This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

In 2012 I was involved in a broadcasting project involving the Trans-Am series. I met lots of people, some I hope I never see or hear from again.

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But among the good guys was Cliff Ebben of Appleton, Wisconsin. Cliff drove a box-white Mustang out of a passion for the Blue Oval.

A piece of weirdness occurred when the drive shaft exploded with a bang early in that season. The blast force traveled through the gear shift lever breaking the weakest link, his arm.

Well, the Trans-Am 2017 season opened this weekend in Sebring with Ebben taking the TA category win Sunday. It was popular everywhere but in the Tomy Drissi and David Pintaric worlds. They finished second and third respectively.

My favorite, two-time defending champion and fellow Buckeye Amy Ruman was sixth after starting third. Two of those passes came in the last three laps.

If you love American iron, rolling thunder and GM parades, you’ll probably love Trans-Am, especially when a Ford covers them all.