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Can you believe it? *I* got booty, FINALLY! I wasnt sure if I was going to be off for this show and once I was I wasnt sure if I was going to be able to attend. Put on by my Mustang Clubs sponsor, Sanderson Ford, to "get in free" we had to volunteer to help. Since I didnt know what the work deal was till just last Thursday morning I figured all the "help" spots were filled. Indeed they were not.
Regardless, I approached it like I do any other show after the first three I attended when I first got the car, that Im not/never going to win anything. I had sorta planned to wash the car the week prior since its been since last Oct since I have, but I blew it off. When I "got in place" at the show I wasnt even going to do any prep even though the car was pretty dusty. I had some bugs on the front so I cleaned those off, mostly, dusted off the hood, which really didnt accomplish anything, dusted a bit underhood and dusted the front and back glass off. Those were soo dusty I had to breakdown with the Stoner glass cleaner after dusting. I also dusted the two front wheels, which also didnt seem to have much impact. Beyond that, I blew it off figuring why bother? Plus I knew Id be washing this week (did it today, still some left to do, however) in preparation for the biannual "Cruise On Central".
Anyway, I was in Stock Mustang 94 to Present with 14 other cars. Even though it was "Stock" I was up against the Club Treasurers 96 GT with custom wheels, hood, front bumper and side skirts, a New Edge with custom metallic brown (ugh, really?) paint and wheels and a few others that had underhood dressup, plus two New Edge Mach 1s which are always crowd favorites.
There was a tie for second and I was tied for 3rd. Finally, GO pays off and the Sunkist Express has booty.
And yes the chekered flag is proper black and white, its just low light color distortion:
The Treasurer won Best In Class, natch. Remember, this was the Stock 94 to Present Class. Heres hers:
« on: October 06, 2011, 02:56 AM »
This show used to be put on by the Thunderbird Club and had ran for 17 consecutive years though 2008 (I attended in 07-08) but in 09 they gave up because all their members are too old and dont have the capacity to deal with it anymore. Sanderson had been getting a lot of requests to bring it back, so they finally did. Im a bit bothered that the turnout was better than our two shows (Wild West Mustangs) weve done so far, although I suspect what part of the problem is for us regarding that. Our Club handled the show day logistics. Members who helped got in free. More on that in a separate thread.
You can skip all the awards pics at the end. The Club wanted those. I dont bother with them myself if left up to me.
« on: July 11, 2011, 03:55 AM »
Alright RPMers, while awaiting traction on the "RPM Member Poster" I have another idea. Ive done this for another board Im on, so I might as well do it here, too. Im going to make a video featuring the RPMers cars.
Heres what I need from you. PLEASE, follow closely. The success and quality of the vid is totally reliant on the quality and consistency of the pics submitted.
I need/want 3! pics of your car. UNtouched, unmolested, original files, plz. Anything that needs to be "fixed", Ill fix. They need to have a "clean" background, first and foremost. Not in parking lots or car shows with other cars around, not out on the curb in front of your house or in your garage but out in a quality setting. At the park, out on a country road, in a field, etc.
And be mindful of the backgrounds. Ok, so youre out at the park or in a field. But, are there park benches in the frame? Are there power poles, streetlights, high tension transmission lines in the frame?
Youre in an empty parking lot, are there stray shopping carts visible? Or is the "cart corral" sticking out?
Are you parked against a wall or at a loading dock? Is there a bunch of distracting "things" like roll up doors, handrails, fire plugs, etc, distracting from the view? Creative positioning and framing of the pic will hide those.
NO date/time stamps, plz.
I dont want to sound like a Nazi, but trust me, pics DO look better with quality backgrounds and thus this will make the vid look better and save ME a LOT of time using the "Clone Tool" to erase all the crap in the pic(s). This includes trash or other debris, parking lines, big cracks or tar lines in the pavement, etc Having been through this and trying to get everyone to cooperate was like herding cats. Id like to avoid that this time to speed up the process.
Next, I would like the pics to be recent so they show your car in its current configuration, unless youre "under construction" in which case older pics are fine.
