Kat Redner’s family is all about Mustangs
This week’s Mustang Girl Monday is Kat Redner, whose story was so good we’ll just let her tell it.
“Mustangs have always run in the family. My sister has a 2014 V-6, my mother has a 2014 Mustang GT, and my father has a 1966 convertible. My papa had purchased the convertible Mustang in the 1970s and my father and him bonded by restoring the car and sharing that same passion of American muscle cars, which gave me my love for cars. I remember riding around our neighborhood with my older sister and our Doberman sitting in the back seat and enjoying the top down on a sunny day. My papa has passed away since, and my father and I are currently restoring the 1966 convertible.
“My father and I always went to car shows, and my love for Mustangs grew more and more as time went on. We would watch Bullitt and Gone in 60 Seconds together and I would be drooling over the classic fastback Mustangs featured in them. A 1967 fastback became my dream ever since I was a little girl. I honestly started putting every penny I found or earned into glass jars and started saving up since I was about nine years old or so.
“My first car, and daily driver still today, is my 2008 Mustang. I fell in love with that car the moment I saw it. It was owned by a 70-something year-old man that took perfect care of it and loved it like it was his own child. I purchased the car and added my own personal, cosmetic touches to it like new wheels, a grille, and a few other things, and also treat it like it’s my baby. It’s just a fun little car to play with, and it sounds pretty nice too!
“This year, I was lucky enough to be able to purchase a 1967 Mustang fastback. All of those years of saving had finally allowed me to get the car of my dreams—even though it cost me literally every penny it was still worth it! My mom found the car online after we were tediously hunting for one in good condition with a reasonable price—let me just tell you—they are NOT easy to find! We hopped on a plane and when we got to the shop where the car was, it was love at first sight, again. I’m a sucker for a beautiful blue paint job and was instantly captivated by this car. When we fired up the built 351 Cleveland engine, I was even more in love. It sounded amazing. I got to drive it through the small streets of Iowa and for the first time, try out a street car that had no power steering or power brakes, which was a fun challenge. I knew this was my car. When I purchased it, probably the biggest item on my bucket list was crossed off. It’s not the kind of car that just sits in the garage either. As Carroll Shelby said, ‘These cars are meant to be driven, so enjoy the hell out of it— not just the look of it when it’s all clean.’”
Kat finished her story by saying, “I know my papa would be proud seeing my love for Mustangs and knowing that it started with him. Mustangs to me means family. It’s something we bond on and talk about at a dinner table. It’s something we can bring to a car show and connect with other car enthusiasts with. And it’s definitely something that will always be a part of me.”
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