Cuba, Cars & Cigars

The last part of Adam & Lynn’s transatlantic adventures has been a trip to Cuba. We have been sent some amazing pictures and Cuba isn’t quite what we expected. The classic fifties cars have been there before the revolution and have nursed with some serious TLC ever since. As a result these old cars or ‘Yank Tanks’ as refered to over there have been a legacy as other makes of car remain very expensive to buy. Due to the Russian influence at the time there is also a lot of old Ladas and in some parts can looks very Russian. We don’t think that many people want to ride in an old Lada when the choice of classic Chevy is park next to it. The main income for Cuba was and still is sugar cane, although Cuba and especially Havana are also well-known for the tobacco products, (more of which later). Their ride for the day was this wonderful ’56 Chevy with a twist, the car had a Mercedes five pot diesel engine in place instead of the Chevy block, the up side is that the car now has the all important air con.

Some useful tips from their travels included a private tour and ride for a ten-hour day will cost you around £200. There is no wi-fi as we expect it to be out there, so you need to get connected, a purchase of a wi-fi card is required and that will last you one hour. Speaking of cards, the important point is that credit cards don’t work out there, so make sure you carry enough cash for what ever you think you will need.

The weather is hot and humid and plays havoc with your hair according to Lynn, Adam didn’t appear to care about that at all. The locals are very friendly and they felt safe wherever they went. Getting out of the car for a look around is no problem but remember that there are a lot of cobbled street out there and the flat shoe tourist thing is the order of the day. While out of the vehicle you may encounter some of the many stray dogs on the streets, most of them have an ID tag around them to show that the locals are looking after them.

Havana has a strong Spanish orientated area with a few French buildings as well.

Adam & Lynn both used these exotic forms of transport and managed to snap a few pictures while going along.

Some amazing architecture suites the old beautiful classic 50’s cars that are just work horses over there, but here they would polished and cherished.

Adam was interested to see some real horsepower out there, we don’t think this is what he had in mind though!

A trip to the cigar factory has shattered a myth for me, that is that the cigars are not rolled on the inner thighs of virgins, but by some stubbly bloke rolling it on bench! Why do people have to ruin it for others? All be it I knew it wasn’t true, but kinda hoping it was. As a result of the facts; those cigars won’t have the same appeal or taste quite the same now. 😀

After the tour of the noisy cigar factory? A beer and cigar of course!

Although the local music was a little different to what they were expecting.

Later in the evening rumour has it that Lynn was out on bender, we can’t confirm if that was true or not, but circumstantial evidence does suggest that could be the case.

Adam decided that he too would get involved with the night life with this character.

An unusual tourist attraction.

More evening adventures and a train in the middle of nowhere.

A little bull riding in this video.

On their travels they managed to find a local wedding with a pink bridal car.

It appears that local health and safety is not to much of an issue on a bridge fishing by the looks of it.

Ernest Hemingway is very famous and popular character there with many bars and restaurants having photos and memorabilia of him all over the place.

I have learnt something about this country and I think I want to visit the place as well now.

As for the Mustang yard? Well that is going strong and we will be back to normal showing you what Yogi has been up to in the mean time. Adam should be back soon and we suspect he will be enjoying the influx of emails via proper wi-fi that he hasn’t been getting while in Cuba.

SEMA 2018 – Part 4

This is the last post from the SEMA 2018 show in Las Vegas. Again a mixture of cars and in no particular order, apart from a batch of Mustangs first of course.

Moving back inside to another hall;

SEMA wouldn’t be SEMA without the beautiful ‘Eleanor’

Adam was interested in this stand and spent a little time looking around.

Bonus Pictures

These pics were taken over the few days of the SEMA show when it was time to relax.

Something a bit fishy goin’ on here we think.

Adam managed to catch up with an ancestor of Yogi’s from Canada while he was out there.

Adam came up with an idea from this jar, Lynn replied with ‘anymore talk like that he would be taking a ride in one of these!’ 😀

She didn’t say that really, she just did that ‘woman thing’ with the eyes that say it all.

Adam has decided that he needs an office down the back of the yard and this was just the thing, He also decided that new office work attire would be in keeping as well. Adam tries his camouflage technique in case somebody wants him while he is working on the cars. He also said something about ‘going tactical’.

We hope you enjoyed the pictures from SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas as much as we did. Thanks to Adam & Lynn for taking the time out to send them to us at stupid o’clock in the morning, just sayin’!

