Car of the Year heat winner AACUK Summer Nats

Published: 05:40PM Jul 7th, 2011
By: Ben Klemenzson

It was heat two of the Footman James Car of the Year over the weekend at the AACUK Summer Nationals, take a bow Barry Craven with his simply stunning 1969 Mustang Fastback GT.

Car of the Year heat winner AACUK Summer Nats

It’s easy to find plenty of cars in superb condition at every Car of the Year heat, but some just astonish with incredible attention to detail. Barry Craven’s Mustang is such a car.

Restored from a wreck by Barry over the last five years, the rare 351W-powered GT now has flawless paint, a factory perfect interior and the mirrors underneath show that the underside is just as immaculate. But it’s when Barry pops the hood and shows you the engine bay you know this is one serious contender to win the top spot later this year at the NEC. The battery is the correct Autolite model. It’s not a repro but an original but knackered battery Barry managed to track down in the States and ended up paying £150 for. Once it was shipped to Britain he had it rebuilt and now, in the car, it even sports the correct paper tag that it would have had new.

"I’ve been going to the NEC Classic Car show for years," says Barry, "and for as long as I remember it’s been my dream to have a car there under the lights. Okay, so I managed it last year with the Mustang Owners’ Club but it was just after I’d had an operation so I was in a wheelchair. This year I’ll finally be there walking!"

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