The SHELBY AMERICAN
240 Fall 2015
The SHELBY AMERICAN
The magazine of the Shelby American Automobile Club
ON THE COVER. We went to
SAAC-40 with a goal of coming home
with a photo like this in our camera.
We had only seen the ballroom
empty when we visited the Kalahari
in June but it wasn’t difficult to en-
vision the room filled with Shelbys
and Cobras. With a picture in mind,
we requested the hotel’s scissors lift
be available on Thursday evening at
11 p.m. so we could get enough ele-
vation to take a cover shot. We knew
this would be a once-in-a-lifetime op-
portunity. A ground level photo
would not work. Our mission was ac-
complished, as the cover of this issue
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tomobile Club. All rights reserved. No
part of this publication may be repro-
duced or translated without prior ex-
press written permission from the
Shelby American Automobile Club.
THE MAIL SAAC.
We find a parallel between Shelby’s “completion”
427 S/Cs and Jaguar’s new “completion” Lightweight XKE. More news about the
graffiti vandal gang photographed defacing a ‘65 GT350 in Florida. A Shelby
Cougar? Believe that and we’ll sell you some shorefront property in Iowa. An-
other 50th anniversary commemorative Cobra: this time it’s a Daytona Coupe.
An auction in Monterey will peg the value of the Shelby Cobra Challenge Car.
An entertaining Dick Smith story. 5S480 disappears from a boneyard. And more!
We grab some pictures from an unaired tel-
evision promo for a Paul Revere and the Raiders special that used a 289 Cobra
and a Tiger. Our four Master Eagle Eyes are still churning out interesting stuff,
trying to one-up each other. It’s a spectacle we don’t often see in this club. It in-
cludes evidence of one of the four spending an inordinate amount of time watch-
ing Rachel Maddow’s uber left-wing yakfest. You’ll have to read it to find out
who. And how about a Cobra GT4 heavy duty 4WD mobility scooter?
. If you were there, the convention article and pictures might
reveal something you didn’t know that took place at the convention. And if you
weren’t there, here’s most of the story – because there was so much going on it
was impossible for anyone to see everything. Conventions are like that, especially
this year where there was wall-to-wall activity at the track at the same time
there was concours judging taking place in the Kalahari convention center’s main
ballroom. Imagine a concours car in your living room. Then imagine 30 of them.
SAAC-40 VINTAGE RACE.
. This year’s convention was a double-bump.
Not only could intrepid SAAC racers tear up the asphalt in our vintage race but
since we were sharing the weekend with the SVRA, they could run in the SAAC
practice and qualifying sessions and also compete on Sunday against SVRA’s
wild and woolly Group 6 cars: Corvettes, Camaros, Jaguars and Porsches. The
SAAC race was held at the end of the day on Saturday, leading some people to
wonder if drivers rushing to SAAC’s dinner would still be in their driving suits.