An unexpected day off work resulted in Laura and Ross Meeks from Kinoulton, Nottingham, securing a place as finalists in the Classic American Car of the Year competition at Birmingham’s NEC.
The 1967 Ford Mustang fastback is Laura’s car and is a desirable GT390 model similar to the ones used in the 1968 Steve McQueen film Bullitt. “We bought it in March 2017,” explains Ross, “and understand the car was in storage for a number of years. This Mustang was built as a fast car with not many optional extras and, despite a restoration in the 1980s, has retained most of its original parts.”
“We had to put a new radiator in and had the engine cleaned, in fact most of what we’ve done has been cosmetic since the car was very dirty and had a few scratches. We’ve spent the past six months of weekends getting it shiny again.”
The Mustang is one of 2188 built that year with this paint / trim combination and Ross has researched its history back to the original dealership in North Platte, Nebraska who sold it on May 18th, 1967.
“I don’t drink and smoke so I can afford to spend a bit of money on a nice car,” admits Ross. “I’ve got my own 1967 Mustang that’s currently undergoing a four-year restoration and it should turn out to be as nice as Laura’s. Both cars are certainly keepers. We use them for shows but if we go shopping we’ll take the kids and use the wider parent and child spaces at the supermarket to prevent people damaging the bodywork.”
The Mustang was spotted at the Autumn American Classic held at Prescott Hill Climb in Gloucestershire – the last heat for the prestigious Classic American Car of the Year competition.
Laura and Ross received a cheque for £100 and a trophy as a heat winner, with an invite to the grand final at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 10-12 November.
Classic American Car of the Year is the only competition of its kind in the UK, and is highly regarded on the American car scene, having been run for over 20 years. The winner will be announced on Sunday afternoon.
For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.