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Winter 2016 12


You may have heard rumors of

this project, and we’re happy to report

that they are true. An exact duplicate

of Shelby American’s Princeton Drive

facility may be built at the Henry Ford

Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

SAAC member William Deary was

looking into expanding The Carroll

Collection, his Shelby museum in

Jackson, Michigan [

see The Shelby

American 2013 Annual, ppg. 53-57


The museum presently has sixteen,

exceptionally high quality cars, each

with a special story, and Deary was

considering a 10,000 square-foot ex-

pansion. But he kept thinking,

There’s got to be a better way to do



He became involved with the

GT350R2 reinvention project in May

of 2014 and that led him to visit 1042

Princeton Drive where he saw where it all began. The building had recently been sold and was gutted and totally re-

vamped. As Peter Brock and the original Venice Team was recreating the GT350 R-Model, Deary was thinking about

recreating the original Princeton Drive facility. If you’re going to dream, dream big.

It was an uphill hike, but Deary eventually made contact with Ford executives, coordinators of other museums and

ten “Shelby Leaders” including former employees and what he described as “ultra enthusiasts.” By then his plans had

been distilled and he could see them clearly. He wanted to construct an exact duplicate of Shelby American’s facility on

the grounds of the Henry Ford Museum in Greenfield Village in Dearborn. Deary’s intention is to donate everything

he has in his Carroll Collection and to self-fund the project, filling it with examples of the cars that were originally

there in 1963-1964. Those would be donated or would be on loan.

The project is still on track and Henry Ford Museum executives appear to be onboard. We will be keeping SAAC

members updated as the project takes shape. Once it is up and running, it would seem to be perfect timing to hold an-

other convention in Dearborn. Stay tuned!


The annual International Historic

Motoring Awards presented Dan Gur-

ney, 84, with its Lifetime Achievement

Award on November 19, 2015. The

award was accepted for Gurney by Sir-

Stirling Moss in London. Gurney was

not able to be there in person.

Dan Gurney has accumulated

more accomplishments in just about

all aspects of racing than anyone still

living. Listing them all would take a

dozen pages, but the most noteworthy

is that he is the only American to race

and win a Grand Prix in a car of his

own making. He has also notched wins

in Indy Car, NASCAR and sports car

racing. He has 51 wins and 47 podium

finishes out of 312 starts. He is an

American racing icon.