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Summer 2016 30

Colin Comer happened to catch the

copy of

Mustang Monthly

out of the

corner of his eye when his wife was

flipping through the channels looking

for a cooking show. The movie was

“Back To The Future Part II.” Comer

rewound it to the image and snapped

a picture to send us. The top of the

magazine carries a banner that says

“Special Shelby Issue” and it’s hard to

believe that it could have been ap-

peared at random. When they are con-

figuring a scene for a movie nothing is

left to chance, so our guess is that one

of the prop masters on the movie crew

was a Shelby fan. How else can you ex-

plain it?

We are starting to get the feeling that

Steve Sloan is trying to change this

magazine into

Herpetology Quarterly

with his continual references to

snakes. This frame still was from a

1951 Flash Gordon series, “The For-

bidden Experiment.” As the show

opens the announcer describes what

you are seeing is a barren and dead

planetoid named Beta N-1. Then you

are shown a lush jungle scene showing

abundant wildlife, including this bat-

tle between a cobra and a mongoose.

How this qualifies as “dead and bar-

ren” is not explained. The ploy in-

volves a scientist trying to convert

animals into humans. His test subject,

a lion partially converted into a man,

is out of control. As always, Flash Gor-

don has to set things right and save

the galaxy. Sort of reminds us of “The

Island of Dr. Moreau,” which was

based on an 1896 H.G. Wells novel of

the same name. The 1996 movie ver-

sion starred Marlon Brando and Val

Kilmer. There were two earlier ver-

sions, “The Island of Lost Souls” (1932)

starring Charles Laughton and Bela

Lugosi, and “The Island of Dr. Moreau”

(1977), starring Burt Lancaster and

Michael York.

It’s always interesting to see the im-

ages a website or blog will use. We re-

cently opened an email that came


Sports Car Market


which contained advertising for a new

a new program on called

“What’s My Car Worth?” The picture

they used in the ad was one of a black

289 Cobra. That’s a Go-Pro camera

strapped to the guy’s head. It used to

be that just doing something which

provided you with good feelings and

vivid memories was enough; now some

people need to video everything they

do so they can replay it over and over

again – or send it to everyone on their

“friends” list. This might be the next

evolution of people presently walking

around staring at their cell phones or

iPads and texting everyone about

what they are doing. With a Go-Pro,

they don’t even have to take the time

to text. Just post a video so everyone

on your mailing list won’t have to read

anything – just watch the video.

This full-page ad offers the opportu-

nity to win a Superformance MK III

Cobra with a 480-horsepower Roush

engine for $3 for a single ticket, with

a sliding scale up to $5,000 for 6000

tickets. The proceeds go to the Ronald

McDonald House of the Central Valley.

Winning a raffle is one of those “be

careful what you wish for” things. “


you won the car. Congratulations. Now

you have to come up with a chunk of

money to pay the IRS

.” Your dream be-

comes a nightmare and you end up

selling the car to pay the taxes. Sure,

you still have money left over but you

never get to really own the car. This

raffle is a little different. It includes

$20,000 in cash to pay those taxes.

Sounds great, until your accountant

tells you that you’re also going to have

to pay taxes on the $20K.