Before anybody asks – Adam will not be back in the office until the 19th November as they are taking a well-earned break while they are in the USA. Adam will still have his emails of course, but will be limited availability.

SEMA 2018 – Part 3

The last couple of posts about the SEMA 2018 show have been very popular and we are pleased with the number of times the pictures have been viewed. So we’ll jump straight back into the photo’s and hope you will enjoy the next couple of posts too.

We have a few pictures of these promotional ladies who are always so obliging to smile for any camera that is pointed their way.

A very popular section was this Hot Wheels display of cars made to look like the miniature versions, the amount of work involved is just amazing.

A few More Mustangs;

As promised the videos, the first here is a Mustang having a blast around the SEMA outside track.

This video is again a single Mustang having a blast, but it’s Adam’s comment that makes us laugh. Obviously said in jest and it’s not true, honestly.

The final video is a pair of Mustangs do a few synchronised drifting moves a few feet apart which is quite impressive.

Let us know what you think. 🙂

SEMA 2018 – Part 2

We pick up from yesterday with a continuation from one of the great halls inside. So it’s less words from us and we’ll just get on with more pics from SEMA 2018!

Adam & Lynn did tell the ‘celebs’ to take a seat and that they would be back soon, that’s after they had look round of course!

We already have a batch for tomorrows post and they look just as awesome with a little video or two.

Still Working Hard

There is a some major tidy up work taking place at the yard to give a cleaner look and some tree branches have been taken down. For that job what better vehicle than a Ford Ranchero. Adam’s much-loved Ranchero is now well over fifty years old and is still working hard without a single problem. So this will be a show car in th summer, but for now it gets used what it was built for then pampered later in the year. Do you have any picks of a classic truck still working hard?

Customers Cars:

we are also working hard on the ’69 Mach1 is now at a point where we are trying out different wheels for the look of the car. Wheel choice is a very personal thing and what you like may not be what somebody else likes. So we obliged with various options on Jacqui’s car with different wheels and tyre combos..

As the car is now a rolling project we starting to put some final touches to the car before we fine tune it.

The inside of the car is getting there as well but with a very popular upgrade with the LED’s dash lights.

We had some good responses to the article on the Crystal Clear headlights we sell; click here for the link.

We were sent a couple of pictures for a variation on the theme. These headlights are the much more modern look with great visibility. The “Halo” or “angel eye” look.

Here we have the concurs FoMoCo logo lenses with halogen bulbs click here,

California Dreamin’ Again;

The California Special returns with a new limited-edition design package for 2019 Mustang GT that commemorates visual cues of the 1968 original while celebrating modern Mustang performance & style.

America’s favorite sports car gets even more style and technology for 2019 thanks to the revival of the legendary Mustang GT California Special, new features including rev-matching on 5.0-liter 6-speed manual-equipped models, the first-ever custom-tuned B&O PLAY premium audio system for Mustang, three new vintage-inspired colors and over-the-top stripes.

“No doubt, 2019 is an exciting year for Mustang enthusiasts, especially fans of our California Special and BULLITT models,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “This year further targets hardcore enthusiasts who want even more performance from BULLITT, while new technology – including rev-matching on manual transmission-equipped Mustang GT and active valve performance exhaust on the EcoBoost model – means even more thrills.”

The Original California Dreaming

When Mustang first hit the streets in 1964, owners clubs sprang up around the country, with many regional dealers creating their own personalized pony car designs. One – inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype – came to be called the California Special. That original version featured blacked-out grille, fog lamps and a side racing stripe that ended ahead of a new rear fender scoop. It wore a Shelby-inspired spoiler, custom tail lamps and twist-lock hood fasteners. Impressed, Ford put a limited number of California Special cars into production for 1968. Before long, the California Special had joined the ranks of Shelby, Boss and Mach 1 special-edition Mustangs.

Today, the 2019 California Special for Mustang GT is a visual standout, featuring a trademark fading stripe that traces from the 5.0 side badge to the rear fender scoop. A signature Ebony Black and Race Red script California Special badge adorns the trunk lid. At the front, the car follows the blacked-out open grille and picks up the Mustang Performance Pack 1 splitter. The California Special wears unique five-spoke painted machined wheels.

Inside are rich black Miko suede-trimmed seats with embossed GT/CS insignia and contrast red accent stitching, along with custom embroidered GT/CS floor mats. Signature California Special script badging appears on the passenger-side dash panel.  “Few things are more satisfying than dropping the top on a California Special and taking a drive down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway,” said Mark Conforzi, Ford designer. “This signature design takes its cues from the original California Special, while enhancing the personality of today’s Mustang.”

