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sure if that was because of the car, or

because Bonnie was wearing an Amer-

ican flag halter top under her um-

brella. But what the hey, maybe people

were feeling patriotic).

It was the first time that I had

driven the car on the highway in thirty

years. “Nervous” doesn’t even begin to

describe how I felt. It was also the first

time that we realized the enthusiasm

people share and the true value of our

car.We even had one guy follow us and

offer a blank check for the car. We

heard many comments along the line

of, “

I used to have a Shelby, but I sold

it to buy furniture or put a deposit on

a house

.” It rained for the whole trip

back to Maryland, but it truly looked

like the “Blue” car was smiling in the

rear view mirror.

In 2004, we entered the Shelby in

a Halloween Contest on Kent Island.

We decked it out as a P51 Mustang. It

had a working propeller, flaps and

rudder. It had vintage WWII mark-

ings, decals, and insignias. We took

first place. It just goes to show what

happens when you give mechanics too

much time and too much beer.

In the spring of that same year, we

were invited to the “Wings & Wheels”

show at the Kent Island Airport. How-

ever, they didn’t ask for the Shelby.

They wanted the “P51” to set up on the

tarmac with the vintage planes.

Someone actually asked us if we flew

it there! We made a poster of it and

sent it to Mr. Shelby to sign. He

thought it was hilarious and wrote

Beautiful! Off we go into the Wild

Blue Yonder.

In 2015 and 2016 we were honored

with an invitation from the National

Capital Region Mustang Club to dis-

play our Shelby in the Washington

D.C. Auto Show at the DC Convention

Center, as a part of their “Fifty Years

of Mustang” display. After many years

of local shows, parades, rallies, cruise-

ins, high school reunions, parade laps

and a dozen SAAC conventions, “Mus-

tang Sally” never gets old. Although

the future remains untold, one thing

we can be sure of is that we will be rid-

ing our “Painted Pony” as long as we

have “Horsepower.”


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