DONALD FARR
2012 Inductee

Growing up in Union, SC, Donald Farr's interests included cars and music. An avid fan of the Beatles, Donald learned to play guitar and has been in several bands throughout his life. Building plastic model cars in his spare time his interest in Mustangs grew with the purchase of a 1966 Mustang GT coupe by his grandfather. Today that GT coupe has been restored a second time and sits in Donald's garage, He drives it occasionally and takes it to local shows and cruise-ins.

When Donald became driving age his parents grew tired of him constantly borrowing the family car, so off to the used car lot they went. Fortunately for Donald, his father wasn't keen on buying another person's problem, so they eventually made their way to the local Ford dealer to look at Mustangs. The '71 models were out, but the dealer had a couple of '70s left over and Donald scored a '70 SportsRoof with a Boss-type stripe (many years later he'd learn that it was a Ford optional stripe package to boost sales). In 1974, he upgraded to a Boss 302 Mustang, which led him into his next phase-photojournalism.

That Boss 302 got Donald interested in seeking out like owners and joining SAAC and the MCA. At one of SAAC's meets Donald, practicing photography, was asked to take pictures at the event. These photos were published in the SAAC newsletter and eventually Donald suggested to SAAC's then president, Austin Craig, about writing his own column about Boss 302s. Austin agreed and Donald's exposure to photography and writing grew to the point he felt confident in replying to an ad he noticed from Larry Dobbs looking for writing contributions for Larry's magazine, Mustang Monthly. After contributing to the magazine Donald was offered the job as Mustang Monthly's first editor.

In a June 1987 editorial, Donald boldly expressed his views on Ford Motor Company's plan to build what he referred to as a Mazdastang-a front-wheel drive, RX-7-looking version of the Mazda 626. Ford had scheduled it as a 1989 model. Recalling the 1968 writing campaign to persuade Ford to build a high-performance street car, Donald enlisted all readers to write a simple post card, or a long letter, to Ford President Donald Peterson stating "No Japanese Mustang, please." He then proceeded to give Mr. Peterson's address at Ford World Headquarters. That campaign spread farther than the pages of Mustang Monthly and the end result was "No Mazdastang" for Mustang enthusiasts worldwide. Ford stuck to the rear-wheel-drive performance Mustang, and the Mustang lives on!

Donald authored several books including the Mustang Recognition Guide, which is used by editors and enthusiasts alike, and the famous Mustang Boss 302 Ford's Trans-Am Pony Car, which is now a highly sought-after collectible, and the most accurate source of material for Boss 302s. He also has authored a newer edition of the aforementioned book, Mustang Boss 302: From Racing Legend to Modern Muscle Car.

Over the years Donald's tenure at Mustang Monthly has seen him through several generations and redesigns of our beloved Mustang, involved in countless events, book signings, guest speaking, and more. Donald was promoted to editorial director for Dobbs Publishing Group, before leaving to run a Mustang- themed website for a few years after Larry sold the company to Petersen Publishing. Donald eventually returned to his roots and was reunited with the editor's chair at Mustang Monthly a short time later. Donald holds the distinction of being the editor of Mustang Monthly longer (cumulatively) than any previous editors, and has published a revised version of his famous Boss 302 book.

Donald has made significant contributions to the Mustang hobby over the past 30-plus years. He has educated us all on Mustang facts that were long forgotten. He has represented every Mustang enthusiast in countless ways through his editorial position at Mustang Monthly, and as an avid Mustang enthusiast himself. He is the consummate professional and genuinely of the nicest Mustang guys ever!