Mustang Magic: The Ultimate Meetup

2012 Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup
2012 Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup
The Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup is held annually and takes over the main street of Steamboat Springs, CO with nearly 500 Mustangs from all over the country, some traveling all the way from Hawaii and Florida. (The photos and copy in this gallery were produced by Heather Ruch.)
1968 Mustang High Country Special (Photo 1/2)
1968 Mustang High Country Special (Photo 1/2)
Ford produced 251 of the 1968 High Country Special Mustang and sold them only in the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1968 Mustang High Country Special (Photo 2/2)
1968 Mustang High Country Special (Photo 2/2)
Owned by Barry Mathias of Littleton, CO, this High Country Special received an award of excellence in its class as part of the Show n Shine of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1969 Mustang Mach 1 (Photo 1/2)
1969 Mustang Mach 1 (Photo 1/2)
Ford produced seven performance Mustang models in 1969 including the Mach 1 to compete with the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1969 Mustang Mach 1 (Photo 2/2)
1969 Mustang Mach 1 (Photo 2/2)
Fort Collins, CO resident Terry Sandmann's Mach 1 received an award of excellence in its class at the Show n Shine of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1968 Ford Shelby GT-500KR Convertible (Photo 1/3)
1968 Ford Shelby GT-500KR Convertible (Photo 1/3)
The interior is signed by Mustang designer Carroll Shelby. The convertible King of the Road Mustang was only produced for the 1968 model year. This Shelby sold new for $5,100 and is currently valued in the six-figure range. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1968 Ford Shelby GT-500KR Convertible (Photo 2/3)
1968 Ford Shelby GT-500KR Convertible (Photo 2/3)
One of 518 Shelby GT500KR (King of the Road) convertibles made in 1968, this red powerhouse is owned by Bob Dallas of Westminster, CO. According to the story told to Dallas by Carroll Shelby, designer of the Shelby Mustang, Shelby heard that Chevrolet was developing a muscle car and was going to name it King of the Road. Shelby raced against the clock to trademark the name. His trademark attorneys made it to the office first and Mustang fast-paced production of the KR line that has now become a classic muscle car. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1968 Ford Shelby GT-500KR Convertible (Photo 3/3)
1968 Ford Shelby GT-500KR Convertible (Photo 3/3)
The original owner of this Shelby installed a 427 ci motor and a Paton supercharger for drag racing. The car ran 11-second quarter mile laps at speeds up to 120 mph. When Dallas bought the car, he restored the engine to its original design with a 428 ci Cobrajet motor. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1968 Ford Mustang GT350K Fastback (Photo 1/2)
1968 Ford Mustang GT350K Fastback (Photo 1/2)
Larry Kerr of Syracuse, UT is the original owner of this ‘68 Fastback and has put on 527,529 miles over 30 years across several continents. Kerr and his wife bought the Fastback in 1968 when Kerr joined the military and was stationed in Europe. In those days, the military would ship vehicles and personal belongings of service personnel for free around the world. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1968 Ford Mustang GT350K Fastback (Photo 2/2)
1968 Ford Mustang GT350K Fastback (Photo 2/2)
Kerr's GT350K has traveled back and forth across the United States several times, over both oceans and across several seas. It's currently on its fifth engine, one engine was purchased in Turkey and Kerr describes his Mustang as a keeper. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1969 Ford Mustang Grande (Photo 1/2)
1969 Ford Mustang Grande (Photo 1/2)
The 1969 Ford Mustang Grande is a luxury model built for a driver looking for the fun of a Mustang combined with more luxury features. Owner Barry and Julia Shaffer of Brighton, CO say their Grande is quieter and more elegant as well as leaps and bounds more comfortable than their 1968 Ford Mustang GT California Special and other Mustang models produced up to that year. The Grande received an award of excellence in the Show n Shine of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup for the third straight year. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1969 Ford Mustang Grande (Photo 2/2)
1969 Ford Mustang Grande (Photo 2/2)
Annie Baker of Oregon bought the Grande used in 1971. She met current owner Barry Shaffer in 1984 when Shaffer was 24 and Baker was old enough to be his mother. They “adopted” each other and maintained a close relationship over the years. Baker passed away in 2009 and willed the Grande to Shaffer. The Grande holds tremendous personal meaning to Shaffer and his wife Julia. The car has become a well-loved member of the family. (credit: Heather Ruch)
2011 Mustang GT Fastback Coupe "Reversion" (Photo 1/2)
2011 Mustang GT Fastback Coupe "Reversion" (Photo 1/2)