Rev-matching to level the field

Mustang GT’s powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine packs 460 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque and tops out at 155 mph. When that torque gets delivered to the pavement via 6-speed manual and available Performance Package, you better hold on, because that’s where rev-matching gives Mustang drivers a leg – or a heel and a toe – up. Advanced rev-matching helps smooth out shifts by first predicting shifts then quickly matching engine rpm – similar to the heel-and-toe methods the pros use. On downshifts, engine rpm instantly kicks up to smooth out the transition between gears.  California Special returns with a new limited-edition design package for 2019 Mustang GT that commemorates visual cues of the 1968 original while celebrating modern Mustang performance and style

Sensational B&O PLAY audio

Like Ford Mustang, Bang & Olufsen is an innovator in both iconic design and heart-racing performance across its line of audio products. And now, for the first time, the B&O PLAY audio system comes to Mustang with a stunning 10-channel amplifier producing 1,000 watts across 12 high-performance speakers. Customized to the car’s interior environment, sound engineers tuned the B&O PLAY audio system to take both the static and dynamic states of Mustang into account to elevate the senses regardless of driving conditions. B&O PLAY audio connects to the optional SYNC 3 system, which allows Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Active valve performance exhaust now available on EcoBoost models

When the class-exclusive quad-tip fully variable active valve performance exhaust hit the streets for Mustang GT for 2018, critics and customers alike raved over the deep throaty sound of the 5.0-liter V8 engine. What took everyone by surprise was its driver-controlled, fully active exhaust mode and quiet start mode, also known as the “good neighbor” mode. Now, a fully variable active valve performance exhaust brings an aggressive snarl to 2019 Mustang equipped with EcoBoost. This class-exclusive quad-tip exhaust system can be controlled by the drive mode system or via personalized MyMode settings with the 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument panel, as well as through the standard 4.2-inch cluster.

More personalization than ever; new colors

Mustang enthusiasts now have more opportunity to personalize their car than ever before, with exciting new vintage-inspired colors including Velocity Blue, Need for Green and the iconic BULLITT model’s exclusive Dark Highland Green. “These intense new colors trace back to Mustang’s classic colors of the late 1960s and early 1970s,” said Holter. “While colors like Shadow Black and Magnetic Gray will still be popular for those who prefer to go stealth, these new colors pack a brighter, more vibrant punch for 2019.”

Source: https://www.at.ford.com/en/homepage/news-and-clipsheet/news/2018/3/colors.html?cid=BOC-2018-03-15

The 2019 Mustang California edition goes on sale this summer, lets hope the snow has gone from the UK by then!

Any Second Hand Parts?

We havent had a Park & Pic for a little while so we thought we would start the year with one. This lady we have seen a few times before and it’s truly a very nice place to be. This ’56 Mercury Monteclair is owned by a good friend of ours Steve. The car has a little running issue which we will sort out for him, he can often be seen at car shows cruising around.

Remember – If you have any pics of your car at Mustang Maniac – just send them to us and will post them up for you. 🙂

Confirmation:

We have been asked “Was that the real Cleo Shelby or a wind up”. We can only think that the question is asked from somebody who is new to our “small parts suppliers” blog, and doesn’t know Adam very well. Adam doesn’t do “Wind ups”. We have also posted a number of pictures up over the last couple of years of Adam (and Lynn) and some of the core Mustang Maniac guys with Cleo in Vegas. So the answer is a very simple; “Yes” Cleo came to the UK, and yes she did stay with Adam and Lynn at their home before she returned back to the USA.

Parts:

Adam has been a busy boy this week as a result of not being able to get into one of his storage lockups. Some recently “stored” parts were booby-trapped by the door so it seems; you open the door – the parts came out type of scenario. With that, Adam may have mentioned a naughty word and operation “Second Hand Parts” was initiated. This was only noticed by me when I was asked to go down the back to get some parts for an in-house project. Shouldn’t that be “in-garage” project? Anyway, I was surprised that the no go zones had been tidied up, arranged into sections so now you can get to the parts. I was impressed. Even more imprssive is – Asked Adam where any of these parts are and he could tell you, even before the tidy up.

So before you even think of asking:

NO! The second-hand parts are NOT for sale!

To show you what we mean the here is the new storage area for the various (new and old) crate motors and heads.

There is the second-hand engine or two on or under a bench somewhere.

Maybe an odd gearbox stashed away.

