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Friday June 2nd 2017

 

Good Morning Mustangers,

 

I got and email from Jim Hardie to let me know that our past member, Steve Albl with the Black Super Snake Shelby passed away last night after a three year battle with a Brain Tumor. 

 

On behalf of GHMA, I’d like to express our deepest sympathies to the family at this time of great loss.  Steve was a good club supporter and a true car enthusiast.  He will be missed.

 

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Well it’s now June and the car events will ramp up now.  The cruise nights will all resume this weekend if they haven’t already started.

 

This weekend has two awesome events.  The All Ford Nationals in Carlisle Pennsylvania, http://www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/carlisle-ford-nationals/  and the Fleetwood cruise at Steve Plunkett’s Estate in London, http://fleetwoodcountrycruizein.com/2017.html   

 

I’m planning to attend the Fleetwood show, (9282 Elviage Drive, London, Ontario N6K 4N5 for your GPS) and will be cruising down very early Saturday Morning.  If you’ve been in past years, you know you need to arrive early so I will be leaving with anyone that wants to cruise with us at 5:30 AM from the Petrocan/Tim’s at Carlisle Road & Highway 6.  Arrive early enough to get food & fuel if needed so we leave sharp at 5:30.  If you plan to join me, please email at ohearn@cogeco.ca or text at 905-580-4032.

 

My 70 Mustang is ready to pick up today however, I’ll be taking my T Bird to London.  That’s too long a run for its first shakedown.  I will hit some cruise nights with it starting in Miltom on Sunday night and Pier 1 next Wednesday in Hamilton.  My goal is to have the bugs worked out so I can make the run to Woodward with it.  Wish me luck J

 

Cheers,

George O’Hearn, President,
ohearn@cogeco.ca
905-580-4032

 

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Monday April 3rd 2017

 

Good Morning Mustangers,

The weather is warning up and April is looking like April. I plan to have my T Bird home shortly and I’m on the hunt for a newer Mustang GT or CS convertible in an Automatic. I prefer 2011 & up if you happen to know of or see one. My 70 Coupe should be on the road in May. 😀 

Our All Ford Stampede is less than four months away and we have good interest already. The link is posted above and here http://fordstampede.ca/ so please get it out to all your Ford owner friends and please pre-register. We want to crack the 500 car barrier this year and add in as many other fords as we can to help do that.

Last issue I asked if anyone could help out and consider sponsoring us for Stampede volunteer T Shirts so we are easier to pick out at the show. I’m happy to say that our friend & member Chris Langlotz and his Law Firm, Simpson Wigle did just that. Thank you Chris for your generous donation. It’s very much appreciated.

**Reminder** This Thursday Gallinger Ford Lincoln, 655 Main St E, Milton (our Stampede sponsor), has been the local family run Milton Ford dealer for 50 years and will be having an anniversary celebration on April 6th. Dave Gallinger would like some Classic Mustangs and other Fords, Mercurys, or Lincolns and their owners to attend as his guests. Please arrive by 5 PM, dinner at 6 and a presentation at 7. Many Ford Canada executives will be in attendance. Please let me know at ohearn@cogeco.ca if you will be attending. I’ve also added this below as an April event.  So far, I only have one classic Mustang confirmed so please do your best and let me know. All other vintage Fords & Lincolns & Mercurys are welcome.  Let’s hope the weather holds.

Dave Orlando, we call him Florida Dave sent lots of interesting links to pass on. Have fun.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dDnVVwvdlo
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-drone-regulations-marc-garneau-1.4027486
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-ford-mustang-f-150-add-pedestrian-detection-night-vision/
http://www.carscoops.com/2017/03/door-handle-spring-makes-ford-recall.html
http://www.hotrod.com/articles/found-cobra-jet-mustang-hidden-basement-28-years/
http://www.mustangandfords.com/news/mump-0409-ford-mustang-dearborn-assembly-plant/
http://www.thedrive.com/news/7997/missing-bullitt-mustang-possibly-found-decades-later

Our Speaker for the April 9th meeting is Laura Imrie. Laura is the assistance curator at the National Air Force Museum of Canada. The museum formerly known as the RCAF Memorial Museum is an aviation museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force and is located on CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ontario. Link to the museum website: http://airforcemuseum.ca/en/

I would like to hear your comments regarding this update. As most of you know, I took this on temporarily and have been trying to find someone to take it over for some time now. No one has come forward so I will be asking for an opinion on Sunday from attending members regarding the value of this update. If the members want it then I will ask once again for someone to step up and take it over otherwise this may well be the last edition. I just don’t have time to do it alo0ng with all my other responsibilities in the club and after all, I’m the founder of this communication and did it myself for the first ten years. It’s time for new blood with new ideas.

