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We made Pocono around 1 p.m.

and, as you can imagine, were very

tired. I still couldn’t believe we had

done this, but I felt we could have kept

going! We hung out at the track with

Dave and enjoyed the races. Leslie got

us a room not too far away and we left

right after the Shelby race in Friday. I

planned to meet Dave at the evening

program but Leslie was too tired to go

with me. After we had dinner she set-

tled in and I headed to the Kalahari.

The evening program was great and

the only disappointment was Oscar

Koveleski’s early departure because

his wife was not feeling well. When

Rick found out that I had just gotten

in from Monterey he mentioned the

trip and asked me to come up to the

podium. A 7,000+ drive in a ‘66 GT350

is a rare feat today. Oscar had pro-

vided one of his new slot car sets and

it was presented to me in recognition

of my recent trifecta trip.

Peter Brock’s talk was very emo-

tional and moving. Rick gave a history

of how SAAC started and how it

evolved through the early years. It was

right on point and brought many

memories to mind because I was there

for a lot of it. I had picked up 6S336 at

SAAC-4 in Downingtown and was

even a SAAC Rep in New York for a

while. After relocating to Virginia I

dropped out of the club because a new

job and a growing family took all my

time and funds. I kept the cars and al-

ways planned to get involved with the

club again and now that I’m retired I’ll

be able to do that.

I had a chance to have a long talk

with Chuck Cantwell on Saturday and

that was a wonderful experience!

There were so many individual things

that made this trip special it’s hard to

list them all. Taken together, I can’t

imagine that anything could top it. We

left on Saturday afternoon after the

car show and arrived home about 11

p.m. The odometer told the story:

6S336 traveled 7,582 miles in three

weeks without a hiccup. I drove it all

and my leg felt great afterward.


Now that it’s behind me, I consider

this trip a great accomplishment and

I don’t think it’s likely to be repeated

as very few owners seem to be driving

their GT350s any great distances. I

plan on driving mine plenty and think

it’s the very best way to enjoy these

wonderful pieces of automotive his-

tory. I think they are one of the most

significant American cars of all time.

One of the Shelby’s goal was to provide

some competition for Corvette. From

1965 to 1967, GT350s dominated

B/Production. I only wish more people

were driving them. And what about

the five-speed? I think I’ll keep it in so

I can drive it long distances again.

Carroll Shelby wouldn’t have wanted

it any other way.


No amount of complaining, arguing or pleading by Kilinski could convince Chuck

Cantwell to consider accepting a warranty claim for leaking oil pan gaskets on 6S336.

Last fill-up of the trip was in Ashland, Vir-

ginia. Only about 90 miles from home. 90

miles? That’s nothing! A cross-country trip

distorts your sense of time and distance.

302 Fall 2015