You couldn’t have two more polar opposites if you tried. Out in the show car fields sat one of my dream cars and a BangShift feature car, Jason McDaniel’s 1969 Shelby GT500. Curving lines, haunched hips, open air intake, and more scoops than a Baskin-Robbins in the summertime. Even sitting dead still with the 428 dormant, this is an exciting car. The red paint screamed in the sunlight, the gold striping the perfect contrast. This is what the look at classical vehicles is supposed to envision. This is a fantastic representation of the muscle era, the final throw of Shelby and Ford before he bowed out of cars for a bit and got to work on chili recipies, moments before the Mustang went from large and in charge to it’s Fat Elvis stage.
Then you go to the track. It says “Cobra Jet”. It looks like violence, barely contained. The body lines of the latest Mustang are still aggressive and in a way can echo the Shelby’s…open intake, curves, hips, and all. But there’s one major difference, one fundamental leap that separates the two: this is the Cobra Jet 1400, the electric car. Yeah…electric. On it’s wheels-up, eight-second trip down Beech Bend, it made all the noise of a mildly irritated golf cart. It brought the wheels up effortlessly and hung them for a good portion of the launch. I know opinions are divided on the subject of EVs, but in a way it showed what Ford Fest can and should be: the cars we’ve always held dear to our hearts and the point where we see the new on full display for the fans.
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