Ponies in the Spotlight

January 2011

Big Blue
Mike & Lori Williams' '73 Convertible

I bought my first Mustang when I was 20 years old from George Thompson Ford in East Point, Georgia. Prior to that I owned a 1970 Dodge Charger with a 383 Magnum and decided that the insurance premiums were a little beyond my means. So my mom and I made a trip down to the Ford dealer to trade “UP”. That evening I sped away in a 1973 Mustang coupe. It was a car that had been brought in for the boss’ son with special order paint, Medium Aqua, but when he saw it he did not like the color.

July 2010

"The Beast": A Performance Driving School WorkhorseCRMC 2010 driving school 018 [640x480]

The 1999 GT convertible you see in the accompany pictures was acquired new by Jim Edwards in July 1999 from Lake City Ford in South Carolina. It was ordered with the leather delete due to the Columbia, SC heat where I was living at that time. It was my daily driver for a number of years and in fact, it was in late 2000 while dropping off dry cleaning that Leah Gowan approached me and extended an invitation to join CRMC. The “Beast” as it was to become known remained a daily driver for a couple years and then a weekend driver when I acquired other mundane transportation to reduce mileage on the black beauty. Oh, if you notice that the front fascia looks unfamiliar for a ’99 GT that is because the “Beast” and one very large dog collided on I-20 early one morning and a used Cobra fascia was cheaper than a new GT one.

June 2010

James Ray's NASA Racer - Part II
Article courtesy of Steeda Autosportsj-ray-2-sm

It is safe to say that James Ray was seriously bitten by the performance bug back in 2008 when he took his "daily driver" – a 2007 Steeda Q400 to the race track and competed in a series of weekend events throughout the year. With the solid performance of his Steeda Mustang under his belt and the natural talent he acquired for winning, James captured the NASA Time Trial Championship in 2008.

May 2010

James Ray's NASA Racer

Webster’s defines as, “a change of form or structure.”Race Car Driveway 014 cover

I have been driving road courses for a long time. Over the years, I’ve used my daily driver to double as a part-time track car. Adding safety equipment, including a roll cage to keep it as safe as possible was still a compromise for both street and track. For some time now, I have wanted to build a dedicated car for the track to give my son, Taylor, a safe and competitive opportunity to hone his racing skills. After selling my ’07 Steeda Q-400, the time was ripe!