The East Coast is the hotbed of Mustang performance, filled with enthusiasts from all walks of life that enjoy Ford’s hottest machine – the Mustang, which has fifty years of heritage to draw from. The Mustang maniacs at AmericanMuscle have been hosting an annual show, which has grown by leaps and bounds since its humble beginnings six years ago. This year the show benefited the Special Olympics.
The show outgrew its old site at a local community college and this year moved to the legendary Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. This facility boasted enough space to provide room for over 2,500 show Mustangs, dozens of manufacturer displays, and several special events held throughout the course of the show – and StangTV was on hand to document the events of the day. The show was held this past Saturday and offered a little bit of something for everyone, from autograph signings to a display centered around the newest iteration of Ford’s venerable ponycar.
The dyno competition drew crowds of onlookers throughout the day.
If you’re a Mustang enthusiast, this show had it all – old-school cool in the form of period-correct ‘64.5 Mustangs, to tubbed Pro Street machines, all the way to hundreds of current-generation Mustangs, all decked out in modifications from the mundane to the insane. We walked the show from the time the gates opened at 9AM all the way to its close at 5PM and still didn’t cover the whole showgrounds; there were so many cars and so many people that we wouldn’t be surprised to see the show expand to a second day for the 2015 offering.
Mustangs and Fords were lined up as far as the eye could see, covering the entire MGR pit area all the way down past the quarter-mile clocks and into the fields off to the side of the track. Grabber Blue, Race Red, Competition Orange, and all of the typical Mustang colors were well-represented, as were each of the generations, although we were saw very few Mustang II cars on the property – not surprising as AmericanMuscle caters to the later-model cars, and maybe a sign of the times.
On the way into the show, the Maple Grove area has rolling hills that were filled with Mustangs; the rumble of Magnaflow, Roush, Flowmaster, and Bassani filled the air. The crowd of cars stretched for nearly a mile heading into the event and proved that the Mustang hobby is alive and well.
Eric Day’s clean-and-mean ’84 GT.
One of our favorite cars that we located at the very beginning of our trek around the show was the pristine 1984 T-Top Mustang GT of Maryland’s Eric Day. The car has very few modifications – an 8.8 rear with 3.73 gears, a set of Hooker headers, and Weld wheels were the only major modifications to the car. Day still has the stock engine and transmission in the car, which boasts 84,000 miles on the clock – an average of only 2,800 miles per year. It’s a sweet example of the machines that started the Mustang craze for many enthusiasts your author’s age.
We also found the wild creation of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania’s Ken Green, entitled Cherry Poppin’, which boasted a wild paint scheme that carried throughout the exterior and interior of the car. It’s a ’99 GT that has a Nitrous Express 100 shot of nitrous under the hood, a set of BBK shorty headers and X-pipe, and Flowmaster American Thunder mufflers to round out the power enhancements.
The graphics cost him $8,500 to apply atop the Demon body kit, and the car also wears a set of Foose Nitrous wheels to finish off the appearance modifications, while the sound system has been completely decked out with Memphis Audio sub-woofers and amplifiers, a Pioneer head unit, and JL Audio mid and high-end speakers. The car also has a trio of TV screens, and Green’s machine had a crowd of onlookers checking it out when we happened by.
Another car that caught our eye was Terry Flowers’ wild 2014 Mustang GT, which has been wrapped in a unique DeLorean-inspired sheetmetal metallic wrap done by Jackson Motorsports in Philadelphia.
Inspired by the DeLorean, Terry Flowers’ machine wore a sweet sheetmetal metallic wrap.
Flowers’ hotrod has complete suspension upgrades, 20-inch American Racing wheels with Nitto NT555 rubber, Magnaflow headers and X-pipe, and a K&N cold-air kit. He has big plans – in the future, an STS twin-turbo kit will find its way underneath this machine to assist in making big power.
John Forester’s machine is awesome.
We also found recent StangTV feature car John Forester on the grounds – this military-inspired machine was just featured here on StangTV a little while back and has tons of attention to detail found throughout. John’s machine attracted the attention of a number of veterans, one of whom was getting the full rundown on the car when we stopped by.
The Fox contingent was well-represented by Matt Schelkopf’s “TUNED IN” Terminator-swapped hotrod, which has had no stone left unturned in the search for better performance. This machine is definitely done right. We stood and talked with Matt for a while about his car, which has the Terminator engine wearing a Whipple supercharger underhood that pumps out big power.
The entire suspension has been upgraded with the help of Maximum Motorsports, whose torque arm, Panhard bar, sway bars, and K-member system rest underneath to give this bad boy all the handling prowess it needs to handle the Terminator’s boost. He also sourced a set of these sweet BBS wheels from a road-race team, had them completely repaired and refinished in the sick black-chrome powdercoating. Five-lug Baer brakes sit on an 8.8 rear equipped with a Truetrac and 31-spline axles. Matt’s car was recently featured in the February 2014 issue of Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords magazine.
