There are 3 remaining Bullitt Book Club sessions in the next two weeks. One of them is set at a time that is "UK and Europe timezone friendly," meaning my presenters will be getting on to Zoom at 2:00pm US Eastern time. If you have not already done so, please register to get the Zoom link to these meetings.
NEW GUEST ADDITIONS on Wed, Oct 14, 2020, 8pm US Eastern: Bob Adams and Joe Day of Steeda will discuss the Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt. This adds to the already scheduled guest who owns the 2019 Kona Blue Bullitt from Ford (Jesse Foster).
UK/EUROPE TIMEZONE FRIENDLY on Wed, Oct 14, 2020, 2pm US Eastern (7pm Greenwich Mean Time, 8pm Central European Time): Nick Terzes, Shawn Carney, and Tom Barnes of Ford Motor Company discuss the engineering of the 2001, 2008-09, and 2019-20 Bullitts. They have graciously agreed to meet during their normal working hours so that Bullitt enthusiasts in the GMT and CET timezones can meet them during their evening.
FINAL MEETING on Wed, Oct 21, 2020, 8pm US Eastern: Alex Oas, producer of the film and Web documentary series Let's Be Frank, will talk about his experiences to capture the Bullitt enthusiast lifestyle in video. He was profiled in the Bullittheads chapter of Mustang Bullitt - Generations.
If you haven't done so, register here. Hope to see you!
If you missed the Bullitt Book Club session where we talked about the original movie car 559, take a listen to "Ford Mustang - The Early Years" podcast series produced by Doug Sandler. It was an honor to be part of a group that talked about Bullitt cars and Mustang Bullitt - Generations. Thanks, Doug, Brad Bowling, Kevin Marti, Sean Kiernan, and Ken Horstmann for your stories and time.
Announcing a Multi-Week Lineup for Aug and Sep, 2020 (Wednesdays, 8:00pm US Eastern)
Join my panels and me for Bullitt discussion based on the contents of the Mustang Bullitt - Generations standard edition. My guests vary by week and include Bullitt owners and Ford Motor Company engineers. Meet and chat with them about their contributions to Mustang Bullitt - Generations.
Aug 19 - Hoondog Performance Group (Paul Rocha, Charles Jones)
Aug 26 - 2001 Bullitt Owners (John Hannon, Craig Roberts Jr., James Reedy)
Sep 2 - Mustang Chief Engineers (Art Hyde - 2001, Paul Randle - 2008-09, Carl Widmann - 2019-20)
Sep 9 - Mustang Engineers (Nick Terzes - 2001, Shawn Carney - 2008-09, Tom Barnes - 2008-09, 2019-20)
Whether you've read Mustang Bullitt - Generations or are considering a purchase, this is a great time to go behind the scenes and meet the people who made the contents meaningful.
Use the link below to sign up. The first twenty (20) people who register for a given session will be sent the Zoom virtual meeting link. Act now to get your spot!
UPDATE: All slots are filled as of 12noon US Eastern time, 7-25-2020
The first broadly announced session of Bullitt Book Club happens next week on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. As mentioned previously, it's a chance for readers to talk to some of the people who I worked with on this book project.
Bullitt Book Club - Bullitt Time and Little Pieces (Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 8:00pm US Eastern time)
Join my panel and me for some Bullitt discussion based on the contents of the Mustang Bullitt - Generations expanded edition. My guests are Brad Bowling, Kevin Marti, Sean Kiernan, and Ken Horstmann. Meet and chat with them about their contributions to the creation of Bullitt Time, the 24-page supplement bundled with Mustang Bullitt - Generations. Bullitt Time discusses Brad and Kevin's experiences with the two cars used in Bullitt's filming. The back cover of Bullitt Time provides a quick promotional preview of Little Pieces, the upcoming documentary about 559, the car previously owned by the Kiernan family.
The first 20 people who send me their email address will get the link to the Zoom virtual meeting room. Whether you've read Mustang Bullitt - Generations and Bullitt Time or are considering a purchase, this is a great time to go behind the scenes and meet the people who make these publications engaging.
