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50 Years of Ford Mustang: What’s your Mustang theme song? + My Bad-Ass Mom’s ’78 Mustang Cobra

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Hey everyone, guess what? 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s most popular muscle car, ze Ford Mustang. Yup, that’s right: you’re actually that old.

What makes me kind of excited about this is that I get to call my mom and ask about her old Mustang. The first ride she had was a 1978 Ford Mustang Cobra, and she was about as bad-ass as you’d think she was driving that damned thing.

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Unfortunately I wasn’t around to see it, since my birth spawned some rational conclusion that you can’t fit a baby seat in a two door muscle car. So in a partially short-sighted move, my great mother sold it off to get a family truck: a 1980 Ford Bronco. And yes, that’s the same truck that OJ used in his high speed getaway car. Except my dad installed a kick-ass speaker on it that I could yell at people through with a CB radio. My lineage of ass-kicking parents is just as kick-ass as the cars they drove.

In lieu of this Thursday’s 50th anniversary party hosted by Ford, I received a neat little timeline that reminded us that 50 years of Mustang isn’t just Mustang; it’s about the music that travelled along with it.

Take a ride through history with the visual timeline below, starting from the Mustang’s debut model in 1964 to its newest 2015 model. As you take a ride with us, you’ll notice some iconic songs that have been named after the Mustang or have included it in the lyrics. In addition, you’ll have a chance to see how the way we enjoy music in the car has evolved, from 8-tracks to cassettes to CDs and more, the Mustang has evolved with the music created.

I had to of course, ask my mom her favourite song to drive to when that little Asian girl would rip up the streets of Saint John in a Mustang Cobra.  “Reggie, that was 1978! *ponders* Ohhhhhh. Yeah. Stayin’ Alive. Bee Gees.”

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“Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a woman’s man: no time to talk.”
What’s your Mustang theme song?
 

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3 Comments

  1. Emirad Cord

    April 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Very well written. I too drove a Ford Mustang in 1978. Mine is black and red stripes. I really loved the car and drove it for 7 years. I just have to replace it for a family car. I kind of missed the car and deeply regret selling it. Thanks for the write up

    1. reggie

      April 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Thanks Emirad! Looks like you and my mother ended up running into the same trouble. Some guy out there (in a tattered old Mustang jacket) is just reaping the benefits of new families it seems!

  2. Forest

    April 17, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Very, very cool – especially your mom’s righteous Cobra Mustang II. Maybe you should hunt it down – try and find it. I think those cars will only get more valuable…

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