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Ford and Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos Celebrate 50 Years of Mustang

October 20, 2014 Mustang News No Comments


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mustang and its influence on popular culture, Ford Motor Company and Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos have teamed up through the ICON50 program to name 10 up-and-coming artists who are breaking new ground and setting the stage for the future in the music industry.

Like music, which has the power to transcend generations, help define popular culture and ignite movement, Ford Mustang inspires a sense of freedom, independence and adventure.

“Hard Rock is the perfect collaborator to explore music as part of popular culture and to identify trends that will shape the industry’s future,” said Melanie Banker, Mustang brand manager, Ford Motor Company. “For five decades Mustang has represented some of the best of American popular culture, and since the early ’70s Hard Rock has embodied that same spirit – one deeply rooted in rock ’n’ roll culture while evolving with the ever-changing music landscape and inspiring fans along the way.”

ICON50 artists include ASTR, Betty Who, Cathedrals, Elle King, Joywave, MisterWives, Sheppard, Smallpools, Young Rising Sons and Young & Sick.

“There’s no denying the significant impact both music and Mustang have had on popular culture,” said Matt Watts, director of music and marketing, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “The artists whom we’ve identified are each carving their own path, and have pushed musical and cultural barriers to reach a broader audience. They not only represent what’s great and exciting about music right now, we feel they’ll inspire and move people in the future as well.”

Launched in September, ICON50 explores how popular culture could evolve. The unique program encourages Americans to rekindle their sense of adventure behind the wheel of the all-new Mustang. Along with Hard Rock, experts from Zagat, ESPN The Magazine and Mashable are helping to curate a list of 50 innovators and designing themed driving routes across America in celebration of Mustang’s 50th anniversary and the arrival of the all-new pony car in dealerships throughout the country.

Driving what’s next in music
Ford and Hard Rock have laid out a cultural road map and developed a driving route along the eastern region of the country featuring must-see destinations that are helping to shape what’s next in the music scene.

“There’s no better way to explore what’s coming in music than to hit the road and drive, and there’s no better car to do this in than Mustang,” said Watts. “The sense of freedom and adventure Mustang inspires has been echoed in many great songs over time.”

From New York to Florida, Hard Rock helped to create a route that will allow consumers to discover the cultural landmarks of music. The tour begins in Brooklyn, home to many hot spots that have made the borough an indie rock mecca for the young and trendy. The route continues south through Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Tennessee and Louisiana, before ending in Miami – with music festivals and unique venues aplenty along the way. An interactive map featuring the driving route and key points of interest can be found at http://www.fordmustangicon50map.appspot.com/#.

A specially curated playlist featuring tracks from each of the ICON50 artists will be available for download to guests at Hard Rock venues around the world starting in February 2015.

To celebrate the artists named to the ICON50 music list, ASTR, Betty Who and MisterWives will perform live at a special event today in conjunction with the College Music Marathon in New York.

ICON50 will continue over the next several months, exploring cultural drivers that will help define a new generation in the realms of food, sports, technology and design. The next list of innovators and themed driving route will focus on the culinary space, and will be released with Zagat in early November.

Why Mustang is a pop culture icon
Early on, Mustang’s unique combination of style, performance and affordability established an entirely new class of sports car. Its impact goes well beyond the more than 9.2 million cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. Mustang has made thousands of appearances in film, television and video games, and is referenced in nearly 50 songs.

On sale now, the all-new Mustang is the most advanced pony car yet, featuring an all-new, sophisticated design and a host of innovative new technologies and connectivity systems.

Next year, for the first time, Mustang will go on sale globally to customers in more than 120 markets, including right-hand-drive markets.

Source: [Ford]

2016 Shelby GT350 test mule breaks down!

October 14, 2014 Mustang News No Comments


Eagle eyed Mustang enthusiast caught a 2016 Shelby GT350 test mule in camo on Woodward Ave having engine trouble. As it was parked the driver of the prototype test mule was having issues starting the vehicle. Embarrassing to say the least but its understandable given the vehicle is a work in progress. After several starts the GT350 mule starts up and roars out of the parking lot.

