In May of 2015 my 2005 Ford GT turned over 27,000 miles. The car continued to perform almost flawlessly. Almost.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
In March of 2014 my daughter’s junior high school had a career day. I signed up to be a speaker because I wanted to let the kids know what it’s like to be an automotive journalist. I figured the Ford GT would offer some great perspective on why I’m a car fanatic.
Southern California is a hotbed of car activity. Almost every weekend there’s a car show in almost every Los Angeles neighborhood. Back in February of 2014 a Ferrari car show was taking place at the famous Petersen Automotive Museum in West Los Angeles. I wanted to go, but I didn’t know how the Ferrarista would feel about a Ford GT invading their domain…
After some consideration I figured the worst that might happen is I’d have to park a few blocks away from the Ferrari car show and walk over to see the Italian iron. I drove up to the Petersen Museum early on a Sunday morning and was happy to discover I’d only have to park about 20 yards from the Ferraris. The “non-Ferrari” section of the car show was on the same level of the parking structure as the rest of the cars, with only a single aisle separating them.