Doug Blazer has two loves in his life — three if you count his wife — Mustangs and eBay. Blazer, a battalion chief with the Hellsgate Fire Department, has two Ford Mustangs, a 1971 Mach 1 sport coupe and a 2005 Roush Stage 2, both blue and both bought off eBay.
Blazer compares shopping on eBay to how women window-shop. When he sees something he has to have, he just gets it.
And when Blazer wants something, he goes and gets it, even if it means traveling hundreds of miles to Texas in between two hurricanes.
“They are my favorite, I just love them,” Blazer said of Mustangs.
Starting from the beginning, Blazer’s love of Mustangs began when he was a teen.
“It goes back to my first car,” Blazer said. “Even before I was 16, I was always interested in Mustangs, but my father always said no.”
One day while driving with his mother through town, Blazer spotted a 1971 coupe on the side of the road. They stopped and bought it without his father’s permission.
“It survived and so did I,” Blazer said.
Blazer kept the car until seven years ago when he was forced to sell it because he could not afford to restore it.
“I regretted that,” he said of his decision.
Then four years ago, while browsing eBay, Blazer spotted a 1971 Mach 1 for sale by a New York state trooper. The trooper had bought the car for his wife, but she really wanted a 1969 Camaro, so he was selling it for $4,900. It cost Blazer another $1,000 to ship it to Arizona, but once he got it here, he realized it was something special.
“I started looking at the grill and I had never seen it before,” Blazer said.
The Mustang has a Mach 1 package on it, which includes a grill, hood, bumper and racing stripes only put on several thousand of the 150,000 cars produced in 1971.
The package was put on by Ford to boost sales, Blazer said.
After he got it, Blazer had the car appraised in Phoenix for $20,000.
“I did not know what I got until I got it,” he said. “It is exciting. It is like you know you are getting a Christmas present, but when you open it, it is more than you expected.”
The car has 29,000 original miles on it and everything is original except for the tires, headlights and floor mats.
“Everything on that car is 37 years old,” he said.
Blazer’s other Mustang is also a one-of-a-kind. He bought it off eBay a year ago from a car dealership in Houston.
Blazer drove 1,200 miles to get the Roush in a Dodge Neon he planned to trade in.
“It was right after a hurricane and another one was coming in,” he said. “I was a nervous wreck.”
After signing the papers on his new $33,000 toy, Blazer drove the Mustang off the lot, into the rain and got about 20 miles before the back end started smoking.
A piece of tire from the road had scraped the front end, lodged itself near the back, and was dragging on the ground.
“I was not happy,” he said. “After only 30 minutes, I had already damaged the car.”
The dealer had told Blazer the car was one of 50, but after doing research, Blazer realized it was a one-of-a-kind.
“In 2005, Roush made 25 Stage 2 Mustangs, nine were convertibles and one was blue,” Blazer said.
Jack Roush signed the car in several places, including the dash and engine.
“When I found out it was a one of one, anybody else would have probably put it in a garage or towed it around on a trailer,” Blazer said. “But I am a fanatic about detailing it and I want to enjoy it.”
Blazer’s love of cars has provided him with a collection of gleaming one-of-a-kinds and inadvertently in the process started a car club that meets every Saturday night at the Safeway parking lot.
Blazer even lets his four boys drive his cars. sometimes.
“It does not mean my blood pressure does not go up,” he said.
“But my father was always saying no, so I try to be more open minded.”
Blazer has two fixer-uppers in his yard he plans to restore one day, but before he does, he owes it to his wife Kim to get her a new Dodge Challenger.
“She deserves it just as much as I do,” he said. “I thank her for all the support.”
Blazer displays his Mustangs every Saturday at the Show-N-Shine event in the Safeway Plaza parking lot.
Blazer, along with Keith Orr, started the car club last August with only a few members.
“Orr had seen people driving around town in Mustangs and we knew other people, so we called everyone up and met at the Julia Randall Elementary School,” Blazer said.
From there, the club met at several locations until finally ending up at the Safeway Plaza. In mid-September, 76 cars showed up from around Rim Country and the Valley.
“People come here to get out of the heat and it is a nice drive,” he said.
Blazer said everyone, from 4x4s to low riders, is welcome.
The event starts at 6 p.m. every Saturday.