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Mustang Boss 302: From Racing Legend to Modern Muscle Car [Hardcover]

Donald Farr , Parnelli Jones
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Aug. 29 2011

Of the legendary names in the history of the Ford Mustang, one stands apart: BOSS. Originally created to homologate the new Boss 302 engine and option package for SCCA Trans-Am racing, the Mustang Boss 302 debuted for the 1969 model year and was built in limited numbers for the street through 1970. Designed by the legendary Larry Shinoda, the Boss cars were easily distinguished from their less potent stablemates by their race-bred powerplant, standard front spoiler, and bold graphics.
For the 2012 model year, Ford has at long last revived the most revered of all Mustang models: BOSS. With a new racing counterpart and a modern street version that delivers more than 440 horsepower, the Boss is truly back!
To mark this historic occasion, Mustang historian Donald Farr has written a complete history of the Boss 302, from its late 1960s origins in Ford’s boardrooms, through its Trans-Am successes and untimely demise in 1970 up to the conception and development of the spectacular new 2012 Mustang Boss 302. Packed with brilliant photography and first-hand accounts from the people who created the original Boss as well as the team that resurrected Ford’s most iconic Mustang, this is the story every Mustang enthusiast has been waiting to read!

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Riding like a Boss July 21 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars review Dec 28 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nov. 2 2011
By R. Drabchuk - Published on
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mustang Boss 302; From Racing legend to Modern Muscle Car Sept. 10 2011
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Excellent Product and fast shipment. Pleasure doing business with. Friendly, courteous servive. Easy ordering and the customer is always treated exceptionally.
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1.0 out of 5 stars FordMustang Bos 302 2013 Version/Updated/Revised Hardcover. Feb. 18 2014
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Mustang Boss 302 From Racing Legend to Modern Muscle Car-Hardcover-2013-Updated and Revised.Yellow cars on Cover.

I have never been a Stang Guy far from being Blue Oval the only Ford I ever owned was a 95' Contour GL(Sadly MexicanMade)and 4cylinders and Unreliable.I have a bias against the Mustangs not because I am A Corvette/Camaro/Firebird(FBody) Guy but because I will never forget my neighbor "Rob"(Robert/roberto) had a black GT 5.0 86' hatch and anniversary model/91 green car.
I will never forget Me being a kid when I asked him as a kid about the car and he cursed me out,although he also had a Ninja Bike I love those. Then Again,I will recall his brother Roger was nicer had a 280Z and Rob had a Friend who would come in a Red 74' Stingray Corvette now that I thought was nicer.I also am always being cut off by Stang owners as I drive responsibly this however is endemic of Modern Mustang Drivers/Fratboys etc. That being said, The book is greatly detailed I have had read the book as I have read other Blue oval books such as Total Performance,GTThenandNow,MustangLegends among others and Shelby books.
I own one Shelby book and this,The history is covered here and there is mention of How Unbeatable Donohue was in The Camaro in The Trans-Am Series,sure 1970 would be a bad one for the Bowtie Brigade/MarkOfExcellence Crowd and thereafter in racing,But there is NO Denying while The 69/70' Boss Cars are the Real Deal and Sure the New cars sound Nice they will always be fords,Henry Ford though was a Genius(He resisted the Unions which I applaud until he couldn't sadly.)also Ford taking it to Ferrari.The book has the Whole Story and Again for Gearheads to add to a Library Unbiased and Full of all Makes/models you must add the book to your list to own and read Specifically Ford Fans.I read it and It is Passionate and the author and publisher did a Excellent Job,there is this version which have with the yellow cars on the cover and the older 2011 with the blue cars on the cover.I recommend reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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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