Pet pony's swap speeds family towards Mustang collecting
The Speed family (yes, that's their real surname) are fanatics for Ford Mustangs and trucks.
They've been buying and restoring Mustangs basically ever since the now late Gilbert Speed realised that a real-life pony was too small for his seven children to ride and decided to exchange the family pet for a 1965 Mustang.
One of those siblings, Daniel Speed, remembers the moment his dad traded their pet.
"One Saturday, Dad said, 'If you guys won't ride him, I know what I'll do with him'. Then he came back with that car."
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That car, from that point on, spurred the Speeds to develop a passion for the iconic pony car.
Since then the family's collection has grown to include three 1969 Mach 1s, two 1970 Mach 1s (one with an engine their dad built), two 1971 Mach 1s and a 1973 Mustang convertible along with a Ford a F-150, plus F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks used to transport the cars to shows.
When it all began, Gilbert Speed was running a small trucking company in Valdosta, Georgia, in the US and Daniel Speed - now a rocket engineer - initally worked there as a mechanic. Every truck that Gilbert Speed bought was a Ford and all the siblings came to know each one mechanically inside and out which led to the passion for buying and restoring classic Mustangs.
After Daniel's youngest brother, Chester, bought and restored a 1965 Mustang of his own in 1980, four of the siblings followed suit, buying their own pony cars, which Daniel and Chester restored between them.
After their dad passed away the Speed siblings started taking their Mustang fleet out on the road at least twice a year to attend car shows. The children are now spread out across Georgia and Florida, so these trips have been an opportunity to bond and reminisce on their childhood days with their dad, and how he passed his love of Ford cars and trucks down to them.
"We really enjoy getting the Mustangs out on I-75 and just kind of have our own little parade – our own rolling car show," says Daniel Speed.
The Speed stable of F-Series trucks enables them to transport their Mustangs wherever they need to go. Daniel hauls his 1969 Mach 1 using a 2009 F-150. Other Ford trucks they use to transport their classic Mustangs include F-250 and F-350 Super Duty vehicles.
"We've owned Ford vehicles throughout our lives and had good experiences with them," says Daniel. "So we gravitate to what keeps us going."