I hope to see a lot of you Sunday.

Happy Motoring,

George O’Hearn, President,
ohearn@cogeco.ca
905-580-4032

 

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Thursday March 2nd 2017

 

Good Morning Mustangers,

Well, here we are less than three weeks away from spring; and I’m ready. My 70 Mustang is coming along well and I’ve booked it in to Vintage & Performance to get it running for me, fix my mistakes  🙁 and set it up in mid-April. I’m close and looking forward to having a classic Mustang on the road once again.

Our All Ford Stampede web page is up, (Thanks Tyrone) with over 30 Pre-registered cars in a day. The link is pasted above and here http://fordstampede.ca/ so please get it out to all your Ford owner friends. We want to crack the 500 car barrier this year and add in as many other fords as we can to help do that. We have a great Mustang following for our show and I’d like to see other fords make up 25% or more of the attendees over time.

Gallinger Ford Lincoln is back as our Dealer sponsor and Ford Canada will also be on site with some exciting products. We are also looking to add vendors so if you know of an automotive vendor that may like to attend, please let me know. We’re also looking for a corporate sponsor for Volunteer shirts if you know a company that may like to do that for a cost around $500.

**Reminder** Gallinger Ford Lincoln, 655 Main St E, Milton (our Stampede sponsor), has been the local family run Milton Ford dealer for 50 years and will be having an anniversary celebration on April 6th. Dave Gallinger would like some Classic Mustangs and other Fords, Mercurys, or Lincolns and their owners to attend as his guests. Please arrive by 5 PM, dinner at 6 and a presentation at 7. Many Ford Canada executives will be in attendance. Please let me know at ohearn@cogeco.ca if you will be attending. I’ve also added this below as an April event. So far, I only have one classic Mustang confirmed so please do your best and let me know. All other vintage Fords & Lincolns & Mercurys are welcome.

Dave Orlando, we call him Florida Dave sent me an interesting links to pass on. This may be the real Bullitt, http://www.thedrive.com/news/7997/missing-bullitt-mustang-possibly-found-decades-later. He also is reading an interesting book, Lost Muscle Cars about some of the most valuable stolen classics. I’ll attach a picture of the cover as Dave says it’s a short read and very interesting.

Lost Muscle Cars by Wes Eisenschenk
Our Speaker for the March meeting is Vic Matkars of Ford Canada. He has a presentation for us that is sure to be interesting and he is a technical expert on Ford products, new & old. A lot of you know Vic as the Carb Doctor so come with your questions for him.

Please see several ***NEW*** Events. I need your cars or parts for sale or wanted so please send them along.

Happy Motoring,

George O’Hearn, President,
ohearn@cogeco.ca
905-580-4032

 

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Thursday February 9th 2017

 

Good Morning Mustangers,

Its February already so cruising season is that much closer no matter what groundhog you listen to. 🙂

We have a GHMA members meeting this Sunday at Ford and one of our favorite speakers, Jim Kenzie will be attending. Jim always has some great stories and is sure to be very entertaining. Our friend Jim Dorsey will  also be there and Jim has tickets left for the Rock the Road Raffle for the custom Dodge Hellcat, http://rocktheroadraffle.ca/ I have my tickets and this is your chance to get one; or three like I did. The winners will be drawn during and at the Toronto International AutoShow.

Gallinger Ford Lincoln, 655 Main St E, Milton (our Stampede sponsor), has been the local family run Milton Ford dealer for 50 years and will be having an anniversary celebration on April 6th. Dave Gallinger would like some Classic Mustangs and other Fords, Mercurys, or Lincolns and their owners to attend as his guests. Please arrive by 5 PM, dinner at 6 and a presentation at 7. Many Ford Canada executives will be in attendance. Please let me know at ohearn@cogeco.ca if you will be attending. I’ve also added this below as an April event.

Stan has a great lineup of guest speakers coming up starting with Jim Kenzie this months and Vic Matkars in March. Vic is a Ford Canada employee and is their Technical advisor. Vic will be giving us his insight on new Ford products and he knows them well. Vic is also a former Drag Racer and is a classic carburetor expert so come with your questions. We’ll keep the rest a secret for now. 🙂 

From our friends at DaSilva Racing: ‘Starting February 7th through the 20th, we’re having a save the tax suspension sale on the major manufacturers listed at http://www.dasilvaracing.com/. Prepare your ride for the street & track with these quality products. Please feel free to contact us today about your project.

