Read about The Renegades Who Built the Cars, Won the Races, and Lived the Legend in Preston Lerner’s SHELBY AMERICAN, THE BOOK! Carroll Shelby is an American hero and he’s been my personal hero since first meeting him in mid-1963. When he launched Shelby American and produced Ford V8-engined variants of the original British AC Ace, I was the editor of two hot rod and custom car magazines – CUSTOM RODDER and CAR, Speed & Style - and worked on the company’s flagship magazine, CARS, in...Read More
Showcasing original technical drawings, cutaways and period photos, GT40 UNCOVERED! treats readers to a unique look at the engineering story of Ford’s multiple Le Mans winners: GT40, Mark II and Mark IV. GT40 UNCOVERED is more than simply a book. It’s a lavish production of a condensed research library, giving the reader rare access to the evolution of Ford’s iconic Le Mans-winning GT racecar via an almost endless cache of archival blueprints, drawings and photos. There are more than 250 origin...Read More
BIRTH OF THE FORD GT40
Racing historian Mike Matune represented the CarGuyChronicles at the Simeone Museum’s BIRTH OF THE FORD GT40 Seminar, and produced this feature. For an oft-talked about and much analyzed subject like Ford’s iconic GT40, the amount of interest that it still elicits is amazing. A full-house crowd filled the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum near the Philadelphia, PA airport to hear a panel of renowned GT40 aficionados bring the GT40’s history into sharper focus. Gathered on the stag...Read More
SIMEONE MUSEUM: DEVELOPMENT OF THE FORD GT
The birth and evolution of the Ford GT, GT40, Mark II & Mark IV – the iconic cars that won Le Mans four times in the 1960s – will be explored at SIMEONE MUSEUM: DEVELOPMENT OF THE FORD GT. The “Birth and Evolution of the Ford GT” will have on display in Philadelphia on June 4th, for the very first time at the same place, all the racing variations of the Ford GT: Mk I, Mk II, and Mk IV, as well as a Lola GT Mk 6, a car many believe was an inspiration for the Ford GT. Three noted authoriti...Read More
1962: MUSTANG I CONCEPT
A radical new sports car, the 1962: MUSTANG I CONCEPT, confirmed that the only constant at Ford in the early-1960s was change! In early-June 1962, famed sports car constructors Troutman and Barnes in Culver City, CA received body molds from Ford for an experimental sports car – the Mustang l. Troutman and Barnes had been known for building stunning Indy and sports car racers, including Lance Reventlow’s Scarab. Known internally as Project W-301, Mustang I was a concept for a serious sports c...Read More
GT40: FORD THAT BEAT FERRARI
Now in its third and updated edition with almost 500 pages, more than 850 photos and weighing in at over five pounds, this must-have book is actually a research library dedicated to the road racing history of GT40: FORD THAT BEAT FERRARI. When John Allen and Gordon Jones authored the first edition in 1985, Ford GT40 racecars and road models and Mark III variants were just expensive vintage cars, not platinum-priced collectibles as they are today. With GT40s trending thanks to the film Ford v Fer...Read More
BOOK REVIEW: LAST SHELBY COBRA.
More than just a book about the 600-horsepower V10 Shelby Cobra Concept, Chris Theodore’s coffee-table tome reveals the inside story of his multi-decade relationship with Carroll Shelby and the concept and production cars at Chrysler and Ford that they worked on. Dozens of books have been written about the chicken farmer from Texas who drove an Aston Martin to victory at Le Mans, created the Cobra and its spinoffs and won World Championships. This book - BOOK REVIEW: LAST SHELBY COBRA.- is dif...Read More
BOOK REVIEW: FORD VERSUS FERRARI
The latest book to deal with the battle for supremacy between David and Goliath at Le Mans breaks cover as FORD v FERRARI opens in theaters both here and in Europe. They say timing is everything. And, quite often it is. With Ford challenging and unseating the undisputed King (Ferrari) of endurance sports car racing trending, and the blockbuster film opening, the timing for John Starkey’s latest book – BOOK REVIEW: FORD VERSUS FERRARI, The battle for supremacy at Le Mans 1966 – couldn’t have been...Read More
LES BAER: AN AFFAIR WITH THE BOSS (9)!
In his quest for one matching number example of each color Boss 9, Les Baer has already accumulated 10 picture-perfect examples. LES BAER: AN AFFAIR WITH THE BOSS (9)! Before getting into Al Rogers’ excellent story (and photos) about Les Baer and his passion for Boss 429 Mustangs, LES BAER: AN AFFAIR WITH THE BOSS (9)!, here’s some background history on the engine, car, and why Ford built its unique Mustang Supercar. Ford never had a true business case for building a Boss 429 Mustang and t...Read More
ROY LUNN: GODFATHER OF GT40 PASSES AWAY!
Farewell to Roy Lunn, who gave us a portfolio of iconic road & track cars and truly led a well-engineered life. Roy Lunn with two Ford GTs, 2016 (Gary Jean photo) Roy Lunn, the “Godfather of the Ford GT40,” passed away on August 5th, 2017 in Santa Barbara, CA after suffering a catastrophic stroke at the age of 92. His wife of 70 years, Jeanie and two daughters, sister Audrey (Lunn) Lyon, two granddaughters, a son-in-law and one great-grandson survive him. Roy was born in Richmond, Engla...Read More