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Welcome to the Mustang Club of  Tampa!

May Message from our President:


MCT Members:


CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!  We have a busy month ahead with back to back shows.  CS4C Breast Cancer Show on May 7th in Tarpon Springs is a fun show, last year we had 20 members attend.  I hope to have a larger group this year.  We will have designated parking together, so please email me at president@mustangcluboftampa.com if you are planning to attend so we have an accurate count.  The following weekend on May 14th is our 3rd Annual Pony Party fundraiser.  The show is free, but please pre-register online to help us plan and you will get an extra chance to win $1,000!  Yes, anyone who drives a car for charity will have a chance to win $1,000 raffle.  If you pre-register, you will have 2 chances to win.  There are other shows every weekend from April 30th through May 28th so it is a good opportunity to get out and enjoy time with other car enthusiasts.  Back to my opening line, Both CS4C and MCT May 14th show are in need of volunteers to help with parking, registration, 50/50 sales, etc….   Please contact me if you are able to volunteer a couple hours of your time at either of these events.


Joyce Bendishaw | President

Mustang Club of Tampa


Cell: 813-957-6376



This Shelby Hasn’t Seen Daylight for 40 Years

At the Bonhams Greenwich Auction next month in Greenwhich, Connecticut the purest Shelby GT350 in existence will go under the gavel.

See, this 1966 Shelby GT350 has been untouched for the last 40 years.

It started life as a demonstration car for a Ford dealership in Framingham, Massachusetts with the occasional race thrown in. The car was sold in 1976 with 55,000 miles on the clock, where it was promptly driven into storage and left unmolested.

The car actually holds “carryover” status, meaning it’s VIN and mechanicals are from 1965 but it wears 1966 styling.

When it goes to auction June 5th it will be presented in “as found” state, a true time capsule with the most gorgeous patina you could hope for. If you ask me it’s an excellent candidate for the sleeper treatment, screw the trailer queens. Not literally of course.

Included in the sale are it’s original Cragar Shelby mags and every service receipt and document from the cars past.

Bonhams expects the Shelby to sell for between $90,000 and $120,000, which is nearly half the Hagerty book value for GT350s–oh and there’s no reserve…

Power to the People: Happy Birthday to the Ford Flathead V8

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Way back in 1930 Henry Ford assembled five of his best engineers to undertake a new clandestine plan: develop the worlds first mass-produced, low-cost V8 engine. 

His reasons for secrecy was simple, the world said it couldn’t be done and he was protecting himself from failure. At the time Fords were rolling off the assembly line with a stout and reliable inline-4.

It wasn;t until 1932 that Ford pulled the sheet on the very first Flathead V8 available in the 1932 Model 18, making it the first mass market, affordable car with V8 power.

Back then the 221-cubic inch Flathead V8 kicked out a gigantic (at the time) 65 horsepower, 50% more than the L-head inline-4’s. Production of the Flathead V8 commenced on March 31, 1932 and ran through to 1953. While not the first V8, it was certainly the first V8 that brought power to the people. Not just that, companies like Edelbrock and Holly Performance got their start modifying the original Ford V8. The Flathead isn’t just a motor, it’s literally a cultural icon in America.

Ford moves up production on another new Mustang


Less than a year after a major revamp, there's yet another new Ford Mustang on the horizon.

The latest 2016 Ford Mustang went on sale just last year, starting at around $24,145.

The next model wasn't scheduled for release until 2022. However, production is being pushed up by two years to 2020, according to a report by a group of accountants and consultants called UHY Hacker Young.


It's not that the new Mustang failed to impress; an Edmund's expert review of the latest model said the "Ford Mustang continues to distinguish itself as a muscle car with genuine crossover appeal." The average consumer rating on the site was four-and-a-half stars.


In a recent Twitter poll by Ford, 38 percent of participants found it "impossible" to choose between the newer Ford Mustang or the classic Mustang.


2017 Mustang Colors Revealed

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Thanks to the guys over at Mustang6G we get our first look at the MY 2017 paint palette. 

Most notably 2017 will see the return of Grabber Blue- a popular option with S197’s, which joins two paints that will be a first for any Mustang.

Lightning Blue is borrowed from the 2017 Escape and Fusion, in addition to White Platinum Metallic.

While the Mustang may be gaining three new colors it will also loose three. If you’re interested in Deep Impact Blue, Competition Orange or Guard you better get your order in before the June 1 cut off date for 2016 cars.

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