Views of the Neighborhood

Yesterday was the  annual Mustangfest here on Mustang Island. No, it was not about horses in the flesh but horses under the hood. Mustang aficionados came from Mustang Oklahoma through San Antonio and then to Mustang Island. The idea is for owners to get together for the weekend to talk about cars, have fun, and to pick up some awards. Mustang Island is the perfect destination for this group.


This photo will give you an idea of some of the more modern Mustangs and what these folks have for breakfast.

Here is another shot of the collection. You can see a few older Mustangs in the group.


There were several Mustangs that had been given some extra help in the engine compartment. Here is an example of an engine capable of developing over 500 horsepower. (Could probably fly)


This shot shows a  Mustang model that Ford tried as more of a family car. It still had a five-liter engine but took on the lines of something you would take to the store.


Contrast the above with this bad thing.


I thought it would be fun to take a line shot of the backs of the cars. Maybe you’ll recognize one of your favorite models.


Here is a shot of a happy Mustang owner and the shirt of the event.




    1. Thanks for the reblog. 🙂

  1. All this talk of 5+ litre engines developing 500bhp makes my 1.2 litre (Low Emissions Variant) Twingo, with its 60 bhp, sound rather tame.
    Oh yes. It is. Painfully at times, but 55mpg (46mpg in American) almost makes up for it.

    1. Yes. I would like that kind of economy. Of course our petrol is still relatively cheap compared to the rest of the world. Thanks, Keith

  2. My step-son has a 1972 Mustang that has been a project for he and his dad for several years now. It’s been wrecked so many times (not his fault…crazy FL drivers). He’s getting it ready to put on the market now.

    1. Should bring an okay price even if it has been in accidents. Thanks, Susan.

  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    The last photo is why I love this type of event….folks are so happy to share their masterpieces. I don’t know a thing about cars, but the smiles and chatter — fantastic. 🙂

    1. Yes. there is an energy in the crowd. The guy wanted me to take a picture of his back as well. I did, but it really didn’t say much and his love handles were too much to show. 😀

      1. Gwen Plano · ·

        Honestly, you are toooo funny LOL

  4. This is interesting but what I know about cars would fit into a thimble. I remember, though in the early 60’s a boy I was dating lifted his car’s hood and everything looked like it was coated in chrome. He was really proud of it. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Yeah, that was the thing to do. Red paint was popular as well. Thanks, Suzanne.

  5. Breakfast of champions, eh? I love the green Mustang in the first photograph. Looks like fun day. Thanks for sharing, John! Happy Sunday!

    1. Habe a super Sunday, Jill. Thanks. 🙂

  6. The first car I (legally) drove was a ’67 Mustang convertible. My sister’s. I loved it! The stories it could tell . . .

    1. I’ll bet. Do tell!! 😀

  7. I’ve never owned one, but I’ve always liked Mustangs. I think I’d prefer the bad-boy version over the grocery store model, but they could all easily outrun my Jeep. Thanks for the great photos, John.

    1. They have certainly evolved into full blown muscle cars. (Most any thing can out run a Jeep. I’m just saying)

      1. I know, especially a 4-cyl job. But, they did manage to make it kinda nimble…I mean nimble for a Jeep.

  8. Haha! I was chuckling about all the empty Bud Lite cans lined up in front of #1 — then when I read your caption I laughed out loud.
    Back in the bad old days I had a 1969 1/2, 302. Fun car to drive. Fishtailed going around curves even at low speeds (though I think it was the angle of the roads (sort of a hillside)…
    I remember in the 1970s a Cobra II model that came with a cobra snake painted on the hood. I think that one is my favorite.
    Fun festival, but I expect it makes for a noisy weekend. Another delightful Sunday walk around the neighborhood with you, John. Mega hugs!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Tis is a very low key affair and is really meant for the owners to enjoy each other’s cars and company. Not too much for outsiders to do but walk around. A friend of mine bought the first Mustang (I think a 1965) He loved it. I never owned one. Thanks, Teagan.

  9. Looks really cool. Only been to a handful of car shows, but those tended to revolve around classic Chevys. That’s my father-in-law’s focus.

    1. Growing up in Detroit gives one an appreciation for all things auto. 🙂

  10. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    Lots of fun photos of the Mustangfest down John Howell’s way on Mustang Island!
    Not a horsey in sight mind! 😉

    1. Thanks, Jan. The reblog looks swell on your site. 🙂

  11. What if we returned Mustang Island to the “real one-horse-power mustangs”? 😉 Wouldn’t that be something? The picture of the backs of the cars reminds me of a German saying, “Ein schöner Rücken kann auch entzücken.” [= A beautiful back can enrapture, too.]
    Have a great Sunday,

    1. Thanks, Pit. Have a wonderful day as well.

  12. Car shows are so much fun. I used to hit them with my 56 Sedan deVille. Owned a Mustang once too, before hauling car seats, strollers, and diaper bags became important.

    1. Call of the domestic. Thanks, Craig.

  13. I never had a Mustang, but I did own a ’67 Firebird for a while. Monster machine that was. Always longed for one of the early Mustangs, though.

    Nice pics!

    1. Firebirds were awesome.

  14. Fabulous and so well loved. 😉
    My mustang days are ovah. 😀 😀

    1. We all have ovah days for the cars we have loved. Thanks, Tess.

      1. Sigh. I can’t get out of those low cars anymore. Stupid knees. 😀 😀 😀 Who knew?

      2. I still have a low one and I use the street as leverage. (hand out the door) 😀

  15. I never owned a Mustang — never wanted to, actually. I’m guessing that has a lot to do with the fact that a sorority sister of mine had one and let me drive it to church, whereupon it repeatedly stalled in traffic, causing me to fear for my life … and the rear end of her pony!!

    1. I drove my friend’s Alpha Romero so I can empathize with your concern. I was nervous the whole time.

  16. I’ve never been into cars, but my dad would probably love to be there. Here in Bowling Green, they have the Corvette museum and festival.

    1. That sounds interesting. Corvettes are not my kind of car but I do enjoy looking at them.

  17. Sorry, I’m late to the party. I was very pleased to see the owners having light beer for breakfast… they’re slowing down in their old age – much healthier choice!

    1. Yes. They seem to be taking care of themselves.

  18. I don’t know much (anything, actually) about cars, but I’d still have enjoyed having a walk around. It was nice to see the photographs. 🙂

    1. It was enjoyable. Thanks, Bun. 🙂

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