Think you know all there is to know about Ford Mustangs?
Sorry, but most of the very best Ford Mustang adventures remain unknown, and untold.
For the cars were never caught, or the drivers arrested.
It's a fact most non-fiction films and books about outlaw cars and drivers only tell about the ones who got caught (or crashed)-- not the ones who got away.
So the very best cars and drivers of the lot were the ones nobody ever heard about. Think about it.
But wait long enough and various legal expiration dates and eye-witnesses-- as well as scraps of evidence which might have originally been collected at the scenes-- will fall by the wayside.
Beyond that, changing details like names and dates and more can make it still tougher for even the most fanatical of legal hounds to follow up on such cold cases-- thereby (hopefully!) making it safe to reveal such events to the public at last.
So let me tell you a few stories about me and my own real-life outlaw Mustang from decades back...they may well be the best you'll ever see...
[Caution: The accounts below may incorporate adult language, behavior, and concerns.]
My 1969 Mustang was my first car. My peers and circumstances moved me to first soup him up, then gradually transform him into something approaching a poor man's Batmobile. Combine this with my efforts to become an expert driver and road war commando, and my pony car eventually qualified as a supercar extraordinaire.
Please choose your adventure below
- Slip, sliding away; Gang troubles spur two very different escapes, plus two separate rescues of girls gone awry. There's risky driving by moonlight alone here, as well as an encounter with an amazing GTO driver.
- A Halloween to remember; A timeless question: Why did the fellow challenge the laws of man and nature for feats of derring-do? It was for a woman, of course. A woman with an AMC Javelin AMX.
To see lots more of Dana, check out A Halloween to remember.
- A call to arms; The law in our parts in the 1970s was often way too lax, where it came to the very worst criminals out there. Sometimes we locals (even teenagers) had no choice but to take up where the law left off...(this section still being written up).
- The Daytona 1200; Never accept a race challenge where money's involved without seeing the car you're to compete against. For it might just be a winged 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona with a 426 Hemi engine(!)
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- Blue light special; Wow! Talk about a Frankenstein experiment! A major restaffing of local law enforcement personnel combined with a major new crime wave and other circumstances provides me with the chance to help train the local cops in pursuit tactics. Or in other words, get chased for fun! Unfortunately they're either too weak or the combination of Shadow and I too strong in the resulting contests, leading to things getting way out of hand... (this section still being written up).
- Fast times at Sigma Chi; The code word was partying. Serious partying. The kind many participants might not even remember afterwards. Yikes! But the brothers and their associates were indeed sober part of the time. And pursued certain hobbies then just as seriously as they did their partying. Shadow ended up competing there against (among others) a 1972 Jaguar E-type, 1964 and 1970 Chevrolet Corvettes, and a 1970 Datsun 240Z (this section still being written up).
- Deep in the throat of Texas is a collection of accounts relating to a summer break from college I spent working construction in Texas.
- Too close to the bone basically describes how I came to be in Texas and some of the problems I faced early on. Though my car was of critical importance to me during this period, I was doing my best to avoid any scrapes involving the law during this span (I had enough problems as it was).
- No good deed goes unpunished; Once I got myself more comfortably established in Texas I just couldn't resist getting myself into trouble with the man...
- Kissing the wall; One officer takes a personal interest in me, which ends up putting him into an even deeper hole than I (at least for a little while). Readers might find this one funny-- until they see what happened next.
- When push came to shove; Take one angry officer, add an opportunity for anonymous revenge, then mix in one blacked out, tricked out Mustang, and you get...something definitely different than what that officer expected.
- Tornado Alley; Put one guy with an Apocalyptic dating history together with one girl who thinks she's a jinx, and what comes next should surprise no one.
- Heartbreaker; A hot-rodder's love story, about one amazing woman, the likes of which I'll never meet again. Shadow drag races a 1970 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet: a race I knew better than to enter. I'm also forced to allow Shadow to compete head-on against another vehicle in a contest to see whose motor blows first: and I can't do the driving(!)
To see lots more of Bridget, check out Heartbreaker.
- Breaking up; An old soldier doesn't go gently into the night.
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- Liars and traitors and bears; It's tough to write up how you personally were tricked by an old school-mate into doing something incredibly stupid. But it can happen to any of us (at least that's what I keep telling myself) (this section still being written up).
- Black and blue magic; Item: One financially desperate college drop out, looking for a new direction in life, and equipped with a surprisingly capable outlaw car. Item: A rich smuggler looking for a savvy and resourceful truck escort car and driver. Item: An old friend of the smuggler needs lots of expendable help to extract her sister from the clutches of a corrupt but powerful state politician-- whom the smuggler himself happens to despise anyway. This account is what you get when you put all these together. Talk about facing one tough job audition/interview! (this section still being written up)
- Ring of fire; Being from Tennessee, family feuds were nothing new to me. But making the massacre of women and kids a part of it was definitely beyond the pale. Fortunately the killers didn't figure on an armed smuggler's escort car and driver with previous rescue experience showing up soon after the shooting started. Or on one extraordinarily brave ten year old boy determined to save his family.
- Over the edge; Smugglers can be very territorial. Make yourself a part of that sort of border war and you risk a trip into the wild blue yonder. At least if the region is the mountains of western North Carolina. How can a street car outrun 4WDs and motorcycles through an off-road mountainous wilderness? This is how!
- Daytona 2.0: Between a Ferrari and a hard place; When I returned to the Tech campus between jobs to show off my new nitrous oxide system to my friends, I ran smack into a rich Ferrari-owning snob bent upon proving my cheapo American pony car was no match for his expensive Italian supercar. By that point I was almost too mature to get dragged into such a risky contest with little or no potential upside. Almost.
- What goes around...; Gaining a reputation in my home town wasn't necessarily a good thing. For the main way you did it was by making enemies. Then if somebody with a grudge and enough money finally came around to gather up all those enemies into one big ambush...you just might be toast! Thank goodness for strangers driving Z-28s!
- Nowhere to go but up; Shadow and I finally find ourselves in the worst situation yet, as we strive to protect a politician's son from abduction or worse. Shadow's last major adventure ends with him as a still-drivable wreck, and me with my fill of driving at long last.
- Notes from the actual owner/driver of the Shadowfast super car; More about the real life people, places, cars, and events which inspired the stories above.
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