Play Mustang pinball at the Chicago Auto Show

The Ford Mustang and pinball go together like peanuts and Cracker Jack. Because America.

In that vein, Stern Pinball out of Melrose Park, Ill. is releasing three Mustang-themed machines incorporating as much of the pony cars as physically possible, including genuine chrome badges.

Mustang culture is spread thick across the playing field and backboard of the pinball games. But when choosing which 'Stangs to use in the premium models, they went with big guns like the Boss 302, 351, 429 of 69'-71' and the latest 2012-13. The company had a hard time narrowing down the choice of Mustangs to include in the game, according to Stern executive vice president George Gomez, who is a Mustang fanatic himself.

"The first car I ever bought was a 1970 Mustang Sportsroof with a 302; and I'm currently restoring a 1969 Mach 1," he said.

During the media days of the Chicago Auto Show, journalists can go head-to-head with champion pinball player Zach Sharpe. We're hoping Toyota has a Donkey Kong arcade cabinet so we can get our asses whooped by Steve Wiebe.

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Autoweek.com has a video of the pinball machine in action, including a much-needed explanation by Gomez.

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