Mustangs gallop to Wharf

Linda Gillette talks about her 1966 Mustang Coupe that was her first car, purchased for $200. — Tarmo Hannula/LIFE

Ford Mustang buffs had their day in the sun May 5th on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf at the second annual Mustangs on the Wharf.

Cami Corvin, president and director of the Santa Cruz Mustang Club, said 100 Mustangs were in the free show.

“The show looks awesome,” she said. “It’s all about sharing and enjoying these beautiful cars. Our club does a lot of charities; this one is entirely for the O’Neill Sea Odyssey.”

Corvin said Mustang owners came to the wharf from around California, including the Bay Area Mustang Association, for the one-day event that drew thousands of visitors. Corvin said she owns a 2005 Coupe Legend, which is lime green and a 2004 convertible, both with V6 engines.

“I used to cruise the Boardwalk in earlier days,” Corvin said. “My family has been here since 1924. The Mustang is such a classic car.”

Watsonville Municipal Airport manager Rayvon Williams brought his white 1968 Mustang to the show. Manufactured at the Ford plant in San Jose in 1967, the coupe is powered by a “Stroker” V8 with an automatic four-speed transmission with overdrive.

“There’s always a few things you have to do to keep these things going,” he said. “You just do a little bit here, a little bit there.”

Linda Gillette, president of BAMA, drove her 1966 baby blue Mustang Coupe, with a white vinyl roof, into the show. 

“This was my first car,” she said. “I bought it for $200. I’m the third owner. It has 150,000 miles and runs perfectly.”

Indeed, the car was as spotless as a surgery room, including under the hood.

“It has a three-speed stick, a 289 cubic-inch engine, and a rare rear bench seat,” she said. “Mustangs, to me, are a very emotional car; they’ve lived so long. Everybody has a story about someone who has owned a Mustang.”


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