U.S. Army Specialist Kory Chesher of the 101st Airborne’s 1st Brigade has recently been crowned the winner of Ford’s “Mustang Stories” essay contest and will be receiving a brand new 2010 Mustang as his prize. For Chesher, his love for the Ford Mustang began nearly 20 years ago in passenger’s seat of his father’s car, and it’s only grown in intensity since. Despite Chesher’s fervid dedication, the Mustang has always proven to be an elusive animal, and Chesher was still in the process of saving up to buy one upon the completion of his deployment and his return to the U.S.
After an overwhelming victory awarded him by his voting peers, however, Chesher can put that money elsewhere as Ford will be awarding him a brand new 2010 Mustang. In addition to the coveted horse, Chesher will also be gifted two tickets to the LA Auto Show which he will presumably be able to use as his unit is scheduled to return home this month.
On behalf of RideLust – congratulations Kory, you damn sure earned it.
Hit the jump to read Chesher’s winning essay
“A Life Obsession”
It started when I was about 6 years old. I was in the truck with my father and we were at a stoplight. Across the road at the other light was this “car.” It drew my attention away from everything else in the world. I asked my dad what it was and he simply said, “Oh, that’s a Mustang.”
I remember it like it was yesterday. I now know that it was a 1968 black Fastback. That was almost 20 years ago. Twenty years of love, addiction, obsession. Twenty years of longing and desire.
Now I’m a solider in the United States Army deployed to Iraq. I spend my spare time tearing through Mustang magazines that my family and total strangers are kindhearted enough to send to me. Every opportunity I get I’m online poring through forums and pictures; studying every little tidbit of knowledge I can get my hands on; meticulously memorizing seemingly insignificant trivia. Names, dates, specs, colors, paint codes, production numbers, costs, anything, everything.
A Mustang of my own wouldn’t quell this life I live – it would supercharge it. The only thing greater than a life loving Mustangs is a life with a Mustang. With a Mustang to call my own I could finally experience the pride and freedom that I’ve only been watching from afar. It will ignite a passion like nothing I have ever experienced. Mustangs are my one true love.
I’m ready to go driving now.