A lot/most of you should already have plenty of pics to choose from, esp given all the Photo Contests weve had. However, some of those submissions and even some of the winners have been lacking in the "background" catagory, so Id like to "step up the game" for the vid.
Windows up, wheels turned to face the tread away from the cam even if just a little and no "debris" peeking out from inside, such as the sun shade on the package shelf or the "evergreen" air freshener hanging from the mirror.
Watch lighting, shadows, sun behind you please or a cloudy day is good, but then that dulls colors.
Clean is taken for granted, but it doesnt have to be show car clean, esp since a lot of "uncleanliness" wont show up in the pics anyway.
HI res, plz. W/e the highest res your cam takes send it. Fine/superfine compression too, please. Straight from the cam, no retouching or "sharpening", plz. Ill do that on my end.
Ok, so why 3? Well I want three angles so your car can be seen in all its glory. Front 3/4, rear 3/4 from the opposing side and an "almost" side on shot, but not directly side on. either a little of the front or rear can be seen.
So dont be shy, join in and be part of the first Official "Cars of RPM" vid. PM your intent to participate and Ill give my email so you can send pics. Its the summer and we have two months left to get those pics taken, then I can get started.
Below are examples of what I mean by the angles and "clean" backgrounds.
3/4 Front view:
Great position, shadows suck and kill this as a "correct" example:
Almost Side on view:
3/4 Rear view:
Good position, bad for shadows and background because of the pickup, poles and ESP caution cones.
Again, the 3/4 shots should be from opposite sides, but if not, then the side on shot needs to be opposite of those. The idea is to see the entirety of your car, 360 view.
May be a repost:
« on: June 09, 2011, 02:43 AM »
Pony Cars Outsold Hybrids in May, But Don't Expect it to Last
By Kurt Ernst Published June 07, 2011 High Gear Media
With gas near the $4 per gallon mark, you’d think that sales of pony cars like the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger would be at record lows. After all, their V-8 engines aren’t known for fuel economy, and even their V-6 models fall short of matching the fuel economy of hybrid or compact cars. Are dealers willing to entertain any reasonable offer on pony car inventory?
No, says USA Today, who reports that American snapped up more Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers in the month of May than they did hybrids. Muscle cars accounted for 19,476 unit sales in May, while hybrids accounted for just 17,852 unit sales last month.
Is the jury in? Are Americans forgoing the benefits of better fuel economy and reduced emissions in favor of horsepower and the ability to turn expensive rear tires into smoke?
Not exactly, since what the USA Today article glosses over is the impact of the March disasters in Japan. Toyota’s Prius has historically been the best-selling hybrid in America, and Toyota sold 12,477 Prius models in April. That’s down 4.3 percent from April of 2010, but still on par with Toyota’s total passenger car sales, which were down 6.5 percent for the month.
Fast forward to May, when Toyota sold just 6,924 Prius models, as compared to 14,248 in May of 2010. That’s a decrease of 47 percent, attributable directly to supply shortages stemming from the Japan earthquake and tsunami. If we assume May sales would have matched April sales at 4.3 percent lower than previous year, Toyota would have sold 13,635 Prius units in May. Hybrid sales would then have been 31,487 units, positively dwarfing pony car sales.
While it's technically accurate to say that pony cars outsold hybrids last month, that certainly isn't an indication of a trend away from fuel-efficient cars. When the Prius is back in the inventory pipeline, expect it to return to normal unit sales, driving hybrid sales numbers higher.
That’s the problem with numbers and statistics; unless they’re in context, they can be used to spin the data any way you want.
Im not a fan of thread games simply because I believe in a constructive, "honest" post count. That being said, I came across this on another of the 3 sites (RPM included) I post on regularly. It appeals to me because the topic does and its fun, like the Movie quote game, but that ones freakin hard. This one should be pretty easy.
You post a song title and artist. The next respondent posts another title and artist using a word from the title as FIRST choice or a name from the aritst as second.
"Junk" words such as A, And, The, An, etc, cant be reused. Its TOO easy then.
