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the place was loaded with them.

BURGY: Working at Ford was one of

the biggest helps as far as keeping me

interested as an enthusiast. I started

there in 1970 as a technical illustrator

in the Body Engineering Department,

making drawings for shop manuals. I

was later promoted to a position as a

Technical Writer in the Service Engi-

neering Department, writing the text

for Shop Manuals and Owner Guides

in Service Engineering. I had access to

all the shop manuals, a micro-fiche

machine and all the obsolete parts

books. I teamed up with Mike Remien-

schneider and a couple of guys like

that who really knew their stuff. And

Roger Hodyka, of course. I just had a

penchant to be able to remember and

quote part numbers. I could remember

part numbers better than I could peo-

ple’s names. I could remember some-

one’s VIN better than I could

remember their name.

SAAC: Were there a bunch of people

within Ford who got together to play

with cars when they weren’t working?

BURGY: There were employee car

clubs within the company and the one

I was most active with was called the

Ford Motorsports Club. They were a

group of guys who were focused on au-

tocrossing. They competed in parking

lot autocrosses at Ford World Head-

quarters. That’s where I met Bruce

Cambern. He would run his 427 Cobra

in the parking lot. It was overkill. I ran

the GT350. I never ran the Pantera in

an autocross. I did take the Pantera

out to Michigan International Speed-

way when I put on a regional SAAC

meet there.

SAAC: How did you get interested in

Shelby serial numbers?

BURGY: I just started collecting serial

numbers. Back then

Autoweek and

Competition Press

used to typically

publish ads with serial numbers in

them. I would go look at any Shelbys

in the area and take pictures of them

with my Kodak Instamatic or Po-

laroid. I owned 6S1206 and found

6S1207 about twenty miles away from

me, and I went out to see the owner. It

was a guy names Joe Wasche, and I

saw him at Lime Rock at SAAC-25,

without his car. I went to Oscoda,

Michigan to visit some friends and he

showed up there with the car at a local

car show. It was a white and gold car.

At the time I bought 1206 I didn’t

know it was originally white and gold.

It was white and blue when I got it. I

was just out of this world when I

bought that car. I got a Shelby! And I

was sitting behind the wheel and look-

ing out over that hood scoop, and

thinking, “

Wow! I am King of the Hill


” When I got home and flipped the

back seat down and I almost stepped

through the floor because the floor pan

was so rusty. One day at a 25¢ car-

wash I was getting up real close to the

door and the paint started blowing off.

I was driving back and forth from Ohio

to Michigan almost every weekend,

and my cousin had his ‘67 Mustang

painted by a guy down there, and he

did a pretty nice job. So, I took my

Shelby there to have him paint it. I

used to go down there to check on it

once in a while, and he didn’t seem to

be making a lot of progress. I was leav-


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When Shelby brought his 427 S/C completion Cobra to SAAC-17 in Portland, Burgy

won a ride with the Old Man. And it wasn’t a mild, Sunday afternoon spin. Shelby wasn’t

afraid to lean on the throttle – and none of his passengers complained.

If Burgy’s technical drawings like this one



] look familiar to you then you’ve

been reading Ford shop manuals! But he

didn’t limit his artwork to bland parts il-


When Burgy moved to the audio systems

department he created color illustrations

of how the dash controls would look.