In 1964 a Ford Motor Company designer named Gale Halderman created what would become my automobile crush. Halderman along with the talents of engineer, Lee Iacocca, The 1964 1/2 Mustang was born. Of course, this was the year before I was born.
My grandfather, Marshall Peal, was a metallurgist at Ford Motor Company, since his return from World War II to the time he retired in 1976. In fact, he claimed that when he was growing up in Detroit, he had many chances to make side money mowing the Ford Family Farms. His loyalty to the Ford Brand was beyond anything you could ever imagine. My first brand new car was a 1992 Pontiac Grand Am, which when I pulled into his driveway he quickly told me “That’s a pretty car, but it can park on that road right there!” I giggled and quickly moved my car. I had a feeling that would happen…
Maybe this has something to do with my own obsession… or maybe the Mustang is just a beautiful car built with people, just like me, in mind. It’s a sweet, cute, fun ride, especially on a sunny day, with the top down. I’ve owned 4 of them now. Each one with it’s own name, according to it’s personality.
T-Stang was a 2000 Performance Red Mustang with a tan top and a peppy V6. (My bucket list after cancer car)
Bee-Stang was a hot little 2006 Screaming Yellow Pony Mustang with a Black top and the same peppy V6. Who can turn down a car like that?
Betty Lou was my hot little charcoal 2004 Mustang GT… Plenty of power with that V8 engine. My dogs loved riding with the top down and the wind in their fur!
… and finally… My current Mustang… Sally Lucille (Sally, because she’s a Mustang, and Lucille, because she’s a redhead!) a 2020 Mustang with a Turbocharged I-4 Engine that truly surprised me with the amount of pep it has. It’s a truly fun ride!
I’m hoping to continue to own Mustang’s through the rest of my life. I have those goals! My first impression of the Ford Mustang Mach-E was disappointment… but I have to admit… the car is growing on me. When I’m ready to go electric… that may be my choice!
So… does everyone else have a car obession???