In 1974, I was looking for a Ford Model A to restore. After not being able to buy one for under $2000, my mother suggested that the Mustang might be a more reasonable car to purchase. I was able to find a 1966 convertible on a SW 29th car lot. The asking price was $850—I tried to talk him down to $800 because the air didn't work. I wasn't able to get the price any lower, so I struck a deal with him to fix the air. With the air blowing cold, I drove my newly acquired auto home. For the next 6 years I drove the car with only a fresh coat of Candy Apple Red paint. My first date with my wife was in this car. When we moved from our apartment to our house, I lowered the top and loaded it up like a pickup truck. I still drive the car, but not like that anymore! In 1987, I went through the motor after 120,000 miles. In 1989, I stripped the car to the unibody and had a retired irefighter by the name of Cecil Cooper paint and assemble the car. I have won at 4 Nationals and 1 Grand National shows with the car. I have retired it from the show circuit and have started to enjoy it more on the road again. In 1996, I bought a 1996 Cobra convertible to go with my 1966 Convertible. Last September marked my 30th anniversary with my 1966. I have been a member of the Oklahoma Mustang Club since 1981.