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The Call of the Open Road

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by Ryan King

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Around this time of year, the yearning to hit the open road gets intense for me.

It's been that way ever since I was a little kid riding around in my Mother's Mustang.

I think the call of the open road may be as strong for me as mating season is for critters.

Spring is still a month away, but try telling that to my right foot or my shifter hand.

More than a year ago I test drove that 2009 Shelby Mustang GT-500 and boy do I wish that was my companion for some highway grinding right about now — If I could have afforded it, I would have bought it, that's for sure.

I fell in love with that generation of Shelby when it first hit the scene back in 2007. That was quite the awesome sight seeing a new GT-500 again after more than 35 years of them being out of production. There may be a lot of cars that are a lot faster than that car now, but it's still got a special place in my heart. As far as I'm concerned, it's an ideal touring car. As I've mentioned in the past, I absolutely love the way a roots-blown engine drives — even with only half an engine and over 140,000 miles on the odometer, that little Cobalt still pulls.

Hopefully, at some point, I'll finally put it all together and I'll have the hobby back on track and something fun to hit the road in — maybe even a Shelby just like that one.


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