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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Review
- Published May 15, 2011
Ford’s 2012 Mustang Boss 302 summons the spirit of muscle cars past, with 21st century handling and style.
For those hankering for a thrill ride, look no further than the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302. Originally produced in 1969 and 1970 as a true racing car as a compliment to the popular production version, the Boss is essentially a muscle car in a smaller body size that hugs corners, pounds out a full 440-horsepower from a 5.0-liter V8 engine, and has 380 lb-ft of torque for serious bone-crunching fun.
We tested both the standard Boss 302 (available in red with black accents) and the Boss 302 Laguna Seca (black with red accents) at the Ford Proving Grounds in Dearborn, Michigan. The two vehicles are quite similar, but the Laguna Seca – which we tested in a prototype phase – has more of a racing feel, with finely tuned brakes, suspension, and steering meant for faster speeds. The most noticeable difference we found is that the Laguna Seca version has a preternatural growl that could be more effective at scaring small children as you drive around town.
A reborn classic
In appearance, the 15.5-foot vehicle looks stocky but not compact. Just a day before driving the 302, we drove a 2012 Dodge Charger, another muscle car that proved helpful to note the differences. In person, the 302 just looks like a race car, even though it is street legal. Despite varying price tags, some of our more recent rides highlight interesting styling differences between cars at this performance level: The Audi R8 is low-slung and audacious, and the Chevy Corvette Z06 (which we drove last summer in Detroit) is curvy and also low to the ground. The 302 has more of a classic styling.» Read More
Collectible Classic: 1969 1/2 AMC Hurst SC/Rambler
- Published March 10, 2010
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Classic cars strut their stuff
- Published September 16, 2009
By Kim Hone-McMahan Beacon Journal staff writer
Upscale car collectors from across the nation will roll into the prestigious Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles this weekend in Jackson Township.
For those who don't know, it's an event akin to the Pro Football Hall of Fame week in Stark County for car buffs.
The three-day event will honor Edsel B. Ford, the only son of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford. Several of the cars that were owned by the man, who was president of the Ford Motor Company when he died at age 49, will be on display. Among those are a 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet and two custom-built speedsters.
In addition, a 1938 Lincoln Brunn limousine, a 1934 Ford Brewster town car from the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House collection and an original, unrestored 1922 Hispano-Suiza touring car with coach work by Brunn will be in the show.
The younger Ford assisted in the creation of some remarkable automobiles built in the 1920s and '30s. Among the automobiles he was best known for influencing was the Lincoln Continental, making the scene in 1939.
David Schultz, executive director of the Glenmoor auto event, owns two vintage Lincolns. It seems Schultz, who has been involved with the Glenmoor Gathering for five of it's 15 years, got the car bug when he was just a tike ` following a visit to the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.
Today, his knowledge of vintage automobiles is both impressive and informative. Those who have a chance to talk with him are treated to a history lesson on the automobile.
The Glenmoor Gathering is gaining in prestige. Some of the same cars that are shown at places like the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, considered by some as the the world's premier celebration of the automobile, will be at Glenmoor. Only the rarest of automobiles are invited to participate.
This year, more than 200 cars will be parked on the beautiful grounds of Glenmoor Country Club, which boasts a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
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