Last Thursday, we introduced you to Courtney Barber of Team Mustang Girls. She had so much to tell us about her travels that we split her interview into two parts. Read on for more stories from the road, and find out where she’s headed in the coming months.
Your first rally/road trip experience was for Bullrun in 2010. How many have you participated in since then?
Right now the count is at 10. It all started with Bullrun and this year will be my 5th. But I’ve also done 2 trips with Rally North America, the Pony Drive for the 50th Mustang Anniversary, America Adventure and the GoodGuys tour. Last summer alone I crossed the country 8 times and drove over 50,000 miles. My father always told me I should be a truck driver because I love to drive so much. I just managed to figure out a way to do it with 4 wheels.
Which rally or event do you look forward to most each year?
Bullrun will always be a part of my life. It started this crazy adventure I’m on and the minute it ends I start looking forward to the next year. I love it because you have no idea where you will end up each day, and as much as we all try to guess and predict the route, the organizers always manage to throw us for a loop. Rally North America is also a favorite of mine. It’s all for charity and the first year the benefactor was Camp Sunshine. I will never forget visiting the camp in Maine. It was a great experience and showed all of us what driving for a cause really means. And the people are now some of my best friends so I look forward to drinking beers at the parking lot parties with them every July.
There are probably many, but tell us about one of your most memorable experiences or adventures on the road.
They are countless but whenever someone asks that, one story always pops into my head. The first Bullrun we did in 2011 was from Las Vegas to Miami. My friend Lori and I had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into and my car was nowhere near ready for the trip. But that didn’t stop us! One night in particular the hotel checkpoint was in Lajitas, New Mexico. As usual we were hours behind everyone else and we were putting around stopping at anything interesting that caught our eye. Next thing we know it’s dark and we start getting messages telling us to watch out for animals. The producer, Andy Duncan, even told us to take a different route than everyone else but the GPS said there was a shorter way so we went with it. All of a sudden we found ourselves climbing up the side of a mountain on narrow, curvy road in absolute darkness. Our top speed was 15 mph on the winding road with nothing to stop us from falling off the cliff if any error was made. We didn’t reach the hotel until 4 am and by the end I was whistling so Lori would know if I fell asleep. Both of us thought we were going to die at least 5 times that night, but we made it and now any time I have a hard time with something, I just think back to that night and anything seems easier.
If you were given the choice of any Mustang model and unlimited funds for any mods you wanted, what would the end result be?
Ha, I think I’m building it right now! I will always be a classic car fan. There’s just something about them that makes me happy. I love the classic lines and colors. New cars bore me because they all look the same.
Do you have a favorite quote or motto that describes you?
Keep on truckin’! No matter what hurdle, mistake, disappointment or roadblock life throws your way, you’ve got to keep moving. Yes, I like to reflect and not just ignore things that happen, but after that time is over you got to throw on the flip flops and get your butt back in motion.
Where can we look for Team Mustang Girl appearances in 2015?
Keep your eye out on the road because we will be there. This month Rally North America is going from Knoxville, TN to Savannah, GA and Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach. Then comes Bullrun from Los Angeles, CA to Chicago, IL, then America Adventure from Deadwood, SD to Las Vegas, NV and then SEMA. That’s the list for now but I’m sure there will be more thrown into the mix. Last year I decided to do the GoodGuys tour 5 days before I was on the road to California to the start line. If there’s a road trip I want to be there!