New Ford GT at the Chicago Auto Show

New Ford GT Chicago Auto Show Profile
The New Ford GT in a new color at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

One month after the new Ford GT debuted at the Detroit auto show the car made its second appearance at the Chicago auto show. The global debut GT was painted a shimmering shade of “Liquid Blue” with no stripes. The Chicago auto show car wore “Ingot Silver” with wide, dark gray (“Alloy”) stripes. As in Detroit, the car drew a consistent crowd throughout both Chicago auto show press days. Read more

Ford GT: The Ultimate American Muscle Car

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The Ford GT is the latest, and best, in a long line of muscle cars I’ve owned

My first automotive love was the American muscle car. I had a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T before I had my driver’s license, followed by a 1969 and then a 1970 Plymouth GTX before I graduated high school. The concept of a powerful, torque-rich V8 engine was core to my earliest driving experiences and expectations, and I continue to appreciate these traits in vintage and modern automobiles. Read more

Ford GT: Not Valet Friendly

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The Ford GT fits in at premium resorts, assuming they don’t require valet parking

When you live in Southern California there’s an expectation of handing your keys to complete strangers when visiting a premium restaurant or resort. As a midwestern boy this expectation makes zero sense to me. I certainly understand, and even appreciate, the concept of valet service, but I have zero patience for establishments that require the use of such a service when I’m driving my Ford GT. Read more

Ford GT Steals the Super Street Car Show

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I visited the Super Street car show with my Ford GT, as an observer

In January of 2015 I went to a local import performance car show in Costa Mesa. It was sponsored by Super Street magazine, the first magazine I worked at as a feature writer (before that I worked at Hot Rod, Car Craft and several other enthusiast magazines as an editorial assistant). I didn’t go to be a part of the show, just an observer. Read more

New Ford GT Debuts at Detroit Auto Show

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Bill Ford Jr. and Mark Fields introduce the new Ford GT in Detroit

Starting in the fall of 2014 there were vague-yet-recurring rumblings about Ford building an all-new Ford GT. This rumor resurfaced every couple years after the 2005-2006 Ford GT ended production in October of 2006, making it hard to take this one seriously. At first…

But the rumors went from vague to specific as the the Detroit auto show approached. By December 2014 I was hearing the GT rumor from highly reliable sources, gradually wearing down my skepticism and inspiring me to get up early on January 12, 2015. That was the first press day of the 2015 Detroit auto show, and Ford had the first press conference that day. Read more

Ford GT Owners Rally in Vegas and New Vacuum Gauge

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A Ford GT Owners Rally in Vegas meant an opportunity for GT service

By October of 2014 I had been staring at a dead vacuum gauge for over 2 and 1/2 years. I purchased a new vacuum gauge shortly after my original gauge died, but I only trusted The GT Guys to install it. Unfortunately, they’re based 2,300 miles east of Los Angeles, near Detroit, so getting The GT Guys and my GT in the same place at the same time isn’t always easy. Read more

Ford GT’s Midnight Blue Color Must be Clean to be Seen

Ford GT Midnight Blue Color
The Ford GT’s Midnight Blue color needs the right circumstances to truly shine

When I was ordering my Ford GT in the Spring of 2005 I agonized over the color. There were eight to choose from, but only Mark IV Red, Centennial White or Midnight Blue really interested me. I loved the GT in red, and still do, but as the “anti-Ferrari” I just couldn’t bring myself to order that color. This left white or blue, both of which are stunning on the Ford GT, though for different reasons. Read more

Ford GT Gets Sucked into the Takata Airbag Recall

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The Ford GT’s original driver airbag is part of the massive Takata airbag recall

As the largest recall in the history of the automobile it’s not surprising the Ford GT got sucked into the Takata airbag recall. In early 2015 a recall notice was sent to all Ford GT owners informing them their driver’s airbag needed to be replaced because of the defective Takata airbag inflator. Unlike many recalls, this one really is scary because it can result in metal shrapnel being thrown at vehicle occupants. Think IED in your steering wheel. Read more

Ford GT Celebrated at Supercar Sunday

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Almost 20 Ford GTs showed up for the Supercar Sunday car show

Another weekend means another car show in Southern California. In fact, every Sunday there’s a car show called Supercar Sunday in Woodland Hills, northwest of Los Angeles. While this show happens every weekend, there’s often a vehicle theme at Supercar Sunday that celebrates a specific model. In September 2014 the celebrated model was the Ford GT. Read more