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246 Fall 2015

case for cars with actual race his-

tory to be exhibited at speed on a

track. Since then, other vintage

racing organizations have sprung

up and compete for track dates and

competitors. Historical require-

ments were relaxed by some organ-

izers because they noted fewer

entries with history as the value of

these cars increased. There has

been a continual push to allow

Cobra roadsters and Daytona

Coupe replicas to be recognized as

legitimate vintage entries. Rather

than a sweeping relaxation of the

historical requirement, Cobras are

accepted on a case-by-case basis.

The fallback position will even-

tually be, “cars must appear period

correct.” This has already hap-

pened with GT350s. Not only are

street Shelbys with competition

equipment allowed to race in U.S.

events but Mustangs which never

saw the inside of Shelby American

are accepted by sanctioning bodies

who make it a habit not to look too

closely when one of these sheep-in-

wolf’s-clothing is presented for

technical inspection.

And can you blame them? It’s

a poor business decision to turn

away paying customers. Limiting

starting fields to only a handful of

legitimate race cars with verifiable

history is a recipe for the extinction

of vintage racing. It’s probably only

a matter of time before it becomes

“run-what-ya-brung” where only

the most outrageous examples are

turned away.

Reading about these “new”

lightweight Jaguar XKEs provided

a real deja vu moment for us. Re-

call 23 years ago: in 1992 when

Carroll Shelby was more or less

publicly shopping the idea of com-

pleting 44 Cobra 427 S/Cs which

had never been built in 1965. Or, as

the story was told by Ol ‘Shel with

his best-buddy, good ole boy, arm-

over-your-shoulder, syrupy Texas

drawl, the chassis existed and had

been given serial numbers back in

1965 but were never completed.

They had been sitting in a ware-

house in Texas all these years.




Drawing for the Shelby American Collection’s 2016

GT350 Raffle Car will be held on Saturday, December 5,

2015 at the museum in Boulder, Colorado. You don’t have

to be present to win. The number of tickets has been lim-

ited to 5000. They are $50 each and if you purchase five

tickets you get one more free. That lowers the odds from

one in 5,000 to one in 833. Don’t want to keep the car?

You can opt for $50,000 in cash. For details, go to And good luck!

The large auction companies know a thing or two about marketing. When they

get a car with unique history they use photos of it in ads, promotions and in

their auction catalog. They call them “feature cars.” And they don’t rely on own-

ers to send snapshots; they send professionals to shoot these cars. Russo and

Steele used this stunning photo of 6S213 to advertise their auction in Monterey.

In the description of the car, they cite the following: “

This amazing GT350 is

one of only two Shelbys to earn the following elite awards: •SAAC National

Convention Division I Concours Premier Award (perfect authenticity score)...

A SAAC Concours award is the gold standard in this hobby. SAAC’s concours

judges are universally recognized as the unequalled experts when it comes to

production details of these cars. We take concours judging seriously because

we realize that the club’s reputation rides on it. It’s not just about a trophy.