Muscle, Mustangs, and Marriage
A few years after she purchased the Fox body Mustang, Lucy read an article in Muscle Mustang that centered on an old familiar joke: that getting married and having kids was the grim reaper for the hobby of car collecting, condemning enthusiasts everywhere to a life of boredom. Fired up, Lucy decided to write the author a response, informing him that she was a mother of two, that she and her husband both drove Mustangs, and that things don’t always work out the way that dusty old joke says they do.
Impressed, he flew out to Michigan to write his next article on her. It was the first of many appearances that Lucy’s Mustang would appear in a car magazine. But this first article was all about her kids, her marriage, and its shared love of American muscle.
In spite of her passion within her marriage, a strong love of cars wasn’t something that Lucy pushed on her daughters. In fact, JoAnna recalls how she was encouraged to pursue other hobbies. But when you’re raised by and around a celebrated auto shop and its community, car fever can be hard to swerve. Actual ponies never did it for her. And JoAnna grew up to be just as into cars as her mom was.
When she turned 18, after years of pestering, Lucy let her take that yellow Mustang to the track for a day. She was forever hooked, and immediately began saving up to buy her own. That’s when the learning and passion really took off. She began attending car meet ups with friends, and soon enough — right in the middle of a Mustang owner group photo — JoAnna met her future husband, Bryan.