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Winter 2016 1

Idle Thoughts.

In designing components for the initial GT350 R-Model, Peter Brock re-

calls, “

We were so pressed for time to make that first race of the season at

Green Valley in Texas that we just had to cut away the top of the existing front

valence and go with it. It wasn’t pretty or as aero-effective as it could have been

but we won with it and that compromise became the accepted look

.” It was the

old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” maxim. Over the past fifty years, every time

Brock saw an R-Model apron it bothered him that he had not been able to finish

the job on the original car the way he thought it should have been.

Second chances in life don’t come around often. But when some of the

Shelby guys who originally worked at the Venice facility contacted him with

their idea of “re-imagining” the R-Model, Brock was all-in. His first project was

designing a new front valence that integrated the lines of the Mustang’s orig-

inal front bumper while improving the airflow to the radiator through a lower

central air intake. The positioning of the brake ducts was also improved. They

eliminate the 90-degree ducting on the first generation of R-Model aprons that

snaked through the inner fender panels. The original second generation aprons

(with elongated openings) used a pair of one-piece fiberglass ducts that ran

outside of the inner fender panels, similar to the ones on the new apron.


The new Brock apron weighs only

16 lbs. and has built-in flanges, mak-

ing it a simple bolt-on piece. Of course,

it will have to be painted to match the

car. These are solid, quality parts

which are individually custom made

so they take two to four weeks for de-

livery. If they weren’t superior quality

Brock would not have his name at-

tached to them. Cost is $985. (go to “products” and

then “Mustang parts”) or call 702-


We’ve often said that someone

has too much time on their hands

when they have completed some

kind of a project that has taken far

more time and effort than it was

really worth. We think it might

have begun about twenty-five

years ago, when toy wagons began

popping up at swap meets outfitted

with oversized wheels and tires,

aluminum wings and tricked-out

paint. When they first appeared

they were crudely assembled,

something obviously done for a kid.

Then adults began using them

as showcases for their abilities. The

next generation were not just

slapped together one weekend from

junk parts but were well thought-

out and painstakingly executed.

You walk by them and just have to

shake your head.