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Central AZ Mustang Club
Home of the Mustang-Only Cruises of the Summer
Volume 2 Number 1
There are two asphalted parking lots around the Jeep Posse Clubhouse on which we can park our pride and joys. The area immediately around the Clubhouse is dirt and gravel (it is the Jeep Posse Clubhouse, after all).
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Mustang-Only CRUISE NEWS
This newsletter is the result of requests by (a lot of) local Mustang Owners to figure some way to keep us all connected now that they have found my Mustang-Only Cruises the first weekends in May and Oct. Happy to do it.
from the Editor
Hold onto your hats, the next Central AZ Mustang CLUB Meeting is scheduled for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014 from 10AM-NOON at the Yavapai County Jeep Posse House, in Prescott.
Our Guest Speaker (who wants to save us money and make us smarter) is Andy Keeran from Certified Transmissions in Prescott.
In his presentation, “The Care and Feeding of Your Mustang's Transmission,” Andy breaks down the workings of the transmission and the proper steps to save you from a costly transmission rebuild..
Andy is the Shop Foreman at Certified Transmissions, Inc. With over 35 years experience in the field of transmission service, maintenance, and repair, Andy is a walking encyclopedia of what it takes to take care of this second most expensive part of your vehicle. It is also the most ignored, until it breaks down that is. For you Pony folks, Andy spent over 12 years as a Ford Master Drivetrain Specialist, and also served as an instructor at UTI.
For most of us, automatic transmissions are a mystery to troubleshoot and a nightmare to even think about opening up to work on. Andy promises to share the Hows and Whys of taking good care of your Mustang transmission, and will tell us a little about his shop, explaining about some of the exotic equipment he and his staff master to demystify these puppies. Feel free to ask Andy your tough questions.
I've designated the balance of the meeting to club members (that would be everyone in attendance) who want to share what they're doing to their Mustangs, maybe ask some questions about a problem they might be having, or sharing about Mustang activities that they are involved in that others might like to know about - A Group Hug kinda thing.
Or we might want to tap the experience of several of our Members who have become specialists in one or other aspects of Mustang repair, rework or restoration. Seems like there are a lot of Themes we could pick from for a monthly meeting topic:
Either way I would appreciate it if you would let me know that you are planning on attending - this way I have enough coffee, doughnuts and handouts for everyone. If you are planning on bringing your Mustang, tell me that too. Please CLICK HERE to RSVP:
If 2-3 of you Gurus want to PONY UP and volunteer to organize or otherwise participate (as in LEAD) one of these Member's Talks, let me know by EMAIL right away, and I'll let everyone know what you are planning and not to miss it. CLICK HERE to PONY UP:
With heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support, see you Saturday, Feb 22.
The FIRST MEETING of the Central AZ Mustang Club on Nov 9th, was a huge success thanks to all of you who participated. We even had a (mostly red) mini car show in the parking lot, and the coolest group of Mustang Enthusiasts in the state.
Thanks to the Yavapai County Jeep Posse for allowing us the use of their Meeting House in Pioneer Park.
Wha Chu Tink about the last meeting? Email me --> Don@CentralAZMustangClub.com
If you have a need for a shop or office calendar, please Click-On this link to receive a FREE official Central AZ Mustang Club Calendar:
Happy New Year from Don and Debbie
Our next Cruise/Car Show is the Mustang Project Cruise, to occur on May 3, 2014. Mark your calendars now. If you would like to register your car for the Mustang Project Cruise, please do so now. REGISTRATION OF YOUR MUSTANG IS FREE:
The Mustang Project Cruise will be held at the Walmart parking lot next to In-N-Out Burger on Highway 69 at Prescott Lakes Parkway (google it) in Prescott. This is the First Mustang-Only Cruise of the Summer. Don't miss out.
(Just to clarify): This a Cruise in the sense that you Cruise from home in the morning, Park yourself for the day, and Cruise on home after it is over.
