Motor Madness 2016 Car Show Gallery

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Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Tour At Mustangs Plus 8-23/17

By Ron Bramlett

On Wednesday, August 23rd at 12:30 pm, approximately 65 Hot Rods drifted into the Mustangs Plus parking lot (no pun intended…) for lunch and a tour of Mustangs Plus and The Restomod Shop. Other customers came to meet the Good Guys group and see their cars and Hot Rods. And what a show they got! It was like a mini-Good Guys show in our parking lot. There were all kinds of classic cars and trucks ranging from pure street rods with 600+ HP engines to stock 85 HP flathead Ford V8s. One thing all of the “Good Guys” had in common, the men and ladies alike, was that big smile on their faces!

I worked to help park the cars, taking special care to try and park the black cars in the shade. Having a black ’65 Mustang myself, I know that I’m always looking for shade to park in...

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Bomb Under Your Hood

Do You Have A Bomb Under Your Hood That’s Getting Ready To Go Off?

Text and Pictures by Ron Bramlett

Wow. If that title doesn’t get your attention, you should be reading the Kentucky Derby Digest, not this Mustangs Plus e-article. Seriously though, if you’ve put an electric fan setup on your Mustang, Cougar, Comet, Fairlane or any other Ford car with a small block in it and removed your cooling fan, or removed your cooling fan for any other reason, you could very well have a problem that you won’t be aware of until your water pump pulley explodes off your engine! Bombs away!

What prompted me to write this article was the memory of a good friend of mine having his water pump pulley explode off his engine and come flying through his hood at Sears Point Raceway a few years ago...

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Why get a “Marti Report”?

Cleaning up is not a lot of fun, especially when it’s been years since the last time you‘d cleaned up. That’s exactly where I found myself a couple of months ago when I started to clean up a warehouse that I had not been in for a year or more. So, imagine my surprise when I spotted a Mustang shell in the back of the warehouse. Imagine my further surprise when I realized it was a 1967 fastback shell. Imagine the smile that crossed my face when I checked the VIN number and saw that it was an “S” code big block fastback Mustang shell! Yes, all that happened, just that way.
Now, I know this article is titled “Why get a “Marti Report”? and I haven’t gotten to the Marti part yet, but please read on and bare with me. You’ll enjoy the story...

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The Cougar Turns 50

Photos and text by Steve Spatola

The Mustang’s cousin, the Mercury Cougar is now 50 years of age. Seasoned from inception as a different kind of pony car, the Cougar is a little more luxury mixed with some brass and class.

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Mercury’s answer to the hot selling Mustang was actually aimed at Ford’s luxury car, the Ford Thunderbird. But it seemed to become the Cougar’s destiny that it became another of the crowded but exciting sixties Muscle Cars.

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This year the Cougar Club of America (CCOA) has six regional shows across the nation to celebrate the Cougar which includes the later versions of the late 1990’s. Go to or Facebook at for more information...

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Upcoming Shows

Stay up to date with all upcoming shows throughout the area. We will post information on all shows from local car clubs to ones throughout the United States. If you would like to submit a show coming up please send your information to

May 2017 Shows

Sun 5/7/2017 11:00A – 3:00P
Time again for the annual College Church of Christ Car Show.

We will meet at the parking lot Cedar/Bullard NW corner at 11 am then drive to the church. For more info call Mary K 559-229-3219 or visit their website

Sat 5/6/17 9:00AM to 3:00PM

19th ALL FORD Show & Shine
LOCATION: The Cobra Experience in Martinez
Staging starts at 7:00 AM
JUDGING: Peer-judged show (concludes at NOON)
FEE: Entrance fee is $35 in advance online and $40 the day of th...
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High Performance Driver’s School and Open Track at Thunderhill

This past weekend, April 22nd and 23rd, the Nor Cal Shelby Club held their annual April Driver’s School and Open Track Event at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California. Located approximately 90 miles north of Sacramento and 7 miles west of Interstate 5, Thunderhill Raceway opened almost 25 years ago. While Thunderhill is a fitting name for a race track, the raceway inherited the name. The track was built on land owned by the Thunderhill Ranch and the raceway simply kept the same name.

Mustangs galore in the Thunderhill pits! All years, models and colors! This is a great time of the year when the rolling hills that surround the track are alive and green, not dead and brown.

As I remember, the Nor Cal Shelby Club donated $50,000.00 in 1992 to help build the track...

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1965 Mustang Fastback 2+2

In 1965, Joey Battaglia’s Aunt Hanna bought a brand new 1965 Mustang Fastback 2+2. Joey’s mother, Bobbie, liked the 2+2 so much that she told her sister that when she was ready to sell the Mustang that she would buy it. The sale was eventually made and for the next 15 years, Bobbie drove the Dynasty Green 2+2 from their home in Lodi, California to the Battaglia family business, Stockton Woodshavings, in French Camp, California which is around 20 miles away. Following in his mother’s footsteps, Joey told Bobbie that when she was ready to sell her Mustang that he would buy it. The sale happened in 1991.

When Joey finally got possession of his mother’s 2+2, he started working on it. Joey’s wife, Gean, had a friend at work whose husband offered to do a little body work on the 2+2...

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Mustang Romance | Michael Dasilva

The first pic is my Dad and his 70′ in 1981… This is where my overall for mustangs started. My dad got his 70 when he graduated high school. He married my mom and then had me and it was our family car growing up. By the time I was born, it was all blue with blue diamond tuck interior him and my mom stitched up. Had N50 tires on his Cragers, a hot 302 and C4. After years of daily driving, the motor finally gave up, and it was parked. After it died, I used to play in it in the driveway and pretend I was racing it around. Think I was 11 or 12 then… It was always supposed to be my car when I got my license, but hard times came and Dad had to sell it. That’s why I bought mine when I was 15. That’s also why mine is blue… and at one time had Cragers on it...

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Mustang Romance | Jeromy Dale Price

The year was 1976. I was 7 years old the first time I saw my dream car; it was a 1965 Mustang 2+2 Fastback and the first Mustang I ever saw. I fell in love at first sight.

When my parents couldn’t find me I would often be sitting in the Mustang listening to the radio and pretending to drive. My family owned this car 3 different times; the last time was 1981 when my father declared it would never come back. I thought, “Just wait and see.” This is where my journey begins.

This journey lasted 25 years, tracing the car all over the state of Alabama. From the time I was 12 years old, I would go to auto parts stores, gas stations and dealerships asking if anyone had seen my Mustang...

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