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JUL 12, 2017 | FORD PERFORMANCE STAFF

Frank DeRupo Loves his ’69 Mach 1 and hopes Ford builds a new gen

DeRupo 69 Mach 1

DEARBORN - Longtime Ford fan Frank DeRupo of Metuchen, NJ, recently turned 71, but still owns and drives the 1969 Mustang Mach 1 that he bought new. He sent us a note to add his name to a long list of enthusiasts who have told us they’d like Ford to come out with another Mach 1 someday. To hear the features that Frank thinks any new Mach 1 should have, see his email to us below:

“Hi, Ford Performance! I very much enjoy getting your ‘Fast News’ email newsletter every Thursday, as well as reading the ‘Ford Performance Corner’ column in the MCA’s Mustang Times magazine each month. One recent column mentioned how many Mustang fans have voiced their opinion that Ford should build a new Mustang Mach 1 again. You can add my name to that list.

“In case Ford should ever consider producing a new-generation Mach again, I would like you to pass along my suggestions to those who could possibly make them come true. I’m finally retired (I turned 71 this past May) and I want to buy a new ’Stang to complement my 1969 Mustang Mach 1. I am the original owner. I ordered it in Indian Fire Red, with a 351 4-barrell, a Shaker, FMX Transmission, etc. I could not afford the insurance while living in in Brooklyn, NY, so I did not order the Cobra Jet (though now of course I wish I did!).

“I just want to suggest (plead) that if there is ever to be a new Mustang Mach 1 on the future product horizon, I would love it to be made available in a similar red metallic color of my Indian Fire ’69 Mach, or perhaps that of my 2010 Explorer (Dark Metallic Copper). I’d like to see it  done like the 2015 Mustang GT that my son rendered for me in the video game ‘Forza Motorsport 6,’ which is basically like a ‘burnt orange’ color. Plus, look at the rendering that he did and check out where the Mach 1 stripe is on that GT – right through the rear marker light, like on the ’69. Also, at the risk of sounding greedy, a full blackout hood with pinstripes and a Shaker unit would also be on my wish list.

“For the record, beyond my Mach 1 and Explorer, we have a number of other Fords in the family, including a Fusion, two Taurus’s and even a Lincoln. Thanks again for all the great work you do for us enthusiasts! -- Sincerely, Frank DeRupo, Metuchen, NJ.”

Editor’s Note: One of the most popular features on FordPerformance.com and in our Fast News e-newsletter continues to be "Ford Fan Spotlight," where readers can send in their own reasons why they're fans of Ford Motor Company. You know who they are: Ford "superfans;" grassroots Ford racers; unique Ford vehicle owners; loyal Ford enthusiasts; notable Ford club people; special Ford families; and/or any avid supporter of Ford, Ford vehicles, Ford motorsports or Ford Performance who deserves a little bit of special recognition.

All you need to do to get you, your car or candidate considered is to send in a brief description (200-300 words or less) and a few photos (in .jpeg format, preferably 300 dpi) of a person (full name and hometown, please) and vehicle that you think Ford Performance should feature (and why) in the "Ford Fan Spotlight" for an upcoming installment of Fast News and posting on FordPerformance.com. Then email it to: AskTFR@Ford.com. Should you wish to send a video, you simply need to post it on www.YouTube.com (preferably 1-2 minutes long) and send in the link, along with a brief description, to that same AskTFR@Ford.com email address. We'll choose one submission each week.