Eye Candy: Cars on Campus 2016

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Cars on campus
ClassicCars.com was one of the sponsors of the Cars on Campus show at UTI in Avondale, Arizona | Larry Edsall photos

Ford Mustangs from different generations, and with different generations of owners, took both Best of Show trophies last weekend in the Cars on Campus car show staged at the UTI — Universal Technical Institute — campus in Avondale, Arizona, with sponsorship from ClassicCars.com and CarStreetJournal.

Winning honors among cars produced before 1986 was a 1973 Mustang convertible owned by Dirk Howard, who is considerably older than his car.

Reigning among later model vehicles was a 2015 Ford Mustang GT owned by Brenden Yervel, a millennial-generation car enthusiast.

While Yervel’s car stood out with its aftermarket wide-body kit, Howard restored his car from a rusty Midwestern hulk to seemingly showroom condition — well, he admitted, the 40-something year-old clock no longer ticks, but the rest of the car was stunning.

Not only was Howard’s work obvious, but a computer monitor sitting atop the air cleaner featured a slide show detailing the restoration process and showing how the car now is driven in parades and to various scenic locations, especially along the original Route 66 in northern Arizona.

Photos by Larry Edsall

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.