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Stories inspired by real life treks with my custom-built car

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This page is dedicated to my heavily-customized 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 of the 1970s.

During my last couple years of high school and somewhat beyond, road adventure was a major part of my life. And so my vehicle for such treks of vital importance.

I heavily modified my car to accommodate my needs, and it ended up never letting me down.

Or to put it another way, I was never caught or arrested between the time the car's transformation was seriously under way, and the day I finally sold the machine to someone else.

So why would anyone have been chasing me or trying to arrest me? That (and other incidents) are what this ultimate road trips page is all about.

You might be surprised by some of my car's capabilities and gadgets in the accounts. I basically hot-rodded my Mustang beyond the specs of a Shelby GT-350, taught myself some high-performance driving tricks, and then added some extra gear and gadgets to my car's repertoire for times when speed and cornering agility might not be enough to win the day.

In the accounts below details like names, dates, and more have been changed for reasons which should become apparent to readers. I also include a partial list of the actual events from which these stories are drawn for those who are interested.

[Caution: The accounts below may incorporate adult language, behavior, and concerns.]

Please choose your ride below

  • Slip, sliding away in the vicinity of my Tennessee hometown; You could still smell my car's new paint job at the beginning of this episode. So naturally I had to scrape it off the sides to escape a crowded parking lot, and save some girls. Not long after that I found myself trapped in an unsanctioned demolition derby event, with apparently only one slim chance at escape...

  • A Halloween to remember; Although this may have been the scariest Halloween I ever experienced, it was also the best. Making the holiday hands-down my favorite for years to come...

    Thumbnail image of a 1969 American Motors Javelin AMX
  • Face of Dana Connor from the story A Halloween to remember

    To see lots more of Dana, check out A Halloween to remember.

  • The Daytona 1200; How do you truly test a home-built supercar's prowess? Against a factory-built supercar, of course.

    Winged 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 426 Hemi

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  • Deep in the throat of Texas describes one summer vacation from college I spent in Texas.

    • Too close to the bone details how I ended up living near Houston Texas one fateful summer-- and actually living in my supercar for a couple weeks, until I could get better situated.

    • No good deed goes unpunished; If I'd known what scary stuff would result from this incident, maybe I'd have let the kid fend for himself...

    • Kissing the wall; Ever pissed off a cop? I have. Then I went and pissed off the same cop a second time...

    • When push came to shove; One angry cop with his own supercar can be a nasty combination. Due to my own procrastination, I'd left my car unable to fend off his deadly assault on the highway. We really had only one shot at a getaway...

    • Tornado Alley; Maybe I should have listened when she told me bad luck followed her around...and gathering storm clouds were clearly visible when I picked her up....

    • Heartbreaker; Boy gets dream girl. Boy loses dream girl. And yeah, there's a couple races along the way, too. A quarter-mile drag race with a 1970 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet, and a later race to the death with vengeful thieves.

      Thumbnail image of a 1971 Ford Torino GT
    • Face of Bridget Dufay from the story Heartbreaker

      To see lots more of Bridget, check out Heartbreaker.

  • Breaking up; This was not a good time for me. It wasn't long after Bridget's death, and mentally I was walking the edge of the abyss. But upon my return to college I witnessed one of my ROTC instructors take the plunge himself, ahead of me. Unfortunately, he wasn't content to travel alone. As the only others around were my fellow ROTC students-- and they seemed unwilling to accompany the sergeant in his death spiral-- I had to strongly object to his plans.

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  • Ring of fire; Can little kids be heroes? You bet! I was proud to be the side-kick of a ten-year old in this instance.

  • Over the edge; When I heavily modified my car, I never envisioned having to drive it through a mountain wilderness while being pursued by an armed gang on motorcycles and in four wheel drives. But apparently they were as surprised as me by how the chase proceeded-- and especially by its ending.

  • What goes around...; I'm tempted to say this was the most out-numbered I ever was in a contest involving my car. But technically that wouldn't be accurate, as I got some fine help from a soldier along the way, thereby cutting the odds in half.

  • Nowhere to go but up; This was the trip that did my car in. My Mustang would still be driveable afterwards, but awfully messed up. Too far gone for me to be willing to put him right again. Mostly because I'd finally had enough myself.

  • Notes from the actual owner/driver of the Shadowfast super car; If you'd like to know more about the real-life events which inspired these accounts, this is the link!

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