Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 31

Shelby fans around the globe give tribute with "moment of noise"

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At 6:55PM PST on Wednesday, engines across the world were revved in unison to honor the late Carroll Shelby, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 89. The raucous tribute was organized by the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which followed up the synchronized salute of RPMs with an evening of remembrance hosted by Jay Leno and attended by a litany of the auto world's most revered members, including Parnelli Jones, Phil Remington, Don Prudhomme, Linda Vaughn, Ed Pink, Edsel Ford II and Dan Gurney, among others both famous and just friends of Shelby.

The evening was called "Carroll Shelby A Life Remembered," and drew 1,200 to the Petersen Museum in LA. Autoweek was there and shares some nice anecdotes from a few of the evening's speakers here.

Outside of LA, though, many other gatherings were hosted around the world where teams of idling Shelby automobiles - Mustangs, Cobras, GT500s and more - waited for the clock to strike 6:55. Scroll down for some videos of the mass revving that occurred in Carroll's honor last night, as well as some other interesting tribute videos we found.

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May 27

Ford watching Europe’s reaction to Mustang in new ads

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Ford doesn't sell its Mustang in Europe, but that hasn't stopped fans from the UK to Poland from figuring out ways to procure one. The Mustang is playing a part in Ford's "Go Further" ad campaign - which showcases the global portfolio and is aimed at changing perceptions by being discreet with Ford branding - and that gets air time in Europe.

As for featuring a car that Europeans can't buy in its commercials, the company told Autocar, "We are very proud of all these products and are interested to see what European consumers, who may not be familiar with these models, think of them." Ford says it's watching European reaction to "Go Further" and will "carefully examine" what the campaign might highlight as a profitable opportunity.

Ultimately, that's a bit of non-promissory boilerplate that stands for, "We've got a guy on it, we'll let you know if he comes up with anything," but at least it's more official recognition of the Mustang's European favor. Ford's embrace of social media is well established, so if Europeans want the Mustang to show up in Ford delaers over there, now could be the time to beat the Facebook drums even louder.

Ford watching Europe's reaction to Mustang in new ads originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 27 May 2012 12:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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May 26

Vote for your favorite all-female Ford Mustang showcar for SEMA

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SEMA Mustang Build

A woman's place is in the garage - and some people want to keep them there.

The SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women was created by Ford Motor Co. and the Specialty Equipment Market Association to create a pony car designed by and built by women.

But before a group of volunteers pull out their wrenches and pop a few beers in the garage, they need the general public to pick the car they'll create.

Whichever Mustang gets the most votes will be built by an all-female crew and shown off at the SEMA show in Las Vegas later this year.

The three finalists include:
  • High Gear: A luxury Mustang concept inspired by couture clothing, jewelry and buildings. It's supposed to fuse muscle and power.
  • Chormatic: Uses neon colors and anthracite chrome to create a futuristic version that was inspired by street art.
  • Fast Metal: Symbolizes raw speed and power, using unique tone on tone dark metallic finishes with red accents.
Votes can be cast at HotRod.com and additional coverage about the vehicles can be found at AutomobileMag.com, MustangMonthly.com and MuscleMustangFastFords.com. The full press release is posted below.

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