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Russ Hemenway - 2005 Ford Mustang
When the 5th Generation Mustang was debut, I knew I had to have one. After sitting with a friend of mine to talk about the car, I decided upon what color I wanted. I wanted something that was different and not your run of the mill color, so I picked the retro color Legend Lime Metallic. I wanted to stand out, since you always saw the typical black/red/white/blue Mustangs. Plus my dad had a Lime Gold Ford Galaxie 500 when I was little. In January 2005, I found out about a group called the Great American Pony Drive. They had a special event they were trying to organize where their members could order their cars and pick them up from the factory in early Spring 2005. Unfortunately, things fell through. Undaunted, I went to a local dealership in April and custom ordered my beauty. A month went by and I heard nothing about my ordered mustang. Frustrated by the lack of communication from the dealership, I considered cancelling my order and buying whatever was on the lot. But a buddy of mine who was in training to become a cop found my Legend Lime Mustang on a lot about an hour away from my house. Needless to say I cancelled my order at the other dealership.
My wife and I made the trip up to the dealership after hours to take a look. Though it was missing two key options I wanted (Leather seats and Interior Upgrade Package), it did come with everything else I wanted (5-speed GT, no rear spoiler). After a couple conversations with Premier Ford in Rocky Mount, NC, I made the one hour trip with a friend to buy my car. One MAJOR problem! I had not driven a manual in about 20 years. Thanks to my friend, he drove my car home. So he, not me, was the first person to drive my car. For the next couple weeks, I practiced until I was able to re-connect my brain and my foot to be able to drive the 5-speed.
I then found a group of people I could really identify with and joined the Legend Lime Registry in August, 2005. I am member #42. After some looking for information about my car, I found out that my build date on my car is May 5th, 2005 (05/05/05). We celebrated our 5th year in existence last year and we currently have over 700 members from all over the world. Pretty good considering the Legend Lime Metallic color was only available for 2 years. I have found people either love the color or don’t, and it is not uncommon for me to drive around Raleigh, NC and not see another Legend Lime.
In 2007, Ford came out with a new option for the 5th generation Mustangs. It was the Shelby GT. I then spent the next year tracking down and purchasing the correct parts to change my car into a Shelby GT Clone. I really wished Shelby came out with this car when my color was still available, as it reminded me of the classic Lime Gold colored Shelbys from the 60’s. I was able to purchase the rare Shelby hood scoop as well as the “Powered by Ford” badges. I only lack the suspension, but that will come soon.