Post and Courier
July 30, 2014

Mustang club attracts solid turnout at classic Ford show dedicated to veterans

Posted: 11/15/2013 12:01 a.m.
Updated: 11/15/2013 10:32 p.m.


By Jim Parker

The 1965 Mustang sat in Matthew Haynes’ garage for 22 years. “I was in Jersey, I was going to sell it,” he said. “My wife said, ‘Why sell it?’ I decided to fix it up.”

Haynes, who now lives in Summerville, seems glad he did. He had acquired the classic Ford sports car in 1984, but “other priorities” took over and the car languished. In 2006, he pulled it out of storage for restorations.

“I think I paid $1,200 for it. I decided it was time to update (the Mustang),” said Haynes, who displayed the spiffed up model complete with black exterior and “pony edition” insides, at the 19th annual “Mustang and All Ford” car show Nov. 9 at Carolina Ice Palace in North Charleston.

“We have right at about 85 cars,” said Duane Helser, who helps organize the show for the Low Country Mustang Club. “We had a real good turnout of (non-Mustang) Fords,” which boosts the total. He said charitable contributions were expected to be “in the $2,500 to $3,000 range.” Show proceeds support “Camp Breathe Easy” — children learning about their asthma and their medication in a fun-filled environment.

Dozens of Mustangs from mid-’60s to 2014 designs; Ford Model A, Thunderbird and F series trucks; and Ford-built editions such as a Mercury Cougar and a rare Mercury Caliente parked alongside the ice palace off Northwoods Boulevard on Saturday.

At least one local dealership took part. North Charleston-based Jones Ford showcased two new models including a 2014 Ford Focus.

The “Salute to our Veterans” car fest enlisted a category for military vehicles, namely Ford Jeeps and like models. In 1941, the government contracted for manufacturers to build 15,000 Jeeps, too many for Willys Overland alone to supply their iconic vehicle. Ford won the contract to manufacture Jeeps in a second wave during World War II. The Willys and Ford editions employed interchangeable parts so soldiers weren’t stuck without parts on the battlefield, said Gene Lundgrin, who brought a 1943 Ford Jeep to the show.

Jay Carter drove from Florence in his red 2013 Mustang California Special edition Nov. 9 to attend the North Charleston show. “I bought this one out of fear,” he quipped, worried about buzz that Mustang plans to redo its ’15 model.

Jose Gonzalez of Summerville displayed his finely polished 1966 Caliente. He credited local restoration expert Al Bailey. “He totally restored this car.” Gonzalez enjoys a few of the car’s upgrades, including a big block V90 engine boasting 550 hp. “It’ll scoot,” he says.

Another “Ford” at the show was Patrick Quigley’s yellow 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7.

The roomy model displayed uncommon features such as sculpted side looks, sequential taillights and open-and-close headlamps – not to mention factory air conditioning and a 351 cubic inch engine.

“The neat thing about this car, the 1969 Cougar was built on a Mustang platform. It never got its just due,” Quigley said.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.