It is with a heavy heart that I write this article today. Carol Marini contacted me recently and let me know that her beloved 1968 Mustang, nicknamed “Blue Beast” is no more. I originally blogged about Carol and her Mustang way back in 2014. I then did a quick follow-up on the car.
Carol tells me that the Mustang clocked over 850, 000 miles on September 15, 2017. However, tragically, three weeks later, she was involved in an accident, and the blue beast was destroyed. Carol also sustained some fairly serious injuries in the accident. Carol believes the sturdy frame of her Mustang might have contributed to keeping her from even more serious injuries . I just have to say that I am VERY relieved to hear she survived the crash and is recovering.
What is important to note is that Carol put EVERYTHING into this car over the past 38 years, and it’s as if the Blue Beast returned the favor by protecting her. Carol exemplifies what I mean when I talk about the deep bonds between a driver and their car. I get a lot of mail from people who want me to write about them on this blog. But have you put almost forty years into your car like Carol has? To some, a car is simply a tool for a commute or a summer drive. For Carol, this mustang was her best friend. I am heart broken to hear about this today. A friend of Carol’s has a gofundme going to try and salvage what they can from the Mustang and restore it with the body of the another 1968 Mustang. If this kind of project interests you, I would encourage donating to the cause. Carol, thank you so much for sharing this story with us. I know how hard it must be for you.