The Galloping Gazette
"The Snake PIT"
"General Beware, The Terminator has Arrived"
Last August I was very lucky to take a VIP Tour of the SVT Skunk Works. As we walked through the door, low and behold. What did my eyes see? Why, it was 10 Terminators smiling at me. You know, I could have sworn that I heard whispers coming from those Terminators...."Buy Me, Buy Me, You Know You Want Me!" I must confess there was a Terminator in particular that I fell in love with but, that's another story for another day.
The following is an article published on Stangnet.Com. It's a story about the FIRST unveiling of the 2003 SVT Cobra, commonly know as....
SVTOA Presents - 2003 Mustang Cobra Reveal
It's Tuesday, February 5th 7:02pm at the Arlington Heights Ford Dealership in Arlington Heights, Illinois. A group of 75-80 people are huddled around a mass of iron and aluminum covered in a blue tarp. Beneath the tarp lies a snake whose poisonous venom can sedate even the powerful shriek of a firebird. As the tarp is removed the 2003 Cobra's definitive muscular stance is revealed. The 2003 Cobra is powerful...70 more pounding horsepower than the previous Cobra to be exact. A more powerful Mustang at an affordable price answers the call from Mustang, SVT, and car enthusiasts worldwide. SVT improved the Cobra with 390 hp and 390 ft/lb of torque on a lightweight price tag of ~$35,000. No other production model Mustang has been driven off the lot with this much power. Tom Scarpello, SVT Marketing Director, along with other members of the Ford SVT gave us the lowdown.
Starting with the engine, the 4.6L DOHC engine has been redesigned with the only carry-over from the previous Cobra power plant being the crankshaft itself. The block is cast-iron with new Manley forged H-beam connecting rods and forged pistons, similar to those found in the SVT Lightning. The flywheel is a lightweight aluminum unit that is similar to the 2000 SVT Cobra R. On top of the engine lays newly designed aluminum heads specifically made to compliment the boost and higher flow. The intake has an integrated water-to-air intercooler to increase the effectiveness of the Eaton Roots-type supercharger's 8 psi of boost. The engine is rated to produce 390 hp at 6,000 rpm and 390 ft/lbs of torque at 3,500 rpm in comparison with the 2001 Cobra's 320 hp at 6,000 rpm and 317 ft/lbs of torque at 4,750 rpm. The engine is married to a TTC T-56 6-Speed manual transmission with an aluminum driveshaft fitted with upgraded universal joints behind it. The rear end now contains a much-desired 3.55:1 gear ratio. The independent rear suspension received upgraded bushings and an additional tubular cross-brace to maximize stability under heavy loading. The coupe gets higher rated springs of 600 lb/in in front and 600 lb/in in the rear. Ford also has designed the convertible with its own suspension tuning of 500 lb/in front springs and 470 lb/in rear springs. All four corners receive Bilstein dampers and the rear brake pads have been upgraded with new material. The exterior and interior of the Cobra receive new treatment including:
As someone said at the presentation, "I pity the SS driver who mistakes
this snake for an older model." Ford has really made an effort to
give the buyers something they want. You spoke, they listened, and now
we have the ability to drive a 390 hp Mustang off the lot and all for
Article courtesy of -AdamJ and pictures courtesy of Stangnet.Com
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New Addition to the CVMC Newsletter
|Well, folks, this is a new addition to the newsletter.
I hope everyone enjoys it. The purpose of this feature is to have an inside
look at SVT. My friend Dave Dempster (SVT/Engineering) has agreed to participate
in this feature. So, if you have any questions about past or current SVT
vehicles, or how SVT operates please send them to me via e-mail or phone;
firstname.lastname@example.org (804) 285-0759. Make sure if you use e-mail to put
SVT in the subject line. I will be sending Dave ONE question per month so
it's a first come first serve basis. I have asked Dave to introduces himself
to the club. So, without further delay here's Dave.
From the Inside... SVT
|By David Dempster,Powertrain Systems - Special Vehicle Team/Engineering
Greetings CVMC members and Mustang enthusiasts!
First of all, thank you for asking me to be a contributor to your monthly
newsletter! One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is interacting
with customers and fellow enthusiasts around the country. One on one feedback
from customers, be it positive or negative, is an invaluable tool for
future product planning and engineering, and we take that feedback seriously
at SVT Engineering.
"Digging a hole to China...one burnout at a time!"
|SUMMER CRUISE IN'S||
Elected Club Officers
|This is the schedule for April & May Cruise
In's. We will meet in the Willow Lawn Parking Lot at the corner of Willow
Lawn Drive and Broad Street between 5:30pm to 5:45pm (weather permitting
of course). Then we will caravan to the Cruise In. Those of you who live
near the Cruise In site for that date and don't feel like driving to Willow
Lawn. Then meet us at the Cruise In. I hope everyone in the club will participate
in at least one Cruise In per month. Even if your car is not in Show Condition,
bring it anyway. I have seen plenty of Works In Progress at these Cruise
In's. Let's have some fun.
