Randy Dresback left his home in Ortonville, Michigan, about 4 a.m. and made it to Mustang Alley in Ferndale—the locus of the original Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise in 1995—about 10 minutes to five. He figured his 1970 Ford Mustang Mach I purchased in December 1969, a few months after he married his wife, Donna, would be the first car in line. After all, he’s no balloon-foot.
“I got a couple of drag-race tickets over on Woodward,” in the early ’70s. His Mach I, equipped with the 351-cubic-inch, four-barrel Cleveland V-8 hooked up to a four-speed manual was of course very competitive, but 1970 marked the year insurance companies started cracking down on such drivers. Dresback says his car payments were about $50 per month, and his insurance cost $65 per month.
This year though, Randy and Donna Dresback’s Mach I, now bored 40-over with an aluminum water pump, 9.8:1 compression ratio, and enough other modifications to produce “probably 400 horsepower” wasn’t good enough for pole position at Mustang Alley. “I was third in line,” Dresback says.
Mustang owners are fanatics, whether they bring original cars in base form or with near-premium option lists; cars fettled by Roush, Shinoda, or others; or their own shade-tree-modified muscle cars.
John Chiera Sr. and Jr., of Dryden, Michigan, brought their 2007 Ford Shinoda Boss Mustang, one of three built, two known to exist, and the single hardtop of the two. The Shinoda Mach I, from a company named for designer Larry Shinoda, was built with new cylinder heads, a supercharger and the unique graphics. The Chieras added clone ’70 Boss Mustang wheels and replaced the stock “Shinoda” hood scoop with a ’70 Boss hood scoop, in the year or so since they purchased the car.
This was their first event with their Shinoda Mustang, though you can bet they’ll return next year. Dresback’s mostly original Mach I and the Chieras’ Shinoda were but two of an estimated 1,300 at Ford’s 2019 Mustang Alley—head into the gallery for a look at what was there, including the all-new 2020 GT500: