All the 2005 Ford GT long-term updates

Making the Ultimate Ford GT Parts Run

2005 Ford GT Transit Parts
My Ford GT, and over 100 Ford GT parts, just before being loaded for shipping

When I got my Ford GT in August of 2005 I quickly realized something was very different about this car versus all the 1960s muscle cars I’d owned over the previous 30 years. The GT was a brand-new car, and that meant replacement parts were readily available for it. After struggling to get parts for my Plymouth GTXs and Dodge Challengers I reveled in the idea I could get anything I wanted for the Ford GT by simply calling on my local Ford dealer.  Read more

Ford GT and Ford Cobra Gather at Cars and Coffee

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My Ford GT joined other cool Fords at the local Cars and Coffee

A consistently rich and diverse collection of cars show up to my local Cars and Coffee every week in Aliso Viejo. If there’s one problem with Cars and Coffee it’s that I don’t go very often (I’m not a morning person by nature). But I’ve taken the Ford GT over a few times in the past 6 months, and it’s always drawn a solid crowd of admirers. Read more

My Favorite Ford GT Angle: Overhead

2005 Ford GT Overhead Monterey Trip
My Ford GT looks even better from overhead, but I don’t usually get to see it that way

The Ford GT’s excellent design makes it look good from pretty much any angle. But my favorite angle is the overhead look you can only get from an elevated position. That’s not an easy position to get to unless you have a ladder, but I drove my Ford GT to Monterey Car Week this year, and on the drive up we stayed at a hotel with a balcony.  Read more

Ford GT Takata Airbag Replaced

2005 Ford GT Airbag Recall Fixed
My Ford GT had its drivers side Takata airbag replaced over a year after the recall

Over a year after receiving my Takata airbag recall notice I received a follow-up notice saying the parts were available. It took awhile to get my Ford GT to a local dealership, and I was nervous about letting the dealer service staff drive it. I still worry about people who aren’t familiar with the GT’s shift pattern, because many novice GT drivers confuse 1st and 3rd gear, and driving a Ford GT in 3rd gear at low speeds can quickly fry the clutch. Read more

2005 Ford GT versus 2005 Acura NSX

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Two mid-engine sports cars from 2005, an Acura NSX and Ford GT

In 2005 the Ford GT was a brand new mid-engine sports car from America. That same year the lifecycle of an aging mid-engine sports car from Japan, the Acura NSX, was coming to an end. The brief crossover of these two cars provided an intriguing glimpse in sports car evolution.

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The Ford GT is actually slightly lower, overall, than the Acura NSX

One of the first things I noticed about the GT and NSX is how low the Ford sits, even by first-generation Acura NSX standards. The NSX is not a “big” car by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, its tidy dimensions and lightweight aluminum structure were considered cutting edge technology when it debuted in 1991. But when sitting next to the Ford GT the Acura NSX doesn’t look as low-slung as the GT, and careful analysis confirmed it is indeed slightly taller than Ford’s 2005 supercar. Read more

2005 Ford GT versus 2016 Dodge Viper ACR

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One decade and two cylinders separate my Ford GT and this Dodge Viper ACR

The automotive journalist community is full of car guys, and many of them express their passion by buying special interest or enthusiast models. I’ve been doing this for over 20 years, with the Ford GT representing the latest in a long line of performance cars I’ve purchased, starting with a 1969 Plymouth GTX before I had my driver’s license.

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Alan Taylor and I met to swap keys and compare rides

One of my friends and colleagues, Alan Taylor, recently purchased a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR to express his passion for performance vehicles. Alan hosts “The Drive with Alan Taylor” and has been in the car business for over 30 years. After Alan purchased his Dodge Viper ACR we met to compare rides. Alan let me drive his Viper, and I was prepared to let him drive my Ford GT, but he politely declined. “I can’t relax when I drive other people’s cars.” Read more

Going Secret Agent in the Ford GT

2005 Ford GT Karl Brauer Suit
The Ford GT cleans up well; certainly better than I do

In September of 2015 I had an opportunity to drive an Aston Martin DB10 ahead of the James Bond movie, Spectre, premiering in U.S. theaters. This was one of 10 cars produced for the movie, none of which were street legal and one of two that wasn’t destroyed during the movie shoot. I used this opportunity to produce a story and video for Forbes in which you never see my face but you do get a glimpse of my hand or arm or some other random body part. Read more

The Power of a Ford GT Homecoming

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More than a few Midnight Blue and Heritage GTs attended the rally

Attending the 10th Annual Ford GT Owners Rally was a treat on many levels, not the least of which was having my car sitting in the parking lot of Ford’s World Headquarters. My apprehension about shipping it was offset by my desire to attend the rally with my car, plus get a full service from the GT Guys and a full color correction from Esoteric Detail (all of which required the car to visit the Detroit area). I figured all these driving forces were reason enough to bring it to Detroit. Read more

Ford GT Owners Rally 10: Back in Detroit

Ford GT Owners Rally 10 Ford World Headquarters
More than 100 Ford GTs assembled in front of Ford’s World Headquarters

On August 25th, 2015, exactly 10 years and 2 days after I picked up my Ford GT at Santa Monica Ford, the 10th Annual Ford GT Owners Rally kicked off in Detroit. My car had just completed a full mechanical refurbishment with the GT Guys before getting a full color correction and detail at Esoteric Detail in Columbus, Ohio.

Between the mechanical and cosmetic treatments my GT was feeling as “new” as it had in years when I pulled into Ford’s World Headquarters for a gathering of over 100 Ford GTs. Ford was kind enough to block off the parking lot in front of its headquarters so only Ford GTs could park in it. Read more

A Ford GT Paint Correction Makes It Look Better Than New

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My Ford GT visited Esoteric Detail in Columbus for a paint correction process

In the summer of 2014 I was attending an Acura press event and met an engineer with a (first-gen) Acura NSX. When I mentioned I had a 2005 Ford GT he told me about a detail shop capable of restoring the paint on older cars with micro-scratches. These scratches can be hard to see unless you know what to look for, but they have a devastating impact on a car’s appearance. Read more