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Mr. Szabo:

Incredible photos, and I was unaware of the Performance Cars Ltd. Switzerland GT40s.

We're fortunate that not only these detail shots were taken but you found them.  As usual, I like to consider details illustrated. Such as the tire tread surface/void configuration is very different from today's performance tire treads.
Also interesting is how they reconfigured the windows so they could roll up and down.
What is also a surprise is the racing style weber set up with no air cleaners, since I presume this car was street driven. Also, it appears that the engine isn't equipped with Gurney-Weslake heads. Guess they were race only. It would be interesting to know the engine head/cam specs.

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Stephan:

Love your photographic historical research. What I also enjoy is studying the photos for minor details that reveal what performance cars and people involved  with them were like 55 years ago.

For instance:

I wonder why they had stewardess models for the photo. Was it an airline promotion? And this was in the day when airline stewardesses wore designer uniforms and hats.

As for the Daytona Coupe, I notice the headlight appears to be a quartz halogen type, probably Cibie. The Cobra has sealed beams, since the quartz halogens were illegal in the US.

Note the tread pattern. It's very different than what you see on race cars today.

Finally, look at the wheel balance weights. Looks like a lot of weight was added. What's up with that?

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Under "First Rollout at Shelby American Plant Los Angelos summer '67" photo,  is that Phil Remington second from the right?

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SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Random car pictures
« on: September 15, 2020, 03:27:45 PM »
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Was that a custom bodied Falcon ?

According to the Falcon Challengers story written by Max Muhleman in the July 1962 Motor Trend, Challenger I was built by Holman Moody for the Sebring 12 Hour Grand Prix of Endurance. It was built in 10 days based on a Falcon Futura body. They finished 2nd in class behind a Jim Hall Chevy powered Chapparal.

The car was powered by a 221 cubic inch Windsor, bored out to 243.9 cubic inches, just under the 244 cubic inch limit. Compression was bumped from 8.5 to 10.5:1 and a 4V carb was installed. During the race the cylinder heads were replaced due to an oiling problem. Top speed was 135 mph and drum brakes were 3-inch wide in the front and 2.5-inch in the back.

A Challenger II had 3 inches sectioned out of the body center line. 

A Challenger III, in the photo, was built with the 3-inch section along with the fastback configuration. The rear window was plexiglass with an aluminum roof. 

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1965 GT350/R-Model / Re: Peterson archive
« on: September 14, 2020, 11:22:45 PM »
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Re: Peterson archive
« Reply #15 on: Today at 04:28:51 PM »
Hello,

what do you think,

is this 5R002 in the Pics ???

i found this little breadcumb on a old Custom Mustang Magazin ...

but i found nothing on the net about the Company or any other Mustang wear those
headlight cover


The page is out of MUSTANG A Complete Guide, a Car Life Special Edition. It was published by Bond Publishing Co. in 1965.

The headlight covers were from Weiler Products Co., Box 2525, Huntington, W. Va.

To illustrate how popular the new Mustang was with the aftermarket, The Custom Mustang advertorial section was was 14 pages long and listed 87 companies. They included custom and hard parts.

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Historical fyi Addendum

Not only did Eric Rickman write and photograph a story on the GT350, but 32 years later in the February 1987 issue of Petersen's Mustang, he also wrote and photographed a story about the Saleen Mustang. Mustang history comes full circle.

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Historical fyi:

The man sitting in the GT350 was Eric Rickman, who was a Petersen Publishing company editor. He started in 1950 and retired in 1990/1(?). He wrote for all the automotive and motorcycle titles. A large segment of early Petersen photo files were shot by Eric, aka ERickMan. He did it all, from tech to event coverage.

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SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Top 10 best shelbys.....huh???
« on: August 31, 2020, 02:58:09 PM »
Yet another car website that claims to  keep you, ". . .up to date on anything with four wheels."  Isn't the forum rule, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof? You sure won't find that proof in the article.

Instead the article is totally vacuous. Hence, the joke is on you for clicking the link, because the article is so bad. But their only goal is generating clicks to drive advertising. So by clicking, you played into their scheme.

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SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: 2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition
« on: August 15, 2020, 07:51:57 PM »
IMHO unpainted carbon fiber bodies suck

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Regional Shows and Events / Re: SEMA 2020 cancelled
« on: August 05, 2020, 05:20:27 PM »
That really sucks big time, but not surprised.

SEMA show is packed with people for good reason and social distancing would be impossible. And the Las Vegas Monorail, which is closed, would be packed shoulder to shoulder with attendees arriving and leaving.

Last year, there were bag checks and metal detectors to enter the display halls, and that alone caused lines.

Plus this is a people show, where indivuals can put a face to a name.

As for a virtual show event, that'll only semi suck.

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The forgotten ones

Roger that. We overlook the magic that Carroll worked with Chrysler's vehicle line up. And that was thanks to Lee Iacocca retaining him. I recall at a Hot Rod Drag Week, one Dodge Omni (I think) was running low 11 second quarter-mile times. As enthusiasts, they deserve our admiration.

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The Lounge / Re: COBRA?
« on: May 23, 2020, 06:48:17 PM »
Cool.

Have never seen the Alexander Brothers custom Galaxie before. Some interesting design features.

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The Lounge / Re: Grand Prix movie
« on: May 10, 2020, 11:57:31 PM »
Baja 1000 addendum

Garner also competed with his American International Racers fielding a team modified SC/Ramblers.

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The Lounge / Re: Anyone see this?
« on: April 29, 2020, 07:23:07 PM »
Interesting. . . .but um no.

IMHO the Flex is a design classic in its time and shouldn't be used on another Ford model.

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Shelby American Racing / Re: 66 Le Mans another piece of the story ?
« on: April 28, 2020, 12:23:35 AM »
Interesting information and no suprise it has taken over over 50 years to surface. And it raises new questions.

Who ever swapped the rotors had to know which was which. As for the AOC changing their minds on a dead heat that's no surprise.

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“Ken said, ‘They don’t want me to win the race. They want the Amon/McLaren car to win.’
Who the heck is they? HFII? Leo Beebe? Lee Iacocca? Is there any historical clues or witnesses for this animosity? Where was CS during this time? What did he say/do?

In Ford V Ferrari (a very lazy and sloppy script IMHO) it was suggested that the media would promote a Ken Miles hat trick victory (with Daytona and Sebring) and not a Ford victory. There might have been an element of Ford corporate pr paranoia. 

Ultimately, Miles was team player which may not always pay off for the individual involved. Nonetheless, I always wonder why Miles just say to hell with it and win. What was Ford going to do, fire him? He was at the top of his game and I presume he could have written his own ticket with another team.


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