The book is now available for order, and I am humbled and honored by the initial response. Since June 16, 2020, 279 copies out of 1000 available have been sold. Readers from countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and North America have purchased 214 expanded editions and 65 standard editions.
For those of you who would like more insight into book contents, I'll soon have a review page available with comments from several people who read a digital version of the book before it went to print. Matt Maranowski of Matt Maran Motoring provided his thoughts on the book in his June 26, 2020, YouTube video. He was one of the early readers, as well someone I interviewed for the book.
I also want to provide an opportunity for people to hear from some of the interviewees I approached for my research. This book was a team effort, so look for some upcoming announcements on what I call the Bullitt Book Club. These are 45-minute virtual meetings where I host a panel of people who contributed to Mustang Bullitt - Generations and Bullitt Time, the supplement that is bundled to make the expanded edition. You will hear from people like Brad Bowling (author and historian of Bullitt hero car #559), Kevin Marti (Mustang expert), Sean Kiernan (former owner of #559), Bullitt owners, and Ford Motor Co. employees involved in each generation. Watch for a page to register for one of these sessions in the coming weeks.
I am grateful to have been interviewed by Scott Pierce, the owner of Easy Street Garage and his YouTube channel of the same name. This 15-minute segment gives insight into why I tackled this project, plus some discussion about particulars in the book. There's a preview page available if you want to see inside.
I wish you the best as you navigate your way through these challenging times of the pandemic. Thank you for your trust, which is given with every purchase made. Be well!
The completed digital version of Mustang Bullitt - Generations was sent to the printer on May 15, 2020, and is now in the production process. The Bullitt Time supplement, part of the expanded edition, is in the final stages of digital creation and should be with the printer in the next two weeks. I can't wait for the finished products to be available for ordering and shipment! Extra precautions are being taken to ensure the production and handling are being conducted as safely as possible during the ongoing pandemic. As a result, the final ordering information won't be available until the week of June 15, 2020. If everything proceeds according to plan, the ordering will open up sometime that week from this website. Thank you for your patience as we get nearer to general availability.
In the meantime, please take a look at the following preview of the Mustang Bullitt - Generations book contents.
The Mustang’s 56th anniversary will go down as an unusual one with the global pandemic. Many enthusiasts would be gathering to celebrate this automotive milestone. Instead virtual car shows and club meetings fill the void of not being together. Mustang Bullitt – Generations preparations have sped up, just like Frank Bullitt pursuing the Dodge Charger in his green 1968 Mustang fastback. I’ve been navigating the pandemic situation with help from Ertel Publishing, and in particular, Brad Bowling, hero car 559’s historian. We’ve been working to meet the July 18, 2020, release date in conjunction with the Bullitt Nationals event in Pontiac, Illinois. However, depending on how the pandemic situation evolves, it looks like the release date might be earlier. The official ordering announcement will be forthcoming. This book will be available worldwide.
I am excited to announce some details about the book today.
Mustang Bullitt – Generations will be a 144-page full-color, softcover book, priced at $30 US. The narrative explores the evolution of three generations of the Mustang Bullitt feature cars released as 2001, 2008-09, and 2019-20 models. These models are packed with the DNA from the 1968 Mustang fastback featured in the movie Bullitt. Stories and photos from Ford Motor Co. engineers, designers, and marketers involved in their creation demonstrate how the Bullitt DNA was applied to the cars’ styling and performance.
Owners responded passionately to each generation upon their release. Their stories are included because the ownership experience adds to the worldwide phenomenon of "cool" surrounding Ford Motor Co.’s three special editions.
Sidebars in the book explore interesting stories that sprang up as each model was released – for example, where is the 2000 Mustang Bullitt Concept now, where was Bullitt hero car when the 2008 model was released, etc.
