Sunday, May 1, 2016

Automoblog Book Garage: Art of the Mustang

Book Garage

Not far from where I live, in Flat Rock, Michigan, horses run wild. The Flat Rock Assembly Plant is easily visible from I-75; a banner draped over the side of one of the buildings reads “we love taking our work home with us.”

Flat Rock is a quiet community about a half hour south of Detroit. There isn’t much to downtown, aside from the usual Post Office, hardware store, and local law offices.

When the Mustang makes so much of an impact on the world stage, it’s sometimes hard to imagine a one horse town like Flat Rock produces the car dubbed as “The Faster Horse” in Hollywood.

1964 ½ Hardtop 1965 Hardtop 289 1966 Shelby GT350H

The Pony In The Pages

People grow up dreaming about and ultimately cherishing the Mustang. I did. And the span of the vehicle is so dynamic, from the original 1964 ½ at the World’s Fair, to the muscular Mach 1, and the sensational Shelby GT 500.

Art of the Mustang details this like never before.

With the exception of a classic car show, it’s not likely we will ever find this many Mustangs in one place. It’s easy to get lost in the pages and find yourself either wanting a Mustang or falling even more in love with the one you have.

For me, it brought up fond memories of once living in Flat Rock, not far from the Mustang plant. That’s the thing about that iconic horse … it runs through your mind just as much as it runs on a racetrack or straightaway.

2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

Author & Photographer

Photographer Tom Loeser’s stunning “light-painted” photography brings each Mustang to life while Donald Farr pens the pony car prose. As Editor of Mustang Monthly, Farr has been researching Mustangs for over 30 years. He is also the author of Mustang Boss 302: Ford’s Trans-Am Ponycar and was inducted into the Mustang Hall of Fame in 2012.

Photographer Tom Loeser specializes in Motorsport photography and has spent years shooting auto racing events.

Art of the Mustang is available through Amazon and Motorbooks.

*Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan. 

Art of the Mustang Gallery

1967 Shelby GT350 1968 Trans-Am Coupe 1968 GT500 1968 ½ CJ Fastback 1970 Boss 302 1972 Grande

*Last week on Automoblog Book Garage we examined Dodge over the last 100 years.

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