Contributed by Ed Sindoni
The Mustang Club of Tampa held its 37th Mustang, Shelby, and Ford Roundup Car Show at Tampa Joe’s on November 3. A cool, crisp morning greeted show-goers, much better than the tornado warnings and rain from the previous day. Better than 120 vehicles participated at the show’s new venue. Some of these had literally been at the Garage One monthly show next-door at Starbucks, then simply rolled to this event. There was an excellent mix of the first generation models all the way to 2019 cars. Even a 2019 Bullitt was on display. Highlighted here are just a few of the many beauties “strutting their stuff”.
Phil Collie is the very proud owner of this 1964 ½ convertible pony. It came off of the assembly line on August 10, 1964, only a week before the ‘65s were to begin production, thus it has an alternator in lieu of a generator. The vehicle came equipped as follows: 289 A code 4 bbl, C6 Automatic, ps, pb, and power top. Phil has added a few modifications to keep his ride updated and safe. The pony was delivered to Jacksonville, and has resided in Florida it’s whole life.
Phil’s initial interest in Mustangs began when his father bought for his sister 1967 coupe to drive to high school. He, later, bought a 64 ½ convertible (dark blue w/white top), finished college, kept it for a few years, and eventually sold it knowing another would be in his future. On the 15th anniversary of their wedding date, he and his wife Laura decided to purchase a “play” car. “Sally” was purchased from an Ebay search. She had had a frame-off restoration in 1992, but as most of us realize, this is an ongoing process, and Phil continues to update and replace parts as necessary. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, and aren’t we fortunate to share that.
The highlight of this show was the Mustang love story. I’m sure you’re thinking boy/girl meets Mustang, buys vehicle, and they spend eternity together in love. Many of us have been there, but this story has a twist. Christina Zaaijer, living in her home state of California, had just sold her 2010 V6 red Mustang convertible and now was determined to locate a S550 CS race red convertible with a manual transmission. None were found in CA, but a dealership in Wisconsin had exactly what she wanted. It was purchased “sight unseen” and shipped the 2100 miles to CA arriving on June 20, 2017.
Meanwhile, in Florida on June 2, 2017, Andy Wood was having the latest of his five Mustangs (2013 GT) serviced at his local dealership. Wandering around the lot, he spotted a 2017 CS race red coupe with manual transmission, and made the deal right then and there.
Obviously, both owners loved their vehicles, and now onto each other. Through Facebook, they (without knowing the other) registered on the Red Mustang site and then the GT/CS group. They began to talk and discuss options for their matching vehicles, began a friendship, and finally (almost) a long distance love affair. Four months later, Christina moved to Florida so they could be together. Now jointly, they lovingly show off the “twins”. For more pictures click HERE.