No matter what we are doing or where we are I can't help but to think about really stupid stuff. It's a disease really. I inherited it from my dad's side of the family. Your mind just never stops wandering. Case in point: A majority of the houses and buildings down here have tile roofs. I had never seen these growing up and sure as heck have never installed one. Makes me wonder..... what does it weigh? Where do they make them? How long do they last? How do you install? The questions keep tumbling into my mind as I'm standing in front of a house staring at the roof like an idiot. This day in age I'm able to pop open my phone and find out anything I want to know. Technology is amazing.
I'll stop the ramblings about tile roofs and we'll roll straight into the main event. It's thanksgiving here in Arizona and the air has a chill. Clouds block out the sun on what is a rare occasion and the temperatures are still in the lower 60's. The Adams family football game is about to get underway. There's a 20 minute hold up once we realize nobody brought a ball. Yep, it's gonna be that kind of game.
The family clan and friends run around for an hour and call it good. After that we kill some time at grandma's and I take a few minutes to shower some stank off. Then it's off to Katie's aunt and uncles house for what is supposed to be a big Thanksgiving. When they say big they mean it. A total of 37 people show up from around the neighborhood. There are 4 turkeys, 2 hams, and more side dishes than you can shake a stick at. Everybody grabs a fork full of something and passes it to the right. Coolers are filled with frosty beverages and there is even Dos Equis on tap. This is Thanksgiving done right.
During all the chaos of preparing I spot a car tucked behind a fence next to the house. If you are not a car person go ahead and stop reading now. The next blurb of letters underneath the picture will be mostly gibberish nonsense.
Quick Specs: 1979 Mustang Indy Pace Car Edition First year of the Fox Body 5.0 2 valve with a C4 automatic, factory rated at 140hp 53,000 original miles Front and rear TRX sway bars Recaro Seats
Total pace car production was 10,748 units. They could be had with the 2.3L turbo 4 cylinder or the 5.0 v8 with either auto or a stick. This car is one of the 2,106 v8 automatics that were made. Katie's grandpa had bought this new from the dealership in Hales Corners Wisconsin and driven it for a number of years. Then when one of his sons graduated from high school he gave the car to him. From there it cruised the streets of Milwaukee before ultimately making it's way down to Phoenix. It's been sitting in this fenced prison for a number of years now. Hopefully it will once again roam the streets as a ferocious Fox Body Stang.