Some of us here at Motrolix are big, smelly car nerds. As we should be. But to say that we think that turning a 1965 Mustang into a pool table would be a good idea is a bit of a stretch.
Ben Mallah and Tony Utegaard are that uncommon combination of car freak and mad scientist. So much so that they actually did that exact thing. Now, for the low, low price of ten thousand US greenbacks, you can have your own Mustang pool table and put it right next to your Ford lamp.
‘But Kevin’, you might ask yourself, ‘I love classic cars, especially the big-block Mustang line. I also love pool. I am thirdly so flush with money that I wouldn’t see a problem with spending twice what I could have bought this car for when I was a kid on a pool table with headlights and possibly a horn. Why shouldn’t I?’
Well, fair consumer, here’s the thing. Pool is a fun game, sure. If you get really good, you could make some money at it (but probably not enough to buy one of these felt-covered sports car tables). Alternatively, Mustangs are sweet cars. But just because peanut butter and chocolate make delicious bedfellows does in no way indicate that a Mustang and a pool table ever should have gotten it on, producing this devil-spawn of a rumpus room nightmare. But hey, different strokes for different folks.
If you buy one, and show your friends, they might tell you they’re jealous to your face, but don’t be surprised when they excuse themselves snickering. Especially after you tell them that your pool table has its own Vehicle Identification Number (seriously, they have ‘em).
If you have to buy one, likely due to some kind of blunt-force head trauma, get the Shelby GT350 model. Sure it cost another two large, but you’re already sinking a year’s worth of pay from any minimum wage job into a twisted heap of steel and felt, so why not go crazy?[expand]
FORD CUES UP MUSTANG BILLIARDS TABLE, REMOTE-CONTROLLED RAPTOR AS HOLIDAY SHOPPING OPTIONS
* Remote-controlled Ford Raptor pickups have become a surprise holiday shopping hit
* New line of clothing at JCPenney features lighthearted children’s T-shirts offering vehicle designs like Super Duty trucks and Ford tractors
* A Mustang replica pool table might be just the thing for the billiards fan who can’t get enough of the iconic pony car
* Other novel, Ford-branded items like a specialty dog collar with a seat belt buckle latch or Mustang calendar make for some unique gifts for enthusiasts
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 22, 2009 – From Mustang pool tables, children’s T-shirts and remote-controlled Raptor pickups, Ford is cueing up a sleigh full of gift items that are just in time for the last-minute holiday shopper.
“People are sharing their passion for Mustang, F-150 and other Ford vehicles with our great line of toys and other gifts,” said John Nens, Ford global brand licensing manager. “We’ve already sold thousands of the Raptor remote-controlled trucks – a great example of how a niche truck can create a big halo.”
The Mustang pool table is molded from a 1965 Mustang and can be ordered in any paint color. Complete with working lights, alloy rims and wheels and chrome decals, bumpers and hardware, this high-end Mustang replica looks like the real thing. The pool table can be ordered online at www.mustangpooltable.com or over the phone by calling 727.827.8268; it costs $14,995.
Two new styles of children’s T-shirts are available for $15.99 at JCPenney stores nationwide. One T-shirt, a Super Duty design, features a dump truck; the other has a Ford tractor with the phrase “Playin’ Dirty!” on it.
For those last-minute stocking stuffers, a 2010 Mustang wall calendar will help you keep track of your days, while showcasing the ever-popular pony car. With 13 pictures, covering the 1964-1/2 model to the 2010 Mustang, nothing was forgotten. The calendar can be ordered online from www.thetimefactory.com for $6.99.
And of course, we can’t forget our furry friends. Dog collars and leashes round out the selection of last-minute gifts for the holiday season. Logos available include Ford Trucks, Mustang, the Blue Oval™ and Built Ford Tough®. The collar retails for $25 and even comes with a miniature seat belt buckle that releases with the push of a button. The leash costs $22, and can be purchased online from www.beltsdirect.com.
For more last-minute holiday gift needs, check out www.fordmarket.com for other Ford-licensed merchandise.[/expand]