The 50th anniversary of the movie Bullitt’s release in 2018 was a pivotal year. Both Mustangs used in the film were in the public eye again. A special, expanded edition of Mustang Bullitt – Generations will be available for $45 US, bundled with a full-color 16-page booklet written by author Brad Bowling and Mustang expert Kevin Marti. Only 450 copies will be available worldwide. Bullitt Time takes the reader on Bowling and Marti’s respective journeys as the movie cars were revealed. Enclosed in a resealable, archivist quality clear poly bag, each expanded edition bundle includes a commemorative decal that references the VIN of the Bullitt car previously owned by the Kiernan family.
Please check the website, follow on Instagram or Twitter, or join the mailing list to get the latest information.
In the meantime, I wish you good health and a happy National Mustang Day!
Standard Edition - $30 US
Expanded Edition - $45 US
Just yesterday I attended a photo shoot of 2 of my Bullitts (the '09 and the '19 the green ones) and a friend's green '01 Bullitt for the book. Brad Bowling is working on this book with me, both as publisher and photographer. If you don't know him, Brad is THE historian of the Bullitt movie car that recently sold at Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, FL, for 3.4 million dollars! He was one of the few people in the world who knew about this car's existence before it was publicly revealed in 2018. Go to Brad's website to read what he documented.
Brad is also an experienced photographer, so I especially appreciate the attention he lavished on the photo shoot. It's amazing to watch an expert do their magic. Lots of pictures...
Hopefully you noticed this fantastic artwork on the home page or on Instagram and Twitter. It comes from Danny Whitfield ("The Automotive Art of Danny Whitfield") and will serve as the book cover. I've had the opportunity to get to know Danny over the past few years, both as a customer and as a client. Other artists have immortalized the Mustang Bullitt, but I've appreciated Danny's style since I first viewed his work. I knew that if I was to write another Mustang book, I surely would feature his art in some fashion.
Check out his website where you can see all of his Bullitt prints available for sale. Danny will even customize a print for you of your own vehicle.
Thank you, Danny, for bringing this wonderful view of Ford's three feature cars and the inspiration for them all subtly included in the background!
A major highlight in my Bullitt enthusiast lifestyle was to witness the sale of one of the actual Mustangs used in the filming of the movie. This car was driven by Steve McQueen for much of the chase scene. After being sold to private owners, it landed with Robert Kiernan of NJ, used as a family car between 1974 and 1980. Robbie, Bob's wife, had quite one of the possibly coolest teacher's car as she used it for daily transportation to the school where she taught. The car was retired from daily driver duty in 1980 after some mechanical problems sidelined it. The general public didn't know much about the car's location or disposition until 2018, the 50th anniversary year of the release of "Bullitt."
Sean, Bob's son, honored his father's legacy by getting the car in working order for the introduction of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt in January, 2018. The first public reveal led to an 18-month journey to car shows and events all over the US and even to England. This car has a mythical status now, and Sean decided to sell it in the best interest of his family and open a new chapter in this car's history.
The Mustang sold for $3,400,000 US at the Mecum Auction held in Kissimmee, FL, USA, on Friday, January 10, 2020. During its time in the public eye, many Mustang Bullitt owners traveled to see the car that was the direct inspiration for their 2001, 2008, 2009, 2019, and now 2020 Ford special edition cars. They gathered at the auction to witness the sale of this movie car, only the third time it changed owners in its over 51 year history. It's safe to say that seeing the dream car being sold in such a public manner is a lot like seeing a family member move away from home. This dream car led to the 3 generations of special edition cars that have been enjoyed by their owners for the past 19 years. Sean Kiernan and his family have shared this historic vehicle with many during the car's travels. However, those of us who own a Mustang Bullitt feel a close kindredship with the Kiernan family. Money aside, the real value in this event was to connect with each other in person and virtually to celebrate the continued legacy of Bullitt.
For this, I am grateful to have experienced yet another story that adds to Mustang Bullitt - Generations.
about the Author
I am Tony Alonso, a long-time Ford Mustang enthusiast who owns a 2001, 2009, and 2019 Bullitt Mustang. Desperately seeking a 1968 Mustang fastback in Highland Green with no ornamentation and a fantastic exhaust sound...