Fly By Night Rush
Fly Like An Eagle Steve Miller Band (First choice)
Rush, Rush Paula Abdul (Second choice)
Homework Otis Rush (Third choice)
You CANT repeat an artist right after its first mention. And any one person can not repeat an artist they have posted previously more than once on the same page.
You also cant parse a word. Such as Iron Butterfly followed by "Buttercup" from Elvis.
Let us begin:
In My Time of Dying Led Zeppelin
« on: May 06, 2011, 02:18 AM »
Six cars of Union Pacific freight train derail in Corsicana
From Staff Reports Corsicana Daily Sun
Corsicana — Six cars from a Union Pacific freight train derailed in Corsicana on Tuesday shortly after noon. There were no injuries.
The derailment occurred at about 12:18 p.m. on UP tracks south of Seventh Avenue and between Oil City Iron Works and South 15th Street in an area not easily accessible to the public or highway traffic, although a couple of railroad crossings on the south side of Corsicana were blocked by the stopped train.
The train contained 75 freight cars and three locomotives, and was carrying a load of new vehicles bound for Spring, Texas, according to Raquel Espinoza, a spokesman for Union Pacific.
“We’ve launched an investigation to try and determine the cause of the derailment,” Espinoza said.
At the derailment site, several of the derailed cars were turned on their sides along the track. Sections of track were mangled and bent, and some of the freight cars had lost trucks that were left scattered over the length of the derailment.
"There were 5 Boss and 3 LS cars on there and they're all totaled. They will all be crushed when they get removed from the train."
Put the GO on a Hagerty Collector policy today. The 72 Gran Torino went with it, which hadnt had insurance since 02 and never had anything but liability when it did. Now its insured (shockingly, to me) for 7K with no deductible. The GO for guaranteed value of 30K with 250 ded. 1500 spare parts coverage. And I save 299 a year over having the GO on a standard policy with my DD 2000 V6 Mustang. Plus the peace of mind knowing the Torino is now covered in case a fire or other household disaster happens, since I dont drive it and it hasnt been licensed since 02 as well. BUT, now I CAN get it renewed as AZ has a "Collector" exemption to emissions testing.
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:08 AM »
DEA and Police seizing exotic cars worth millions
A warehouse full of exotic and muscle cars being seized by the DEA and US Marshalls. All the cars combined are worth upwards of 4 million dollars. Some of the exotics which were seized which weren't in the video included a Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Roadster, Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR, Diablo Roadster, and a Rolls Royce Drophead which you can slightly see at one point. Checkout all the cars in the video as most of them are heavily modified.
« on: March 19, 2011, 03:00 AM »
2 survive crash that rips Mustang to pieces
« on: March 01, 2011, 12:54 AM »
Help find a missing Mustanger (Updated)
Clark Webster, a member of the GrabberOrange.net family has been missing since Feb 23. He resides in the Cleveland, OH area.
Details thus far:
1. He was last seen Thursday morning before work 2-24. The window of time was 6-8AM before work Thurs. His route to work has been traced with no sign of him or the vehicle.
2. Did not go into or call into work Thursday or Friday
3. His sister filed a missing person report on Saturday
4. All of his personal belongings, laptop, cell phone chargers were at home
Hes driving his GO because his pickup is disabled at the moment.
Personalized plate XTRA PLP
This car can NOT be missed.
Updated FB page set up by the family:
Updated poster created by the family:
Automobile tests the BOSS
First Drive: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and Laguna Seca
We covered the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 extensively in the November issue of Automobile Magazine as part of our package of the 10 Greatest Mustangs Ever. And, on the cover of that issue, we asked: "Will the new Boss 302 be number 11?"
Now that we've driven it, the answer is a resounding yes.
Simply put, the Boss 302 is the best of all of the current Mustangs. It's the best expression of a modern muscle car and, frankly, it's the best all-around sports car to wear a Mustang badge. Unburdened with the extra weight and disproportionate thrust of the supercharged GT500, unafflicted with the GT's cushy suspension, and unfettered by the V-6's incorrect soundtrack, the Boss 302 is, to us, exactly what a Mustang should be.
