The SHELBY AMERICAN
The SHELBY AMERICAN
The magazine of the Shelby American Automobile Club
ON THE COVER. The 50th Anniversary
of Ford’s 1966 LeMans Victory was cele-
brated by a special “GT40 Victory at Le-
mans 50th Anniversary” Class at this
year’s Pebble Beach concours. The cars in-
vited were all former race winners (with
the exception of a MKIII, included to pro-
vide a sampling of all GT40 models). The
Lords of Pebble don’t have to do much arm-
twisting to get the cars they would like to
see on their show field, such is the prestige
of being invited to this event. We’re guess-
ing (although we don’t know for sure) that
transportation and insurance costs for each
car are taken care of along with the highest
level of credentials. Our man on the scene,
Bill Fulk, captured the perfect photo on
Sunday morning, just prior to his being
grabbed by the collar by tossed behind the
ropes with the rest of the proles by Pebble’s
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THE MAIL SAAC.
GT350s tangle at Spa in Belgium. Ever wake up
with the desire to have a 4-foot Cobra of your own? We have details. Did Bill
Cosby have a ‘66 GT350? We’d ask him for details but he has bigger things to
worry about. You’ll never again look at a hood scoop the same after seeing the
new GT350R2’s hood. New Ford GT 1966 Heritage model? Yes, and it’s Matte
Black. The Flip-Top Cobra: haven’t we seen that somewhere before? Maybe we’re
all in a Twilight Zone episode. And two CSX2000s? Uh oh. Call the lawyers.
Ride all four of the Cobra’s Curse rollercoast-
ers in Florida and win a prize. One of the four master eagle eyes tosses in the
towel. Which one washed out? We name names. He was replaced with another
candidate but is this just a flash in the pan? We shall see. Pardee nosing around
in a gallery in the Czech Republic? This guy doesn’t miss a thing. Snakeskin pat-
tern ladies’ shoes. Does Patty Hearst have a cobra connection? What does a preg-
nant stand-up comedienne have to do with a baby cobra?
THE GREATEST (GT40) SHOW ON EARTH.
. The annual Pebble
Beach Concours d’Elegance is arguably the foremost concours event in this coun-
try. And maybe in the world. Just having your car there sets it apart from all the
rest – forget winning anything. So how do you reduce the 200-odd creme de la
creme of classic and exotic automobiles to the equivalent of a used car lot inven-
tory? You invite seventeen of the most historical Ford GT40s to form a special
class to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of their 1-2-3 LeMans victory.
THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON.
. 6S2186 has quite a story. When the
same car has been involved in a couple’s life for 47 years, it plays a central role.
You buy a ‘66 GT350 when you are seventeen, then meet the girl you will even-
tually marry. The car is your only transportation for school...you use it to teach
your wife to drive a stick shift...you drag race it... and then you park it. For a long
time...30 years or so. A house and three daughters take precedence. But then it’s
time to restore it and start driving it again. What a story!