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
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!