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DEC 15, 2021 | FROM FORD PERFORMANCE STAFF REPORTS

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: ED THOMASON FINDS FORD INSPIRATION IN EVENT BANQUET SPEECH

'60s Mustang

The best thing about working in the enthusiast communications world for Ford Performance is learning how our interaction helps boost your loyalty for the Ford brand. We’ve been told that simply experiencing our passion for Ford in person often helps reignite your own Blue Oval pride. We’re proud to say that’s certainly the case with Ed Thomason of Newman Lake, Washington. We met Ed during this year’s 42nd International Mustang Meet that was held in Boise, Idaho. After our rousing presentation on Ford Performance Club Connect at the event banquet, Ed came up to the stage to tell us how our talk had motivated him to take a more active role in the hobby as a Ford enthusiast. How much of a Ford enthusiast? Check out his note to us below about some of the fine Fords he’s had in his care, including 15 Mustangs and several cool projects:

“Hi, Ford Performance! It’s Ed Thomason. I appreciated meeting and talking to you at the show banquet, and wanted to thank you again for the motivation. My wife and I are going to our regional club meeting this week. What I did not mention to you in our discussion is that I am the Vice President of a local car club that isn’t brand or model specific. For years I have stayed away from specific clubs. However as I mentioned to you, your speech has opened my eyes to Ford and your point about the hobby needing younger -- and may I saw newer -- faces to re-energize these car clubs.

“I have an extensive background in planning and running large events, so I hope the Inland Empire Mustang Club is open-minded to having newer faces being an active part of their club. Here are a few photos of some of the 15 Mustangs that I have owned through the years. Plus there’s one on my wife’s new Bronco project and the cool ’39 Ford I had mentioned I’d like to do.

“In closing, you where the highlight of that banquet for us! Having traveled a lot for my previous career, I know how tiring being on the road can be. But, please continue -- because you are making a difference!”

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