“My Mustang interest started in 1966, when I was 14 years old,” said Stefan Thorarensen, founder and board member of The Icelandic Mustang Club. My aunt bought a Poppy Red ‘65 Mustang fastback, and I have never gotten over it.”
Thorarensen began collecting VHS tapes and DVDs as his passion for Mustang grew. In 2009,
he used a list of 300 movie and television show titles as the starting point for creation of a comprehensive, crowd-sourced site called MustangImdb.com. Some 100 contributors have grown the list of Mustang on-screen appearances to nearly 3,000 titles. This crowd-sourced effort is just one demonstration of the power of Mustang, with such a broad worldwide fan
base that it even includes clubs in such far-flung locales as Iceland, Poland and New Zealand, where it has never been officially marketed!
Mustang got off to a quick start in the movies and has never looked back. Just eight months after its debut at the 1964 New York World Fair, a Wimbeldon White convertible was the
mount of choice for a beautiful assassin hunting down James Bond in Goldfinger.
Several years later, Bond himself took the wheel of the ponycar as he raced through the
streets of Las Vegas in Diamonds are Forever. Need For Speed Hero Mustang, above.
By 1968, Mustang was already an icon on the road, but the late Steve McQueen transformed the ponycar into a movie star in its own right with what is widely acclaimed as the best car chase ever filmed, the nine-minute climax of Bullitt. Forty-four years later, that same sequence would be reprised on the small screen for the series finale of Alcatraz.
The 2000 remake of Gone in Sixty Seconds produced another iconic pony in the form of Eleanor, the silver and black ‘67 Mustang driven by Nicolas Cage. That car was recently sold at auction for more than $-million and has spawned numerous replicas.
As Mustang celebrates its 50th birthday next year, it will hit the silver screen once again in DreamWorks Studios,’ Need for Speed. The new film, inspired by the long-running series of
driving video games from Electronic Arts, features the Mustang throughout the adaptation of the gaming franchise. The film’s star, Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), below,will be joined by a one-of-a-kind, customized Mustang playing the role of the Hero car.
“We’re thrilled to have Ford play such an important part in a film adapted from one of the most popular video games of all time,” said Keith Koeppen, Ford marketing communications manager. “Mustang has an incredible history appearing in movies and Need for Speed will be a great way to continue its hero car legacy.”
Created with the help of designers at Ford, the one-off Mustang is perfectly cast for the high-stakes racing and stunts included in the film that fans will love. The Mustang features custom bodywork including wider fenders, lowered suspension and custom 22-inch wheels and tires. Even the fog lamps are new, with high-tech LED halo lamps around the air intakes.
A Hero car needs a hero engine, so Ford Racing has fit this Mustang with a supercharged 900-horsepower all-aluminum 5.8-liter V8. To top it off, the car gets a custom paint job with specially formulated silver topped by blue stripes that glow when struck by light in the dark.
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A preview of the movie can be viewed here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9XvO1c7LH0