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The Terlingua Racing Team

emblem—a mean-looking rabbit,

silhouetted in black on a chrome

and yellow crest—is probably one

of the more recognizable logos to

become attached to the Shelby

American legend. It was displayed

prominently on the 1967 Shelby

Trans-Am team car driven by

Jerry Titus, which was ostensibly

sponsored by the “Terlingua Rac-

ing Team.” Titus’ car was painted

“Gawd-Awful Yellow” with a flat

black hood and black center

stripes. The Terlingua emblem

was also displayed on the flanks

of Shelby American’s GT350 R-

Model and 427 Cobra team cars,

5R002 and CSX3002 respectively,

when they raced at Green Valley,

Texas on February 14, 1965. Ken

Miles drove the new R-Model to

its first race victory that day.

The logo was designed by

noted automotive artist Bill

Neale, a long time friend of Carroll

Shelby’s and a fellow Texan. The

Shelby-Neale connection goes back to

1951, when Neale first saw Shelby

race. They were friends ever since.

Further cementing their relationship

was the fact that Neale’s late wife,

Nelda, had a brother who went

to high school with Shelby. She

knew him before her husband

ever met him.

In the early 1960s Shelby got

involved in a real estate deal

with another friend, Dallas

lawyer David Witts. As Shelby

told it, he and Witts wound up

owning about 220,000 acres of

rocks in southwest Texas, near

the Mexican border. It was some

of the most inhospitable land

imaginable, virtually all desert

wilderness and jagged mesa. In-

cluded was a ghost town named

Terlingua. Shelby and Witts

bought the land for practically

nothing (which was a fair esti-

mation of its worth) with the

idea of subdividing it into 30-

acre parcels which would then be

sold to hunters, who would own

their parcel as well as hunting

rights on the total acreage. The

area abounded with mule deer,

coyote, wolf, rattlesnake and other

wild animals highly regarded as hunt-

ing trophies.


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– Rick Kopec