May 22, 2017
SPEEDy MUSTANG COLLECTION
— A pony car by any other name
by Jim Corbran
This has to be one of the more unusual starts to a specific marque car collection on record.
When Georgia resident Gilbert Speed decided that one of the family’s pets was just not the right match for his brood of seven children, he did what any normal dad would do: traded it for a 1965 Ford Mustang. The pet? Why, it was a pony, of course! A pony for a pony car; seems like a good trade.
The Mustang wasn’t the first Ford in the Speed garage. They were involved in their family’s trucking business, and every truck in the fleet was a Ford, so the more mechanically-minded of the family became very familiar with the inner workings of the Blue Oval’s product line over the years.
In 1980, Chester Speed, the youngest son of the family, bought a 1965 Mustang of his own. This seemed to ignite a spark, as soon after four siblings ended up adding their own Mustangs to the Speed stable, which now includes: three 1969 Mach 1s, two 1970 Mach 1s, two 1971 Mach 1s, a 1973 convertible, and a 1993 Mustang GT.
Their Dad has since passed on, but the Speed siblings try to get out together in their Mustangs a couple of times per year, a real event as they are now spread out across Georgia and Florida. Car shows bring them all together, that and cruising down I-75 — a rolling pony car side show which gives them the opportunity to remember their dad and enjoy their cars. And of course, when the cars are trailered to actual car shows, they’re pulled by — what else? — a series of Ford pickups.
Dad would be proud.
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— A pony car by any other name…”
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