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Jimmy Howard Talks Mustangs and Masks

From an interview the Ford Performance Group did with Jimmy Howard recently. You can also find a stash of their photos here.
FPG: “Can you tell us what the inspiration was behind the mask’s design? Obviously it has a lot to do with cars and the Motor City, but is there anything in particular you can share with Mustang fans

JH: “I wanted to capture the city spirit and the auto industry being such a big deal here, so I wanted the design to involve that. And when I saw the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds,’ I fell in love with the ‘Eleanor’ Shelby Mustang, so I wanted to put that on the mask as a symbol of the Motor City.”

FPG: “So if you were playing for another team in another city, does that mean you probably wouldn’t put a Mustang on your mask?”

JH: “You know what, probably not (laughing), but I really think the car is sharp, so when I had a chance to be here and play in the Motor City, I’m proud to put a Shelby Mustang on it.”

FPG: “With Ray Bishop doing your goalie masks for the last couple of years, what is it about his work that you really like?”

JH: “His attention to detail, just the way he captures everything. We collaborated really well together, so, you know, I can’t take full responsibility for my mask design. We do actually bounce ideas off of each other.”

FPG: “So what is it about the Ford Mustang, or the Shelby Mustang in particular, that really jumps out at you?”

JH: “Just how sleek it was in the movie, you know? It was just an amazing car, the design details of it and the power and everything – it just caught my eye over the rest of the cars in the movie.”

FPG: “You mentioned ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ as sparking your interest in Mustang, but did you have any earlier exposure to the car, perhaps a memory as a kid of the Mustang?”

JH: “Actually, yes – my dad had a Mustang when I was little, it was cherry red, I forget what year it was though. All I can remember is that it sat in our neighbor’s driveway for a year because he wanted to work on it (laughs). But one day, hopefully, I can get a Mustang so that he and I can both drive it.”

FPG: “So even though you’re yet to own one yourself, would you ever consider buying a Mustang of some kind?”

JH: “Oh yeah, definitely! Down the line, when I get all of my ducks in a row, hopefully I’ll be able to get something like that for myself.”

FPG: “If money were no object, what kind of car would you buy?”

JH: “That’s a good question … I’m not sure of all the choices – I would buy a Shelby Mustang though, I know that!”

FPG: “What are you driving right now?”

JH: “A big SUV. Being in Michigan, I figured I needed an SUV with the hard winters that we have here.”

FPG: “Are any of the other guys on the Red Wings big car guys?”

JH: “I’m not sure. Well, all the Europeans, they’re all into that sort of thing. I know the Europeans; they just like to go fast!”

FPG: “Can you blame them?”

JH: “No, not at all (laughing)!”

FPG: “Would you have any interest in possibly attending a Mustang driving event or a Ford Racing driving school in the future?”

JH: “Oh, yeah!—That’d be spectacular! That’d be so much fun!”

FPG: Cool – Let us know if we can help you arrange that! … Well, thanks for your time, Jimmy! And good luck the rest of the way!

We then gave Howard a gift from Ford Racing – a 1:18th scale die-cast model of a red-with-white-stripes 2007 Shelby GT500 – and another 1:64th Shelby die-cast – just to keep that idea of someday owning a Shelby Mustang fresh in his mind.

After all, this is Detroit … with Red Wings hockey, and Ford Mustangs – this is what we do!

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Lindas1st's avatar

The new Boss302 looks awesome.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 05/09/11 at 06:58 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

“So if you were playing for another team in another city, does that mean you probably wouldn’t put a Mustang on your mask?”

If this were A2Y, there’d already be 19 comments to the effect of “shut your female gigolo mouth” (directed at the interviewer and not the blogger, obviously)

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/09/11 at 10:32 PM ET

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