Ford customizes 302 Laguna Seca for cancer research

Ford reports that it will be customizing a Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca for the 10th Anniversary of the Cattle Baron’s Ball in Detroit, with all proceeds going to support the American Cancer Society.

Ford Motor Company group vice president for Global Marketing, Sales and Service, Jim Farley, said, “Like many people, my family has been personally affected by the challenges of cancer, and I am proud to chair Cattle Baron’s Ball in Detroit.”

“Because of the significant value of the one-of-a-kind 2013 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca, there will be an opportunity for call-in bids during the live auction,” said Jill Rafferty, director, Distinguished Events, American Cancer Society.

The Cattle Baron’s Ball will take place on Saturday, September 29. For more information about bidding via phone for the live auction, please call Rafferty at 248.663.3450.

Dispute over Carroll Shelby’s body reaches settlement

After a 2-month dispute over Carroll Shelby’s remains, the family has finally laid him to rest.

According to Fox News, Shelby’s body had been held in a morgue in Dallas since his death on May 10. His children said Shelby signed a directive this year to be cremated and split between them and a plot in East Texas, but his last wife, Cleo Shelby, claimed that the directive was forged and said a document signed two years ago gave her power of his affairs, the story said.

After Shelby suffered a stroke in 2010, Cleo Shelby claimed that her husband gave her power of attorney, Fox News said. However, she accused Michael Shelby of having an arrangement made to exclude her from her husband’s bedside in his final months, according to the story.

Michael Shelby said in an interview with Fox news that his father, in front of seven witnesses, signed a document earlier this year directing that his remains be divided among his living children and a plot of land in his native Texas.

On Monday, both sides were close to coming to a formal agreement. Shelby’s body will be cremated with the ashes split five ways instead of four, with an extra going to Cleo Shelby, Fox News said.

In his own words, Carroll Shelby tells his entire story in PowerBlock Magazine, and you can read it here: Carroll Shelby: In his Own Words

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2013 Ford Mustang GT “Red Tail” inspired by WWII fighter aircraft

Ford has developed a unique version of the 2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe, inspired by the WWII squadron of African American P-51 Mustang fighter airplanes known as Red Tails.

The special-edition vehicle went up for auction at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction on Thursday, July 26 at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. All proceeds went to the EAA Young Eagles program.

According to The Times Herald Record, the exterior paint is of polished aluminum and silver chrome and has red and yellow accents. Other specs include a Ford racing Whipple Supercharger that adds more power to the 5.0-liter V8 motor, plus a handling package that provides new dampers, lowering springs, sway bars and a strut tower brace, GT500 Brembo brakes, rotors, rear diffuser and performance quad exhaust, nonstandard valance, grill, splitter and rocker extensions and Forgiato 20-inch custom wheels.

UPDATE: The “Red Tails” edition of the 2013 Ford Mustang sold for $370,000. Ford vehicles have sold at EAA AirVenture auction events and have raised more than $2 million to support Young Eagles.
According to aviationpros.com, the car is secured under VIN 00051 in honor of the P-51 Mustang planes flown by the Tuskegee Airmen.

Carroll Shelby had doubts about Mustang’s top speed

According to an article from MSNBC, when Carroll Shelby went to chief engineer Jamal Hameedi to ask if the 200 MPH rumors were true, what did Shelby say?

“You weren’t bull——– me about 200 mph, were you?”

Hameedi wasn’t. Ford’s test driver recorded an official top speed of 202 mph in a factory-built 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 at the Nardo test track in Italy.

List price starts at $54,000.

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PowerBlock TV’s American Auto News: Was the 2015 Ford Mustang spotted? Also, what’s new for Dodge?

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Several online sources are reporting the rumors of changes to some popular muscle cars.

Ford

One online magazine reported seeing the 2015 Mustang, saying it will be the first to receive an independent rear suspension, and have a smaller and lighter feel. The 3.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter V-8 will be staying, but there’s a rumor of direct injection for the 5.0. And for those of you who want more under the hood, the so-called Coyote V-8 will power the high-performance Mustangs.

Dodge

No one knows what’s expected for the 2014 Dodge Challenger, but rumors are already circulating that it could be based on the “same DNA” as the Chrysler 300, meaning it could keep its same large size.

A new Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 are coming for 2016 and 2017, respectively. The two will share standard rear-wheel drive and an optional advance all-wheel drive systems, as well as engines and transmissions. Each will continue to offer V6 and V8 engines (perhaps versions of the Pentastar V6 and Hemi V8).

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