Having spent over three decades as an automotive journalist, today’s guest Matt Stone is no stranger to the world of Mustangs. Matt’s voice while gracing our podcast today was also often heard on the Motor Trend Radio Network. Matt has authored and photographed more than a dozen automotive books and for seven years was a member of SPEED/Fox Sports’ Barrett-Jackson auctions television broadcast team. On his wish list are a Ferrari Daytona, a Ford GT and a Shelby Cobra 289.
So in prep for the interview of course I watched the Steve McQueen San Francisco car chase between McQueen’s fastback and the Charger. I swear that charger lost all of its hubcaps and yet they regenerated after every cut. Tell me all about your Bullitt experience in a 2019 6-speed, 480 horsepower version?
Questions I ask Matt Stone during the interview:
- Welcome Matt — what got you to catching the auto bug?
- Did you take out any movie cameras like the Charger did in the movie, Bullitt?
- Share a bit about your experiences with guys like Carroll Shelby, Mario Andretti and Lee Iacocca?
- You came into the business for your passion in automobiles, why do you stay?
- What’s your experience behind the wheel of classic Mustangs?
- What’s the most you spent on a classic Mustang?
Information Matt provided prior to the interview:
Do you own an early year Mustang?
Not at the moment, but have. Current Mustang is a 2008 Shelby GT convert
What do you do for a living and is it related to classic cars or Mustangs?
Automotive journalist, writer, book author, and photographer
How long have you been a classic ride enthusiast?
Since I was a kid; and it’s a sickness from which I hope I never recover
If you’ve made improvements to your classic car or restored it, what work have you done?
I’ve restored several Mustangs over time, mostly to stock style condition.
Do you work on your classic cars yourself or do you have a mechanic or shop do the work?
I do most things myself, but no more heavy lifting like engine or trans rebuilds, and I don’t do upholstery or paint.
Additional comments made by Matt:
Also may be of interest, I’m just putting the finishing touches on my third and final book about Steve McQueen as Hollywood car guy, to be entitled “Bullitt: The Cars and the People behind Steve McQueen” all about the making of the film, the cars, how they were lost and found, the 50th anniversary of the film last year, etc.
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Keep it safe, keep it rollin’ and keep it on the road.
*Cover photo credit – Kathy Westerman, “Jazper, he is always on the run. Fun ride.”