Wally Short had a long and
distinguished career in both the military and private sectors, which
culminated in his discovering his love for the Ford Mustang.
In 1966, he bought his first Mustang, a new 1966 coupe, but sold
it a few years later. In 1983, he joined the Rio Grande Mustang Club
and bought a Poppy Red 1966 fastback, restored it, and became hooked.
was no looking back after that. Wally quickly immersed him- Wally Short
self in the Mustang world and became a recognized authority on first
generation Mustangs. If you had a question about some obscure concours
detail, Wally was the person to ask. If he did not know, he personally
researched and found the answer, usually by locating the NOS part in
He was a driving force in the Rio Grande Mustang Club
in Albuquerque, NM, serving as its MCA Regional Director and head judge
for 25 years, and as president and vice-president for several terms. He
was responsible for securing club sponsorship from Rich Ford in
Albuquerque in 1989, which resulted in a partnership that continues
today. The club honored him by presenting him with a special achievement
award for 33 years of service in 2014.
Wally also was
instrumental in helping other MCA members become Certified and Gold Card
Judges. He himself became a Gold Card Judge in the mid 1990s. In 2005,
he was asked to step up and serve as the National Head Judge for First
and Second Generation Mustangs. He was delighted to do so and thoroughly
enjoyed the opportunity to work with clubs, members, and host clubs at
National and Grand National shows. He developed a program whereby he
would visit a first-time hosting club to help them with planning and
executing a successful show. One of his main accomplishments during his
tenure was the establishment of the Conservator program in 2006.
In 2006 after pressure from a number of people, he ran for the
MCA National Board of Directors and was elected, receiving the highest
vote total in the election. He also continued to serve as National Head
Judge until 2011 when health problems forced him to resign both
positions to the regret of many.
After successfully recovering
from multiple surgeries, he continued with his Mustang hobby at his
local club level. To his great joy, he was able to reacquire his first
Mustang, which he bought in 1966, and also restored a beautiful 1955
Thunderbird for his wife, Janice. They continued to enjoy both cars for
the next few years.
In 2014, we lost Wally, two years after Janice passed, and it was a major loss for the Mustang hobby and those who loved him