We all come into our automotive passions in different ways, but for the Speed family it was equine fate as the late Gilbert Speed decided that a pet pony wasn’t quite up to the task of giving all of his children rides, but a 1965 Mustang might just fit the bill.
Then he came back with that car. — Daniel Speed
That fateful day turned the Speed family into a Ford family. A clan that not only buys and restores Mustangs, but uses Ford trucks to transport the finished restorations to car show. In fact, it was learning to repair the company’s Ford trucks that led eldest son Daniel and his siblings to start restoring Mustangs.
Eventually the youngest of seven Speed siblings, Chester, picked up his own 1965 Mustang in 1980 and restored it, which inspired four of the other Speeds to buy Mustangs and revive them. The family collection now includes three 1969 Mach 1s, two 1970 Mach 1s, two 1971 Mach 1s and a 1973 Mustang convertible.
Since Gilbert passed away the family reunites for road trips to car shows a couple times a year, which is like an automotive family reunion. Often they reflect on their dad’s Blue Oval passion, which he passed on to them.
“We really enjoy getting the Mustangs out on I-75 and just kind of have our own little parade — our own rolling car show,” Daniel added.