The Jobsworth

We have been asked about a car we had with us at a recent car show, but we will get to that a little later along with a story about a “Jobsworth”, in other words, a somebody who had nothing better to do with their time other than enforce a petty rule. But we start again this week with the Park & Ride car on the post.

Park & Pic:

Derek has owned the car for a while now and has been gradually doing little jobs here and there on her. But after a look at the quality of work we do here, the car has been booked in with us to complete an ever extending list of upgrades and bit of under hood bling.


The Grinch:

This car is a real like it or loath it restoration or “Restomod” that took six years to complete by our very own Yogi including the awesome paint job, just before he joined our ranks at MM. We love this car it has to be said and is a rare and genuine S code 390GT with all matching numbers.


The modifications to the car are subtle and obvious at the same time. Under the hood there is no wire loom. The engine is ported out via a pair of ear drum busting Flowmasters that makes the big block V8 sound like it has a seriously bad attitude. The steering and suspension are total control setup, which is certainly required for this beast of a car.

The bodywork modifications are obvious at the rear with the well known Shelby look. The front cowl section has been removed and replaced with sheet metal to give the continuation of the hood to the glass. The rear vents have also been removed and plated up to give a smooth flowing line to the trunk lid.

Inside the quarter stick shift is automatic with a racing setup and it needs it. The sound system matches the engine and looks like the car.

Petty Rules?

Ken is Adam’s dad and still owns the very first Mustang that Adam restored before Adam’s passion had evolved into the trade leading Mustang Maniac company. The start of the story is that Adam bought his dad a set of number plates with the classic Playboy logo on them, after a bit of in joke while they visited Las Vegas over twenty years ago. The plates have been on the car ever since without a single problem.

Ken bought the car back down to Adam to have some new wheels on her along with a service at the same time. On way down from the Midlands, the local police constabulary decided to pull Ken over for his number plates. Obviously said individual had nothing better to do, like catching terrorists and murderers, oh no. They chase people for the serious crime of a logo on a registration plate. Nobody in the twenty years that they had been on the car has ever mentioned them before. So now the plates have been changed and Ken was left to feel like a criminal at the time. It’s not as though the car is driven for hundreds of miles everyday!

So we now have Ken’s official mug shot!


The wheels look great and he went for the classic styled four stud look, but in the modern alloy, which is part of the new range on our WebShop.


We have uploaded a new video to our YouTube channel for the new stock for the 2015 – 2016 Mustangs for the front LED sequential indicator lights.

The link for the new sequential lights click here, or paste the link to your browser.

Another Prototype:

We have a one-off, bespoke, custom-made pair of smoked rear lenses. We had some clear ones made a little while ago and the reader poll showed us they were not as popular as we thought they would be, even though we sold the small stock we had. So now we now have something the opposite way around – smoked.

The question would be what do they look like in use? The video here shows you just that:

We have another poll for you, would you buy them if we got them made and kept them in stock?

Please vote and let us know.

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11 Responses to The Jobsworth

  1. Frank says:

    Kens mustang, is also the first Mustang I ever drove, way back in the 70s. At that time it was an awful yellow colour. It was also the first one Adam ever drove aged 14.

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  2. I have seen and heard that Grinch! It’s pretty awesome.

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  3. Charlville says:

    Reblogged this on Automotive American and commented:
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  4. Gary W says:

    Great blog as usual! The serious crime squad have two real areas where they are spending their time and resources…..number plates and the late return of library books..both of which are key issues in the community….far ahead of minor and low level crime such as terrorism, violent crime and all crimes against children. Failure to take your library book back can result in a lengthy custodial sentence….as Dixon of Dock Green said…”mind how you go” and “evening all”.

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  5. Thanks Gary. We totally agree, perhaps if somebody had returned the the huge book on “road traffic offences” to the library then we could of known the reg plates were such an issue. But the real crimes are ignored because the motorist is an easy target. Besides the mug shot of Ken is quite flattering! 😀


  6. Can’t believe it took me so long to read your blog, I usually get to it right away, sorry guys!
    I am in love with the Grinch. Could you just ship it to me for a test drive? I would do a full write up on it, for free, I promise! Man, that is one sweet looking car!
    We are experiencing plate issues, here, in America, as well. (Actually, just read something about Canada, too.) A lot of places are cracking down on the use of Historic tags, seems they don’t like it when you actually drive these vehicles.
    All in all, great blog, love reading these. You should do a blog introducing each member of Mustang Maniacs, sometime. Pictures and a write up on what they actually do. That could be a hoot!

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    • Thank you for your comments and we agree it seems to be the easy target motorist always gets the grief. We already have a couple of the interviews already lined up that we are going to post every so often. Trying to pin Adam down for an interview is a challenge in itself, but we are definitely working on it. Watch this space. 😀

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