|1st Vice President||George Bobrovsky||355-4180|
|2nd Vice President||Susan Morris||421-0292|
|National Director||Paul Oliver||744-4587|
|CALENDAR OF EVENTS||Volunteers|
|Newsletter Editor||J.T. Wells||400-3312|
||Awards & Trophies||Mike Young||730-3993|
|DATE - APRIL 6th||Car Shows||Kenny Fischer||743-1490|
|PLACE - TARGET ON MIDLOTHIAN TNPK.||Club Merchandise||Nellie Fischer||743-1490|
|CVMC Member - Billy McDaniels||Door Prizes||Herbert Hudson||748-6014|
||Parades &Cruises||Llew Stakes||262-5789|
|DATE - APRIL 13th||Judging||Steve Shaver||768-1209|
|PLACE - BILL'S BBQ IN CENTERVILLE, GOOCHLAND COUNTY||Refreshments||Brenda Jones||740-2096|
|CVMC Member - Billy McDaniels||Parties & Picnics||Kim McDaniel|
|SPECIAL EVENT||Scrapbook||Bonnie Fischer||276-3384|
|DATE - APRIL 20th||Technical Advisors||Sonny Coble||282-4932|
|PLACE - GARDEN RIDGE||Kenny Fischer||743-1490|
|CVMC Member - Billy McDaniels||Bill Jarvis||262-2137|
|SPECIAL EVENT||Rick Nocha||321-5383|
|DATE - APRIL 27th||Richard Jones||740-2096|
|PLACE - ZERO'S IN HOPEWELL|
|CVMC Member - Tony Hall|
|SPECIAL EVENT||SPECIAL EVENT|
|DATE - MAY 4th||DATE - MAY 4th|
|PLACE - TARGET ON MIDLOTHIAN TNPK.||PLACE - BILL'S BBQ IN CENTERVILLE, GOOCHLAND COUNTY|
|CVMC Member - Tony Hall||CVMC Member - Tony Hall|
|SPECIAL EVENT||SPECIAL EVENT|
|DATE - MAY 11th||DATE - MAY 18th|
|PLACE - GARDEN RIDGE||PLACE - ZERO'S IN HOPEWELL|
|CVMC Member - Tony Hall||CVMC Member - Tony Hall|
|REMINDER||Asphalt Angels Car Show|
|By J.T. Wells|
|GREAT STEAK PLACE CRUISE|
|The Great Steak Place Cruise is scheduled for March 9th . Anyone that is interested should meet at the New Kent Rest Stop at 3 p.m.||It was yet another good turn out of spectators and participants in this years "Asphalt Angels" show that was held at the "The Showplace in Mechanicsville. As usual the Mustang Club had a good showing of cars of all ages and shapes. Several CVMC Members did well with their cars. Congratulations to the following CVMC Members:|
|| First Place Winners
|The St. Patrick's Day parade will be held on March 17th.|
|Second Place Winners
|Third Place Winners
Asphalt Angels Pictures
CENTRAL VIRGINIA MUSTANG CLUB
6 Feb 2002
President Tony Hall called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. New members/guests present included: Andy Helquist, who owns a '94 GT; Brett Hunnicutt, who owns a '69 Boss 302; and Carolyn Bushaw, who owns a '66 coupe, which also happens to be for sale.
Treasurer Karen Lane reported a beginning balance of $1177.67 with deposits of $160.00 (RRC tickets) and $454.00 (membership dues), and withdrawals of $170.00 (Christmas party), $25.49 (phone bill), and $10.00 (Car Club Council membership dues), for a final balance of $1576.28. There are presently 44 paid members.
At the Board of Director's meeting held in January, it was decided to
increase CVMC membership dues to $25.00, effective April 1, 2002. The
car show fees will increase to $15.00 for pre-registered vehicles and
$20.00 for day-of-show registration; this should help with the change
problem at the registration desk.
J.T. Wells is editor for the newsletter. The current edition is in black & white only, but he hope to be able to do color. He would like to feature member's cars.
George Bobrovski reminded members about a couple of autocrosses in February
and another in June at Summitt Point, WV. He proposes having "Fat
Friday at the Track" at the Virginia MotorSports Park for an evening
of fellowship, working on cars, and pizza or wings, about once a month,
perhaps the first Friday after the monthly meeting, April to October.
Also, the Virginia International Raceway, in Milton, North Carolina, is
Kenny Fischer listed the following car shows and activities:
Mar 2 Chesapeake Auto Swap Meet
May 24-26 MCA Georgia
Members going on the cruise to Norfolk will meet at the New Kent rest
area on I-64 at 3:00 PM. Adopt-A-Highway will have trash pickup on April
George Cosier reported from the Car Club Council, and Fred Fann, there
is a bill currently before the Virginia General Assembly that would fund
Kenny was selected to be Car Show Chairman. Don Lane will serve as Head
Judge, with David Lythgoe as assistant. Joan Tucker and Karen Lane will
handle registration. Paul Oliver and Larry Kidd will manage marketing
(securing sponsors, donations, etc.). Richard Jones will coordinate parking.
George Bobrovski will assemble the public address system. Brenda Jones
will solicit donations for doorprizes and will make arrangements for the
portable toilets. Carroll Lipscombe will borrow a trailer to use as a
Tony reported that SVT has confirmed they will attend the show with the
'02 Focus and the '03 Cobra Terminator, and a couple of other specialty
vehicles. David Lythgoe has been in contact with XL102. Joan has not been
able to contact the gentleman who has been
Llew Stakes reminded members of the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March
17. We will meet at the K-Mart on Glenside Drive at 11:30 AM; we must
be inside the former Reynolds' Metals complex by noon. The parade steps
off at 2:00 PM. On April 27, there will also be
Congratulations to Ben and Rhonda Kale on the birth of their son, Zachary
Benjamin Kale, on January 28, 2002.
March 6th 2002
See Ya there!!