Contributed by Ed Sindoni
The 36th Annual Mustang, Shelby & Ford Roundup was held at Bill Currie Ford in Tampa on Saturday, November 4th. The Mustang Club of Tampa proudly showcases its members’ vehicles and invites others to participate as well.
The show is part of the Driven to Care charity program which allows participants to drive new Ford products, and with each drive, the charity receives a contribution from corporate sponsors. Want to sit and drive a new GT Mustang and benefit others? This was your chance! Also assisting this program was Tijuana Flats with free food. Weather for this event could not have been any better, as temperatures were around 80 with low humidity. At least 125 vehicles participated, and two chose to share their Mustang adventure.
Scott Vidd and his girlfriend Shelby displayed his one owner 2012 V6 Premium in race red which he bought in Buford, Georgia from Mall of Georgia Ford. This vivid vehicle has been personalized quite nicely on the exterior with a Harwood 3″ cowl hood, GT front bumper, Saleen grille, and other Roush and MMD enhancements. The suspension has also been modified using H&R Super Sport lowering springs, Koni shocks and struts, and a BMR adjustable panhard bar. All of this rides on American Racing 20 x 9.5 wheels. The engine was also improved with a Steeda cold air intake, BBK ceramic long tube headers, and Borla S-Type catback exhaust.
Rick Nelson describes his 1965 Mustang GT A-code Fastback as a genuine “labor of love”. A lot of focus was put on keeping the originality while bringing it up to speed with new refinements.
This is an original 4 speed, Raven Black, two owner car from the New Jersey shore which rested in a driveway porch for 35+ years under a tarp. It had sat through winter snow, salt air, and finally Hurricane Sandy before being sold by the estate in 2013. Rick had the car shipped to Tampa where it went through a rotisserie restoration replacing many body parts. The original 289 with only 78,000 miles was also water damaged and overhauled, as was the transmission. Improvements included boring to .60 over, new ceramic headers, a comp cam, and flowmaster mufflers. TMI interiors refurbished the salt water damaged seats and interior trim, and Classic Air Conditioning (Tampa) refurbished the a/c.
Yes, it really does look like it has just come off the show room floor.
The Mustang Club of Tampa and Bill Currie Ford have found the formula for success with this show. Smiles abound from the participants and spectators throughout the day as they enjoy the activities provided.
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