As we were going through the decision of whether or not to pick up our whole life and move to the USA, I sought counsel from one of my close friends and colleagues (who happens to be Italian American) in Singapore. One of the key messages that he gave me was that in his opinion, I could not make the shift without seeking prior agreement with my wife to buy myself an American 'Muscle Car'.
|2015 Ford Mustang GT: 'One of the most talked about and scrutinized cars of all time' - American Muscle|
Interestingly, when I broached the subject with Sammi, she was immediately supportive and did not question my decision at all.
We started looking at vehicles when we visited Tampa back in September last year, and so with all of the decisions made in advance we began the process of closing the deals on our cars (which isn't actually very straight forward for an expat with no previous financial products or credit score in the US - that's a whole other story and article for another day... I have some important insight and tips for other foreigners living in the United States for the first time).
Never in my life have I owned a car that literally turns heads. I know that my new 'race red' 2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Fastback is more than just a nice car, but I am amazed that on a number of occasions total strangers have actually approached me and asked to take their picture with my car.
|Arriving home for the first time|
I still get this same feeling every single time that I get in the driver's seat and start it up. It's about 45-min to an hour drive to my office (on a good day) but instead of dwelling on it or worrying about the drive ahead of me, I consider the trip there and back across town as one the highlights of my day... every single time I head to the office!!
So why do so many Americans want to take their picture with my car? After all, the Mustang has been an icon and way of life here for the past 50 years... the security guard at our gated community shook my hand after he placed the bar code boom gate label on the rear window and thanked me for the 'privilege' - WTH?... after some discussion with these locals photographers, and a little more research I have begun to discover some of the reasons.
The many changes to this year's GT has made it one of the most talked about and closely scrutinized cars of all time (check out American Muscle's walk through in the video below - it sums up everything I feel each time I drive, along with the technical details as to why):
So - call it a mid-life crisis or whatever else you want... I am an absolute infant on the whole 'muscle car' scene, but buying the 2015 Ford Mustang 5.0L GT Premium Fastback was one of the best investments that I've ever made - and never before have I been so self indulgent and spoiled myself like this.
Strangers are welcome to take pictures with my car!!
Aside: I thought I better throw in a few pictures of Sammi's Ford Explorer (our 'family' car), just so that I don't get into trouble for being too self-centered :)