The SHELBY AMERICAN
ONE MAN’S OBSESSION.
. We make a trip to the Seattle area to see
the biggest and best collection of Shelby and Cobra memorabilia and literature
in the country. Wait, in the world. We wouldn’t have believed it if we had not seen
it for ourself. Superlatives fail us.We also explain the intricacies of collecting and
take a look at John Atzbach, the collector himself. And he doesn’t only have
dozens of glass display cases full of...stuff. He also has about a dozen meaningful
cars. Including the first GT350 R-Model and half of all ‘66 GT350 convertibles..
PEBBLE OR BUST. 5
. 5S003 was one of the GT350s that was parked on
the Pebble Beach green. Part of the Pebble experience was a 75-mile loop that
was an option for all participants. Not all of the cars took part, but it was used to
break any ties in judging. Mark Hovander invited Chuck Cantwell to handle the
driving chores. His photos and story includes not only the tour but his perspective
of the entire Monterey weekend, which included parade laps on the track and
being included in the famous “tire photo.” Read all about it.
IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES.
. There are two major Mustang meets
in the Northwest: the Mustang Roundup in Washington State and the Interna-
tional Mustang Meet in Montana (it bounces back and forth between Canada and
the U.S. every year). SAAC member Mike Wright has been attending both of
these events for years and he submitted a report of what went on this past year
along with photos. Shelbys were, as usual, prominent at both meets.
EVERY CAR HAS A HISTORY. MEET 1412.
. Shelbys are unique cars
and within that pool, a case can be made that each one is unique because of it’s
individual history. And as such each has a story. It’s just a matter of digging that
story out. Long time SAAC member Hunt Palmer-Ball commissioned a photog-
rapher to shoot his car and put together a hard cover coffee table book that re-
lated its story – and it is an interesting one. How interesting? You’ll have to read
that for yourself.
NEWS FROM OZ.
. The shortened version of a person from Australia is
“Aussie” but it’s often pronounced “Ozzie.” Now you know where the “Oz” comes
from. And Oz is a hotbed of Shelby enthusiasm. Even though there aren’t a lot of
cars that have found their way down under, the ones that have are excellent ex-
amples. SAAC Australian Rep Nez Demaj works hard at keeping us up to date
on the happenings, covering the major events that take place and making sure
we have plenty of pictures.
OLD TIMER’S DAY.
. The 2015 Shelby American employee reunion was
held in November at The Cobra Experience in Martinez, California – east of San
Francisco. Sixty-five former Shelby people were rounded up for the Friday/Sat-
urday festivities. The gala was put together by Bob Shaw and Drew Serb and it
was hard to believe they could have done a better job. As these people get older,
there are fewer and fewer of them and it is important to recognize them and their
contributions to the Shelby American legend.
PEBBLE BEACH 2015.
Every year the Monterey weekend revolves
around one particular marque. In 2015 it was the GT350 and the vaunted Pebble
Beach Concours invited eight cars to participate. Old timers familiar with this
country’s most famous concours event never thought that a lowly Mustang would
ever be allowed onto Pebble’s 18th green among the Duesenbergs, Packards, Tal-
bot Lagos and Rolls Royce Silver Wraiths. But they were. The Mustangs were
GT350s and they attracted a lot of attention – as Shelby’s so often do.