Owner Johnny Herrmann, a twenty-something metal fabricator from Haxtun, CO, also known as Johnny Sparks, bought his Fastback new in 2011 and had a vision of a new Mustang in 1968 Mustang clothes. He set his mind and his welding torch to do just that. Sparks took reproduction Dynacorn ’68 and ’69 Fastback sheet metal and manipulated them by lengthening, widening and shortening to fit on a 2011 Fastback body. The result is a one-of-a-kind prototype dubbed the Reversion. (credit: Heather Ruch)
2011 Mustang GT Fastback Coupe "Reversion" (Photo 2/2)
2011 Mustang GT Fastback Coupe "Reversion" (Photo 2/2)
The one-of-a-kind Reversion has been shown at SEMA in 2011 as well as at Ford headquarters where engineers had a few questions for Sparks about his design. Sparks says he would love to make anyone a Reversion of their own. Prices start at $30,000 as long as the Mustang is supplied. He can be reached on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JohnnySparks.CO. (credit: Heather Ruch)
2010 Ford Mustang GT500
2010 Ford Mustang GT500
Owner Ken Peel of Cottonwood Heights, UT decked out his 2010 GT500 with custom upholstery in Bronco blue and orange. He also adorned the center console with a stallion statue. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1966 Ford GT350H Shelby Mustang (Photo 1/2)
1966 Ford GT350H Shelby Mustang (Photo 1/2)
Originally rented out by Hertz in Chicago and then sold to a Ford dealer in Colorado, this GT was eventually found abandoned in a Colorado field by Milt Johnson of Boulder who completed most of the restoration work. In the summer of 2003, Chuck Otoupalik purchased the GT, rebuilt the engine and suspension, and added a correct 1966 dealer option supercharger. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1966 Ford GT350H Shelby Mustang (Photo 2/2)
1966 Ford GT350H Shelby Mustang (Photo 2/2)
Owner Chuck Otoupalik and his daughter Shelby have worked on the GT together since 2003. Shelby Otoupalik has driven the GT in numerous autocross races over the years. Otoupalik's GT took home the Merchant's Choice Award as well as an award of excellence in the Show n Shine of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1968 Ford GT350S Shelby Mustang (Photo 1/2)
1968 Ford GT350S Shelby Mustang (Photo 1/2)
Owner Gary Griffith of Castle Rock, CO says his Shelby is not a trailer queen. He's raced at the Stat Patrol Track, Second Creek Raceway, High Plains Raceway, Pikes Peak International Raceway and Wood Creek Raceway near Snowmass, CO. He says the supercharged engine makes for a very fast, old car and the paint job attracts a lot of attention, including from the local sheriff's department. At the 2012 Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup Autocross, Griffith took fourth place in the Men's Early Street Prepared Class. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1968 Ford GT350S Shelby Mustang (Photo 2/2)
1968 Ford GT350S Shelby Mustang (Photo 2/2)
This Shelby Mustang was originally ordered with a Holley four-barrel and a Paxton supercharger, which were installed at the dealer in Washington upon delivery. Owner Garry Griffith says it's been repainted, but the interior is all original. Griffith took home an award of excellence in the Show n Shine of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1968 Ford GT500KR Fastback Shelby Mustang Fastback (Photo 1/3)
1968 Ford GT500KR Fastback Shelby Mustang Fastback (Photo 1/3)
Ford produced only 1,058 Fastback King of Road models in 1968. Around 1982, Jerry Katopodes bought this Fastback as a college graduation present to himself. He paid $3,500. The restoration has been a 22-year project for Katopodes. Today, the model could reach as much as $400,000 at auction. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1968 Ford GT500KR Fastback Shelby Mustang Fastback (Photo 2/3)
1968 Ford GT500KR Fastback Shelby Mustang Fastback (Photo 2/3)
The 1968 GT500KR features a big block 428 cubic-inch Cobra jet engine earning it the nickname Big Snake. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1968 Ford GT500KR Fastback Shelby Mustang Fastback (Photo 3/3)
1968 Ford GT500KR Fastback Shelby Mustang Fastback (Photo 3/3)
At the 2012 Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, Katopodes took first place in the 64-78 category of the popular vote, decided upon by Mustang club members throughout the nation. (credit: Heather Ruch)
1970 Mustang Coupe
1970 Mustang Coupe
Owner James Kothe of Northglenn, CO makes sure everyone knows the finer points and ground rules for his Mustang: “Yes, it's fast. No, you can't drive it.” (credit: Heather Ruch)
2001 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra (Photo 1/2)
2001 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra (Photo 1/2)
Ed and Juanita Clark, Tuscon, AZ say their Cobra is production number 1,952 of 3,867 and only 1 of 457 originally painted in mineral gray. (credit: Heather Ruch)
2001 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra (Photo 2/2)
2001 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra (Photo 2/2)
The Clarks have taken the factory 4.6L DOHC V8 engine and built layer upon layer of stability, power and venom, starting with a Paxton supercharger. They've also added Eibach springs and Bilstein shocks as well as a carbon fiber hood that they say, gets straight to the point. (The photos and copy in this gallery were produced by Heather Ruch.)
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