The Snake Pit

Tony Hall


News From The Blue Oval


Ford Racing’s New 5.0-Liter ‘Cammer’ Revolutionizes Crate Engines



LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2002

          Ford Racing Technology will revolutionize the crate-engine concept when its new 5.0-liter Cammer crate engine becomes available in 2003. Instead of modifying a standard production engine to suit non-stock applications, Ford Racing specifically designed the Cammer to be one of the most technologically advanced crate engines any manufacturer has ever offered.

          This high-performance retrofit is an all-aluminum, overhead-cam, 4-valve engine that is a perfect re-powering upgrade for vintage Mustangs, street rods, and classic truck projects.

          According to Ford Racing Technology engine engineer Andy Schwartz, “The 5.0-liter Cammer delivers a healthy 425-430 horsepower at 6700 rpm. The torque curve peaks with 370 foot-pounds at 4000 rpm.”

          The 5.0-liter Cammer crate engine is based on the SVT Mustang Cobra’s 4.6-liter 4-valve V-8. However, the crate version has several unique qualities and components, including:

          The 5.0-liter Cammer crate engine will be shipped with a stock Mustang Cobra oil pan and exhaust manifolds.                               Installation will be eased substantially by a choice of six different 4.6-liter 4-valve modular wiring harnesses being created specifically for the 5.0-liter Cammer crate engine.

          “We intend to grow the interest in overhead-cam technology,” said Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology. “This is the future for tuners, project-vehicle builders and aftermarket car and truck enthusiasts. There’s no reason why a crate engine can’t start and perform as well in an aftermarket setting as the engines in production automobiles and trucks do. The 5.0-liter Cammer crate engine will provide top performance, a slick under hood appearance and excellent drivability without the hassles attached to carburetors and distributors.”


          Article and picture courtesy of Ford Motor Company


Ford SVT Hits The Street With Two Special Edition Models


LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2002

          Marking 10 years as the leader in factory performance products, Ford unveiled the SVT Mustang Cobra 10th Anniversary Package and the SVT European Appearance Package, two hot new feature editions for 2003.

          “SVT is celebrating its 10th year in the performance vehicle business, and what better way to commemorate the anniversary than sharing with our customers two special edition vehicles,” said Mike Zevalkink, Ford Performance Group director.

          The SVT Mustang Cobra, which began production in 1993, celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a special edition package. During the past 10 years, more than 100,000 SVT vehicles have been produced, 60 percent of which have been SVT Mustang Cobras.

          The 10th Anniversary Package will be available as either a coupe or convertible, and features unique 17x9-inch dark argent painted anniversary wheels, red leather seating surfaces in the front and rear, interior trim with the appearance of carbon fiber, red painted brake calipers, and SVT 10th Anniversary badges on the floor mats and rear deck lid.

          SVT will produce 2,003 units of the Anniversary model, which will be available in Torch Red, Black Clearcoat, and Silver Metallic. Production is slated to begin next summer.

          “Our SVT Mustang Cobra owners are some of the most loyal customers anywhere, and we are proud to share this anniversary milestone with them,” said Tom Scarpello, marketing and sales manager, Ford SVT. “The Cobra name has been synonymous with Ford performance for 40 years – and with SVT for the last 10 years. We are proud to carry the torch for this performance icon.”


          The second special-edition vehicle is a new SVT Focus European Appearance Package. “The Ford Focus has best-in-class driving dynamics and a European flavor. The SVT Focus European Appearance Package takes it to a new level, creating the best equipped, most exciting production Focus yet,” says Scarpello.

          The package, offered exclusively on the 3-door model, features an upscale interior with European flair, including black leather-trimmed front RecaroTM sport seats with matching leather door panel inserts and rear seating surfaces. The exterior is accented by 17x7-inch, multi-spoke, dark argent wheels similar to those offered on the European “ST170” and two new exclusive colors, Screaming Yellow and Competition Orange. The European Appearance Package also is available in the standard SVT Focus color palette including Vermillion Red, CD Silver, and Pitch Black.

