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Mustangs have always been a big part of our family. It all started way back in 1964 when my Grandfather bought a Mustang. He claimed it was the first one to come to the Akron area (I’m not saying I completely believe him, but it’s a good story). Anyways, it was a Orange 1964.5 Convertible. From that point on it was an icon for our family. It went through many trips to Florida, as well as was used for a few prom dates and even went to college with my eldest uncle. It was then packed away as my Grandpa wanted to preserve it as much as possible with all the memories that it had with it. It had such an impact that the first car my dad and eldest uncle bought were Mustangs. Not brand new mind you, but they were proud of them. This was late 60’s to early 70’s. Then in 1979 when my dad was 19 he bought his love. It is a 1979 Mustang Pace Car, and to this day that car is babied and is in pristine shape. When my dad bought the Mustang he had to hide it from his dad for quite a while because his father did not want him to buy a car. It also went through a few trips back and forth to Florida and even with all that traveling the car still has under 20,000 miles on it. Skip a few years, in the past 15-20 years my Grandfather would take the 1964.5 to a Father’s Day Car show at Stan Hywett in Akron Ohio. This became a tradition to attend and always go to. Then in 2004 my dad started to enter his Mustang into the car show. He had to wait this long as any car entered into this show had to be at least 25 years old and have the historic plates accompanying the car. But for my father this was not enough. He has gone to dozens of shows all over the east coast including New York, Georgia, South Carolina, all over Ohio and even to Canada. If there was a National or Grand National car show chances are he is going. He also, because of these shows, has dozens of Gold and Platinum awards for his category. Then in 2007 my dad bought a Shelby GT500. This was an unplanned surprise but we did not mind. It has seen its fair share of shows too. In August of 2011 my Grandfather passed away. It was around this time I decided to join the Military to honor his memory as he was an Airforce pilot of B-24’s in wwii and as for his Mustang, my dad has since taken control of the mustang with the permission of my grandmother. As for me I am hoping and praying to be able to get ahold of the 2014.5 Mustang to continue the tradition and also to honor my Grandfather. 

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