Nobody really knows what to call this type of event. It's like a Car Show, we all park in one place, the general public comes out to oogle your handiwork, but without the judging, without the spit & polish (although that's ok too), without the new paint, maybe some dings here and there - you get the idea.
But it's also like a Cruise, a lot more laid back, informal, but we don't drive around as a group (some projects are just not drivable), and the public is way more involved in your project.
Word is getting out to surrounding areas that our last event had an extremely good turnout, and worth the trip to Prescott to participate.
Same deal as last May's Mustang Project Cruise - No fee for vehicles or attendance (as in FREE), but I would appreciate it if you would sign up at www.MustangProjectCruise.com so I know how many Mustangs to expect.
Everyone who turns in their Registration sheet at the Registration Table after they are parked on Saturday morning gets 2 free tickets to the Killer Raffle.
Also, while there is no mandatory charge for getting a stall for your car, we would really appreciate that you donate whatever you can at the Registration Table to benefit our nonprofit sponsor (the Yavapai County Jeep Posse) when you get to the event, with my thanks.
100% of the proceeds from this Cruise go to the Jeep Posse. They need the cash for all the GREAT behind-the-scenes things that they do to help everyone in this community (from Search & Rescue to Evacuation Planning and Implementation).
The Posse's communication gear costs an arm and a leg to run and replenish, and their mobile command and communications truck needs to be kept maintained to provide the high level of service that we have grown to expect.
The Posse will have one of their S&R vehicles at the event and will be happy to talk to you about what they do, and how you can join their team.
Don't be shy, show off all the great things you have done to your Mustang!
If you can Push it, Pull it, Trailer it, or Drive it, your Mustang should be at this cruise.
Any Year Mustang, Any Model Mustang, Any Condition Mustang is Welcome at this cruise.
You are welcome to sell any of your PERSONAL stuff at the Cruise (including your Mustang), but caution, NO COMMERCIAL SELLING.
Businesses are welcome to get a free booth to show off their products, hand out their literature and take (pay-later) orders but, please, NO COMMERCIAL SELLING. (The City is getting pretty focused about such infringements.) Only Mustangs will be allowed to park within the show boundaries - be prepared with table and chairs if you are NOT bringing a Mustang.
Debbie and I are continuing to scour the countryside for prizes for the Raffle that we hold during the Cruise, also to benefit the Jeep Posse. We typically get close to fifty prizes for the Raffle!
Killer Raffle - Killer Deal - 10 Raffle Tickets for $5!!!! Pick Your Raffle. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE YAVAPAI COUNTY JEEP POSSE.
If you are a business or individual that has a hankering to donate goods or services to the raffle and get all that great publicity, I will be pleased to arrange pickup of your valuable item(s) if you would please email me at
Understand that this is more a Car Show than a Cruise. We all stay parked during the event, showing off to everyone who comes to drool. While we would like everyone to get their Mustangs there during the 8-10am Pre-Parking, if you get there late, we're still happy to see you. If you just have to leave a little early to get to a wedding, we understand.
The event is open from 10am-3pm (vehicle pre-parking at 8am). Please mark your calendars and plan to be there. Admission is FREE, Registration is FREE.
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I'm thinking of featuring at least one Mustang here for each issue. It might be a Mustang that found its way to one of our Club Meetings, or one I saw at a local show, or one I stopped out on the highway just so I could take pictures.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK...
We were all kinda scratching our heads as to why Ford would pick the week before New Years Day to offer an official sneak preview to the media in New York of the 2015 Mustang. It's not like Christmas is a slow news week or anything (not to mention that it must have been 10 degrees at 6am when they did the rollout).
Then when we got word that Ford took over sponsorship of the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, it became clear that they would be showing off to the nation the new Mustang during the Game, and they did.
Man, did Ford know
how to do ads way back when, or what?...