          The European Appearance Package includes every optional content package available on the SVT Focus. Features include: the 290-watt Audiophile Stereo System which includes a six-disc, in-dash CD player, premium speakers, and eight-inch subwoofer; the Winter Package which includes traction control, heated front seats, and an engine block heater; a power sunroof; and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps. This is the first application of HID technology on a SVT vehicle.

          The European Appearance Package will be available in spring 2003.

Ford SVT History

          The Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT) was established in 1991 to “polish the Ford oval,” by creating low-volume, factory-produced vehicles designed for those whose idea of driving is a high-powered, passionate experience – not just a means of getting from point A to point B.

          In a move to support this spirited enthusiasm, Ford Motor Company carefully integrated the wide array of talent in the company into a small, cross-functional group of engineers, product planners and marketing people, housed together under one roof with a common mission – to create vehicles specifically designed to meet the unique needs and desires of the knowledgeable driving enthusiast.

          Each SVT vehicle produced since the 1993 model year has been designed and developed with the four SVT Hallmarks in mind: Performance, Substance, Exclusivity and Value. These hallmarks have driven the SVT Mustang Cobra and Cobra R, the SVT F-150 Lightning, the SVT Contour and the SVT Focus.

-          SVT –


          Article and pictures courtesy of Ford Motor Company / SVT



A View From The Inside… SVT

By Dave Dempster SVT/Engineering


Hey Dave,
          Here is a question for you. What has been the most rewarding project you have worked on while at SVT and why?


Hi Tony,

          Although I have enjoyed almost every program and product that I have had the good fortune to work on at SVT Engineering since arriving here in 1995, I have to say that the 2000 Mustang Cobra 'R' was probably the most satisfying of all.

          The engineering challenges the vehicle presented were quite significant considering the small amount of packaging real estate we had to work with in the SN95 chassis, the age of the chassis itself, and the aggressive performance and handling targets that we set for the program.

          On the positive side, working with some of our partnered suppliers, such as BF Goodrich, Ricaro, Bilstein, Borla, K&N, to name a few, presented a unique opportunity to see how their respective products, purposely engineered and developed along with ours, enabled us to create the awesome vehicle that is still today considered one of the premiere Mustangs to own and drive.

          After months and months of brutal testing and many long hours put into developing the car, the reaction by Mustang enthusiasts, the media, and even the corporate hierarchy made it all worth it. It was, in a word, overwhelming!

          Even today, over two years after production of the 2000 Cobra 'R' ceased, our displays with the 2000 Cobra 'R' are still mobbed by enthusiastic Ford and Mustang fans who gather around the car to ogle it's aggressive lines. In retrospect, it makes me wish I'd been smart enough to buy one for myself. Not to mention my personal "contribution" to the local economy, via tickets and fines.  Now that friends... could have been staggering!

          Digging a hole to China... One burnout at a time. 




          Be sure to send your questions to A View From The Inside… SVT to Tony Hall at 7702 Hudson Drive Richmond, Va. 23229, or hand them to me at the next club meeting. You can also e-mail them to me at


Updated Notice !!!


          This is a NOTICE to ALL MEMBERS. Beginning this coming Wednesday December 4, 2002, the meeting will have a NEW starting time. The new starting time will be at 7:00 pm until further notice.


Toys For Tot’s


          Please bring an unwrapped Toy to our next Meeting or to the Christmas Party for all of the unfortunate kids. Thanks!


          This is a reminder that you can help to keep the cost of mailing this newsletter down by signing up to get the newsletter on line at .

          I would like to thank everyone who has signed up to get their newsletter from the website. I’m sure you have noticed that the pictures and some of the text are in color and there are some great links also.

          To sign up to get the newsletter via the website e-mail me at Be sure to put “Newsletter” in the subject line.

          Members who participate will receive notification via e-mail that the newsletter has been posted.

          Thanks for your support.

Tony Hall


Mustang Bill

By Tony Hall


          “Mustang Bill” has been sold. I will have more information on the new ownership & directions in next month’s newsletter.


