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ories of what it was like to work there

and participate in Shelby American’s

international championship racing ef-

fort. For anyone who cares about this

little nook of automobile racing his-

tory, this is treasure. So many of these

guys have either passed on or have

reached an age where getting to one of

these meetings is physically difficult.

This year marks is the 50th An-

niversary of the Shelby GT350 Mus-

tang, the car that won the SCCA

B-Production National Championship.

The event centered around it. So much

has been written about this I’ll say

only a few lesser known words about

the origin of the car. In 1965 Lee Ia-

cocca, a Ford executive, father of the

Mustang, tried to get the SCCA to ac-

cept it for sports car racing. The SCCA

turned him down because it had a

back seat. The SCCA classified it a

sedan, not a sports car. As such it did

not meet their criteria for sports car

road racing.

Witness to the event, Peter Brock,

chief designer at Shelby American at

the time, explained at the banquet

that Lee Iacocca called Carroll Shelby

to ask what he could do about it.

Shelby already had a relationship

with Ford, a reputation as a world

class race driver, a race team manager,

and the man whose idea was to put a

Ford V8 into a British sports car. Pre-

viously powered by a 6 cylinder AC


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