1965 Mustang Convertible, 289-V8, Automatic transmission, All Original
Here at the museum, we're all about open cockpits. While looking for something cool to raffle in support of the John Cournoyer Aviation Mechanics Scholarships, we happened upon this little jewel and it was just too cool to pass up. This little Mustang rolled off the assembly line in 1965, and has been lovingly cared for ever since. We had the car checked out by Tirekickers... a Veteran owned company (and 100% Veteran employees too!) These guys know old cars, nuts and bolts, and exactly what to look for. It got a clean bill of health, and was exactly what we were looking for. It's all original, in great shape, not a "show car", but something that would probably win local cruise nights, etc. It has 76000 original miles to date, we will put a few more on displaying it and marketing the raffle locally, but it will be fully serviced, tuned up and ready for another 57 years of open air fun with the lucky winner.
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3500 Tickets for sale, Drawing 12/12/2022
or when all tickets are sold, whichever occurs first
About the John Cournoyer Mechanics Scholarships...
For those of you who didn't know him, John Cournoyer was quite possibly the most active antique aircraft restorer in the US. He certainly restored more airplanes than anyone I know of. He had an affinity for WACOs, and of the remaining original WACOs flying today, John owned most of them at one time or another. He also built antique cars, hotrods and an occasional motorcycle. It didn't matter the object, whatever he touched was better after than before. John restored our 1932 WACO UBF "Texaco 17". When you see the airplane, you'll understand the craftmanship and majic he performed. But there was more to him than just being a great mechanic, he was an excellent teacher, mentor and friend to a lot of people, and I was always proud to be included in that group.
These scholarships are offered differently than the others we have offered. We are going looking, spreading our wings so to speak. This country is losing its tradesmen, and it just seemed right to start a scholarship line in honor of one of the greatest I've ever known. We will open the application process this spring to any student, in any school, actively enrolled in an A&P or Avionics curriculum. We are looking for the applicant that loves working on airplanes, cars, motorcycles or tractors in their spare time. Questions like "show me what you've built" or "what do you drive?" might creep into the selection criteria. I'm looking for the guy/girl that understands what "flashing the field" means, without thinking we're talking about overexposing someone at a sports event. They are out there, I'm convinced of that. I don't think anyone could ever fill Johns shoes, but we'll help them build their own.