Various bits and pieces lying around, anything from window winders to wipers, screws to steering racks, radiators to rear parcel shelves etc.

Axles and somewhere to sit.

The odd wheel or two lying around here and there.

But Adam was quite pleased with a rare Shelby GT350R engine part. If you were to remove a kidney for cash it still wouldn’t get you this part. The (rare) Shelby R-Models used a spun aluminum plenum bowl to direct cool air into the carburetor. The top of the bucket was positioned under the “porthole” opening in the fiberglass hood, this created an early iteration of the ram air induction setup.

Adam doesn’t have these on the WebShop and is constantly asked for second-hand parts – he will always answer with; “Nope, aint got none of them!” While we are talking parts, there is a big delivery coming in next week which we will try to get posted up next time for you. We are all quite excited about it.

A Very Special Guest

As this is the first post of the year; Happy New Year to all our readers and followers and we hope you all had a great Christmas. Thanks to those of you who dropped us gifts into the office all of which was very much appreciated. We thought we would that we would start the first post off with a bang, it doesn’t get much better than this:

Adam had kept it quiet that there was going to be a very special guest coming to the UK over Christmas to visit him for a stop over before they went back to the USA. That special guest is his friend Cleo Shelby. Cleo landed in the UK before Christmas and Adam was there to pick her up and take her back to his home while Cleo finalised arrangements for what she needed to do while over here in the UK. As Adam is a private person he fully respects Cleo’s privacy and the need to get away from it all now and again. With that in mind the visit was kept quiet to stop any unwanted attention which would allow Cleo to just get on and do her thing. Cleo would stay at Adam’s home before she returned to the USA where she was treated just like one of the family. It was a time to relax and not have to worry about anything except just being yourself, a pub visit, meals out and of course the catch ups late into the night.

Adam had asked Cleo to sign the odd thing or two for him. Cleo kindly agreed and wrapped up warm in a borrowed coat and was then taken out into the British cold weather. Cleo was shown around Adam’s vast parts stores and car just as big a car collection. Cleo was impressed by the number of cars Adam had and realised why Adam has so many guard dogs to protect his premises. Cleo was even treated to the full access guided tour even to the out-of-the-way areas where the rarities are stored. Adam had uncovered his much-loved Shelbys in anticipation for the evening signing session should Cleo agree of course. Cleo sat in each one of the cars to sign them for him. There was no expense sparred on the new Sharpie pens which were bought just for the this occasion in a selection of colours, black or silver. The only down side was trying to sort out a good balance of lighting for Cleo to see what she was doing and also for the camera work during the signings as it was starting to get dark very quickly. Sometimes the lighting and camera work getting in each others way! As with all signatures proof is always part of the provenance so Cleo was happy to oblige there too for us, just in case some people didn’t believe the authenticity of the signatures. Adam has more photo’s but they are for his private collection and not to be plastered all over the internet.

Adams Orange KR was up first.

Adam’s anniversary Hertz.

A friend and good customer of Adam’s had his anniversary Hertz at the yard for a little work which also received the coveted Shelby signature.

Next up was Adam’s pride and joy, his genuine un-restored 1966 Hertz. Adam explained to Cleo how he come to get the rare beast before she signed it in silver for him.

After the guided tour of the workshops and the yard it was back up to the offices for some warmth and conversations. In the offices there was a little more signing to be done on three DeAgostini 1:8th scale ’67 Shelby GT500 models. They were for Adam’s grandson’s Jack (a part finished model), Gary’s and Mart’s completed models waiting for that special signature.

Jack’s model being signed:

Gary’s model being signed:

Mart’s model and book being signed:

Those who are eagle-eyed will see that the cars are different as the aerial was removed on Mart’s car for transport other wise it didn’t fit in the storage box. There was also a Limited Edition book called “The Art of the Mustang” which Mart sneaked into the mix to be signed by Cleo on the author’s signature page too.

Cleo was now in much need of a hot cup of tea, so it was back to the house and get ready for the night out and something to eat. Cleo had given Lynn and Adam their gifts, Adam’s was a Limited Edition still boxed 1966 Hertz model in mint condition that was originally given to Carroll Shelby himself.

Thank You Very Much Cleo.

We can only say a huge thank you to Cleo for taking time out (especially in the freezing cold), to sign the full-sized cars and models for us. You can bet your car keys that these cars, the model’s and the book will not be parted with just for the money. Cleo’s signatures just make special items very special and unique indeed, none of which you will be seeing on eBay!