“Old Location”


Mustang Bill's, Inc.
15444 Pouncey Tract Rd.
Rockville, VA 23146


EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2003 we will be moving to a bigger, better location.
11319 Cross County Rd #2
Mineral, VA 23117-3216
540-894-(when we know it you will)


19th Annual CVMC Mustang & Ford Show Update

By Tony Hall


          We have very good news to announce this month. Jim Myracle was able to secure the Anthem Blue Cross / Blue Shield (formerly Trigon Blue Cross / Blue Shield) Parking Lot for our show next year.

          On behalf of the rest of CVMC’s membership thanks a Million Jim!!!


Rick’s Tip’s

By Rick Nochta


“Mustang Trivia”



          What animal was shipped from Detroit, Michigan to Laguna Seca Race Course in California along with an experimental Mustang?



          It was a Parakeet. Ford had to ship an animal with the vehicle in order for a mechanic to fly in the cargo plane to protect the car. If an animal was aboard, then a keeper could accompany it.


“Mustang Mania”


          In some states, Shelby Dealers learned that 5-½ inch driving lights were illegal in their state.




Christmas Party

By Linda Cosier


Sat., Dec. 14, 2002

5:0010:00 p.m.

Clubhouse at The Vinings Apartments


          Music, food, fellowship and fun for all!  If you want to bring a gift for the gift exchange, mark whether it is for a woman or a man. ($10-$15 range). You are welcome to bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots.

            Please bring a covered dish.  Several meat entrees will be provided as well as soft drinks.  If you want anything else to drink, please bring it with you.



Coming from Interstate 64 to Powhite Parkway:

          Take the Powhite Parkway south to Chippenham South. Continue on Chippenham South to Ironbridge Road (Route 10) East. Take the first exit and go to the first light. Turn right onto Ridgedale Parkway.  Go ½ mile to the main entrance to the Vinings Apartments. Turn left and you will see the Clubhouse straight in front of you.


Coming from Interstate 95 to Chippenham North:

          Take Chippenham North to Ironbridge Road (Route 10) East.

Take the second exit and go to the first light. Turn right onto Ridgedale Parkway.  Go ½ mile to the main entrance to the Vinings Apartments. Turn left and you will see the Clubhouse straight in front of you.



          There are a limited number of parking spaces in front of the clubhouse on both sides of the road. Use parking spaces that are on the row farthest away from apartment buildings. Or you can park on the side of Ridgedale Parkway next to the apartment complex.


Director’s Election!


          Ok, CVMC Member’s its Election Time! We have to elect FOUR new Directors!

          Brenda has done a great job in recruiting nominees.

          The Election will take place at our December Meeting held December 4, 2002.

          If you cannot attend the December Meeting and would still like to vote on the Director’s you can cut out the following Ballot and mail it to.



Director’s Ballot

P.O. Box 35-474

Richmond, Va. 23235-0474


          Voting Instructions: Each Member & Adult Member of each Household may vote for Director’s. If you need more than one ballot, I suggest that you make the needed copies by hand or by copier. You must put a check by four candidates. Your mailed in ballot must arrive before the next meeting to be counted.

          If you have any questions please feel free to call Tony Hall at 285-0759. Or e-mail me at






___ Bob Overbey

___ Tyler Owen

___ Rusty Wiseman

___ Chris Bryne

___ Ben Brown

___ Sharon Burke

___ Scott Brynes

___ Jimmy Clements

___ Linda Cosier

___ Thomas Enroughty

___ Larry Boyd

___ Matt Harris



          I would like to thank all of the Candidates for running. It was great to see this many interested members.


Tony Hall



December Birthday’s


          Looks like we have a bunch of birthday boys and girls this month.


1st Brenda Boyd

4th Eileen Jorgensen

9th Paul Pietrowski, Sr.

11th Rusty Wiseman

11th Heidi Helbling

11th Arthur Case

22nd Frances Brown

23rd Manuel Nichols

25th Brenda Jones

26th Billy McDaniel

30th Stephen Velasco


Happy Birthday and Many Returns!



