Donald Farr has been a Mustang owner since 1970 and involved in the Mustang hobby as a journalist and editor since 1977. His first assignments were for the Shelby American Automobile Club and for a new magazine called Mustang Monthly. In 1980, Farr joined Mustang Monthly to become the magazine’s first full-time editor. Get this — In 1987, Farr wrote a Mustang Monthly editorial about Ford’s plans to convert the Mustang to front-wheel drive and asked readers to write Ford in protest. Over 30,000 letters flooded Ford World Headquarters, convincing Ford to change its plans for the Mustang. Farr received a Lifetime Appreciation Award from Ford’s Team Mustang in 2011 and the Lee Iacocca Award in 2012. He was inducted into the Mustang Club of America’s Mustang Hall of Fame in 2012. Farr currently owns the 1966 Mustang GT hardtop that his grandfather purchased new in 1966. Here to talk Classic Mustangs AND about his books on the market is Donald Farr on Ford Mustang, The Early Years Podcast.
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What do you do for a living and is it related to classic cars or Mustangs?:
Currently editor of Mustang Times, the official magazine of the Mustang Club of America.
Is there anything specific you would like to share on the show?
Mustang Club of America, and my history as a Mustang journalist and book author since the late 1970s. My first car was a new 1970 Mustang fastback, which I later traded for a 1970 Boss 302. I haven’t been without a Mustang in my garage since September 1970.
If you own a Mustang or classic car, have you named your car? If so, what is his/her name?:
We just call it “The 66.”
How long have you owned your classic ride?:
Since 1982. My grandfather bought the 1966 GT hardtop new in February 1966.
If you’ve made improvements to your classic car or restored it, what work have you done?:
It was just an old, used Mustang when I acquired it. New paint, interior, engine, etc. in the 1980s, then it became a restomod when I was editor of Mustang & Fords magazine in the late 1990s. Restored to original – just as I remember it when my grandfather owned it – in 2012.
Do you work on your classic cars yourself or do you have a mechanic or shop do the work?
Worked on my Mustangs all the time when I was younger.
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