Mustang Man – Giuliano Zuccato

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UPDATE:  On January 14, 2017, Giuliano was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer  (see Wikipedia for more info on the disease).  Treatment is underway.  This is another of life challenges that he is faced with – please pray for him! 

On December 1, 2016, we were treated to a return visit by Giuliano Zuccato, one of the sculptors on the original Mustang.  In addition to sharing the inside story of working on the first Mustang with the Heros of History, & his total career in the automotive industry, almost more important was the challenges in life he overcame & his giving back to the country that made it all possible.  We were also joined be members of the Mid-Michigan Mustang club that drove down from Frankenmuth, as well as Jason from Team Shelby.  If you ever get a chance to listen to Giuliano’s story, don’t pass it up!

Gail Halderman’s Mustang Museum

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MOCSEM invited SAAC-MCR members to join them for a cruise to Gail Halderman’s “Man Cave”, better known as Halderman’s Mustang Museum, located near Tipp, Ohio, on Sept. 24. We caravanned with 20 or so Mustangs and other Ford vehicles, making quite a sight.

Steve & Cathy White and Rich & Sandy Tweedle joined with Mike Rey, John Clors and MOCSEM members at the museum where Mr. Halderman, who designed the ’64-1/2 Mustang style, has put on display some vehicles, including a red 1964-1/2 Mustang convertible, a couple of Model A’s, and a Thunderbird, many of his styling drawings of future products through his career, and models and other collectable items relating to the Mustang.

Gale Halderman gave a talk on his career, starting with how he was hired (including showing us the car design he did the night before his interview), grew into designing and how he came to be the one to draw what became the Mustang.

We were also treated to a Roast Pig, pulled pork sandwich lunch.

MOCSEM President Mike Rey and John Clor presented Mr. Halderman and his wife with MOCSEM club jackets

The day started cool, but changed to sunny & warm.  Sorry that many of you missed a great experience.  A larger presence of SAAC-MCR members would have been great.

Rich Tweedle

Get Ready for our Fall Cruise

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Saturday, October 22, kicking off at 10:30AM

The leaves are finally peaking, & should make for colorful & fun drive + activities!

For more details, see the “Upcoming Events” page under the “Events” tab in the header above, & also please “register” on our Facebook events page (Shelby American Automobile Club – Motor City Region) so we know approximately how may & whom to be looking forward to participating.

 

Show & Go 41 -Track (GO) Results

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4 of the 5 New Generation GT350’s showed what they’re made of at the track!

Monday June 13, 2016, the day following the Show, was the Go at Waterford Hills Road Racing Course.  A mild day made for good track time, with a few sprinkles briefly mid day that scared away a few participants.  However, we had an astonishing 5 new GT350’s attend the event – 1 GT350R & 4 street GT350’s of various flavors.  That’s a full 25% of the total participants were new GT350’s – living up to their heritage & intended purpose!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Show & Go 41 – Car Show Results

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Large group of attendees at this years event.

180 cars represented 45 of 50 possible classes of Ford powered vehicles, & 300 spectators, with absolutely perfect weather on June 12, 2016 for our 41st annual Show at Ford World Headquarters (the “Green House”).

We had a record of 10 sponsors for Best of Show awards this year, with representatives from 4 of the sponsors to help select & present their awards to the recipients.  We’d like to thank the sponsors & congratulate the winners represented in the list below (to be added soon).

BEST OF SHOW AWARDS
Car # Owner Car Color Car Description Class #
Best Shelby Award sponsored by The Carroll Collection
51 148 Dale Jerome Black ’08 Super Snake 11
Best Early Mustang Award sponsored by National Parts Depot                         ’65-73
52 298 Lori Jameson Laser Red ’65 Convertible 17
Best Fox Mustang Award sponsored by National Parts Depot                        ’79-93
53 281 Dave Stinson Red/White ’95 GT Convertible 23
Best Late Mustang Award sponsored by CDC                                                         ’94-09
54 263 Ed Kasputis Blue ’07 Convertible 26
Best Latest Mustang Award sponsored by MRT                                                         ’10-16
55 289 Mike Magei Red/Black ’15 Outlaw 28
Best Ford Award sponsored by Total Performance
56 126 Frank Smith Cream & Gold ’76 Grand Marquis 32
Best Truck Award sponsored by National Parts Depot
57 158 Scott Cantrell Red & White 73 F-100 43
Best Engine Award sponsored by GR Auto Gallery
58 111 Mike Torsell White/Blue stripes ’06 Roush 16
Best Paint Award sponsored by Jack Demmer Ford
59 110 Rick Smith Root Beer-Cream ’57 Fairlane 31
Best of Show Award sponsored by Tom Holzer Ford
60 285 Jim Westfall Black ’08 GT500KR 11

We also had a number of special awards involving the next generation of enthusiasts: places 1-3 for the Kid’s coloring contests, Kid’s Choice award, & Kid’ pick of the vehicle they’d most like to see as a Hot Wheel.

Kid’s Choice Selections
Car # Owner Car Color Car Description Class #
Kid’s Choice – Best of Show Award sponsored by SAAC-MCR
61 151 Mark Harper Red ’72 Gran Torino 39
Kid’s Choice – Most like to see as a Hot Wheel Award sponsored by SAAC-MCR
62 292 Mark Laskosky Teal & Red ’79 F-250 43
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Kid’s Choice to see turned into a Hot Wheel.
Kid’s Coloring Contest
1st Place Kaylie Harper Age = 9 1966 GT350S Supercharged 1/24 scale diecast – Green
2nd Place Jack Bearman Age = 10 1965 GT350R Prototype 1/24 scale diecast – White
3rd Place Hunter Podczervinski Age = 11 1965 Cobra Team Truck & Trailer w/GT350 1/43

(We may provide a complete list of all class winners, but need a volunteer to transcribe the hand written list to digital – unlikely)  

For more information on the event, click on the link below to read the report in Ford Performance’s Fast News weekly newsletter:

Show 41 Event Report in Fast News