OLD DUDE ALERT--First up-close experience with a Mustang was when the best friend I grew up with purchased a 66 notchback for his second car. He asked me if I wanted to go with him to pick it up. It was used (he purchased it in 68) and he found it in the local paper. When we pulled up, it was a beauty, all red w/tan-beige interior. Three things stood out on the outside:dark center, ET 5-spoke mags w/goodyear wide oval polyglas tires mounted, dual exhaust and nicely installed hood pins with small padlocks in them. Oh, there was one other thing. At the front of the front fender there was an interesting emblem. It was a wide V with raised lettering stating "Hi-Performance 289" placed in front of the V. The interior was pretty basic except for the "Rally Pak" tach & clock combo on the steering column and the Hurst Shifter with T-Handle. I knew nothing about the car other than I already knew that I liked Mustangs. But when my friend drove the car home on a wet, drizzly day, he couldn't keep from fish tailing at almost every take-off. And the sound of that motor, it wasn't stock, I could tell that as a passenger. I began to poke around and opened the glove box. It was a treasure chest really, as it had all the paper work on everything that the previous owner had installed. Offenhauser 360 high rise aluminum manifold. Carroll Shelby cam, springs, lifters and valves, Hedman Headers and Holley 750 dual-line carb. We never knew what gears it had, but we did know that it was a posi-lok by virtue of the multiple burnouts performed on the first dry day. That little car was a beast and 68 was in the middle of the displacement war. Mopar 383's were everywhere & then there were the Hemi 426's and 440's, GM had 396's, 400's and 406's & the occasional 427. Even American Motors eventually produced a 401. And then there were the badges, GTO's, Roadrunners, GTX's, RT's, Gran Sports, SS's, RS's, Trans Ams, etc. etc. etc. My friend and I would love to go out in his plain looking little 66 notchback and kick-butt on higher priced, larger displacement show-offs who were often left with drop-jaw syndrome. His car had no stripes, no flares, no scoops, not a thing (other than the padlocked hood) that would suggest it was about to kick your large displacement ass. And when they would ask, whadda u got in that thing, the sick look was priceless when you told em it was a 289. We have nothing to apologize for. Make your ride look as sick as you want to, you got nothing to be ashamed of and besides it supports the investment the aftermarket industry makes to provide goodies for our cars. And keep buying performance parts whenever available for the same reason. Thanks, American Muscle for giving us all something to shoot for in terms of performance and if you don't have the budget for that, you're still quicker than 80% of the vehicles on the road and if you make the right mods, better looking than 90% of the vehicles on the road. And if you think of it, next time you get a chance, raise a toast to the "little guys".