Please see several ***NEW*** events below and two ***NEW*** Mustangs for sale.

Happy Motoring,

George O’Hearn, President,
ohearn@cogeco.ca
905-580-4032

 

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Thursday January 19th 2017

 

Good Morning Mustangers,

Well we got past Blue Monday and the next challenge to see how much winter is left is Groundhog Day on February 2nd. I like this January thaw however; we will have more winter as there is two months left until Spring officially arrives no matter what Wiarton Willie says I just say the word ‘Spring’ and I start thinking about Mustangs. My 70 coupe is coming along well and will be my classic cruiser this year.

I’m also thinking about selling my T Bird in favor of a later model Mustang this year so we’ll see about that. Anyone interested in a 2003 ‘Bond Bird’, let’s talk. This Saturday, January 21st is the day for our members into classic Mustangs to have a look through Bill Pinto’s collection of Classic Mustang parts etc. and to look at some hobbyist tools you may be interested in buying at good prices. I’ll be at a special ‘Saturday Coffee Club’ in Oakville at Moe’s Family Restaurant, 467 Speers Road at 9 am and at Bill’s house at [Edit – GHMA Members please check your emails for address.]

I hope the coffee club location will attract some members that wouldn’t normally go as far as Mohawk Inn for Breakfast so give that some
thought.

Some of our members are off to Cuba in February and I’m just a little jealous. I’m not sure of the dates or if there is any more room but if you’re interested, please contact Norm Smart at sstang73@yahoo.com Please see some new events below, some significant updates to the MCA events and two new items in for sale or wanted.

Happy Motoring,

George O’Hearn, President,
ohearn@cogeco.ca
905-580-4032

 

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Friday January 6th 2017

 

Good Morning Mustangers and Happy New-Year,
 
I hope all of you had a great Christmas and a good start to 2017.  I spent New-Year’s Eve with some of my best friends, (all of whom I met through GHMA) and our first Grandchild, a baby girl is arriving as early as today. Lorna and I are off to a great start indeed! [Congrats to Kim, her hubby and proud grand parents Lorna & George on their new granddaughter! … Maya, 6 Lbs. 15 Ounces.]
 
Here’s a link to a cool story on the Ontario made Ford GT submitted by Florida Dave Orlando: First Ford GT Supercar rolls off the line at Ontario. And another link from Dave to some cool info on Classic Mustangs: MCG Knowledge Base Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
 
I’ve added some events and one new Mustang Coupe for sale.  I had a good look at a 65 Coupe that’s been on our site for a while and it’s awesome. If you’re looking for a nicely updated and tastefully modified 65 Mustang coupe, look for the ***Re-listed*** ad in our Classifieds section. This is a John Miles Restoration and the owner is motivated with a new car on order.  The ***NEW*** Coupe for sale is one of our members who has had it and loved it for many years. It looks and runs great. This is a true “A” code non GT car with the most popular GT options added.  Two very nice Classic Mustangs to choose from so if Santa didn’t get you what you really want, consider me Santa’s helper .   
 
Here’s some news from Rob Chong who updates and handles all aspects of our website:

“The Mosport, Stampede and Woodward 2017 Events season is fast approaching so keep checking on the Events menu of the GHMA Website for any new updates.

Our Website is continually being tweaked and updated to make it better. Recently we did a big security update to make it more secure and to prevent any automated bot type hacking attempts to gain access to the site. One of these security features is a 2 factor authentication at the member login page.
 
When logging in you might see the new “CAPTCHA” verification pictures. As you normally would, log in with your user name or email and password and then click the “I am not a Robot” and then the Login button. Sometimes the Captcha popup window will open up. Just answer the question by clicking on the correct pictures, then the “verify” button and then click Login and that’s it. (Btw – Captcha stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart – just in case you are wondering.)”

For those Classic Mustang owners, there will be an open house at Bill Pinto’s Garage hosted by Bill’s son, Bill Junior.  As a club member that knew Bill, you are welcome to have a look through all the many Mustang parts, mostly the very early years and see if there is anything you need… [GHMA Members please check your email for further details and info.]

George O’Hearn, President,  
ohearn@cogeco.ca
905-580-4032