The SHELBY AMERICAN
A TRIP TO MONTEREY.
. If you were at Monterey for the race week,
you already know the event was huge. It was the 50th anniversary of the GT350
and if you drove one of those cars to the event you were treated like a king.
GT350s were everywhere, at every event and we asked photographers Bob Mc-
Clurg and Bill Fulk to snap away. We were able to fill seven pages with pictures
but you can bet this was only a small slice. There was a lot going on and we tried
to bring it all to you.
SAAC-40 Popular Vote.
. The pop vote show was scheduled for Saturday
morning. It was the last day of the convention, and the thought was that was the
day of highest attendance, so there would be more cars in the popular vote show
than any other day. One thing that was noticeable was that the show attracted a
large number on IndyCar crews who walked around the car with appreciative
looks on their faces. After rain here and there during the convention, clouds had
cleared out Saturday and the weather was picture-perfect.
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Speaking of R-Models, Ford unveiled a 2015
Mustang GT350R earlier in the year. It has been described as one of the fastest
and most responsive Mustangs ever made: a Camaro killer and a Challenger ter-
minator and certainly worthy of the name. Ford built 37 2015 models to com-
memorate the 50th anniversary of the original R-Model. Wait. Stop. 37 cars?
Shouldn’t that number be 36? How could Ford have made this colossal mistake?
We tap the 1965 registrar on the shoulder and ask him to dig into it.
STANDING HISTORY ON ITS HEAD.
To anyone racing an “honored
marque” vehicle at Monterey, at the top of their to-do list is to make sure they
get their car into the “tire photo” at noon on Wednesday. Manufacturers custom-
arily use the photo in their marketing plans and with Ford’s unveiling of their
new GT350R, they were not going to let it slip past them. You’d think they would
have jumped at the opportunity to park their new GT350Rs next to the originals
that were there. You’d think.
6 COUPES – The Photo Opportunity of a Lifetime at Goodwood.
Word spread quickly that all six Cobra Coupes would be at the Goodwood Revival
in September. All six had never been together at one time. It was a thought that
made Cobraphiles swoon. Special parking and an exhibition with all six cars on
the track; it was something not likely to ever happen again. Of course, it took
Lord March to make it happen. Peter Brock was one of the guests of honor along
with Coupe drivers Allen Grant and Jack Sears.
. When is the last time you heard about someone driving
an early Shelby across the country? How about across and back with a few side
trips on each end? Tim Kiliniski rolled up 7,582 miles on 6S336’s odometer and
the car did not miss a beat. It was a solo trip on the way out, chasing the sun the
whole way. Once he was in California he did a little visiting and then drove north
to NorCal’s Mini-Nats at Sonoma Raceway. Then down to Monterey for the 50th
party for the GT350. And then back east to Pocono. He tells us all about it.
And the winners are... They were announced
during the evening program but there was no way that most people could match
a name with a car. We can help. Thanks to ace lensman John Guyer, we are able
to provide a photo of every winning car. And as an added bonus, we have photos
of each of the twelve historical competition cars we invited to share some of the
wall-to-wall. We were heavy in R-Models because 2015 is the 50th anniversary
of the GT350. We were able to grab a six-pack.