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SCMC website has a “How To” article section that is always looking for articles to publish. If you have information on how to fix anything on your Mustang please write an article so it can be shared with fellow members.


By: Clem Brown

We all go to car shows and cruises where in many cases there are awards for some of the entries. These awards usually take on two forms – the appreciation award and the trophy. So what is the difference between the two? Typically, a trophy is awarded to specific cars or trucks after being judged by either the other participants or by officials at the show designated to judge the entries in various classes.

   Participant judging is usually done by popular vote on a ballot provided at the event and although everyone gets a vote, sometimes popularity and/or knowledge of the owner plays some part in the choices. This method is sometimes also subject to what I call ‘block-voting’, where a club gets together to vote for vehicles in their own club rather than being purely objective about the vehicles themselves. This often turns the voting into a ‘popularity contest’ where the actual vehicle is less important than the number of friends a vehicle owner has in attendance.

   Judged shows are different in that an unbiased and typically experienced judge looks over each car and makes a determination, often on a numerical scale. For marque–specific shows this process is usually based on the fit and finish, cleanliness, originality (in stock classes), quality and fit of modifications (in modified classes) and so forth. At these marque-specific shows the judges are usually very familiar with the vehicles being judged and use this knowledge when making their decisions. At multi-marque shows the judges may not have the knowledge of all the various makes and models. In this case the process is usually a subjective opinion about the overall condition of the vehicle, cleanliness and presentation. In some cases the rarity of the vehicle may also come into play.

   An appreciation award is something different altogether. Typically a person is designated (often with help from others) to choose the vehicles based on a variety of factors. And some of these factors are unrelated to the actual condition of the cars in attendance. The word ‘appreciation’ is key to this method and the criteria may include how often a person attends the same event, support of the event’s mission (charity) by purchasing raffle tickets or making donations, noticeable improvements in a specific vehicle over time, even the distance an owner drove to get to the event. In some cases it may be for someone with a great story about their vehicle – it may have been a barn find being driven in ‘as found’ condition, a vehicle that has been in the same family for generations or a vehicle that was owned many years ago and just recently found and bought back by the original owner. This is not to say that a vehicle’s condition is not a factor but it means that the choice may also include other criteria as well.

   The Southeastern Connecticut Mustang Club gives out appreciation awards and the organizers take many of the aforementioned criteria into consideration when choosing the recipients. We often say “Every car here deserves an appreciation award because we appreciate all of them.” but unfortunately we only get to choose a specific number at each event. Suffice it to say that we appreciate your vehicle but we also appreciate you and your support of our club and our charity too!


Ford Expands Door Latch Safety Recall in North America:

2015 Mustang Now Included


DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 8, 2016 – Ford Motor Company is expanding a previously announced safety recall regarding door latches to include approximately 1,500,000 additional vehicles at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bringing the total to 2,383,292 vehicles. Affected vehicles include 2013-15 Ford C-MAX and Ford Escape, 2012-15 Ford Focus, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC and 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect. In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break. A door latch with a fractured pawl spring tab typically results in a “door-will-not-close” condition. A door that opens while driving increases the risk of injury. Ford has identified one reported accident and three reported injuries that may be related to this issue. There are 2,383,292 vehicles affected in this recall, including 2,046,297 in the United States and federalized territories, 233,034 in Canada and 61,363 in Mexico. Dealers will replace side door latches at no cost to the customer. Customers who want to know if their vehicle is included in this recall can visit the Ford website and enter their vehicle information.



Newsletter Articles Needed

We are in need of articles for the monthly publication of the clubs newsletter. There are a couple of story lines that have been already used and can be used again. One is the “My Mustang Story” that a couple of members have written. It tells members how and why you got involved with the Mustang Club. Everyone has a Mustang story to tell so let’s share it.  The other is “Mustang How To“. Write a how-to article on how you did a repair on a part that is hard to find or on how to restore that factory look to a part that has lots of wear on it. You can send in an article on a show that you attended, a shop that did some work for you and what they did. Maybe there is some hard to find information on special Mustang models that we do not know about or set the record straight on some of the myths about certain Mustang models.

So take ten minutes and write something that you think other members would like to know about and send it to