Friday, April 01, 2005

Just starting out, not an expert

I am not claiming to be an expert on the Auto industry or even qualified to express my opinion. That's the wonderful thing about the internet. I plan to have my say on past current and future models from Ford and their partners. I have read many auto publications over the years including AutoWeek, Automobile Magazine, MotorTrend, Car&Driver, Road&Track as well as Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords, Mustang Enthusiast, Car Craft and Hot Rod magazine.
I go to the New York International Auto Show every year, having made 25 shows over the last 28 years. I attended the 40th Aniversary of the Mustang at Nashville Superspeedway, last year and like a true Ford fan drove my Crown Victoria to Dearborn Michigan to visit the Henry Ford Museum and Ford World Headquarters. Like a devout Muslim making his pilgrimage to Mecca.

I'm a 40 year old man from New York who has owned a number of Fords over the years and has always had a rabid interest in the company and it's history. This is my way of having fun and maybe being heard. Feel free to disagree with me, that's your right.

Here is a list of some of the Fords I've owned over the years;

1967 Ford Fairlane Station Wagon
1975 Ford Granada Coupe
1977 Lincoln Versailes
1978 Ford Thunderbird
1979 Ford Pinto Pony
1988 Ford Festiva LX
1991 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 nochback
1992 Ford Crown Victoria LX
1993 Ford Taurus SHO
1999 Ford Ranger XLT, 4x4 with Offroad package

I have two brothers who are also car nuts, not quite as devoted to Ford as I, but that doesn't make them bad people. My older Brother had a 1966 Mustang in Rangoon Red with a 289 and Pony interior as well as a 1969 Mach 1 with a 351, top loader 4 speed and posi rear. He is still a Mustang fan today, having a 1991 Mustang GT Hatch and a 2003 Mustang GT convertible as well as a Ford F-250 and Expedition. My other brother has always been a Mazda fan, with 2 RX-7's, a Miata and Protoge 5. He currently owns a Doge Magnum R/T with the 5.7 Hemi, but I talk to him anyway.

I love all Fords from the GT down to the Focus, but my favorite has always been the Mustang.
I hope to be able to purchase a new 2005 or 2006 Mustang GT within the next 18 months.
I also appreciate the Global Partners of Ford; Mazda, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Land Rover, Range Rover and Volvo. Ford has the assets to improve market share if they manage them properly.

In my next posting, I will try and link to websites of interest.


Anonymous said...

Hi Joe, it's your older brother. I just wanted to say good luck with your website, I think it is great. One small correction, my convertible is a 2002. Keep up the good work, I look forward to your updates! FORD FOREVER!

Big Ford Fan said...

Tom, thanks for the comments, so far I think only three people have left comments and two of you are my brothers.

vanman said...

no people just like too read sometimes i stumbled onto this while looking for history on my own car.1980 ford sundowner panelvan

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