Veteran journalist John Clor has owned, raced, worked on and written about Fords and Mustangs for 45 years. After a 15-year career at The Detroit News, Clor shifted to automotive journalism with stints at AutoWeek and later Edmunds.com. He joined the Ford Special Vehicle Team in 1995 and spent the better part of the next decade working on SVT Communications, PR and Marketing. Since 2007 he’s been directing a club outreach program born at Ford Racing that is now known as Ford Performance Club Connect, as well as managing enthusiast communications for Ford Performance, which includes all the enthusiast content on FordPerformance.com. Clor is an Iacocca Award Winner, a longtime Mustang magazine columnist and author of the books Mustang 2015 and Mustang Dynasty (2007 & 2009). He appears in print, radio, TV, video, film and often in-person promoting the Mustang and Ford Performance across the country. Clor is a Board Member of the MotorCities National Heritage Area, hosts a show called “Cars In Context” that has evolved from local cable access to YouTube, and is the proud owner of two ’70s era Mustangs, including one that he calls “a long-term project.”
Answers to our Interview Q&A provided by John Clor:
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING AND IS IT RELATED TO CLASSIC CARS OR MUSTANGS?
I am the Enthusiast Communications Manager for Ford Performance, plus I lead the Ford Performance Club Connect program as well as manage all of the Ford enthusiast content on FordPerformance.com. I’m also a regular monthly columnist for Mustang Times, the Mustang Club of America’s club publication.
IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIFIC YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ON THE SHOW?
I would like to discuss the Ford Mustang as an American cultural icon, and how the enthusiast community helped it achieve that status.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU OWNED YOUR CLASSIC RIDE?
I’ve owned various classic Mustangs since 1972
IF YOU’VE MADE IMPROVEMENTS TO YOUR CLASSIC CAR OR RESTORED IT, WHAT WORK HAVE YOU DONE?
Full rotisserie resto of 77 Cobra II T-Top. Mild performance upgrade (heads, cam, intake, etc) for its 302 V-8.
DO YOU WORK ON YOUR CLASSIC CARS YOURSELF OR DO YOU HAVE A MECHANIC OR SHOP DO THE WORK?
I do some cosmetic and mechanical work, except for machine shop and body and paint.
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR IMPROVEMENTS/RESTORATION/MODIFICATION OF YOUR CLASSIC CAR?
Have another Cobra II (78 T-Top V-8) that I am in the process of resto-modding.
Where can we find more info about YOU?
My content appears on FordPerformance.com, Ford PerformanceClubConnect.com and in Mustang Times magazine, the official monthly membership publication of the Mustang Club of America. I can be reached via email through ClubHub@Ford.com
Have an idea for the show or think you’d make a great guest, send an email to the host:
Thanks for listening, keep it safe, keep in rollin’ and keep it on the road! Until next time.