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Mustang Boss 302: From Racing Legend to Modern Muscle Car Hardcover – Aug 29 2011

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (Aug. 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760341419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760341414
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 1.9 x 28.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Words blur like dotted white lines on a dark empty highway, and life is just cool as can be in the new book: Mustang Boss 302: From Racing Legend to Modern Muscle Car. This isn’t a book merely for Mustang enthusiasts; it is a given they have to own it. That is just one of the rules. For others, get it because this is a book that will re-energize your character. A reader regains that carefree whimsical do-it-all energy you used to hold so dear like the times before you became such a politically correct stiff." - / Radioactive Drag Racing News

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Boss 302: The name invokes visions of stripes, spoilers, and Parnelli Jones screaming to a Trans-Am championship in a School Bus Yellow Mustang. When Ford needed a muscular Mustang to homologate a special engine for Trans-Am and to compete against the Camaro Z28 on the street, the Boss 302 met the challenge – and became a legend in muscle car and racing history.
For over 40 years, Ford waited for the right Mustang and the right 5.0-liter engine to bring back the Boss 302 name for a modern reincarnation of the original. Like its 1969-70 predecessor, the 2012 Boss 302 Mustang was bred for racing, by racing.
Donald Farr’s Boss Mustang: From Racing Legend to Modern Muscle Car is the complete story of the Boss 302 Mustang, from Trans-Am victor to modern muscle…

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Great book about this legendary Mustang. Great pictures, well documented. You might be able to afford a 302 Boss (one day she'll be mine) but you van keep dreaming with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Followup BOSS 302 Book - Will Be Another Collectible Aug. 11 2011
By Peter L. Sigwardt - Published on
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Donald Farr is considered by most Mustang enthusiasts as the best author possible to update the iconic Ford BOSS 302 Mustang history. He authored the very best book in the 1980's about the car MUSTANG BOSS 302 - FORD's TRANS-AM PONY CAR which is now a collectible and highly prized by Mustang enthusiasts. This new book includes more historical information about the original 1969-70 BOSS 302's plus a great deal of development information about the new 2012 BOSS 302's. I am proud to have added this new book to my personal Mustang history library. Congratulations to Donald Farr and thanks to John Clor and all the contributors to the new book.
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Boss 302 book Sept. 13 2011
By 01j - Published on
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Overall a very good book and among the top of my collection. It has tons of nice photos and interesting text. It covers almost all the techncial details. If there is an area of improvement, I think it should have illustrated in greater detail some of the characteristics that were unique to the early Boss 302s. For example, it would have been nice to show an illustration of the rolled fenders and suspension track width mods on the early Boss 302s. Everyone talks about this but no one ever effectively illustrates it. This was THE place to do that and it was missed. Also, why not illustrate the differences between a windsor 302 and the Boss 302 in detail? There was some comparison, but I'm greedy and I want more! And for the later Boss 302, it would have been nice to show the dealer installed trans scoop that was mentioned (the photo is wrong), plus the extra chassis welds and bracing, plus more detail on the splitter on the Laguna Seca, plus, plus, plus... Again, being greedy. This book is worth way more than the paltry $20 I paid for it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Nov. 2 2011
By Wrenchead - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Lots of info on both the new as well as the old Boss 302. Good pics. Well worth the price if you are interested in these classics.
The Boss of Boss Books June 13 2012
By Robert Carver - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Others have already commented on author Donald Farr's experience with the Mustang Monthly Magazine and his previous book on the original Boss 302. I concur with the accolades heaped upon Farr with this way too short book about the classic Boss and the rebirth, evolution and execution of the mighty new Boss 302. I say it is too short because I read it in one sitting mesmerized by the incredible story of the Boss 302's history in the late 60's and then the Genesis tale of its rebirth here in the modern era. Ford had excellent leadership in place when our economy tanked in 2007-08 and they were prepared to guide the company through these troubled times by focusing on bring exciting new cars that the American people (and consumers around the world) would actually desire to own. The new Fiesta, Focus, Taurus and the Eco-Tech engines are a big part of Ford's new commitment to excellence and cutting edge technology with their vehicles. Yet these advances would have seemed hollow without bringing out a new and improved Mustang that was world-class. The 747 group inside Ford who worked on this new Boss 302 did an excellent job in bringing the public a Mustang that has plenty of DNA from the original Boss 302 while infusing it with the latest and greatest engineering available today. This synthesis has produced an incredible car that I would love to own one of these days. Farr does the next best thing for me as a Boss 302 fan by taking me through the history of this legendary car and making me feel like I was a part of the team at Ford bringing the new Boss to life. You can't go wrong with this book if you are a fan of great cars especially the Mustang.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful review Dec 28 2011
By Speed Readers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Farr has been involved with Mustangs for several decades now, from being a passenger in grandpa's new `66 (a car he now owns) to being bought his own--a Boss look-alike--in 1970 to learning what a real Boss was all about, then buying a used Boss, researching the model's history, and thereby laying the groundwork for a full-fledged professional life revolving around writing about Mustangs. These days he is the Editor of "Mustang Monthly Magazine". His 1982 book on the same subject has become the benchmark title. As before, Farr has interviewed many of the principals, obviously from the current but also the original project, and the many verbatim quotes lend the book authority. A number of new insights have come to light since the 1980s so the old book would have benefited from updating whether or not there is a new Boss 302.

Little is said of the '94 retro-styled Mustang for which the Boss' original designer Larry Shinoda developed a "re-creation" graphics package, and nothing is (or, rather, this being an "official Ford book, can be) said about the Boss Shinodas that are still being made toady.

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