There was a dyno contest held at varying points throughout the day, ultimately won by the last car on the roller, Dasan Holloway’s badass 2014 GT from Rockville, Maryland. Dasan’s car is a grudge machine, so he wouldn’t tell us how fast it’s really been in the quarter-mile, but he did reveal that the “published numbers” are 9.60s. He spun the roller to 926 horsepower while spinning the tires, achieved through the use of a 76mm turbo kit atop a Ford Racing Coyote Aluminator engine putting the power to the ground through a built 6R80 automatic transmission. The car was built and tuned by Revolution Automotive.
Saddle Brook, New Jersey’s Shawn Werner had the ultimate fifth-gen Mustang on the property – a 2012 GT500 Shelby Super Snake equipped with a Whipple supercharger and all the rest of the Super Snake goodies – Shelby 20-inch wheels, Shelby/Baer brakes, and a host of gauges to monitor the engine’s performance.
We also loved the 1966 Mustang of Yardley, PA’s Brian Harrison – the 302 underhood had tasteful appearance mods from Ford Racing and ignition upgrades from MSD to go with the American Racing polished Torq-Thrust wheels and screaming Red paint with white stripes. A rollbar helps to stiffen the machine for spirited driving.
Frank Koneschosky’s 2003 Cobra rolls as part of the NJ Outlaws Mustang club and has been completely upgraded with a ton of sweet mods. Suspension fixes include Maximum Motorsports caster/camber plates, MM full-length subframe connectors, and Bilstein dampers. The engine rocks out a polished Kenne Bell 2.2L supercharger, a Reichard racing 2.9-inch pulled, COMP Cams Stage 3 blower cams, beehive valve springs, and a JLT carbon-fiber cold-air intake.
The fuel system’s been upgraded with a host of components from Fore Innovations and dual Walbro pumps, and the engine fires through Borla’s Stinger catback to make a documented 674 horsepower and 581 foot-pounds of torque on 93 octane pump fuel. To harness the power, Frank’s car rolls on polished 17-inch Weld Racing RT-S wheels and Mickey Thompson ET Streets – this is one bad-to-the-bone Cobra!
Russ and Charlotte Proctor has their limited-edition 1968 California Special on the property – one of 4,118 cars, and this one’s been lovingly maintained through the years. The car was delivered with the Cruise-O-Matic C4 transmission, F70x14 firestone Wide Oval tires, power steering, air conditioning, Selectaire air conditioning, and an AM radio. Produced on February 15, 1968, the car looks as good today as it did the day it rolled off the line.
All of these awesome show machines weren’t the only things happening on the property – there were also raffles of new products, a burnout contest that attracted the largest crowd we’ve ever seen, and even folks purchasing parts and installing them on-site.
Legendary automotive customizer Chip Foose was on the property signing autographs – one person we spoke with said they spent three hours waiting in line for an autograph and a few minutes with the celebrity.
And drift star Vaughn Gittin, Jr. had a full contingent of his RTR machines on the property with a long autograph line – and during the show unveiled a rendering of the all-new 2015 RTR machine, which you can read about here.
Photo: Shane Gerner
After his signings ended, Gittin took a golf cart around the property to sign the dashboards of a few lucky Mustang owners, like Leesport, Pennsylvania’s Jessica and Shane Gerner. Jessica and Shane had been working for weeks to get their Mustang ready for the show with a fresh coat of paint – the car had been refinished in the past by a substandard shop in the past and was wrecked.
Their friends, Michael Sandridge, Jason Scheuring, and Ryan Hardy of SSK Automotive, took the car into their shop over the last few months, stripped it down, and cleaned it up with a beautiful new coat of black paint.
It was delivered the night before the show, and Jessica and Shane stayed up all night to prep it for show duty. The highlight of their day was Vaughn making an appearance to put his stamp on the dash.
This is the crowd watching the burnout contest - the burnout contest! Insanity at its finest.
We don’t have enough space here to write about all of the happenings from the day. At the end of the day, when the festivities were nearly complete, American Muscle raffled off their Project MMD car at the end of the day to lucky winner Zachary Villareal.
Left: Chip Foose Award winner David Teater's 1970 Boss 429. Right - Vaughn Gittin Award winner Rob Rabon's 5.0. Photos courtesy AmericanMuscle
If you weren’t there, you should have been. Time to make plans for 2015 - where MMD will give away another car - the upcoming 2015 Project MMD by Foose!
Check out the photo gallery from the day after the jump - with so many cars on the property there is no way we could capture them all.