RACING’S GREATEST UPSETS: 1966 TRANS-AM ENDURO!

Stephen Cox blogs about Shelby American’s legendary Group 2 Mustang racers, Part 3 of 3. John McComb ordered a new car for 1967. The choice was easy. Given his success in the 1966 Group 2 Mustang, he ordered a new notchback for 1967 to pick up where he left off with the Shelby program. The ‘67 Mustang was the model’s first major redesign and the car gained both size and weight. McComb didn’t care for either. “Even though the ’67 car had a wider track, it was a heavier car, so I don’t really...
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RACING’S GREATEST UPSETS: 1966 TRANS-AM ENDURO!

Stephen Cox blogs about Shelby-American’s legendary Group 2 Mustang racers,  Part 2 of 3. The next weekend John McComb was racing again. The Trans-Am Series Six-Hour Pan-American Endurance Race was to be held at Green Valley Raceway in Texas. The sanctioning body mandated a second driver for each team due to the length of the event. McComb chose veteran Brad Brooker, a successful club racer who had logged plenty of miles in the Group 2 notchback’s nearly identical twin, the Shelby GT...
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RACING’S GREATEST UPSETS: 1966 TRANS-AM ENDURO!

Stephen Cox blogs about Shelby American’s legendary Group 2 Mustang racers, Part 1 of 3. On a hot summer afternoon in late August 1966, the telephone on John McComb’s desk rang. On the other end was automotive design engineer Chuck Cantwell of Carroll Shelby’s legendary racing shop, calling with the surprising news that Shelby had a Mustang Group 2 racecar for sale. McComb was delighted since his prior inquiries at Shelby had been met only by rejection. He had raced MGB sports cars for years...
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MONTEREY MADNESS: JET CENTER REVIVAL!

Mike Matune never misses a party – even when he’s covering Monterey Car Week. Twenty-five years ago Molly & Gordon McCall invited a few like-minded friends to a gathering of car people to kick off Monterey’s Car Week. Begun as a shop party with a collection of cars, it grew from one hanger to another and then another. Along the way aircraft were incorporated along with the finest in cuisine and spirits. Today Motorworks Revival is still going strong with no signs of slowing. Far more th...
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’16 SHELBY-HERTZ GT350-H: RENT-A-RACER!

Fifty years after the ’66 Shelby GT350-H and ten years after the ’06 Mustang GT-H were introduced, Ford, Shelby American and Hertz have once again brought back the iconic performance car that you can rent. A special run of Shelby performance-modified ‘16 Ford Mustang GT-Hs will be available for rent beginning Memorial Day weekend. As a throwback to the famed Shelby GT350-H "Rent-A-Racer" program of the 1960s, a total of 140 ‘16 Ford Shelby GT-H's will be available exclusively through the Hert...
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ROY LUNN: GODFATHER OF THE FORD GT40!

Ford GT & Cobra owners, racers and Roy Lunn’s friends and family gathered at the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club in Sarasota, FL to celebrate the legendary engineer and designer, known as the Godfather of the GT40. His accomplishments led to Ford’s domination of international sports car racing in the mid-late-1960s.  On June 19th, 2016, racing enthusiasts, friends of the Blue Oval, automotive journalists and historians, and the Ford Motor Company, will celebrate the 50th...
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SHELBY GT350R MUSTANG: ONE FOR THE ROAD!

First all-new 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang roars off the line at Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant. One of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time, the all-new Shelby GT350R roared off the line today at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant. The new GT350R Mustang is the most athletic Mustang ever, designed to tackle the world’s most challenging roads and racetracks while creating an exhilarating experience for the driver. “This is a special day for all Mustang enthusiasts,” said...
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PEBBLE BEACH 2015: WHO WON WHAT!

The complete list of 2015 winners, including the Best Of Show.  BEST OF SHOW 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F. Ramseier & Cie Worblaufen Cabriolet 
Jim Patterson/The Patterson Collection, Louisville, Kentucky Best of Show Nominees 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton Doug Magee Jr., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupé Grant Kinzel, Calgary Alberta, Canada MOST...
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BARN FIND: SHELBY GROUP 2 SCCA MUSTANG!

Stephen Cox blogs about the sixteenth ’66 Mustang A/Sedan racer built by Shelby,  but never raced. Originally painted in Ford's familiar Wimbledon White, the car was loaded with go-fast equipment during a lengthy process when it was converted from assembly line stock into a professional racing machine. Like the fifteen cars that preceded it, a K-Code 289/271 small-block powered this Shelby Mustang. In reality, it probably had far more power than that since Shelby's small block Fords ...
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’15 SHELBY MUSTANG: ‘R’ IS FOR RACING!

Ford pays tribute to Carroll Shelby’s original GT350 Mustang and builds 37 track-ready competition GT350R models. The original ’65 Shelby GT350 and GT350R, above, established Mustang’s performance cred on racetracks around the world. The all-new Shelby GT350, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, re-establishes Mustang as a world-class sports car. Only 100 Shelby GT350s will feature a 2015 model year designation before production switches over to 2016...
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