Last fall during a conversation with Billy Cain, President of Fishbone Energy Services/Safety Solutions, Billy asked if I knew any Mustang experts in the Houston area that could be a head judge at the 2015 Keels & Wheels Concours., held at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas .Each year the concours committee selects a featured marque and Mustang was selected for 2015. That was an easy request because Mustang Club of America member Ed Hockaday has owned award winning Boss Mustangs for decades. His 1970 Boss 302 was retired as a Thoroughbred MCA Award holder and his current 2012 Boss 302 could easily win most shows as well as being a very fast open track participant.
Ed as usual, did a superb job of selecting an outstanding selection of Mustangs and Shelbys for the concours.
The unique feature of Keels &Wheels is the fact that classic wood and fiberglass boats are an outstanding part of the concours. They came from all over the country and were very impressive to say the least.
Fishbone Energy Services/Safety Solutions is a primary sponsor and their hospitality area was not be be missed. On Saturday Mustang Club of America members, Hockaday, Rick Ciemny and Tim Hahn exhibited their Mustangs in the Fishbone hospitality area. Ciemny drives a well turned out 2012 Boss 302, while Hahn brought his 2015 Mustang Special 50th Anniversary Special Edition, one of only 1,964 to be built this year. These Mustangs added to the festive activities at the event and the Fishbone hospitality area.
It was nice to get a chance to visit with old friend Dennis Gage who served as Grand Marshal for the concours. We worked together when Dennis’s production company produced a series of TV shows on the Fun Ford Weekend Series, for Ford Division A true “car guy” Dennis created Pringles when he worked at Proctor & Gamble prior to creating My Classic Car show that has proven the test of time since early 1996.
Among the Mustang entered in the concours was Billy Cain’s 1966 GT350, just back from a freshening at Orlando Mustang. Pete Geisler and his talented team did a masterful job with the Shelby. They added a true “wow” feature in Weber carbs that really look outstanding. Edgar Carlson’s 1967 GT500 won Best in Class.
The Keels &Wheel ranks with the best concours in the country. After attending the 20th Annual, I totally agree.