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DIRKHOWARD
AZMCC MEMBER NUMBER 054
SHOWING OLDER BLACK ENGINE HOOD CORRECTED RE-PAINTED WHITE ENGINE HOOD

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Originally from Hometown & State:

I was raised a military brat. That means I never lived on one place for more than 3 years until I graduated from high school and received an invitation to go into the Army because my draft number was picked. Bloomington Illinois was my home for 30 years after I got out of the Air Force.

Current Hometown:

I have lived in Gilbert since the summer of 1997. The company I work for gave me the opportunity to work in a new data center in Phoenix.

Current Mustang information:

Off the frame full restore 1973 Mustang convertible that is red with white top and interior. It has the 351C (H) engine and FMX automatic transmission. It also has the front spoiler, ram air, and the slotted mag wheels that were optional on the í73 only. This car has no aftermarket chrome or other goodies, it almost looks like it did in a dealers showroom!

Number/List of other Mustangs you have owned:

When I got out of the Air Force, I bought my first new car. It was a 1973 Mustang Mach 1 that was metallic blue with silver stripes. It had the 351C engine and the C6 tranny. In 1975 I got a Mustang II cobra that had the 302 engine, automatic, and was white with blue stripes. In 1981 I got a Mustang GT with 302 and auto that was all black. It had the front air dam, rear spoiler and louvered rear window cover.

Favorite Mustang you ever owned:

I have to say the one I have now. I like it better every time I drive it and people yell or wave. It is a real attention getter!

How you heard about the AZMCC:

I attended the Pavilions car show a couple of months ago.

What influenced you & Mustangs:

The biggest influence was when I saw a mustang on the internet last year that brought back so many memories that I just had to have one again after 20 years. I am about to retire, the price was right and I was going to need a hobby.

Favorite place you drove your Mustang:

Route 66 from Flagstaff to Needles California. The old part of 66 from Kingman to Needles brought back memories from the 50ís. Thatís a long story!

Most memorable Mustang adventure:

Driving from Bloomington Illinois to visit by brother in Colorado Springs. I would drive back with the car loaded (including the front passenger seat) with cases Coors beer. Back then it was not sold East of the Mississippi. I was stopped by the Highway Patrol in Kansas and was told it was illegal to transport alcohol across state lines. The officer said he really liked my í73 Mach and if I would not touch the beer until I got home, he did not see me!

Best Mustang advice:

Take good care of your Mustang. There is nothing like the memories a one owner car has to offer!

What do you get the most from your Membership in the AZMCC:

Driving a classic convertible muscle car in Arizona weather!  And meeting people that love Mustangs and are a valuable source of Mustang knowledge!  

Hobbies & outside interests of yours:

Collect US coins, photography, and travel.

Something special about you you'd like to share with the AZMCC Members:

As a Military Brat, I not only lived in a lot of places, but I also had hundreds of friends in my life. I found out that there are 47 people in Arizona that I went to high school with in Frankfurt Germany in the 60ís. We have regular get-togethers and have a lot of fun!

If you have any questions or comments for Dirk, please E-Mail them to azmcc@cox.net.  Thanks!
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