Updated: Dec 9, 2021
Katie Remsnyder takes a little piece of her dad with her to every car show she attends, especially when she arrives in one of her late father’s prized Mustangs. That’s what I gathered from her when I asked to make her 1969 Mach 1 a Car Show Life Ride of the Week after watching it pull into the Pudgie’s Pizza Cruise-in in Montoursville, PA in August.
Her dad, Terry, bought the car sometime in the late 80s. It had some right side damage, but nothing too bad that he couldn’t fix. He was a mechanic for PennDot and a huge car show guy. Katie would go with him to shows. Around the time she turned about 17 or 18, her dad let her drive the Mach 1 for the first time.
In 2014, as her dad was battling cancer, he insisted that they go transfer the titles of his cars over to her. She protested because he was really sick. But deep down, he knew he didn’t have much time left and it would save her a lot of hassle later. So, on Tuesday, they went and transferred the title to this Mach 1, his Boss 302 and another car. He passed away that Friday.
Katie says she’s afraid to take the Mach 1 out because of its sentimental value. “I just don’t want to be the one to wreck dad’s car,” she admits. But when the weather is nice and there’s a show or cruise nearby, she’ll carry on her dad’s car show legacy.
The Mach 1 is motivated by a 390 big block backed by an automatic transmission and 3.25 gears. It sports the reflective stripes, shaker hood and matte black applique.