Roscio from KPM Motorsport / Axiom Precision Manufacturing has been making parts for Ford Australia for some time as well as tuning equipment for performance Falcons.
As we are all aware manufacturing for Ford in Australia is drawing to an end. David’s company is gearing up to cater for the new Mustang and to get things up and running he imported a new car from the USA to develop Street Fighter Mustang components. David introduced his team and told us what the company was planning and then the door was raised to reveal the new Mustang. The magic is certainly still alive and well the car with its burnt orange finish and distinctive Street Fighter livery looked stunning. We were invited to take a close look, sit behind the wheel ask as many questions as we liked and then tour the factory.
The Ford FPV club members were also present and after our members joined with them to enjoy chicken and pizza provided by both our clubs, not surprising the talk was all about Ford. It was a great night, our thanks to David and his team for making us welcome and giving MOTM an advance look at the new car. We have invited KPM Motorsport to a future meeting to tell us more about their plans for the new Mustang.
Judging from members comments on seeing the 2015 / 2016 Ford Mustang that magic from 1964 is as keen as ever.