Take 5: A Mustang That's Addicted to Fun
We spotted Leo’s Mustang among the sea of others at Fabulous Fords Forever. Sometimes choosing a standout car at shows like that can be a challenge, as there are so many amazing builds to pick from — but when it comes down to it, an owner’s story and affinity to their car is what really makes a build.
For Leo, his Mustang addiction began in the late ‘70s when a friend owned a ’69 Mach 1. It’s a common start to an obsession, one that’s brought decades of enjoyment for Leo. His first Mustang was a convertible ’90 Fox-body, deep emerald green set-off with a white leather interior. When he purchased the ’06 back in 2012, he loved the retro styling cues reminding him of his old friend’s Mach 1. Its performance isn’t bad either, taken advantage of not only because it’s Leo’s daily driver but also because he enjoys carving SoCal’s canyons to enjoy the curves.
Leo Barone | @theponyaddicts
2006 Mustang GT
1. Best mod to your vehicle:
My best mod is the Glassskinz rear window valance, because of its uniqueness. I thought about installing the original boring louvers everyone has, but wanted to have something different and with style.
I swapped out my older Nitto NT555s for their updated NT555 G2s. I liked the 555s, but the G2s are a step up. These tires have amazing cornering traction.
2. Favorite driving music:
I grew up in the '80s when Van Halen, Journey, Styx and all these rock ‘n’ roll bands were thriving, so yeah, rock ‘n’ roll is my favorite.
3. Favorite car movie:
“Gone in 60 Seconds” (2000) — a great action movie with Nicolas Cage driving that beautiful and hot Eleanor Mustang.
4. Favorite road to drive:
Angeles Crest Hwy is my favorite road to drive. It’s winding curves and scenic views are the best. Carving canyons is a blast!
5. Next automotive adventure:
My friend Dennis is organizing an event this month with the clubs from the North. This once-a-year cruise is one I always look forward to.
“I always look forward to getting in the driver’s seat and taking it wherever I can,” says Leo. “This is a working project, anyone that says they’re finished building their Pony is only lying to themselves!” We look forward to following more of Leo’s Mustang obsession @theponyaddicts and @s550ponyaddicts.