Standing out in the Ford Mustang world is hard. With millions sold over its 50-year history, it seems like everyone and their mother owns one, or has owned one at one point. It’s America’s sports car that exudes styling and performance almost unlike anything else ever offered. Take Mark Sullivan’s custom 1965 fastback Mustang for instance. This two-tone screamer is far from ordinary. With a black-on-orange paint scheme and a slammed appearance, the Mustang turns heads wherever it is.
In Tulsa, Okla., Thursday afternoons are synonymous with college bar specials and yard work—a day to get things out of the way for the weekend. Every year on June 12 though, Tulsa turns into an automotive stomping ground for one automaker in particular. Every year Tulsa hosts the Mid-America Shelby Nationals where owners of new and old Ford and Shelby Mustangs take to the streets to cruise by the iconic riverside. Police set up roadblocks to corral the high-horsepowered ponies.
Dynos⎯You're either all talk or you know for a fact what your ride puts down. After weaving their way through the crowds, gawking at various cars and popping off the rev limiter a few times to turn heads, entrants pulled up to the garage where techs hopped into the driver’s seats and carefully backed up the cars onto the dyno. The cars are then strapped down, fans are turned on and the techs rip off three different runs. The reading is then written onto the running list of makes, models and horsepower. Typically, dynos are used for tuning tools, much like a tape measure is used for building something with precision, but they also double as fabulous competition power measurement devices. Even then, with so many variations and often inflated power readings these days, it's difficult to truly know how much power a car is capable of. Instead of comparing scurrilous dyno sheets, dyno competitions offer up an opportunity to compare real life numbers, while minimizing the variables. This leads to that unquestionable requirement for facts that are a prerequisite for a true contest.
Welcome to day two of our continued coverage of the 2013 SEMA show from the land of excess, Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that you’ve already run through our day 1 coverage, featuring what SEMA is and why it’s one of the most important and celebrated industry-only events for the automotive world.
The Global Time Attack ProAm series with Shift-S3ctor concluded Saturday (Oct. 19th, 2013) at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California. Suitably named “The Fastest Road in the West,” the Big Willow track consists of many long, fast, sweeping turns and a high-speed front straight, making it the perfect venue for the finale.