The SHELBY AMERICAN
JUST DRIVE IT!
. Too many of our cars are parked in the garage as they
appreciate and slowly and imperceptibly deteriorate. What are they waiting for?
Some hypothetical “next owner” who , it is assumed, would prefer a low mileage
example in the best condition possible. Harvey Sherman comes down on the side
of driving his car, a blood-red Aurora GRX. He recently took it on a road trip
through some of the most scenic areas of central Washington State and returned
with photographs and memories. Sure beats the garage.
CLICK COLLECTION TO CROSS THE BLOCK AT MONTEREY.
Arizona Ford dealer Jim Click put together a nice six-pack of cars he vintage
raced on the west coast beginning in the early 1990s. Nobody stays young forever,
and as Click has moved into the septuagenarian stage of his life he decided to
let the cars go. He chose the RM Sotheby’s Auction in Monterey during car week.
Each car had a unique history, both before Click began racing them and during.
It will be interesting to see how things shake out in Monterey.
NEWS FROM OZ.
. Our man in Australia, Nez Demaj, does an excellent
job of keeping us appraised of what is happening, Shelby-wise, down under. Rel-
ative to the size of their country (about the same size as the U.S.) Shelbys are
few and far between, but their owners are an enthusiastic bunch and when there
is a show, there always seems to be more cars than spots available. And those
cars are as nice as any Shelbys anywhere.
. We set the wayback machine to 2000 to take another look
at SAAC-25 at Lime Rock. It turned out to be the largest SAAC convention ever,
and that was probably due to a combination of it being the club’s Silver Anniver-
sary, the fact that we invited more ex-Shelby personnel and Ford players, and
because it was at Lime Rock – a very popular race facility in the northeast, an
area of the country where we have a large segment of club membership. It
seemed the planets were all in alignment for this one.
LET HERTZ PUT YOU IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT
In the mid-sixties Hertz had an advertising campaign where a driver appeared to come down from the sky and
glided right behind the wheel of a moving convertible. Hertz was putting driver in the driver’s seat. It must have
been effective because some people still remember it today, fifty years later. When the GT350 Hertz cars came out
Jerry Titus, then editor of Sports Car Graphic magazine, did a take-off of those ads. For the first photo he was
perched in a tree, ready to jump. In the second, he was splattered on the roof with his briefcase popped open.