This is my own first true American,
my fiancée (Tigermania) has owned Americans
since 2 years after we met.
I have had a passion for them
since I saw my first firebird
for sale three week after I passed my test , when I was a mere lad
of 17. fortunately for me (although I did
not appreciate it at the time) my dad would not let me buy it he said I
couldn't afford the insurance and I would not see 18 if I did buy it.
Then my ex wife would not let me buy one (for a
whole list of reasons ) then after we split I met pat and she has a
background of American cars in her family and already attended
American car shows.
I thought I had died & gone to heaven. Three
month after we got together we went to a car show at Weston park it was at Easter
at the end of march and also pats birthday that weekend. Well on
Easter Monday we woke up to a good ground covering of snow and the show was cancelled
for that day for obvious reasons, and that was my initiation to the
American show scene, it did not dampen my spirits and I have attended numerous shows
with pat ever since. Finally after 24 years in may 2004 I bought
my very first American (I had been driving pats since 1996 ).
This is a 1997 ford mustang 3.8 V6 (I couldn't
have a 5 ltr as pats is a 5 ltr V8 gas guzzler) and this is our daily driven
car. The only thing I have added to my car is the reflective mustang decals
which I bought direct from America and a friend Jo put them on the car
when we attended the Steel City Cruisers show that september.
My little beauty has just passed her MOT for the third time running since
I got her.
She was actually imported from Japan,
where she had just one owner, I am the first person to own
her since she was brought in by a dealer. I spotted a similar mustang for sale
at the spring nationals at billing, I did not have my car with me which
at the time was a Chrysler neon, and I needed to check my finances but the
dealer said he would take my car and gave me a price to be fully agreed on if
the car was ok on presentation for a mustang. well as it happened by the time I
had sorted my finances out that particular mustang was sold (first thing Monday
morning actually and the dealer said he could have sold it ten
times over.) But being a dealer in import cars he had 3 more due in that week,
and he gave me first choice of any that came in, He phoned me from the docks
and I had a choice of three all the same but one in red one in green and one
in black, no choice really it had to be black.
In the 4 years since I got her I have had to put
a new set of tyres on cos I got a flat & they
were nearly due to be replaced anyway, and i had to have a new exhaust fitted
prior to this MOT, oh and a new battery. So all in all I consider her an
excellent car with no hidden pit falls. And I just love her to bits. She runs
and handles great. Even pat drives her like a little demon at times!
Words by Steve & Pat, Mustang pictures by Mr M