Every automaker wants at least one car in its lineup that stirs passion. The Corvette. The Nissan GT-R. The Ferrari 458. As a buck-toothed, big-eared kid growing up in Wisconsin’s dairy farm country, I pined for the Lamborghini Countach, a fixture on bedroom posters of the 1980s.
As a buck-toothed, big-eared adult now living in Minnesota, not much has changed. Except the object of desire. I come from a Mustang family. My dad owned a 1964 1/2 Mustang he bought fresh out of the Navy, in 1967, for $1,400. That’s it in the image on the left. It’s tough to see, but the sign on the back reads “Just Married”. The car, along with his unrivaled charm, I’m sure, won over my mother. “We visited every drive-in restaurant in the area when we were dating,” he said. Maybe to pay homage to my father’s roots, the ‘65 Mustang GT 350 has replaced the Lambo as my dream car. Or because it looks awesome.
Then, that evil, fun-killing specter known as “practicality” visited my parents in the form of children. Unfortunately a ‘64 1/2 Mustang isn’t much of a family car, so they replaced it with a station wagon.
My sister, Mary, upheld the tradition. One day in 1992 she drove to a dealership in her Ford Escort to gather material for a school project. She drove home in a 1989 Mustang LX featuring the 25th anniversary Mustang emblem on the fenders (below). “I paid around $8,000 for it, but with the interest they charge stupid 19-year-olds the total amount was more,” she said. But it turned out to be worth every penny. “That car was so much fun to drive,” she said. “Everything about it felt really comfortable and good. I have a lot of good memories of cruising around with my girlfriends back in the day, and meeting Dennis [her husband] when I had that car.”
But soon came a wedding, then kids. And then the Mustang had to go. “I went from that sweet ride to a 1997 Toyota Corolla. Very dependable car, but kind of soul-sucking in its practicality,” said Mary.
You see a theme? Cool cars have a way of starting your family, but ending your fun. Some of you no doubt can relate.
Fortunately, AMSOIL is here to help. We’re giving away a custom ‘72 Mustang Mach 1 as part of our Devoted to Protection™ sweepstakes. This car has it all:
• Modified 351 Cleveland
• 425 hp, 450 lb. ft. torque
• 10:1 compression
• 3-speed automatic
• Wilwood drilled and slotted four-piston brakes
Even better is what’s not on the list: “Practical”. Here’s your chance to return to those glorious days when you judged a car not by the ease with which it accommodated a car seat or hauled groceries without them tipping over, but by the thrill it delivered roasting the tires at a green light or blasting down the highway. The ‘72 Mustang is your opportunity to tap into the unbridled power and performance of the muscle car era. It is, in short, your chance to have fun.
As an AMSOIL employee, I’m ineligible to win the car. So is my immediate family. But you can. You owe it to us to enter the contest and, if you win, race into the sunset, leaving a billowing cloud of tire smoke – and practicality – in your wake.