For Mustang lover, a dream ride
Shawn Trumble smiled and clasped his hands together at the side of his face.
He was going to ride shotgun in a Ford Mustang, the dream of a lifetime.
Trumble, 37, was born with cerebral palsy, but the disorder that forced him into a wheelchair and limited his ability to communicate from a young age never stopped the Grand Junction man, a client with Ariel Clinical Services, from developing a love of classic cars, particularly Mustangs.
When word got back to Tammy Allen, owner of Allen Unique Autos, that there was a local man who shared her love of iconic sports cars, she offered Trumble a ride in her 2009 Iacocca 45th anniversary Ford Mustang Coupe.
On Tuesday, friends, family — Donald Trumble, Shawn’s father, came from Washington to experience this event — and strangers gathered in the parking lot of Allen Unique Autos as Shawn was lifted from his wheelchair — the seat cover had flames, obviously — and into the passenger seat of the coolest car in the world.
Shawn Trumble, in a Ford Mustang cap and matching shirt, smiled and waved to onlookers. Then, after a cruise through the parking lot, he, his father and the designated driver took off, pedal to the floor, down U.S. Highway 6&50.
Could you hear them?
In addition to the Mustang ride, Allen gave Trumble a book about Ford Mustangs, a framed photo of the Iacocca car and a poster.
Scott Eddings, Trumble’s caregiver in Grand Junction when not at Ariel Clinical Services programs, said he had a passing conversation with a friend more than a month ago about Trumble’s love of Mustangs, but never envisioned that would turn into an afternoon of lavish attention.
“We don’t play Slug Bug. We play Mustang,” Eddings said, referring to the popular car game where people give a friendly punch when they see a Volkswagen Beetle. “We don’t punch each other, but he can spot them from far away. When he comes home from the (Ariel) program he goes to every day, he tells me about the different color Mustangs he saw. He doesn’t know years. He just knows Mustangs.”
As Trumble got closer to a Mustang than ever before, Eddings smiled and said they will relive this day for a long time.