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242 Fall 2015


3 pages.

Ford is going back to LeMans, fifty years

after they picked up all the marbles in 1966. And not with a vintage car or some

kind of a retro machine but a brand new, state-of-the-art GT40 which will also

be available as a street car. After building 4,038 2005 and 2006 Ford GTs and

leaving it to individual racers to modify and race them, this time there will be

factory entries for the entire 2016 FIA endurance race season. Our Ford GT au-

thority lays it all out. He will also be reporting about the first race at Daytona.


10 pages

. We set the Wayback machine to 1997 and head back to

SAAC-22 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The main attraction was

“American’s Longest Road Course” and at four miles it lived up to the name. It

attracted some historical cars (like the 427 Cobra Daytona Supercoupe) and was

almost the scene of a catastrophe when a tornado barreled onto the scene, forcing

everyone to retreat to the tunnel under the track. Fortunately it veered away

from the track but it made a shambles of the bratwurst dinner in the big tent.


6 pages.

The Northern California region of SAAC

held their annual wingding at Sonoma Raceway (formerly Infineon and before

that Sears Point in case you’re having trouble following the pea under the walnut

shell). It was scheduled for the weekend before the Monterey extravaganza. Har-

vey Sherman provides an excellent event report and he and Bill Fulk contributed

photos of some of the cars that were there.




Almost everyone who watches television knows what the Santa Monica

Pier is. It is used as a background for numerous TV series that are shot in Los

Angeles. It’s a fishing pier and an amusement park. And once a year it is the

scene of a car show. SAAC’s Los Angeles region has finessed themselves into the

position where they are the only car club allowed to use the pier as the site as a

car show.


8 pages.

We grab the Cobra Registrar, Ned Scudder, and sit him

down for an hour or two and discuss his history with Cobras, how he got his start

in the registrar biz, and what he sees as the future of Cobra enthusiasm from

his unique perspective.When Ned Scudder speaks about Cobras, it’s like the E.F.

Hutton commercial when everyone stops talking and leans in to hear what he is

saying. After more than forty years studying, cataloguing and observing these

cars and their owners, nobody has more credibility.


5 pages.

Another handful of bright lights in the

Shelby World were extinguished in 2015. We should be getting used to this, but

you never really do. Each person who passes represents a piece of Shelby history

that is irreplaceable. We are better off for their having been among us, but we

nonetheless feel the loss when they are gone. Godspeed.

Blank spaces in this magazine make us feel like slackers.

They produce an itch we just can’t reach. The good news is,

we can almost always find an interesting picture to fill the

hole. Here’s an example. Our Monterey Motorsports Reunion

article was already completed when we received this neat

picture of Chuck Cantwell and Peter Brock, enjoying the

Monterey ambiance. We just had to find a place for it. We’re

not experts here, but it appears that these guys are having

way too much fun. Is there any way to even things out? How

about if they have to wear shoes a couple of sizes too small.