I ran across this past footprint adv from Ford and couldn't quite figure out how Ford thought that it was a Better Idea to show the oil rig in the background of a publicity picture for the Mustang (of course that could be an aircraft carrier, couldn't it?)...
WEST COAST CUSTOMS...
If you want me to consider your Mustang for the Featured Column, send me a (high resolution) photo of your ride along with a couple of sentences that explain what makes it so cool. If I have an opening, your Pony gets in.
If I can't find anywhere else to put some juicy Mustang tid-bit, it will go here:
The two Major Mustang 50th Anniversary events are taking place in Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas NV and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord NC. And the Pony Drive starting from Norman OK that connects all of this together.
Info for this national extravaganza is at:
However there is a plethora of clubs holding special events to augment (or ride the coattails of) these two national celebrations.
Look at Jerry's site for Info on all Arizona Car Cruise & Show activity
What's In Our Future
If you have an idea for something that you would like the club to be doing, the best way to get it done is to let me know what you want to do. The best way to do that is to email me with the details.
I'm a cost/timeline kinda guy, so what's going to convince me to be involved in a new project is a timeline of what needs to be done, what it's going to cost, and what the return on the investment (ROI) of time/money might be.
Understand, though, that you have to believe that it is a good enough idea, that you will be willing to step up and head the committee to get it done if I don't have the time or experience.
For most folks, that's a deal breaker. Too bad. Lots of really good ideas self-destruct from fear of trying them out. But I also need you to understand that if you PONY UP to lead an activity, you won't be in it alone. In addition to my help, you will also be able to cultivate other volunteers from the rest of the club. If you can't find the cohorts that you need, then maybe the time isn't quite right for your activity - sometimes timing is everything!
So, if you have an idea whose time has come, then be the hero, PONY UP and we'll figure out a way to get it done.
I've tried this a bunch of times on my websites and newsletters in the past, and everyone kinda gets shy. But I will persevere:
If you have something Mustang to Sell, feel free to email me a decent photo and one sentence description and I'll try to fit it here. In addition, I need another sentence that gives your contact info: Name (or nickname), Phone, Price, Location (just city is fine - no addresses). Anything missing and the adv won't run.
If you want to list your car for sale, no problem, but I need you to also send me a sentence that says that you have Clear Title (that's a legal term) and in what state the car was last registered. Don't waste a lot of time trying to sell a car where the VIN on the title doesn't match the ID (or VIN) on the body.
From Scott in Scottsdale:
I am asking $19,000. I know what its worth. The car is as if it just came off the showroom. It has always been mature adult driven and I would like to see it go to a collector or Mustang enthusiast.
Contact Scott @ 480 326-5096 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Looking for a place to park an 18 ft open Carson car trailer with winch and ramps...trade - your using it in return for parking it on your lot (my HOA has cited me).
Something like this one (...actual product may be bigger, smaller, lighter, darker, more or less wheels, etc - Don)
WTB - Wanted to Buy
This is the home shopping network approach to looking for Mustang things to buy. But sometimes it is the only way to connect, so here goes:
If you are looking for something specific from a Mustang (and you have checked the For Sale list above) then give me a one sentence description of what you are looking for and how much you are willing to pay. Include the Make, Model, Year, Body, Color, Size, and Condition and I'll try to squeeze it into the newsletter. Be sure to supply an email or phone number so folks can get back to you.
And don't hold your breath for a response, WTB advs are not usually very well read, but probably an ok way to go if you are in a real bind for a part.
Barry is putting together a music video that may become a commercial for his own company. He wants a vintage Mustang in the video. He's not ready to do the crew-call, yet, but stay tuned and we'll have the announcement when he is ready to do video..."I'm ready for my close-up, Mr Demille".
"I do have my heart set on a red '69 Stang for the video (the lyrics talk about a '69). I'll know more when I get the jingle recorded, but I'm pretty sure I'll just need a few quick pans of the car's exterior in a Car-Show setting." -Barry