Donald Farr, our own editor of Mustang Monthly, talks with Kevin Tetz on Eastwood’s “Shop Talk” podcast. It’s an interesting look at the Mustang industry from one guy that has been in the industry for over 30 years and likely has more muscle car knowledge than all of us put together. Listen to how a man turned a passion on the side into a passion-filled career. Here are some highlights from the interview. So take a listen and see what else Farr says about Mustangs and his love for music.
A senior in high school, Farr acquired his first Mustang in 1970, a pale yellow fastback sporting a stripe similar to a Boss 302. On a drive to a relative’s house with his wife, he noticed a Grabber Blue 302 nose poking out of a car lot, which he bought a few days later (starting the Boss 302 obsession).
Working on his father’s farm, Farr pursued photography and writing at night. After acquiring the Boss 302, he joined SAAC and MCA. While at SAAC he was asked to take photos of the event, which were published in the newsletter. Soon he was writing his own column on Boss 302s after suggesting the idea to President Austin Craig.
After some built-up confidence, Farr contacted Larry Dobbs of Mustang Monthly about an ad looking for contributors. Since Dobbs had a Mustang Supply Company to manage, he contacted Farr to become the first editor of Mustang Monthly. Farr packed up and moved his family to fulfill the role in August of 1980.
Believe it or not, Farr helped make the Mustang what it was today. If it weren’t for him, the Mustang could have turned into a front-wheel-drive Mazda 626-like car. Thanks to Farr and Mustang Monthly, the Mustang still remains a rear-wheel-drive American icon.
Not only is he editor of Mustang Monthly, Farr is also the author of Mustang Recognition Guide, and the Mustang Boss 302, Ford’s Trans-Am Pony Car, which is the most accurate source of material for Boss 302 owners. It has since been revised since the release of the late-model Boss 302 called Mustang Boss 302: From Racing to Legend to Modern Muscle Car.
Donald Farr was asked to put together an annual publication for Carroll Shelby, which was called Shelby Automotive at the time. Ford also asked Farr if he would put together a book for the 50th anniversary.
Farr is one of few admitted into the Mustang Club of America Hall of Fame next to the likes Jack Roush, Steve Saleen, Lee Iacocca, and the late Carroll Shelby. That’s some exclusive company.