Today, we think of the Ford Mustang as a sports car, one that perhaps lost it’s way for a while (looking at you 80s, 90s and early 2000s). Ironically, the Mustang started it’s life more like a modern econo-hatchback than as a muscle car. It targeted young people as an affordable car with a “sporty image”. It looked fast, but wasn’t particularly. Of course, lots of people jumped onto tuning the Mustang using the ecosystem of Ford parts. Ford got into the game with the Mach 1 (among other) variants.
Ford Mustang Automotive Photography
1977 was near the end of the original Mach 1 era. The name was discontinued in 1978 to be revived in 2003 and 2004. The Mach 1 wasn’t that exotic in it’s day. There we certainly higher performance options available. But, like the Mustang in general, it was accessible. Andrew‘s parents even had a lime green Mach 1 while he was growing up as their grocery getter.
A lot of the changes in the Mach 1 over the base Mustang were styling related: the decal pack, gas cap, hood scoop (not functional by 1977) but did include more powerful engine options, as well as improved suspension. Some of the details on this restored car are quite fun, including the flip up style gas cap and trunk mounted spoiler.
The NASA style hood scoops were one of the main styling queues from the Mach 1 along with the matte black hood coloration.
While we have worked to keep the location out of many of the photos, it shows through in this photo. Metal buildings and a gravel driveway feel oddly appropriate for a car that was a working class hero car. Far from being exclusive, the Mach 1 Mustangs were sold to every-man.
Blue Skies, Orange Car
The black on orange is a striking color combination, especially with the big blue skies in Texas.
Josh loves pushing the boundaries of what is possible with photography. He spends much of his personal photography time working with multi-flash lighting setups on location. He loves crafting a photo shoot to solve a clients problems whether it is on location or in the studio.
Josh is a Texas native and long time Pflugerville resident. He started his photography business in 2009 and has never looked back. His photo business even allowed him to be daddy-day-care before his two sons reached school age. Over the years his business has expanded to include just about every type of photography including wedding, automotive, editorial portraits, corporate events, sports and food. Through it all, he has continued to love wedding photography for genuine moment, the fast pace and the diversity of subjects it offers. Josh is a co-founder of North Austin Pfoutographic Society and a resident instructor at Precision Camera & Video in Austin, Tx.