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Everything About This Mach 1 Has Us In Awe

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During the SEMA Show, designers from Ford Motor Company recognize the most significant design achievements on the show floor with its Corporate Design Awards. The main requirement is simply that they have to be Ford vehicles, while also making significant contribution to vehicle design and stand apart from all others at the show. And for Best Ford Heritage Vehicle, that award went to the Ringbrothers UNKL – a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 build with incredible detail, and 700 naturally aspirated horsepower.

The namesake of this Mustang Mach 1 pay tribute to the customer’s uncle who inspired a lifelong passion for cars. Its body panels of the UNKL are made from reshaped steel or carbon fiber, depending on the part. Overall, the body gains an inch of width on each side, but still retain a level of modesty compared to what’s under the hood. There we find an insane 8.5L V8 engine built by Jon Kaase, featuring Holley carbs, Flowmaster headers and 44 stainless steel exhaust system. The 520 cubic-inch V8 runs on race gas only, and is good for a maximum of 700 horsepower, and sends the power through a Bowler six-speed manual Tremec gearbox. A QA1 carbon fiber driveshaft linked to a 9-inch John’s Industries rear end with a 3:55 gear set sends the power to the wheels. Meanwhile, the interior is full of race car design cues, from the red toggle switches, to the vidid tachometer mounted just behind the Momo steering wheel.

In true Ringbrothers fashion, the UNKL Ford Mustang Mach 1 wasn’t their only muscle car build that took home a major SEMA Show award. The other car to win big was their VALKYRJA 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, which took home the highly coveted 2019 SEMA Battle of the Builders trophy.

We managed to snap a couple of exclusive photos of this Big Boss Blue Mustang Mach 1, which you can enjoy in the gallery below.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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