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

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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.

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