I’ve already shown you one Camilo Pardo Signature Series Ford GT, Blue Moon, but at the time I promised more, so here I present Signature 7, the third in the line of Camilo Pardo-designed appearance and performance upgrades. This one was a collaboration between Camilo Pardo and The GT Guy, both of them working with owner Sam Bayer.
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Attending the 10th Annual Ford GT Owners Rally was a homecoming 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.
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.
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.
After 10 years of owning my Ford GT I’d had it serviced almost exclusively by The GT Guys because of their extensive background and knowledge of all things Ford GT. These gentleman worked at Roush, one of Ford’s engineering partners, when the 2005-2006 Ford GT was under development. However, I’d never had it serviced at their home shop because it’s located outside Detroit, approximately 2,300 miles from my home in Southern California. That all changed in August of 2015, when I shipped my car to The GT Guys’ garage ahead of the 9th Annual Ford GT National Owners Rally.
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.
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.
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.
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.