I though we'd start an introduction thread so we can get to know each other a little better. With only 30 some-odd members so far we are a very tight-knit group and I think we are doing very well.
My name is Peter and I have been a professional technician with Mercedes Benz since 2005. I graduated from UTI and was accepted to Mercedes' Elite training program. I worked hard to rid myself of the 'new guy' image and specialized in heavy diagnosis cars with repetitive and/or intermittent issues. I became Master Certified in 2008 and recertify at that level every year.
In 2010 the lease on my Audi was coming to an end and I had the choice of buying it or getting a new car. I had not looked at Mustangs other than resoring my '67 project car. I heard the new 5,0 Coyote was hitting the streets so one Saturday I went to the local Ford dealership for a test drive. That Monday I special ordered an '11 5.0.
My first trip to the strip was March 2011 for the very first 5.0 Shootout at MIR. 25 cars showed up and it seemed like I had the track to myself. I managed my personal best of 12.19 @ 116mph my very first time ever racing a car. I made it to the second round of eliminations before spinning hard and was sent packing. Later that year I somehow managed to convince my girlfriend to drive from our home in Virginia halfway accross the country to run the Texas Mile.
The trip itself was awesome and I was sure to help her enjoy it. We stopped at resturants visited by her favorite show Diners Drive-ins and Dives and I even let her behind the wheel for some 100+mph blasts in the middle of nowhere. The 'Mile was epic, the biggest car show I've ever seen with the most hardcore hardware(2000+hp Vipers and Ford GT's) on the planet.
Nowadays I have to save money to afford the finer things in life like rent, electricity, and high-speed internet. That high-speed internet allows me to spend every waking minute on the forum much to my girlfriend's delight. Thanks to the forums and the immensly generous community I have made many friends and found reason to try to give back.
Besides my love of cars and the Mustang, I am also an avid shooter with a once proud arsenal. Being tight on funds forced me to downsize but it's still a blast getting my girl and a bunch of friends out to the range. Also I am trying to get into photography, which itself requires quite a bit of edjumacation to get right. I use my Nikon DSLR as often as I can and surprisingly captured some pretty sweet shots.
In my earlier years my primary focus was on music. I was first chair trumpet and was invited to National level groups to perform. At the same time I played drums with a pseudo rock back with my buddy on guitar. We have a few originals plus some covers and even rocked a few open-mic gigs. Check out my Youtube channel for some neat vids.