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In the publishing business, “over

the transom” refers to the idea of a

writer tossing an unsolicited manu-

script through the open window over

the door of a publisher’s or editor’s of-

fice. Doors in office buildings, espe-

cially those built prior to the 1960s,

usually had a window as wide as the

door over it. Typically hinged at the

bottom, they were left open six inches

or so, even at night, for cross ventila-

tion (this, before the days of air condi-

tioning). Freelance writers would

often deliver their work, after hours,

in hopes it would interest a publisher

who would find a place for it in their

publication. The key word is “unso-

licited” and in the case of something

which is interesting or especially well

done, it comes as a pleasant surprise

to the publisher or editor.

Just such a pleasant surprise

came over our transom, figuratively

speaking, back in January. It started

whenWayne Hofer of Medford, Oregon

sent a bunch of scanned photos from

1965 to SAAC’s administration email

address. He attached a note, so we’ll

let him tell it.

grew up in the Seattle. My first

car was a ‘67 Mustang coupe

that my father had purchased new. It

was his daily driver until he gave it to

me at the age of 15. I began restoring

it so I’d have a nice car to drive when

I got my license. I began to show the

car at local events and that’s when I

saw my first real Shelby Mustangs.

They were my dream car and have

been ever since. After I sold the ‘67

when I went to college, and went

through about a half dozen 5.0 Mus-

tangs. I had fun modifying and racing

those. Then I got out of cars for a few

years, until a co-worker drove in his

‘65 Cobra roadster replica to work. I

had to have one. Knowing I could

never afford to own the real thing, I

decided I would build a replica road-

ster myself. All the years of wrenching

on the Mustangs did me well and I

ended up with a beautiful replica.

One morning I was driving the

roadster into work and when I got off

the freeway I was followed to my office

by an older gentleman. He pulled into

my parking lot and introduced him-

self. This happened about ten years

ago, so I can’t recall his name. Let’s

call him “Dave.”

Dave was smiling ear to ear and

was excited to see the car. I showed it

to him and he explained to me his con-

nection with the Cobra roadster dates

back to when he was 18 years-old and

was a course worker at a racetrack in

California. Dave told me the year and

name of the track, however, I can’t re-

member what they were. I know your

club members will be able to place the

date and racetrack where these photos

were taken.

Dave said when the Cobra team

pulled in, it was exciting. He was into

photography, so he grabbed his camera

and with his course worker creden-

tials he was able to get up close to take

these photos. They were originally

slides and Dave still had them. I told

him I would be very interested in see-

ing his pictures. He asked if I would

drive my roadster over to his work at

lunch time so his coworkers could see

the car. I agreed and took it over that

same day. I gave Dave my contact info

so when he got the slides converted

over to digital format he could send

them to me.

About a month passed before Dave

contacted me. He had the photos con-

verted and sent them over. My jaw

dropped when I saw them. I couldn’t

believe the quality of the pictures and

how vivid they were. That was because

they were originally in slide format.

They say a picture is worth a thousand

words and these are proof of that.

There’s so much going on and so much

detail in these photos it’s incredible.

Dave said his intention was to make

sure the Shelby club also got the pic-

tures as he knew they would enjoy

them. Dave and I never contacted each

other after that, so I don’t know if

these photos were ever made public.

I’ve been enjoying them for the past

ten years and decided I better send

them to SAAC to make sure they don’t

get lost forever.

I’m still a big fan of the Shelby

cars and although I no longer own the



I have a


GT500KR fastback tribute with a

stroked FE engine. Again, it’s not the

real thing but it is the closest I will

ever come to owning a vintage Shelby.

Enjoy the images.

Wayne Hofer

Medford, OR

The pictures were taken at La-

guna Seca Raceway during the

USRRC weekend on May 9, 1965. The

three team Cobra small block road-

sters – #96 (CSX2494 driven by Ed

Leslie, finished 2nd Over-All in the

manufacturers race); #97 (CSX2458

driven by Bob Johnson, DNF); #98


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