2013 Woodward Dream Cruise: The SN95 and New Edge Mustangs

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While the 1994-1998 and 1999-2004 Ford Mustangs were technically separated into two generations due to the massive physical refresh for the 1999 model year, we have opted to group the two together for our Woodward Dream Cruise gallery as these models are fairly scarce in comparison to the classic, Fox Body and S197 models in Mustang Alley.  The earlier SN95 models are particularly rare but whether you are talking about those 94-98 models or the later New Edge models – Cobras seem to dominate the crowd.

Out of the 29 pictures below, 18 of them are Cobra Mustangs (or Cobra clones) and the majority of those are the mighty 03-04 “Terminator” Cobras.  Considering how the SN95 Cobra and the Terminator dominated the performance scene in their respective era, it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that those SVT-issue Mustangs would be among the most popular with the collector’s crowd but with so many Mustangs sold from 1994 through 2004, you have to wonder why there arent more in attendance at the Woodward Dream Cruise.  Of course, this sampling of Mustangs is only taken from the first third or so of Mustang Alley that was closest to Woodward Avenue but the fact that there are so few SN95 and New Edge Mustangs in attendance actually seems to help them stand out better against the predominantly classic and late model Mustang crowd.

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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