By Llew Stakes


The Harvest Parade


          As most of you know the Harvest Parade was canceled this year because of the Sniper Scare. The following is a letter we received from the Harvest Parade Committee.


November 1, 2002.


Dear Autumn Harvest 2002 Parade Participant,


          Please accept our apology on behalf of the Virginia Farm Bureau and the Autumn Harvest Parade Committee for having to cancel the parade, not just once but twice.

          The safety of the parade participants and the spectators was first and foremost in our decisions. Also, the local police departments were needed in other capacities more urgent than the parade.

          Thanks again for trying to participate and we look forward to having you in our parade in the year 2003. This date will be October 11, 2003. Mark your calendars!




Virginia Farm Bureau

Autumn Harvest Parade Committee


R.A. “Dick” McClure



Ashland Christmas Parade


          It was a perfect day for a parade, warm and sunny and tons of people. We had an excellent turn out for the Ashland Parade. The following members brought their beautiful Mustangs and Truck out for a great parade. Where were you?


Llew Stakes

Carroll Lipscombe & Kathy

Bob Overbey

Billy & Kim McDaniel

Chris Byrne

Jimmy Norwood

Ben Brown

Tony Hall


          Thanks to everyone who participated. Hope to see those of you who didn’t make it to the Ashland Parade in the Mechanicsville Parade.


Willowlawn Christmas Parade


          ON Friday November 29th there was a parade at Willowlawn Shopping Center had their Christmas Parade. A few members of CVMC attended with their shiny Mustang Convertibles. Those members who attended were….


Bob Overbey

George & Linda Cosier

Brenda & Richard Jones


          Thanks for participating on behalf of CVMC.


Mechanicsville Christmas Parade


          CVMC will meet at the Dollar General Store on December 8, 2002, at 1:45 pm. The Dollar General Store is located at the intersection of Laburnum Avenue and Mechanicsville Turnpike.

          Be sure to be there. Lets have a huge CVMC turn out.


          If you have any questions please give Llew Stakes a call at 262-5789 or send him an e-mail at Llew.Stakes@SSCOOP.COM



Web Talk

By Rusty Wiseman


          Hello CVMC Members. Welcome to the first Webmaster’s – Web Talk.   Please feel free to send in any questions about or ideas you have for the website. Since I have no questions this month I tried and tried to think of something interesting to talk about. I did come up with a couple of ideas but felt they kind of dealt more with Websites in general then our site or another mustang site(plus I wanted to leave some space for the other Super Interesting articles that go into our newsletter each month). 

          So if you are actually still reading I will showcase a part of the website that is quite under used at this time. If you surf our site regularly you may have notice a small change in the menu. There is a Forums choice now. This will take you to the CVMC Forums. The Forums are for you, the members and anyone else, to talk about anything Ford and Mustangs.  Exchange Ideas. Ask for Help.  Anything you want (Please note, discussions about Sex, Violence, Bad Language, Talking about Oldsmobile.s (George and you know which one) or Corvette’s (Kim) is not allowed. I know I take all the fun out of it…but these are Rated G forums). 

          The forums are divided into 3 major sections right now, being Club Activities, Tech Talk, and Mustang Corral.  The actual forums reside under these sections.  You don’t need to signup for a login to post but it does make things easier and more fun. Well check them out and if you have any request’s you can let me know by emailing me at Thank you and Surf On!!


Rusty Wiseman

CVMC Webmaster


CVMC Track Events

By George Bobrovski


All autocross event dates for 2003 are listed below.  These events will
be held at
Virginia Motorsports Park. Register on line at
as early as possible. Most events are sold out 2 weeks before the Autocross is scheduled. All events are rain or shine. Cars should be at the track by
10:30 AM for tech inspection and sign in. First car is off at 12 noon. Loaner Helmets are available at the track. Additional events at Southside Speedway will be scheduled in 2003. Any questions, contact me at . See you at the track!

