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Can a ’67 Ford Mustang Be Reincarnated?

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Talk About Good Karma… 

“My very first car was a ’67 Mustang and I never stopped dreaming about it,” admitted Jim O’Connor. “My dream was always the same – I’d go out to my garage, and there it was! Shiny and red. Now, my dream has become a reality. I am in a state of disbelief.”

Gobsmacked: Jamie Saunders tells Jim O’Connor he won a Mustang.

Jim sent us a snapshot of that car in 1972 when he owned it. There it is above: a very cherry 1967 Ford Mustang in Candy Apple Red. Sweet! Jim kept it for two years… then sold it for an Olds. “I don’t know what I was thinking, but I quickly realized that I’d made a mistake. What made it extra painful was to see the new owner drive my ’67 through town!”   Ouch. This recurring nightmare also plagued his dreams. Until a few days ago.

After Life.

O’Connor and his wife Debra are the directors of O’Connor Design of Glen Ellyn,IL. Jim  is the winner of the Neenah Classic Car Contest. Avid readers of Against the Grain met met Jim this past May in our story about the Fold Factory.  After he sold the Candy Apple Red ’67 Stang he said he kept the window sticker as a souvenir.

“We tricked him,” reports Jamie Saunders of Neenah Paper. “We only told him  the was one of the Perfect 10 Contest Winner — meaning he’d be getting a $500 gift card and taken out to lunch by his local Neenah rep, Michele Pistone.  Jim hadn’t a clue. My colleague Greg Maze was waiting around the corner in the red Mustang convertible  filled with balloons. On cue, Greg drove up honking the horn, blinking the lights making all kinds of fuss. As soon as he pulled up, the convertible top opened and all those balloons came streaming out. Jim was speechless.Michele grabbed him and said, ‘Jim! You won the grand prize! You won that car!’ He nearly fainted!”

O’Connor gets to choose the color of his new car. Guess?

“I haven’t selected the new car yet, but it will be a red coupe, with black interior. Same as my first one. There’s a spot waiting for it in the garage, and yes, my new Stang will be pampered. It will be a dream come true each time the garage door goes up, especially because the design of the new Mustang looks remarkably like the ’67 model.”

O’Connor will not  repeat the mistake of selling this Second Chance Mustang for an Olds. And in a weeks look for him living his bliss, roaring down Route 66 in Illinois, the Kinks cranked up on the radio.

A kid again.

The lunch guests were in on it.

(Above L to R: Happy, Tickled, Delighted, Speechless, Happier, Happy-Happy, Very Pleased, Envious)

Designers and printers from across the country entered their CLASSIC Papers projects from Oct. 3, 2011 to April 30, 2012, including a variety of work such as business identity packages, brochures, direct mail pieces, posters, invitations, packaging, signage, annual reports and other printed collateral.

The contest kicked off last fall to mark the enhancement of the Neenah CLASSIC Papers brands, including CLASSIC CREST®, CLASSIC® Linen, CLASSIC COLUMNS® and CLASSIC® Laid Papers. Recognizing the importance of efficiency for designers, Neenah Paper made updates to these brands that would simplify the paper selection process.

Changes included consistent color options and green certification across all four CLASSIC brands, additional digital printing paper offerings and new Stipple and Eggshell finishes. Besides our grand prize winner, the other CLASSIC Papers Treasure Contest were finalists,

  • Jeff Bowman – owner and creative director, Bowman Creative, Garner, N.C.
  • Stacy Fox – designer, Prism Design, Houston, Texas
  • Steve Hallac – principal, Atelier Isabey, New York, N.Y.
  • Shawn Harrington – principal, Asterisk Group, Austin, Texas
  • Mary Hastings – president, Hastings Design Corp., Roanoke, Va.
  • Chris Kuhl – vice president of sales, Trio Printing Company, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Dayala Levenson – president, Aslan Graphics, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Camille Long – studio manager, The Matchbox Studio, Dallas, Texas
  • Philip Mitri – creative director, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Mich. 
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    Lori Setnan said:

    So happy for Jim, and O’Connor Design Group!! Congrats to You! Enjoy your convertible Red auto.!