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OCT 20, 2021 | PHOTOS COURTESY BILL COOK

LOCAL SHOP HOSTS ‘END OF SUMMER’ CAR SHOW TO CELEBRATE CUSTOMERS’ FORDS

Poster of the Event Details

LIVONIA, MI – Every enthusiast who has some outside work done on their classic or collectible vehicle has a favorite mechanic and/or a go-to shop to call on in times of need. In fact, one of the biggest reasons to join a local Mustang or Ford club is to get the recommendations from club members on the best and most trusted service shop to take your car that’s in your own neck of the woods. It’s no different in the Detroit area, where the Mustang Owners Club of SouthEastern Michigan (MOCSEM) has long suggested that its members take their precious ponies to a place called Oval Auto, a suburban Detroit full-service automotive repair shop in Livonia, Michigan, that specializes in Mustangs and Fords.

Pace Car Mustang Foxbody

Ford Performance photojournalist correspondent Bill Cook happens to be an active MOSEM member and also a customer of Oval Auto. This fall, he got this following text message from the shop’s owner and chief wrench, Jeff Schembri: “2nd Annual End of Summer Car Show at the Schembri Residence. September 25th from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Let’s get together one last time before we put our cars away. This is a private invite only! Please be respectful as this is a residential neighborhood – no  burnouts or speeding! Pizza will be provided – please bring your own drinks and a lawn chair. Can’t wait to see you all!” Schembri even had commemorative T-shits made up for the event.

Line of Mustangs

We’re not sure how many shop owners invite their customers to a private car show on their property, but Cook decided to attend because, as he put it, “The end of September into October is pretty much the last time for outdoor car events in Michigan. If I'm lucky, I'll get a chance to take in a few more before the weather declines and my cars head to storage. So on that Saturday, wife Mary Lynn and I headed over to  Oval Auto's ‘End of Summer Car Show.’

Police Fox Body Mustang

“As many metro Detroit area Ford and Mustang owners know, Jeff Schembri and his Oval Auto team are a pleasure to work with. They have and continue to perform outstanding work on both of my Mustang Boss 302’s, so we knew it would be fun to attend Jeff’s show. It turned out to be a perfect day, with cool cars, hospitality and people. We had a great time, and I’m happy to share my insider photos of this private shop car party below:

S197 Shelby GT500

Red Sn95 Mustang

Sport Trac Adrenalin

Line of New Edge Mustangs

Red Thunderbird

Ford Galaxy

Bullitt Mustang

Red Sport Trac Adrenalin

Dark Red '69 Mustang

Ford Probe

'80s Mercury Capri  

FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY BILL COOK

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