The SHELBY AMERICAN
MY QUEST FOR A FORD GT.
. One of the most difficult things about
buying an ‘05-‘06 Ford GT is making the initial decision. Then, you have to decide
on the details: color, options, mileage, etc. Once you’ve done that it’s just a matter
of plotting a course and then sticking to it. SAAC member Rick Thompson shares
his story with us, and it’s an interesting one. It’s a lot different from going to a
used car lot or sitting in the bidder’s area at an auction. If you want a GT there’s
an intelligent way to get one. At this level you don’t want to leave much to chance.
SHELBY SERIES 1.
. Shelby’s 1999 Series 1 was touted as CS’s first
“clean sheet of paper” sports car. On a personal level, it was supposed to be proof
that he still had what it takes. But times had changed and while the Cobra had
been a magical story, it was matter of being in the right place at the right time.
With the Corvette emerging as a state-of-the-art American sports car and the
Viper a step behind it, Shelby’s sports car wasn’t a slam-dunk. Here’s the story,
and there’s a lot that isn’t well known.
JEFF BURGY – SAAC’s Ford GT Registrar.
. We’d be hard-pressed to
find someone who is more of a “car guy” than Jeff Burgy. He was there when the
earth started to cool; has had more cars than most of us including GT350s, a Pan-
tera, ‘57 T-Birds and an ERA Cobra FIA; has been to every convention; and
worked for FoMoCo for over 30 years. He is our go-to guy on the 2005-2006 Ford
GTs, and we get him to recall how he became the Ford GT Registrar. Among other
GREENWICH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE.
. This show was only a cou-
ple of hours away, and it was a terrific day so we decided that, yes, we needed a
car fix. And there was also that ‘66 GT350 at the auction that was lighting the
Internet forums up like a runaway Christmas tree. It was basically a car that
was driven until the early 1970s and then parked and left to rust. The owner
passed away and the family wanted to get rid of it. Imagine their surprise when
that rusted derelict fetched more than $150K. Yikes!
THE FLYING DENTIST.
. As the value of original Cobras continues to
increase, we’re seeing fewer and fewer of them being vintage raced. Ernie Naga-
matsu seems to be on a one-man crusade to keep Cobras in the public eye, so vin-
tage race spectators don’t forget what they are. He has raced the car all over the
U.S. as well as in England, Australia and New Zealand. And it’s not just any
Cobra: it was used in the Disney movie “The Love Bug” and the Elvis Presley
films “Spinout” and “Viva Las Vegas.” Hooray for Hollywood!
A Remembrance of SAM SCOTT, A Founder of Bolus & Snopes.
other founder of one of the best known SCCA racing teams in the 1970s provides
his thoughts on the passing of his best friend. If you’re not sure who Bolus &
Snopes were, we won’t leave you hanging. We’ve included a brief history of the
team that fielded a GT350 Hertz car, had a team dirigible and a steamboat, and
brought some well-needed fun to amateur sports car racing. Their team mascot
was a mule who may or may not have been kidnapped.
COBRA TOUR 2016, OHIO EDITION.
Wherein the owners of fifteen
original Cobras spend a few days driving through some of the most scenic back-
roads in the country. Where? In Southern Ohio’s Hocking Hills. Car mags like
use it for road tests but they don’t tell too many people about it
because they don’t want the roads to get crowded. Well, sorry – the cat is out of
the bag now. You like Cobras? Here are pictures of fifteen of them and they are
not museum pieces or garage queens.