t has become something of a tra-
dition to use an event to com-
memorate an anniversary or
recognize some special occasion. Nor-
mally these observances are tied to
ten, twenty or fifty year increments.
Birthdays happen once a year but
after you’ve had ten or twelve of them,
they begin to lose their significance.
Right now, 50 seems to be the big mile-
stone, and plenty of important of
things happened in 1966. When it
came to planning this year’s conven-
tion, there was no shortage of choices.
The major one seemed to be the 50th
Anniversary of Ford’s LeMans victory
in 1966. We decided to choose some-
thing else for two reasons: first every-
one and their brother could be
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Has it really been 50 years since Hertz unleashed GT350s
on the renting public? Yes it has.
A few dozen were on hand at Mid-Ohio to celebrate.
– Rick Kopec