2011 American Muscle Mustang Show - Rain Prance
AmericanMuscle.com's Annual Show endured Through a rescheduling and rain
From the April, 2012 issue of 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
By Michael Johnson
Photography by Michael Johnson
In case anyone couldn't find the show, this huge banner was at the entrance of the Delaware County Community College's Media Pennsylvania campus to announce the show's location. This shot was taken during the sunny part of the day. Unfortunately, it rained the morning of the show, and again in the afternoon to bookend the day.
Horse Sense: AmericanMuscle's 3rd Annual Mustang Show raised $14,511 for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nationwide veterans' organization aimed at "helping injured service members adjust to post-military life through Mind, Body, Economic Empowerment and Engagement programs."
One of the first Fox Mustangs...
One of the first Fox Mustangs to catch our eye was that of Pedro Solivan. His sinister black ’93 GT featured Saleen wheels, Cobra brakes, a Cervini’s Auto Designs Stalker front bumper, and basic bolt-ons. Pedro also confessed to us the GT boasted a little spray, too. We should’ve known.
began hosting Mustang shows in 2009 with the thought, what better way to connect with customers than have a Mustang show? Customers can not only show off AmericanMuscle-purchased performance and aesthetic accessories, but they can purchase more at the show, and have the opportunity to win various prizes from AmericanMuscle's vast inventory.
The easiest way to get swag is to purchase raffle tickets and hope you have the lucky number for a set of wheels and tires, or a JLT Performance cold air intake, and the like. However, if you have the same luck as a 5.0&SF staffer, you have to buy your AmericanMuscle items the ol' fashioned way—with money. AmericanMuscle does take U.S. currency at the show, and you could order your next addition right there on the property.
Speaking of additions, we didn't see many Mustangs at the show looking straight out of Dearborn. They all featured additions, ranging from a simple cowl hood to a full-tilt supercharged or turbocharged engine combo.
Let’s not forget about the...
Let’s not forget about the SN-95 crowd since your author drives one every day. Mike Koneschusky’s ’97 GT didn’t scare anyone when it was first released to the public, but with a built engine, a Vortech supercharger, and methanol injection, its street cred cannot be second-guessed. Mike’s GT is nicely detailed, as well.
Unfortunately for AmericanMuscle, the weather wasn't a dream. The actual scheduled show date was cancelled because of dangerous storms so it was pushed back a week. Well, it wasn't a whole lot better the next weekend. It rained the morning of the show for a bit, but cleared up, only to rain later on in the day while organizers were handing out raffled off prizes. The previous two shows featured Chamber of Commerce weather so hopefully this year's rain was anomaly.
Even so, some 2,000 spectators weathered the storm to gaze at over 600 Mustangs in attendance at Delaware County Community College's Media Pennsylvania campus. We were there till the rains threatened our cameras, so check out the caps and snaps for the sights of the day.
Modern Muscle Motorsports...
Modern Muscle Motorsports out of New Jersey provided the ego-booster, or killer, in many instances, at the AmericanMuscle show. Modern Muscle had its portable Dynojet at the event to provide show-goers the opportunity to dyno their Mustangs. Modern Muscle is located in Tabernacle, New Jersey, and can either tune your Mustang at their shop, or they’ll come to you. Obviously, Modern Muscle does car shows, track events, car club meetings, and tuning sessions. They utlize both DiabloSport and SCT software.
We first met Calvin Atwell...
We first met Calvin Atwell at the Spring 5.0 Shootout (Aug. ’11, p. 120) at Maryland International Raceway in late March of 2011. Thankfully, the weather was at least warmer at the AmericanMuscle car show than it was in Maryland. Plus, at the Shootout Calvin was beating on his ’11 GT within an inch of its life. At the show, it was living a cush life on the show field. Calvin runs out of Adam Browne’s Revolution Automotive camp, and his GT features the more common intake/exhaust/tuning mods, and Weld Racing big ’n’ littles with Mickey Thompson E/T Drag Radials out back. We especially like the Grabber blue and black-painted engine cover on Calvin’s GT.
This lineup of Mustangs represents...
This lineup of Mustangs represents AmericanMuscle’s fleet of test vehicles, which includes a Boss 302, an ’11 Mustang V-6, and an ’11 Mustang GT. Having these cars in-house allows AmericanMuscle to R&D various products on each car to see what works, and pass that info, and performance packages on various Mustang models. Currently AmericanMuscle’s GT runs deep into the 10s, while the V-6 car knocks down 11s.
S197s represented in force...
S197s represented in force at the show, including this Foose Stallion convertible. Wearing Satin Silver paint with Foose stripes, the Stallion was available with or without a Ford Racing supercharger, and 345 hp or 425 hp, respectively. As you can see, the Foose Stallion featured a unique front end treatment, hood, C-pillar scoops on coupe models, and Foose 20-inch wheels with UHP Z-rated tires. You can definitely see the visual difference between the Foose Stallion and the stock-bodied S197s next to it. However, you can still tell the Stallion is a Mustang, which is a good thing.
Tony Dipietro’s ’87 coupe...
Tony Dipietro’s ’87 coupe was representative of many of the nicely modded street ’Stangs in attendance. There was a good mix of model years, as well. Though the New Edge and S197 contingent had a dominated the crowd, the Fox crew and the ’11-newer Mustangs were also heavily represented. Though we couldn’t track down Tony for the full details on his Fox coupe, you can see it features clean paint, a cowl hood, Cobra brakes, and Cobra R replica wheels. We’re sure there’s more we can’t see lurking under the hood.
Speaking of past feature cars,...
Speaking of past feature cars, throw in the wayback machine for this one. Proving we aren’t too old to remember past feature cars, I almost tripped over myself when I saw this car at the AmericanMuscle show. I wrote the feature on this car over 11 years ago (now I feel really old) for the April ’00 issue (“The Answer,” p. 20), and Editor Turner photographed the car. We knew it was the same car because we have yet to see a hood even close to similar to the one on this car. Turbo Driven Concepts built the car way back when, but now it’s owned by George Zografakis. George loves the car and has fun with it every chance he can.
It’s been a few years since...
It’s been a few years since we’ve seen Jesse Houseman, and even longer since we’ve seen his Fox LX. It used to boast a supercharged Windsor, but because of drivability issues, and his own reservations it didn’t get driven often. However, these days it features a ’03-’04 Cobra drivetrain, and we’re happy, and shocked to report Jesse drove the car to the show. That would’ve never happened with the former drivetrain. Jesse says the car is a lot of fun to drive these days, and the car still looks as good as it did when we photographed it years ago.
Never one to be subtle, JPC’s...
Never one to be subtle, JPC’s Justin Burcham rolled onto the grounds with enough noise to wake up the whole state of Pennsylvania. He was out of sight when we heard him, but we should’ve known it was him and his Novi-supercharged ’11 GT. However, it was a quieter JPC car that really got our attention, and it should get yours, too. JPC has gotten into the turbo business with this ’11 Mustang GT single-turbo kit. As you can see, the installation is sanitary, and the horsepower limit is only what the engine is capable of handling.
A car that caught our eye...
A car that caught our eye right before the afternoon rains came was Carl McGill’s ’04 Screaming Yellow Mach 1. He must’ve known he wouldn’t be around to answer our pesky questions because on his car show ID registration sheet he listed the car’s modifications. Carl’s Mach features an IRS, a Kenne Bell supercharger, a tubular K-member and tubular A-arms. The car still features the Shaker scoop, but we’re also diggin’ the TSW Mondello wheels. 5.0