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I knew going in that the chance of

winning First Place was slim because

there was just no way that 5S003 was

going to beat 5R002. John Atzbach put

in a massive amount of effort prepping

his car for Pebble. After I got accepted

I spent about $500, focusing my efforts

instead on The Pebble Drive – a 75-

mile circuit that entrants were re-

quested to drive on Thursday. Not all

accepted the challenge, but participa-

tion would be used to break any ties

between cars.

I knew Chuck Cantwell would be

in Monterey and asked him if he

would like to drive 003 in the tour. He

quickly said yes. At that point I knew

this would be 003’s final event. Up to

this time there were only 1.7 miles on

the odometer since its restoration was

completed. They came from driving it

on and off trailers all year.

When a car is being judged in a

number of different concours events,

judges from one show may suggest

changes needed to make the car closer

to perfect. However, when you get to

the next event, the judges there may

not always agree with the previous

judges. When owners start making

changes to correct deficiencies pointed

out by previous judges, they can often

be whipsawed by subsequent judges

from different sanctioned events who

may not agree. We would change a few

things, only to have it suggested that

we change them back. Then other

judges suggested they be changed yet

again. The inconsistency of judges can

be frustrating. I have heard that there

are changes coming in SAAC’s con-

cours and I hope this is one area that

will be addressed. In the case of 003,

all the 50-year old brake hoses, radia-

tor hoses, spark plugs, oil filter and


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The Pebble Beach Tour led out of Carmel, onto Highway 1 and then south to Big Sur. Then back again. It would have been difficult

to find more picturesque scenery. Thursday’s road grime was cleaned off on Friday. Cypress Ford, in nearby Seaside, generously of-

fered the use of a bay and a lift which made the job a lot easier. There was still a lot polishing and primping once the car got on the

show field, but a lot of this may have been just busy work to make the wait for judging to begin less stressful. The subtext of a con-

cours seems to be that a car can never be clean enough.

One of the most often asked questions was, why does the car have different wheels on each side? Pretty simple answer: when the

car was first completed and publicity photos were taken at Shelby American, to illustrate that there was an optional mag wheel,

photos were needed of the car with stock steel wheels and the five-spoke Shelby/Cragar wheels. Rather than swap four wheels

halfway through the shoot, the mags were put on the passenger side. The result was that all early photos of the car with mags were

passenger side shots and steel wheels were driver side shots.