NASCAR & Auto Racing

On the Track: Mustangs unite, rule Goff family

When Dave and Gina Goff first met in Concord, it was the Ford Mustang that sent their relationship down the right road. They both possessed an affection for the iconic American muscle car that has won races and championships in NASCAR, NHRA, IMSA and SCCA.

Today, the Goffs are still a Mustang family. That includes Gina’s father, Roy Minzenmayer, and her brother, Dean, both of Canton, N.C. The Goffs own five Mustangs; Gina’s brother has one; and her father has three. That’s nine Mustangs – for right now.

Roy Minzenmayer has worked on Mustangs since the car first appeared in the 1960s, so there’s always one being restored at his shop.

“Mustang is more than just a car; it’s kind of a lifestyle,” Dave Goff said. “We’ve met some of our best friends through the Mustang hobby. It’s always been a performance car. So whether you’re driving a six-cylinder Mustang or a Shelby, you’re somehow kinda related.”

Currently, the Goff family owns a 1967 GTA Fastback, a ’67 Mustang simply known as “Playboy Pink,” a 1991 convertible and their son John, a Raleigh police officer, owns a 2006 GT.

“You have to have a Mustang if you live at my house,” said Dave Goff, who prefers to drive the ’67 Fastback.

It’s the Playboy Pink ’67 Mustang, however, that probably causes the most conversation. The color originated when Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner gave the 1964 Playmate of the Year a new Ford Mustang convertible painted a unique shade of pink. When the article was published, Ford immediately began receiving requests for pink Mustangs.

In fact, it caused such an uproar that Ford Motor Co. acquired the rights to the color and named it “Playboy Pink.” By 1967, any Ford could be ordered with the special color.

Dave Goff received an opportunity to acquire one of the uniquely colored Mustangs in 1996. Its owner at the time approached Gina Goff at the registration table at a Mustang Club of America show in Matthews. She pointed to a ’67 Playboy Pink coupe and asked Gina if she knew of anyone that might be interested in buying a Mustang that was once that color. Dave Goff decided to check the car out since it was in Cabarrus County, only a few miles from their house. When he first saw the car, it was sitting on the ground with four flat tires, and it was a faded yellow due to being outside behind the family garden for five years. A friend who had accompanied Dave climbed inside the car and started pulling back the carpet. That’s when they found the pink paint.

“He found the actual Ford build sheet for this car that was still taped around the ignition wires under the dash,” Dave Goff said. “It showed the car with the correct serial number. We found on the build sheet the paint code mix for the Playboy Pink color.”

Goff purchased the car and began restoration several years later; when the interior was removed, it was clear that it was a Playboy Pink car.

“It’s a rare and unusual color,” Goff said. “I showed it at the Grand National Mustang Show Labor Day weekend in Orlando, Fla. There were 2,000 cars at Disney for the show, and this pink one was the only pink one there.”

Goff enlisted his father- and brother-in-laws help to restore the car, moving it to Canton. He wanted to give it to his daughter, Allison, for her 16th birthday. From then until her high school graduation, the pink Mustang could be found in the Mount Pleasant High School parking lot. Now a speech therapist in Boston, Allison moved into a 1999 Mustang after high school graduation. But her parents are holding the pink Mustang in trust for her.

“It’s a little harder to drive,” Gina Goff said about the pink Mustang. “It doesn’t have power steering, power brakes or air conditioning. But of the ones we have here at the house, it’s my favorite to drive.”

The Goffs are only the car’s third owner. It was originally purchased from Huntley Motor Co. in Pineville in 1967 by a woman whose husband told her she couldn’t purchase her own car. She disagreed and bought the ’67 Playboy Pink Mustang off the dealership’s showroom floor. It had an AM radio, an automatic transmission and the pink color – the six-cylinder car’s only three options.

Known as the PINKPONY, the car will be on display at the April 3-6 AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It also will be at the 50th anniversary Mustang celebration scheduled for Easter weekend, also at CMS.

Dave and Gina Goff are members of the Carolina Regional Mustang Club, an MCA affiliate, and are involved in organizing the 50th celebration. Their organization is the host parking club for the 3,500 Mustangs registered to attend.

Two quarter-midget point races in April

The North Carolina Quarter-Midget Association will have championship point races at its Salisbury track in April. Points race No. 2 will be April 12; the third race is scheduled for April 19.