GHMA Monthly Meetings
Held at the Ford HQ in Oakville:
2000 The Canadian Rd, Oakville, ON L6J 7G1
2018 Meeting Dates & Times:
Sunday November 11th 2018 1:30 PM:
Guest Speaker TBA. (please bring your unwrapped toy donations for Toy Mountain)
Sunday December 9th 2018 2:30 PM:
No Meeting – our annual Members Appreciation Dinner
2019 Meeting Times to be announced…
… instead it will target heavy-duty vehicles. Proposed changes will be subject to 30-day public consultation, province says. Ontario’s Drive Clean vehicle emissions testing program will be dismantled next year and replaced with a new system that will focus on heavy-duty vehicles such as transport trucks.
In a news conference Friday, Premier Doug Ford said the program worked well when it was introduced in 1999 and but grew less useful as the automotive industry adopted more stringent emissions standards.
“Drive Clean was created almost 20 years ago but 20 years later, the family car now creates much less pollution. So Drive Clean has outlived its usefulness,” he said.
Only five per cent of vehicles failed the test last year, compared with 16 per cent in 1999, and the trend is expected to continue, the government said. Read more here … Ontario getting rid of the Drive Clean Test
Well folks, another Dream Cruise has come and gone and great fun was had by all.
I’d like to thank Norm Smart for arranging for our amazing group rate at the Auburn Hills Hilton yet again. Andrew Long for what I hope will be our first ANNUAL Games Night at the Hilton. I know that everyone who participated had a hilarious time. I’d also like to mention Stan Elsdon, Pete Pickering and Norm Malisani for setting up tours to Vanguard Motors and the Stahl Collection.
To all the members who made the trip I hope you had a great time, I know I did and I’m already looking forward to next year.
And to anyone who has ever doubted that Norm Smart is in fact Mister Woodward I give you Mustang and Fords coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise pictures 71-73. Here he is with his fellow delinquent Howard Sims who spent much of Saturday keeping the water box wet. See link for more on Woodward 2018 – Mustangandfords.com
See you all at the next meeting!
GHMA Coffee Club: Our16th Coffee Club Season with the GHMA:
Saturday October 13th at the Chop House at the Mohawk Inn, 9230 Guelph Line, Campbellville. We will be moving it around but we’ll start there at 8:30 am.
If you’re retired or have flexible work hours, join us every Wednesday at Tim Horton’s at the Quality Suites Hotel.
9:30 AM in Oakville West side of Bronte Road just south of the QEW.
Please check your email & see the Events link above for more details including venue and time changes …
Ford has a new Mustang that seeks to eat the Dodge Challenger Demon for dinner, as long as the meal is only served at the track. The Blue Oval has unveiled its new Mustang Cobra Jet ahead of the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise, and it’s not what you’d call slow. In fact, Ford says it’s the fastest production Mustang to ever grace a drag strip, capable of reaching 150 mph (241 km/h) in the quarter-mile while covering the distance in the mid-eight-second range – a full second quicker than the race-equipped, 840-horsepower (626-kilowatt) Demon. More here from Motor1.com
One of two pivotal Experimental cars built by Shelby has been found in a Texas field, 50 years after it disappeared – and the owner had no idea what he owned.
Shelby’s ‘Little Red’ prototype Mustang GT500 EXP has been found in Texas after years of searching – making for one of the most significant finds in American car collector history.
The big-block Shelby notchback coupe was one of a pair of ‘experimental’ cars built by Ford Motor Company and Shelby American. It was an important developmental car, which showcased a variety of ideas, from a restyled body to adding a Paxton supercharger to the big-block V8.
Little Red eventually became the model for Ford’s 1968 Mustang California Special but once finished with it was moved into storage – and there the trail went cold.
More from Auto Classics here…
DETROIT—Tom and Gail Wise disagreed about whether a broken-down car should be stored in a family garage for 27 years or sold for junk. He insisted they keep it because, he promised, one day he would find the time to fix the vehicle himself.
It was her skylight blue convertible Ford Mustang, purchased at age 22 in 1964, that their family of six drove for 15 years. Read more here from MSN online…
Gail & Tom Wise – 1964 Skylight Blue Mustang Convertible – First Mustang ever sold.
