Mustang Club of Tampa
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President's Message for April, 2015
It was disappointing news that Mark Borkowski had to resign as MCT President due to relocation. We will definitely miss him and wish Mark and his family the best in their new adventure.
I am honored that the Board of Directors appointed me to assume interim President and I appreciate their support and look forward to working with all of you. Who is Joyce Bendishaw? Well, I am the former Membership Director of The Mustang Club of Tampa and joined the club October 26, 2013. I am married to Phil Bendishaw for 31 years and we own a 1971 Mach I & an 07 Mustang convertible. We have 2 dogs and enjoy scuba diving, kayaking and various volunteer work with Black Dagger Military Hunt Club which is a local non-profit group that gets our Military heroes outdoors to enjoy adaptive hunting, shooting and fishing programs.
Now that we are done with introductions, let’s get on with club business. The “Caring for Kids Cruise” on April 18th is being hosted by Mustang Club of Tampa. Although the show has free registration, we need you to register online to assure we have enough room for the show cars. The day will include a bouncy house and face painting for the children, music, free food by Tijuana Flats and an opportunity to win a new 2015 Mustang. At this time, corporate sponsors have pledged a combined $85 for each person who takes a vehicle for a cruise around the building. Our goal is to get an additional $15 sponsored and raise $30,000 for Children’s Cancer Center. Please come out, enjoy the day, and drive a new Ford around the building and help us meet our goal!
Joyce Bendishaw - Interim President
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For those of you who were able to whisk down to Amelia Island’s legendary Concours D’Elegance, you got many an eyeful of gorgeous vintage four-wheeled metal. As a not-inconsiderable bonus, you might have spotted this very special car: the Revology Mustang. Yes, it looks like a ’64, but it's actually brand new!
How is this possible? Let us explain.
Based near Orlando, Florida, Revology Cars, Inc., was founded by former Ford Special Vehicles Team (SVT) sales and marketing boss Tom Scarpello, a man with Mustangs coursing through his blood. And his Mustang, technically a replica, is a masterpiece.
It starts either with an existing Mustang body of 1964½ – 1966 vintage, which Revology will bring back to original condition or, preferably, a brand-new, Ford-licensed Dynacorn body. The car is then fitted with updated details, such as LED head- and tail-lamps, and LED parking and reverse lamps. The standard 15X7-inch wheels are mounted by Falken tires measuring 205/60R up front and 215/60 in back. Any original Ford paint color can be applied, says Revology. Oh, and don’t look for an antenna—it’s hidden.
Inside, the driver sits on a power bucket seat with a three-point seat belt (the original came with lap belts only) and faces a dashboard blessed with modern, LED-lit gauges, an integrated tachometer, digital message center, and even performance timers. Features found on the Revology Mustang that you’d never find on an original Mustang include LED interior lighting, remote keyless entry, side-impact door beams, Bluetooth connectivity, and even available hidden AUX and USB ports.
Under the vintage skin is a beefed-up chassis with new McPherson strut front and three-link rear suspension components, power rack-and-pinion steering, and vented disc brakes front and rear. Under the hood is a 302-cubic-inch Windsor V-8 with 265-horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. This motor was common to Mustangs built in the late 2000s. While newer Ford engines are more powerful, the tried-and-true Windsor engine was chosen on account of its ability to fit in the existing engine bay without altering the car’s suspension design.
Not only can the car travel 18 miles on a gallon of premium unleaded, according to Revology, but the engine, transmission (five-speed manual or four-speed automatic), and 3.70 limited-slip rear differential are warranted for a full three years. A one-year bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year corrosion warranty also apply. And with most of the modified parts being Ford-sourced, the Revology Mustang can easily be serviced at any Ford dealer.
Inevitably, a certain number of purists will scoff at this car, but just as many, if not more, will celebrate its existence, and perhaps a few will plunk down deposits for one.
Which brings us to the matter of cost: the base retail price for the Revology Mustangs starts at $119,500 for the fastback and $122,000 for the convertible. Options include the GT appearance package ($1,495), and a premium audio system ($2,495), a 3.89 rear diff ($395), and a 4.11 rear diff ($495).
What, you thought a hand-built, street-legal replica of one of America’s favorite cars ever would be cheap?
Indeed, considering how many nicely restored or well-preserved original Mustangs are on the market at any given time for far less coin, the Revology Mustang is not cheap at all. But few Mustangs from the 1960s, if any, will be as everyday-livable as this car, especially as we find ourselves so dependent on personal and on-board electronics. And just try and find an original Mustang so well warrantied...and with a USB outlet!
After its debut at Amelia, the car is available for viewing and test drives at Revology’s suburban Orlando, Florida, HQ. For more info, head to www.revologycars.com.