Mustang’s 50 years celebrated with collectible pinball games image

In developing the machines Ford sought the aid of Chicago-based Stern Pinball, which has the sad honor of being among the few remaining manufacturers of pinball machines, as they launched three Mustang themed games.

The games, which are launching this year and will give visitors the opportunity to test them at this month’s Chicago Auto Show will celebrate, besides the all new Mustang, classic models such as the Boss 302, Boss 351 and Boss 429.

“For five decades, Mustang has represented some of the best of American culture, inspiring a feeling of freedom and independence for people around the world,” says Steve Ling, Ford car marketing manager, in a statement. “We’re excited to have Stern Pinball join us here in its hometown of Chicago with its brand-new games featuring Mustang.”

George Gomez, Stern’s executive vice president of game design has also blended its work with its passion here, as he is a lifelong fan of the Mustang – his first car was a 1970 Mustang with a 302, while now being in the midst of restoring a 1969 Mach 1.

“In designing these new games, we wanted to celebrate the freedom and fun of driving Mustang,” says Gomez.

“The beauty of pinball is that there is no set outcome, and it can’t be programmed like a video game,” also says Gary Stern, founder of Stern Pinball. “That makes pinball a perfect match for Mustang, taking drivers anywhere they want to go.”

Camilo Pardo, a former Ford automotive designer whose works include the Ford GT also has a connection here, as he was the one who provided the artwork for the new games.