“…The Ford Motor Company will lift the veil off the 10 millionth Mustang. That’s right, ladies and gents; America’s original pony car now numbers in the 10,000,000s, with production going stronger than ever in Flat Rock, Michigan.” Read more here from Autoevolution about this historic event.
“… Wimbledon White-painted pony looks just like any other Mustang from the 2019 model year. But this is car number 10,000,000 according to the photographer, presented with a soft top and the 5.0-liter Coyote V8.”
Over 500+ vehicles registered in attendance on a gorgeous sunny day. The week started out wet, hot and humid – then the sun and cool weather came out for the Stampede All Ford, years, makes and models show on Sunday July 29th 2018.
A big thanks those who worked behind the scenes to put this together. A HUGE thanks to Ford, its employees and especially Shannon White for helping and allowing us to have our show once again at the terrific Ford Oakville HQ. To all the hard working volunteers from the GTAMC & GHMA, friends and family; as well as the many show participants who brought their vehicles, attendees, Vendors and Sponsors – we could not have done this without you!
Here is the picture slideshow of the event:
(Note: Click link above or picture below for recollections by Dave Wilson about Jim and how our club began…)
I have sad news to report. Many of you know that Jim King was our first club President and that Jim, then a VP at Ford Canada, was instrumental in getting GHMA started. Jim passed away on Friday June 15th of a heart attack. Jim was a great guy, a lifetime GHMA member and a definite Ford/Mustang fanatic like a lot of us.
Jim came back to the club to help us out as our MC when we held our No Borders MCA show ten years ago and I like many others had visited Jim in his most recent hometown, Las Vegas. After retiring from Ford, Jim joined Shelby America as a team member and historian. In that role, Jim conducted some very special tours of Shelby for many GHMA members.
I don’t have any details for services as of now however; they are likely to be held either in Las Vegas or Vancouver.
On behalf of GHMA and myself, our sincere condolences to Jim’s family & friends.
George O’ Hearn
GHMA Past President
Forwarded by Ford Alumni:
Jim King began his Ford of Canada career on March 27,1972. Jim was from “The Rock” where he developed a ‘need for speed’ – his it favourite car was the 427 Cobra and his favourite flight was in an F80 Shooting Star jet fighter compliments of the U.S. Air Force based in St. John’s. However, his passion was automobiles . . . Mustangs in particular . . .
Jim talking about the Shelby 1000
News Round Up – from around the Net:
Ford is phasing out its passenger cars, except one: the Mustang. New York Times article by James B. Stewart …
Absolutely gorgeous … check out Mircea Panait’s article and pictures over at Autoevolution for this concept …
Here is a terrific article by Benjamin Hunting on the early design prototypes Ford worked on for the Mustang.
“The Ford Mustang’s path from affordable coupe to performance icon has taken many twists and turns in its near-55-year history.” Hagerty: Mustangs that never were…
Facts and figures, sales, production numbers and so on. Worth a look – all things Mustang. (Thanks to Jerry Dunn and John Siderius for sending me the info.) Click above link or here…
Found – the Real 1968 Bullitt Mustang
Here is an in depth and terrific story by Larry Webster from our friends at Hagerty
“Steve McQueen made one last effort to buy his favorite Mustang in 1977. He sent a letter, typed on a single piece of heavy off-white vellum, to the car’s owner in New Jersey. The logo for his movie company, Solar Productions, was embossed in the upper left corner and opposite that resided the date, December 14, 1977. The letter is just four sentences.
“Again,” it begins, “I would like to appeal to you to get back my ’68 Mustang.” McQueen offered no specifics as to why this particular Ford was important to him, except to say that he wanted to keep it unrestored and that it was “simply personal with me.” Click here for full article!
Mustangs are our passion!
We drive them, race them, restore them, preserve them and just plain enjoy them. The Golden Horseshoe Mustang Association was originally started as a Classic Mustang club in 1995 by a core group of Classic Mustang enthusiasts in the Greater Toronto Area. Over the years we have become an all years Mustang club and one of the largest Mustang club in Canada.
We participate in various events, car shows, travel, charities and much more throughout the year. If you interested in the car hobby, our many social events, then please feel free to attend one of our monthly meetings held at the Ford HQ in Oakville Ontario or Contact us for more info.