OK, so it still has an old-tech live-axle rear suspension. But that characteristic -- and the resulting skittishness over mid-corner bumps -- is, at least, a part of the Mustang's charming character. And, as we've said in the past, Ford's engineers have done a remarkable job of taming that beast.
On the track, where the suspension doesn't need to cope with mid-corner bumps, the Boss 302 is the very picture of perfect chassis balance. The Boss 302's shocks are adjustable, but we would never mess with the settings the factory dialed in for our drive around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. With only the slightest hint of understeer built in, this Mustang becomes infinitely and easily throttle-adjustable. Applying maintenance throttle through long sweepers invokes smooth four-wheel drifts that require neither big steering corrections nor stability control intervention to modulate. Indeed, in Sport Mode, the ESP will intrude only if your sideways attitude starts increasing more quickly than your steering inputs, and even then, its light-handed interventions never slow you down one bit.
The changes to the 5.0-liter V-8 are exactly what you'd expect from a Boss -- lots and lots of revs. Forged pistons and significant improvements to breathing move the power peak up in the rev range to a shocking 7500 rpm, right as the limiter kicks in. Few cross-plane V-8s rev this high, and few produce the acoustic fury that comes from the 302. With two additional exhaust outlets (one per side, just in front of the rear wheels), the brutal Mustang music takes on an even more staccato wail, and the additional revs help produce a primal scream unlike anything else on the road. The engine's peak torque is down 10 lb-ft, but you'd never notice it while driving -- there's plenty of thrust everywhere in the rev range. Shorter, 3.73:1 gears in the limited slip differential (optional on other Mustangs) help this V-8 make minced meat out of the first few ratios. Putting the power down is no problem, and you'll row through first, second, and third so quickly you won't have time to notice that you're already at 90 mph. Sorry, officer.
The Boss' ride over broken pavement is impressive, and the Mustang's long wheelbase helps eliminate any of the choppiness you'd expect from a firm ride. The upgraded, 14-inch front brakes (taken from the Shelby GT500) were easily overheated at Laguna Seca (a track notorious for killing brakes), but will likely survive less abusive tracks and aggressive back-roads blasts.
The Laguna Seca edition of the Boss 302 ditches the back seats in favor of a visible cross-brace for added chassis stiffness. It also features a slightly larger (26 mm instead of 25 mm) rear anti-roll bar, stiffer rear springs, a Torsen limited-slip differential and R-compound Pirelli Corsa tires mounted on rear wheels that are an inch wider than the standard Boss 302's. Result: an even crisper, better-balanced Boss that's even easier to control at the limit. We love it, but we're not sure the extra $6995 is worth the increased performance and drop in practicality unless this Boss winds up being a track-day toy
Either 302, however, is available with the coolest feature of them all: the TracKey. Once a dealer reflashes this Mustang's computer, starting it up with the red TracKey switches the engine management programming to a more aggressive calibration. There's no more power, as the 444-hp 5.0-liter is maxed out as it is, but two big, immediately noticeable things occur. Firstly, the lag usually programmed into the throttle pedal (both on depression and release) is gone, and the Mustang suddenly feels like its accelerator pedal and throttle butterfly are connected by a cable. Every car should be so lucky. Secondly (and this may the coolest computer-controlled automotive feature ever), at idle, the computer alters cam timing to maximize valve overlap. The result: a lopey idle no different than if you had spent thousands installing ludicrously hot cams.
How Ford's powertrain engineers got the Boss to pass emissions tests with a stuttering, loping idle, we'll never know. But we're stoked that they did, because we could sit and listening to an idling Boss 302 all day long. That alone is worth the price of admission -- and the bonus is that the rest of the Boss 302 is just as awesome.
At $40,995 (including destination), the Boss 302 isn't exactly cheap in absolute terms, and it's nearly twice as expensive as a base Mustang. It's four times the car, though. And it's not only $8500 less dear than the Shelby GT500, it's a better all-around car, too. In those terms, the Boss looks like quite the value. There's all the financial justification you'll need to buy one. The emotional reasoning starts and ends with savoring the sound of that unbelievable idle.
2012 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Lapping Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca