DEARBORN - We first met Bob McLaughlin of Portland, Oregon, way back in 2004 during the annual Mustangs Northwest Roundup in Bellevue, Washington. Bob’s cars are hard to miss; he’s got three spectacular Mustang II’s – a blue-over-white 1976 Cobra II, a gold-over-black 77 Cobra II and an orange 1976 Mach 1. It was the Mach 1, however, that caught the eye of a TV show host, and landed Bob an interview on an episode that aired earlier this year. Read his email below to find out what show featured Bob’s Mach 1, as well as what other Mustangs Bob owns:
“Hello to my friends at Ford Performance. I just wanted to let you know that last August, my son-in-laws and I took all three of my Mustang II's to a car show called ‘Show in The Shade’ in Dalles, Oregon. When we drove in, a TV crew from the ‘My Classic Car’ show and host Dennis Gage was there. He spotted my cars and came over to interview me.
“Dennis said he was very impressed with all three of my Mustang II’s He told me that he had never seen a Mustang II Mach 1 before, and was actually unaware that they continued the Mach 1 model through all five years of the second-generation Mustang, but he has seen a lot of Cobra II's. He was also impressed to see the V-6 engines in these II’s (as most collect the 302 cars). For these reasons, Dennis featured my cars in an interview for a spot on his show!
“After doing the feature, Dennis told me that he sees first-gen Mustangs and Camaros all the time, but was impressed to see all three of my second-gen Mustangs parked together – all in pristine condition. He told me my segment was to air on ‘My Classic Car’ on cable TV’s Velocity Channel beginning in March of 2017. It is great to see the Mustang II's getting some much-overdue respect!
“I also wanted to let you know that we went to a local show in McMinnville, Oregon, and won a GoodGuys-sponsored award (even though GoodGuys awards are generally given to Chevy/hot rod entries) for my Black-and Gold Cobra II . . . which shocked all of us!
“We always read your ‘Ford Performance Corner’ column in the Mustang Club of America’s monthly Mustang Times club magazine, and look forward to seeing Ford Performance participate at area shows. After my father’s recent passing, I inherited his Blue and Argent 1973 Mustang Convertible, which means that with my three II’s and my Laser Red 1998 SVT Mustang Cobra coupe, I now own a total of five Mustangs! Hope to see you back in the Northwest soon – keep up the good work!”
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