Nebraska Family Sculpts Snow into Vintage Mustang

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Frosty recreation of a 1960s Mustang GTA notchback brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘cool car.’

When it’s snowing outside, some people choose to stay indoors, make hot chocolate, and watch movies on the couch. Jason Blundell, a 43-year-old concrete plant manager who lives in Chadron, Nebraska decided to go outside during a recent snow day and create a one-of-a-kind homage to his vintage Ford Mustang.

To keep his 17-year-old daughter Shelby and 15-year-old son Spencer off of their cellphones, Blundell has often recruited them to help him create giant snow sculptures, such as 7-foot-tall Easter bunnies and a 6-foot-tall jack-o’-lantern complete with an orange coat of paint and a lit candle inside.

Blundell went in a much different direction with his latest project. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Blundell and his children shoveled the snow from neighboring driveways into a giant pile and “spent five hours sculpting a clone of the 1967 Ford Mustang GTA that they store in their garage.” Using a skid loader, concrete wood floats, shovels, ice scrapers, a spray bottle, and measurements from the steel Mustang GTA, they created what is now known in the social media universe as #SnowPony.

At least one person thought they did too good of a job. Blundell said, “We actually had somebody come by while we were building it and they thought we were burying somebody’s car.”

The Snow Pony also caught the eye of Nebraska State Patrol Sgt. Mick Downing, who attends the same church as Blundell. He made sure to give the wintry one-off a fake parking ticket and record his encounter with it, adding, “Some people make snowmen. Not the people in the northwest corner of the panhandle. They make snow cars. Snow Mustangs.” Nebraska Family Sculpts Snow into a Vintage Ford Mustang

Snow Pony‘s fame only grew from there. Reuters picked up the story. According to what Downing heard from one of his friends, so did the BBC and an Australian news outlet. Downing said, “Holy cow, this thing blew up.”

Unfortunately, spring is already here, which means no more snow. The good news is that higher temperatures are the perfect excuse to go to the beach. Maybe we’ll see another stunning Mustang sculpture from the Blundells in a couple of months. We can already picture the color: Sand Beige.

Photos: Omaha World-Herald.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism from Austin Community College as well. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including and, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

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