I got into the hobby as a kid. I always had a 60's muscle car of one brand or another. I wasn't brand loyal but I leaned towards Mopars. That all changed one day when a buddy pulled up behind me in one beautiful car. It was either a '79 or '80 Capri in black with the green cobra on the hood. He had just bought it brand new. Oddly enough; I started buying Mustangs but all were models from the early 70's. I couldn't afford a newer car like that; I guess. Life went on and through the years; I bought countless classics and not so classics. About 6 years ago; my son bought an '86 Fox hatch. That car opened my eyes and led me to purchase a '95 GT which brought me to this forum. In all my years; I had not paid attention to the success of these 5.0 cars at the track. I had no idea there were stroker kits or countless suspension mods. I found myself engrossed in research and YouTube binge watching. I then caught wind of the Gray Mare. These cars are kicking butt years after their inception. The 302 is still holding it's own. I've never owned a Fox and I'm currently considering buying one just for the experience. The Fox look never gets old.
That being said; I went through hell with my'95 build. These cars were built cheaply and everything failed that could. I basically rebuilt the car and had at least $35k into it. I could have bought a used Coyote and thrown a centrifugal blower on it for that money. At the end of the day; a Coyote car is just another car and a Fox stands out in a crowd.
Unfortunately; the young generation don't seem to possess the skills or desire to modify their drivetrains. They's rather drive through Pep Boys with a $hiat magnet and show up at the shows with multiple led's, glowing headlights, wings, wings on their wings, ugly wheels, anything fluorescent green, plasti dip, wraps, muffler deletes, etc...
Our local car show holds a "Mustang Takeover" night once per month. A fairly large group shows up with a great selection of Foxes and SN95's. We also do Mustang cruises and many 302 cars participate.
Recently; I purchased a couple of newer Mustangs. I have a 2007 Roush Blackjack Stage 3 and a 2018 Ecoboost Mustang with 10 speed auto. Both of these cars are a blast and so comfortable. The handling is phenomenal compared to my '95. While still wanting to own a Fox for the experience; I question why. These newer cars seem to be built better and much more reliable. I don't care if I ever tune another car. I'm tired of being ripped off for machine work, parts and engines. One really has to do their homework these days to find reputable shops. Building a car can be stressful to say the least. It's so easy to plant yourself in a newer factory hot rod and enjoy a nice cruise while not having to worry about another issue popping up. ...but then there's that voice telling me to buy a Fox and start the painful process all over again.