NEW ZEALAND CLASSIC CAR AUTOMOBILIA Collectible Models / Lifestyle / Book and DVD Reviews – Edited by James Black Book reviews Kiwi Mustangs V The Essential Buyer’s Guide: Ford Mustang Fifth Generation/s197 2005 to 2014 (Veloce)
(Bateman) Matt Cook ISBN 978 1 845847 98 2 Review copy supplied by the publisher Available from Octane Books, Auckland Review by James Black
ery appropriately — and in keeping with the main theme of this month’s magazine — this new locally published book is an absolute gold mine for Mustang enthusiasts. The author, Steve Holmes, will be well known to New Zealand Classic Car readers for his many features on historic Kiwi racing cars and his regular updates on the Historic Muscle Car series. Steve is also the brains behind the excellent Roaring Season, a website covering all aspects of historic racing in New Zealand.
Kiwi Mustangs follows the formula set by Steve’s previous books — including The Kiwi Ute Driver’s Guide to Life and The Kiwi Hot Rodder’s Guide to Life — in that he has travelled throughout New Zealand, meeting up with Mustang owners to talk about their cars and take a peek into their home garages. Some of the Mustangs portrayed in the book are deeply impressive — if you’re the jealous kind, this isn’t the book for you!
All generations of Mustangs get a look in — including Boss, Mach 1, and Shelby Mustangs — while the range of cars featured covers everything from bog-standard road cars to pumped-up racing machinery, customized cars, an ‘Eleanor’ replica, and a Mustang kitted out as a ride for Lightning Mcqueen from the Cars movies.
Of course, as you’d expect from Steve’s close association with local motor sport, the book includes a quartet of excellent essays on a series of iconic, Mustang race cars — the Fleetwood, the Sidchrome, and both of the famous PDL Mustangs.
Kiwi Mustangs is rounded off with a pictorial overview of the 35th NZ Mustang Convention. Held in Christchurch, that special event marked the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang and provides a very appropriate conclusion to this wellwritten and well-presented book.
We humbly suggest that every Kiwi Mustang owner immediately rush out and buy a copy of Kiwi Mustangs.