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DEC 7, 2017 | FORD PERFORMANCE STAFF

’65 ORIGINAL OWNER ROY RATLIFF FINDS MUSTANG LOVE AGAIN IN ’15

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DEARBORN - When Ford introduced the Mustang in April of 1964, Roy Ratliff fell in love with it and bought one. He’s owned his MCA Gold award-winner ever since. When Roy drove it to Las Vegas for the Mustang 50th birthday in April of 2014, he saw the 2015 Mustang, fell in love with it and bought one. He now has both generations, 50 years apart, but you won’t believe who helped him wipe down his 64½ in Vegas:

“Hello, Ford Performance! My name is Roy Ratliff, and I wanted to show you my two Ford horses. I bought my first Mustang on May 26, 1964, and my next one on December 3, 2014. I still have my 1965 Mustang (which is known as a 64½) that I enter occasionally in MCA Mustang car shows. I have won MCA Gold trophy awards for the ’65 in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2006, Mustang Monthly magazine did a three-page article featuring me and my Mustang!

“I drove the ’65 to California for the 2012 MCA National judged car show, where I picked up a Gold award. I also drove it to Las Vegas for the Mustang 50th anniversary in April of 2014. While my car was on display at an entrance gate to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the event, I was asked to drive it down to the New York, New York Casino and display it there along with the yet-to-be-shown 2015 Mustang for its national co-debut.  Of course I said OK and headed to the Vegas casino right away.

“While various people were preparing the location for the Mustang party that evening, then-Ford executive Mark Fields actually helped wipe the dust off my ’65 to get it ready for the 2105 reveal. I didn’t know who he was at the time, nor that he was about to replace Alan Mulally as the CEO of Ford. Unfortunately for me, my phone battery died and I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures of any of the Ford executives in attendance there, nor of my car or the 2015 while they were on display on the bridge at the casino (although I was able to find a couple of photos of the cars at the Vegas event off the internet).

“When I first saw the all-new 2015 Mustang during that reveal event at the casino, glistening in that Deep Impact Blue color, I knew I had to get one. So as soon as I got back home, I started shopping for one. Finally found what I wanted in early December and bought it. Man, I love the Deep Impact Blue (DIB) color of my 2015! Now I enjoy both cars, some 50 years apart!”

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