Thanks for sharing your story and for the kind words, Dave. Yes, the downside to making a move to a newer car is you pay a lot up front. You get a nice car, but as Mustangs have improved, they have gotten pricier. It sounds like you made the right move for your situation. If you really love the car you have, making it even better is a great idea.
After reading Bench Racer ("Quibbling Rivalry," Jan. '13, p. 15), I would like to comment on it.
First, I'm a proud original owner of a mint, low-mileage '91 Wild Strawberry GT Convertible with a Coyote power plant. Over the years, I've heard many negative comments from older, Mustang owners dissing my car, going as far as saying my '91 isn't a real Mustang! This I would expect to hear from the import or Bow Tie crowd. Even at judged car shows, especially when there is participant voting, my car does poorly compared to older 'Stangs of lesser quality.
I respect all automobiles—old or new—regardless whether I like them or not. I find it amusing that owners of Foxes and newer 'Stangs have similar appreciations of each other's rides, but owners of older 'Stangs (and most other older car owners, for that matter) continually put down cars like mine and newer ones. I think this attitude stems from us constantly blowing their doors off and the owners being closed-minded and pissed off! I would love to hear from other people if they feel the same way.
I still hope to get my car in at least the Showcase section. I had some computer issues awhile back and I sent in pictures via snail mail.
Anyone that doesn't give a Wild Strawberry Fox the proper respect loses some Mustang cred in my book, Mike. While I have my favorites, which range from the '82 through the current generation, I can appreciate any well-appointed Mustang for what it is. While older Mustangs might not seem "real" to some people, if they didn't carry on the lineage, we wouldn't have today's Mustangs. In any event, what's most important is that you enjoy your car. After that, it's all gravy.
NMRA, NMCA, and NMCA WEST Series named Dave Werremeyer as their Technical and Communications Director. "Hiring a guy like Dave is an investment in our future," said Charlie Harmon, president of ProMedia Events. "We have a commitment to building and maintaining a competitive, balanced and fair racing programs across all of our racing divisions; adding Dave to the full-time staff, with his advanced technical background, will offer a fresh and qualified perspective. Dave has done an awesome job helping build a competitive program at ProCharger and we are elated to add him to the ProMedia team. His experience, and exceptional knowledge of our market, along with his vision and passion will combine to play a major role in maintaining a fair playing field for all three of our racing series."