I want to share a little story on why I like the Mineral gray and why I built a GT-350 Tribute Car.......
I was a Chevy guy and did not think much about fords but one day while out with my wife late October 2004 looking at cars for her, we had seen a Mineral Gray Mustang GT on the corner of Battlefield ford, this car caught my eye and I had to stop, I fell for the car right there but we were looking for a car for my wife so I did not think about it again until May 2005, I was interested in the 05 GTO but the looks were less than appealing. In June my wife was visiting her parents in Coral Springs Florida and took her Dads F150 in for service, while there she noticed a mineral gray Mustang GT coupe on the showroom floor, if anyone remembers that in 05 most dealers were marking up the GT’s 5-10K bucks, but my wife is a master negotiator and made the salesman a deal he could not refuse, 1000 under sticker (I don’t know how she does it) She called me up and revved the engine and said “that’s your Baby Crying, Happy birthday”
I flew down and made the 1000 mile drive home on July 6 2005. Since then the car has made over 500 passes as the track and several laps at VIR, I have over 90,000 miles
So why did I make a GT350 Tribute Car? …
I remember as a child when we went to visit my Grandparents home in Omaha I would always go into the garage to look at my Uncle’s 1967 Mustang GT 350 that he bought before he went off to fight in Viet Nam. It was a Gray Metallic color that was unique to the Shelby in 67.
It was July 1972 when my uncle’s plane landed at the airport, we all waited there with welcome back signs and flags, while outside the airport people were protesting the war, it was a stark contrast from the family area. A lot of people looked down on Military service members back then, I was not one of them, I would stare at his service picture that my grandmother hung on the wall, I'd sit there hoping and praying he returned home safe.
When we got home we had lunch, after all the kids went out to help my uncle clean and prep his car, I was so thrilled to be helping, I was the smallest so I was assigned to wash the wheels; after the washing and waxing he starts it up, my heart was racing at the anticipation of finally going to get to live out all those daydreams over the past few years and get to ride in the coolest car I have ever seen.
I got to go first in the front seat, I was “riding shotgun” with my hero driving around town, we were waving flags and I felt so proud, I really admired my uncle; So I built my car as a tribute to that Car and my Uncle back in 1972.
08-27-2011 12:24 AM