Thanks for everyone who came out in the miserable weather on Saturday (12.08.18) to make our annual Christmas shopping trip a great success!
A special Thank You goes out to Fritz and the folks at Jacky Jones Ford for providing us with a great new Transit van, a fine photo op, and acting as our drop-off point for Toys for Tots and White Christmas goodies.
Another special Thank You to the Ford Owner’s Association for adding additional Christmas toys to bring our donations “over the top.”
Following our shopping trip, Jacky Jones Ford hosted our December meeting and elections. There were no further nominations so your 2019-2020 officers were elected as nominated:
President – Steve Harrison
Vice President – Keith Corkern
Treasurer – Emily Priebe
Secretary – Dan Capps
Our new officers will be installed at our January 19th after-Christmas party. Over the next month our Secretary and President will work with their successors to assure a smooth transition.
Until then: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays!
P.S. Our Spring Show will be held at the Year One campus on 3/16/2019.
The weather was perfect for Saturday’s Georgia Regional Mustang Club’s Toys for Tots car show that was held at Tidwell Ford in Kennesaw.
There was a great turnout of all types of Ford vehicles for everyone to look over. Your NE Georgia Mustang Club received the Club Participation Award with 12 club vehicles attending.
Congratulations to Richard Rider for being awarded the trophy for Best Mustang Paint and to all club members who took home a Top 25 Award.
To see more pictures from the Toys for Tots Car Show click on the following link to visit NE Georgia Mustang Club’s Galleries page.
This year’s Maggie Valley Shelby, Mustang & Ford Car Show is in the books. While the threat of rain held back the number of cars attending to only 172 registered, the high quality of the cars that attended made up for the reduced numbers.
Those of you who received a First, Second or Third place award plaque will be able to locate a picture of your award presentation later in this post. But first I would like to single out the winners for Best Early Mustang, Best Late Mustang, The Jim Osborn Award and the Club Participation Award. Those winners are:
• Best Early Mustang: Tom McJunin, 1974 Mustang II
• Best Late Mustang: Lamar Newton, 2006 Mustang GT
• Jim Osborn Award: Evan Summerlin, 1971 Bronco
• Club Participation Award: Georgia Regional Mustang Club
Click on the link to see the rest of the winners: Maggie Valley Shelby, Mustang & Ford Car Show
Last June several members of the NE Georgia Mustang Club participated in the Hot Rod Power Tour. Afterwards we met and put together an article for submission to MCA’s Mustang Times magazine. The article was accepted and published in this month’s issue, enjoy the article.
For those of you who have not been a part of the Hot Rod Power Tour, in June of 2019 the starting point will be at the zMAX Drag Strip in Concord, NC. Where the tour will go after that will not be announced until this January.
Several NE Georgia Mustang Club members will be taking the tour next year, think about joining us. I know you will have a great time.
My fascination with Mustangs started when my brother bought a 1964 Ford Mustang. He was 12 years older than me and I looked up to him. I remember driving around the neighborhood with him and just being the talk of town in that Mustang. My brother would drive that car all over the place. He would even take it from northern Georgia to Daytona and Miami on a weekend. Once I got a little older and started driving he would let me drive the Mustang. I remember having such a blast driving that thing. Unfortunately, he sold it off for almost nothing when he was done with it.
Fast forward to 1988. My family was complete as we had four children and it seemed that there was less time in the day than there was money. I started to get the itch for a Mustang of my own. I didn’t really have the time to work on a car and restore one, so buying a 1964 like my brother had was out of the question. So, on my birthday in November I decided to buy a brand-new Fox Body Mustang. I ordered the early 1989 Mustang so that it matched the 1964 my brother had as close as possible. It had the V8, leather, convertible top, manual gear shift and was the closest color available to what my brother had on his.
I pretty much drove my Mustang from 1989 to 1998. Following in my brother’s footsteps I allowed people in my family to drive the Mustang, so they could experience it as well. Unfortunately, when my daughter was a senior in high school (twenty years ago), she got in an accident with the Mustang. Luckily, she and everyone else involved were okay, but the Mustang was technically totaled. I had it towed to my garage where it sat for about a year. Not being much of a mechanical type person, I started taking an auto repair class at Lanier Tech in Gainesville, Georgia. During my classes I learned a few tricks of the trade, which I would take home and apply to the destroyed Mustang. Over the next few months, I replaced the convertible top, bezels, weatherstripping, moldings, door panels, carpet, leather upholstery, emblems and tons of trim parts among other things. Shortly into my work, I realized I was not meant to be an auto body mechanic, so I left that work up to a nearby auto body shop. With the rebuild, I tried to keep it as it was in 1989. I still have Norwest Automotive in Sugar Hill GA maintain the motor. They keep it in top running condition. Before I sent it to Norwest, the motor was leaking about anyplace that held fluid, but they managed to seal it all up for me and keep it running like a top.
During my time with the Mustang, my wife has gifted me gift certificates to Mustangs Unlimited and bought me a few gift type items from you guys. The next thing I would like to get from you is a set of shocks, springs and struts.
I love driving the car. I joined the Northeast Georgia Mustang Club, so I could be around like-minded people. It is rare that I take the car out and do not get thumbs up or someone telling me that they love the car or that they knew someone who used to have one just like it. It is great feeling knowing that I know such a great piece of Americana and that I played a part in restoring it after the accident. I am looking forward to the many miles ahead!
— Paul Wilbanks