When you combine legacy, heritage, speed with the innovation and creative spirits of Ford + Shelby American at a beautiful facility like Texas Motor Speedway, you can create an experience that is almost magic. That’s the definition for the GT500 North American Track Tour.
The morning was cool for North Texas. The forecast had projected rain, morning held hints that the weatherman’s guess might be true, but as I drove up to No Limits, Texas, all I saw was a gorgeous morning at Texas Motor Speedway.
The sky split and the sun streamed through the clouds in a way that made me think of the work of the Dutch Masters. If you’ve never been, which I would highly recommend, let me share with you the details. When the tour comes your way, and the thought crosses your mind to go or not go, say “Yes.”
The grounds at Texas Motor Speedway are clean and up to date. No rust or grime, just a beautiful facility designed for some of the best race driving conditions in the world. Nascar, Performance, Racing or simply exploring the features of a well-made machine, like we set out to do this day — this is the place for it.
It started with the sounds. I heard the rev and purr of the engines as the drivers made time on the outer track while we waited for registration to begin and vehicles to be prepared with the sanitizing innovation called Transform. I could hardly think about the sanitization, the downright sexy sound of the growl, click and rev of the Mustang had already captured my attention. It’s pretty magnificent. My eyes strayed to the brilliant colors dancing on the track at speeds that made my heart happy as we talked amongst ourselves, a small group, well screened and masked, bowing to the demands of the global climate, safety and Covid-19.
For me, this day’s adventure was about the Shelby GT500 and the Mustang Mach-E. I wanted to know how they were connected, what legacy ties them together and if the soul of the Mustang resides in both.
In case, I can happily report, the soul remains true.
ABOUT SHELBY AMERICAN + FORD
Like most of America, I watched Ford v. Ferrari . I probably watched it about a dozen times. My boys fell in love with the story, the comraderie, the passion, the Americana and quite frankly, the cars. I fell in love right along with them. It explored a story, the making of a legend, that I hadn’t seen quite like that, but was already curious about.
For this event, Aaron Shelby, grandson of the Texan automotive legend and chili aficionado, Carroll Shelby, shared a bit of his insight, pride and a taste of the heritage of the union that is Ford and Shelby America. Gary Patterson, CEO of Shelby American was also on hand.
It’s a symbiotic relationship that allows both firms to create literal masterpieces fit for the road, that captivate imaginations, test what physics and engineering can do and the beauty of modern tech laced with the craftsmanship of days past.
ENTER THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE MUSTANG… MACH-E and MACH 1
“To change the way that people drive…to help people experience cars differently…” is what Jim Farley said about the evolution of the Mustang family. Many, many people wondered why the Mach-E was added to the Ford stable as a Mustang, the beloved iconic brand within the classically Americana brand.
He spoke of the innovation, the dedication, the partnerships with brands like Recaro, Michelin and so many others that have elevated the brand, the user experience, the quality of the vehicle and left an imprint on the tapestry that has become the GT500, Mustang Mach-E and the upcoming Mustang Mach-1.
Beautifully crafted with the innovations that make the drivers of today ecstatic, the Mach-1 will be what the original Mustang was to drivers of the past. A machine that makes the road your escape, a destination in and of itself, ready for whatever adventure you want to throw at it. To see more of this upcoming beauty, visit here. Or you can see a peek over on my Instagram, here.
Tailored to a specific audience that loves the feel and thrill of the drive, the power behind the machine, the confidence of a stand-out piece of equipment that creates an experience like none other and wants it to fit their energy consumption desires — be it petrol or electric, the Mustang family has collected a team of dreamers, craftsmen, scientists, designers, professional drivers, innovators and enthusiasts to create machines that answer the siren’s call.
ANSWERING THE SIREN’S CALL….
There is probably no better way to try a vehicle than to actually try a vehicle out…. by yourself and with a professional driver. To test the limits of a vehicle in the hands of an enthusiastic novice and then to see, feel and experience the same vehicle, no modifications, no upgrades, no updates, no tweaks perform beautifully in the hands of someone that pushes vehicles to absolute boundary of their performance ability as a profession is exhilarating. Then to find out that every owner of the Mustang family is offered the opportunity at the Ford Performance Racing Schools… call that an added bonus. You’ll learn to be a better driver in the hands of the professionals that live, love and breathe these vehicles. They teach you the ins, outs and brilliant tips that come from knowing a vehicle as well as you know the back of your hand. It’s an experience you’ll not want to miss. Ready? Visit here.
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