March 9, 2003
March 30, 2003
April 13, 2003
May 11, 2003
May 18, 2003
June 1, 2003
June 27, 2003
August 10, 2003
August 24, 2003
September 7, 2003
September 28, 2003
October 19, 2003
November 23, 2003


Upcoming Car Shows And Track Events For November & December

Regional MCA Shows

December 1, 2002
The 30th Joy Fund Car Show
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Proudly hosted by the Mustang Club of Tidewater and sponsored by Auto Zone. This is our 30th year and we would like to top last year's record of $2,000 given to the Children at Christmas. Open to all makes and models. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places awarded in each class. Best in Show, Judges Choice, and Club Participation awards also. Entry fee $20 plus two cans of food for the Oasis Food Bank. Contact Jim Ray at (757) 468-6719 or

Non-MCA Events


December 14th

Dinwiddie County's 250th Celebration Holiday Parade at the Virginia Motorsports Park. It will start around 3:00 PM and conclude with a fireworks display. Our goal is to get 250 units for this special occasion. For info call Tim Smith at 804-732-1100.


Central Virginia Mustang Club

Minutes of Meeting,

November 6, 2002

By Brenda Jones


          The minutes for November and December will be in the January Newsletter.




President: Tony Hall

Vice President: George Bobrovski

Secretary: Brenda Jones

Treasurer: Karen Lane

MCA National Director: Paul Oliver


Carroll Lipscombe

George Cosier

Don Lane

David Lythgoe

Bob Overbey

Mike Rowe


Newsletter Editor: Tony Hall

Assistant Webmaster: Rusty (Obi-Wan) Wiseman

Webmaster: Tyler (Yoda) Owen

Awards and Trophies: Mike Young

Club Merchandise: Nellie Fischer

Car Shows: Kenny Fischer

Membership: Karen Lane

Door Prizes: Brenda Jones

Cruises: Tony Hall

Parades: Llew Stakes

Judging: Don Lane

Track Events: George Bobrovski

Refreshments: Brenda Jones

Technical Advisors

Sonny Coble 282-4932

Kenny Fischer 743-1490

Bill Jarvis 262-2137

Carroll Lipscombe 329-5901

Rick Nochta 321-5383

Richard Jones 740-2096


Club Sponsors
Present your club membership card at the following business to receive valuable discounts.

Harold Sales
Kar Kraft & Mirror Glaze Products

First Class Towing
Lloyd Liggan

NAPA Genuine Auto Parts
Reference Cash Account #1918

Ray Broyhill Ford
Hopewell, VA

Richmond Motor Company
4600 West Broad St.

Rick's Restorations
1400 Valley Rd.

Seredni Tire & Auto
Northside 266-4955
Southside 232-4515
Mechanicsville 730-1440

Lay Oak
Don Lane

Advance Mobile Glass

Weaver Transmission
2406 Mechanicsville Pike

Dave's Upholstery Shop
5702 Mechnicsville Pike

Midas Muffler & Brake Shop
3700 Hull Street Road

Dockside Mobile Marine
Hanover Industrial Air Park

C.P.'s Mufflers
3320 Mechanicsville Pike

Air Conditioning Services
All Types
Mike O'Conner 743-8339
Kevin Kean 271-0771

Capital Windshield Repair
Richmond Steve Fine

W.B. & Son Auto Care & Detail
Detail Shop
Gary Sager 354-0980

Jeffe Locke
Professional Appraiser of Antique, Classic and Special Interest Vehicles. $50 a car when in group of four.

Carroll's Tree Service
10% discount to club members
Carroll McCauley

Beach Construction
Roof Contractor
Jimmy Beach 271-5225

Batteries Plus
10% discount to club members
10070 Midlothian Turnpike

Truck Outfitters
10% discount to club members
2025 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA


Next Meeting

Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 7:00 PM
Upstairs at Richmond Ford On West Broad Street!
See Ya there!!

January Meeting
Wednesday, January 8, 2002 at 7:00PM