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of people seated on the fairway below re-

mains unblocked by any would-be photog-

raphers. I did not want to be one of the

jackasses who disrespected this. I might

have taken photos from the Lodge, but in

2015 I declined the walk down the hill

from the Equestrian Center, where I sat

overlooking the Lodge and the bay before

the ceremony began. I preferred not to

walk back up the hill where my Jeep was

parked, or wait in line for a golf cart ride

at the end. I didn’t think the world needed

photos from my camera. I knew they would

be available from other sources. Maybe

next year.

This year, on the 50th anniversary of

the GT350, one of the most important

things happened in the history of these

cars, for their current and past owners, for

the Shelby American Company and the

people who worked there. In 2015, the

owners of eight 1965 or 1966 GT350s

placed their cars on the 18th fairway be-

hind the Lodge at Pebble Beach, and that

was a great thing. They were accepted into

the 65th Pebble Beach Concours d’ Ele-

gance, to be displayed and judged for the

first time alongside Ferraris and Bugattis,

Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, Duesenbergs

and Packards; all the great automobiles

that graced the field since the inaugural

event in 1950. One of the most selective

automotive shows in the world, this places

the GT350 as one of the great automobiles

of the 125 or so years, so far, of the auto-

mobile age.

I’m not a reporter, a historian, an ex-

pert on any GT350 of any year. I’m a gen-

eral purpose car guy who happens to like

Shelbys and the people who own, show,

race, restore, tour with, and maintain

them. I am unqualified to address the

specifics or significance of the cars which

were accepted, and competed, in the class

reserved for 1965 and 1966 GT350s at the

2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.

Any genuine Shelby guy who is reading

this knows much, much more than I ever

will, about any Shelby. The best I can do is

describe the experience of attending.

A Shelby owner with a car in the show

put it this way: “

Having a car accepted by

the Pebble Beach Concours is like reaching

the Olympics

.” The best way of explaining

what an owner with an unlimited budget

is willing to do to get his car on the fairway,

is to tell the story of the man who discovers

his car isn’t running before the day of the

show, dispatches a failed component with

a mechanic in a private jet, to a small town

in a different state, where an expert on

this particular component lives, so the re-

pair can be made and the device returned

for installation before Sunday morning.

What of the owner of modest means,

who performs himself as much of the

restoration as possible, on a limited

budget, working nights and weekends in

his garage with his own hands – and wins?

Not enough can be said in honor of his

labor. If only an award can be given to the

owner whose car is accepted by pennies

pinched, knuckles scuffed and dirt under

his fingernails.

A car may be great or humble. It may

be preserved, restored, or abandoned and

left to return to dust. The aspirations of

humans are even more fleeting, impossible

to preserve except in memory, in photo-

graphs, in video, in print. For some of the

owners of the cars on display this year,

placing them on the fairway was the

achievement of a half a lifetime or more, of

owning, preserving, and restoring automo-

biles, the fulfillment of a lifetime dream.

There is no suspense in telling contempo-

raries about something that recently hap-

pened, but maybe someday, twenty years

from now, someone will hand this issue of

The Shelby American

Annual to his son, or

his nephew, or his grandson, and say, “


kid – I was there. Read about it



Winter 2016 47

2015 Pebble Beach Concours

Class S: Shelby GT350 50th Anniversary Results

S-01 JohnAtzback,Redmond,WA


5R002 1st­

S-02 MarkHovander,Seattle,WA



S-03 DaleSpahr,York,PA



S-04 BrentGalloway,Chesnee,SC


S-05 BobbyRahal,Chicago,IL

1965GT3505S558 3rd

S-06 LenandLindaPerham,CarmelValley,CA



S-07 Michael&BarbaraMalamut,ThousandOaks,CA1966GT350Hertz


S-08 Neal&VickyHasheider,SantaClara,CA