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The third day more than made up

for any disappointments of the previ-

ous two. A general car show was

scheduled, including the early Shelbys

that Hovander had wrangled. The

large spacious parking area of the

Bellevue Community College was

nearly filled to capacity with Mus-

tangs and a few other Ford specialty

cars. The center of the exhibit was a

section devoted to 1965-1970 Shelby

Mustangs. Since this was the primary

reason for me making it to the

Roundup, I felt like a young kid on

Christmas morning. No offense to

later Shelby and other Mustang own-

ers, but I have more in common with

older Shelby owners. I have met sev-

eral of these people in the past.

There were 44 immaculate early

Shelbys present, with a number of

very unique models. John Atzbach

owns two of the original four ‘66

GT350 convertibles that were pro-

duced at the end of the 1966 produc-

tion run and he brought both of them.

In addition, one of the original four

1965 drag cars was present, as was the

final 1965 GT350 manufactured. The

1965 Paxton Prototype was also on

display. The 1966 GT350 originally

owned by Gary Lewis (son of Jerry

Lewis and lead singer of the 1960s

rock group “Gary Lewis and the Play-

boys”) was brought to the meet by

present owner Dave McDonald. Lyle

Cigler brought his holdover 1966

GT350 all the way from Bozeman,

Montana to be part of the meet. Allen

Cheng of Vancouver, British Columbia

attended the Roundup with his award

winning GT350 Hertz (6S2127). The

car used to be owned by Lyle’s father

Lee Cigler.

Several other ‘66 GT350s were on

display both, Hertz and regular mod-

els with various unique features. In

addition there were numerous ‘67

through ‘70 Shelbys, meticulously re-

stored with a number of unique fea-

tures. Although there were some

problems with weather and driving

conditions, everyone had a very enjoy-

able time. If you ever have the oppor-

tunity to attend the Mustang

Roundup, I would highly recommend


The origin of the International

Mustang Meet dates back to 1979,

when Lee Cigler of the Great Falls

(Montana) Mustang Club attended the

World of Wheels car show in Alberta,

Canada. At the show he met with Art

Shealer, president of the Calgary Mus-

tang Club and Bob Clark, president of

the Edmonton Mustang Club. The

three agreed to have an annual car

show dedicated to Mustangs and for

the site to alternate between the

United States and Canada. The first

I.M.M. was held in Lethbridge, Al-

berta in 1979 and attracted 33 cars.

The meet has grown nearly every year

and now approximately 400 or more

cars attend. This year’s meet was held

in Missoula, Montana over Labor Day

Weekend. I noticed a little old man

loading animals onto an ark and

thought that we might be in for some

inclement weather. The rain took its

toll on attendance with the number

cars down by approximately 100. The

early Shelby total was also only about

half of would ordinarily attend. I per-

sonally knew four early Shelby owners

who came to the I.M.M., but left their

cars behind (including myself). De-

spite the numbers being down, there

were some outstanding examples of

early GT350s and GT500s. Lyle Cigler

brought his ‘66 GT350. Lyle’s dad, Lee,

was one of the original organizers of

the International and Lyle has been to

virtually all of the meets over the past

36 years. Rod Campbell of Athol, Idaho

was in attendance with his maroon ‘67

GT500 (#01839), as was Mark Hooper

with his blue ‘66 GT350 (6S2156).

Karl Gocksch of Great Falls, drove his

red GT350 to the meet along with

Owen Kelly of Missoula in his green

‘67 GT500. There were several other

early Shelby Mustangs including one

that was driven all the way from Cal-

ifornia to attend. There were a large

number of late model Shelby Mus-

tangs including 3 of the 500 20th an-

niversary ‘06 Hertz models, plus an ‘07

Hertz convertible.

As feared, car show day turned out

to be windy, wet and cold. Early on,

many of us spent our time in our cars

with the heaters on high. The weather

improved by the afternoon, allowing

participants to bail out of their cars or

other shelters and talk to other atten-

dees. The evening festivities had to be

moved indoors, but other than that the

day’s events were salvaged.

By the next day the rain moved

out and the sun reappeared, bringing

with it more pleasant temperatures.

This happened just in time for the

cruises. There were three in all, short

sprints compared to the Roundup

cruise, with the drive to a mico-brew-

ery in a small town outside of Mis-

soula being by far the most popular,

requiring designated drivers.


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