Keep reading to see the video. … Continue Reading

SEMA 2014: Vortech & Neil Tjin team up for 2015 Mustang GT build

October 13, 2014 Mustang News No Comments


Vortech Superchargers is teaming with design guru Neil Tjin on this competition orange 2015 Mustang GT build that will be shown at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The project was started by Army Veteran and Mustang6G member “rrg9946″ who plans to use his vehicle as a daily driver and show car for various veterans organizations. … Continue Reading

SEMA 2014: CJ Pony Parts 1965 Mustang Project 50/30 build preview

October 10, 2014 Mustang News No Comments


The 2014 SEMA show is about three weeks away and now is the time we start seeing build photos of the Mustangs which will attend the show. One such Mustang is a custom 1965 Mustang dubbed the 50/30 project from CJ Pony Parts. The Mustang build is named after the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang and the 30th anniversary of CJ Pony Parts. … Continue Reading

American Muscle giving away very first 2015 Mustang Cold Air Intake

October 9, 2014 Mustang News No Comments


For those of you who like free stuff I have something right up your alley. American Muscle has teamed up with C&L Performance to giveaway the very first C&L Cold Air Intake for the 2015 Mustang. One winner will receive a C&L Cold Air Intake along with a Bama SF4/X4 tuner for their new 2015 Mustang EcoBoost, V6 or GT.

In addition to receiving those sweet mods the winner will receive a personalized plaque with their make, model VIN and name engraved on the air intake. The prize package is valued at over $750.00.

Enter the contest by heading over to American Muscle’s 2015 Mustang Cold Air Intake page. Scroll to the bottom to view all the products they have available to pre-order.

September 2014 Ford Mustang Sales are really low

October 8, 2014 Mustang News No Comments


You know its a bad month when Dodge’s Challenger sells more vehicles than you do! Sorry for the comedy but its true the Challenger edged out the Mustang for maybe the first time ever.

Another fact about September 2014 Mustang sales, they came close to the all time record monthly low of 2,944 set in January of 2009. Lets hope this is the calm before the storm as 2015 Mustangs have started to find their owners across the country. Keep reading to see the complete breakdown for September. … Continue Reading

Ken Block Hooning all-wheel drive 60’s Mustang for Gymkhana 7

October 7, 2014 Mustang News No Comments


Ken Block was spotted in his new 1960’s all-wheel drive notchback Mustang smoking the tires and just being a bad ass. The new retro Mustang was spied filming Gymknana 7. Keep reading to check out the video and another photo. … Continue Reading

2016 Shelby GT500 Mustang Spied Testing with Big Hood Bulge

October 7, 2014 Mustang News No Comments


This photo along with a few others were taken back in September of what appears to be two 2016 Shelby GT500 test mules in Denver, Colorado. Under the heavy camo we can see the rather large bulge in the hood of the S550 Mustang mule which tells us something big and maybe powerful is lurking beneath the surface. What that might be is a mystery to us but rumors are flying around the new GT500 could be powered by a supercharged version of Ford’s 5.2-liter motor dubbed “Voodoo”. … Continue Reading

Hellcat What? Hennessey building 717 horsepower 2015 Mustang GT

October 3, 2014 Mustang News No Comments


Hennessey Performance to build a 717 horsepower 2015 Mustang GT to rival the Hellcat and Z06 Corvette. The HPE700 upgrade will propel the base 2015 Mustang GT to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 11.2-seconds at 131 mph.

The base 2015 Mustang GT only cranks out 430 horsepower so a massive Roots-type high-helix supercharger packing 7.25 psi of boost will surely help. Other upgrades to the engine and vehicle include … Continue Reading

2015 Ford Mustangs ready to go!

September 28, 2014 Mustang News No Comments


A photo has surfaced which was taken just outside the flat rock holding lot where a sea of 2015 Ford Mustangs are waiting to be shipped to dealers across the country. This is a welcome site for many Mustang enthusiasts who have placed their orders and are awaiting shipment of their new ride. These 2015 Mustangs look ready to go as the black one in front has a window sticker.

For a larger view of the photo keep reading. … Continue Reading