Ford Mustangs from different generations, and with different generations of owners, took both Best of Show trophies last weekend in the Cars on Campus car show staged at the UTI — Universal Technical Institute — campus in Avondale, Arizona, with sponsorship from ClassicCars.com and CarStreetJournal.
Winning honors among cars produced before 1986 was a 1973 Mustang convertible owned by Dirk Howard, who is considerably older than his car.
Reigning among later model vehicles was a 2015 Ford Mustang GT owned by Brenden Yervel, a millennial-generation car enthusiast.
While Yervel’s car stood out with its aftermarket wide-body kit, Howard restored his car from a rusty Midwestern hulk to seemingly showroom condition — well, he admitted, the 40-something year-old clock no longer ticks, but the rest of the car was stunning.
Not only was Howard’s work obvious, but a computer monitor sitting atop the air cleaner featured a slide show detailing the restoration process and showing how the car now is driven in parades and to various scenic locations, especially along the original Route 66 in northern Arizona.
Photos by Larry Edsall