Classic Track Day with a 1967 Ford Mustang

We recently celebrated “Classic Car Track Day” at Madras Motor Track (MMRT) near Sriperumbudur, with Chennai-based car collector Ranjit Pratap. Ranjit graciously took five outstanding cars from his extensive car collection onto the 3.71km MMRT race track, and graciously allowed me to do some passionate laps. Let me share what it’s like to tackle twelve laps in his excellent 1967 Ford Mustang Hardtop.

The Ford Mustang is the hero of the “Muscle Car Age”

I’ve always been a muscle car guy, and a devotee of the Ford Mustang. So driving it on Madras Motor Race Track is like a dream come true. The moment I started the legendary big-block Ford V8 engine, the magic began. One of the world’s finest orchestras delivered by a 90-degree crankshaft delivers the inimitable burble, which is the signature sound of this V8. It was a mesmerizing sound and in no time had me enthralled.

Classic Track Day with a 1967 Ford MustangDriving it on the Madras Motor Race Track is like a dream come true

Every push of the pedal, even a gentle one, causes the V8 Mustang to respond vigorously and on a 3-track race track, it roars with delight. The sound of that V8 is something I can listen to forever and is easily one of the most soothing and stress-relieving man-made sounds on our planet.

Classic Track Day with a 1967 Ford MustangIt’s a big V8 engine singing like a star

While most of the early Mustangs were iconic, this one is especially special because in 1967 Ford gave it a major overhaul. It was redesigned to take on newer competitors and the biggest change was that Ford increased the exterior size of this “Pony Car” to allow for the installation of a more powerful V8. Along with power comes better suspension to handle the higher speeds and a more muscular body.

Classic Track Day with a 1967 Ford MustangThe large thin-framed steering wheel feels good too

The V8 on the well-maintained Mustang Ranjit is mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission and produces 200 bhp @ 4400 RPM and 382 Nm @ 2400 RPM. The car can go from 0 to 100 in 8.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 192 kph, impressive even by today’s standards. What the numbers don’t tell you is the driving experience. The Mustang accelerates more vigorously than many modern cars and the accompanying soundtrack is simply astonishing.

Classic Track Day with a 1967 Ford Mustang1967 Mustang Ranjit is in great shape and runs really well too

Classic Track Day with a 1967 Ford MustangThat V8 houses some powerful and energetic American mustangs

The large slim-framed steering wheel is a pleasure to hold and when I slide the now classic T Handle Shifter into the drive; I could actually feel the message being conveyed and the equipment was activated automatically. As time goes on, laps are made passionately with massive low end torque that delivers constant power. In fact, power is channeled so smoothly, and the engine breathes so well, that I never feel the urge to stomp the pedal to metal. My laps on the circuit were all about smart, optimal use of the throttle and smooth steering through pleasant curves.

Classic Track Day with a 1967 Ford MustangOne is honored to touch and use this iconic T Handle Shifter

Classic Car Track DayThe memories of driving this Mustang will last forever

In fact, the solidly engineered American mustang under the hood is so energetic that you’d rather make it canter than gallop. And the handling is not what you would believe. The 1967 Mustang is not only good in straight lines, it can corner well. While it does understeer because of all the weight up front, it doesn’t wag its tail or fish tail like some Hollywood movies would have you believe. Of course oversteer can be triggered by stepping on the pedal and flicking the steering wheel. More importantly, this Mustang makes people want to applaud and celebrate the “Era of Muscle Cars”. No, they don’t make them like this anymore.

Anis Shaikh Fotografi Photography

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