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1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: When did OTT LeMans stripes become a thing?
« on: January 16, 2021, 02:06:18 PM »
Just shows life's persective. I doubt few, if any, thought about their cars 5, 10, or 20 years into the future. During that time, life happens - work, family, stuff. Now, the perspective is looking back, via the restoration lens and the stratospheric rise in values.

1966 Shelby GT350/GT350H / Re: Share a picture of your 66 GT350
« on: January 13, 2021, 01:52:24 PM »
Excellent photo. It contains a simple, artistic composition. 

And your Shelby is another reminder of Detroit car design elements of line, mass, proportion that remain fresh today, unlike many current cars that repeat similar design elements, particularly when viewing the profile. 

Actually the article was a refreshing reminder that the Pantera's design (sans wing) remains fresh 50 plus years later.

The orignal Petersen contact sheets would have had the photographer's name written on the back. IDK if that information was connected to the digital images. As for the editor type holding the parts it sure looks like LeRoi "Tex" Smith, who was a Hot Rod feature editor during that time.

Its still looks like a ferrari

Would that be a good thing or a bad thing, looking like a Ferrari  ?

Bad because Ferrari styling has long been excessive and that applies to most mid-engine designs. I think the C8 is better looking, but mid-engine cars limit styling creativity. FWIW, the Ford GT design works better thanks mainly to its flying buttress design.  But otherwise, in profile, mid-engine cars tend to look similar.

PS: The C8 is a 21st century performance bargain because that's what American auto manufacturers do best: deliver performance bang for the buck.

Question is how would a film like this hope to satisfy Hollywoods new woke standards and be historically accurate.

Lets see. An American race car designed and built in America, wins Le Mans with American drivers. It'll never pass woke standards. Every one involved is too white and the global community would take a dim view of an American success story.

Would this sequel also include a scene where Gurney drives a lap and can't get the door shut? Oh, and a scene having Henry Ford II acting like a buffoon?

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.


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?

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

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Random car pictures
« on: September 15, 2020, 03:27:45 PM »
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. 

1965 GT350/R-Model / Re: Peterson archive
« on: September 14, 2020, 11:22:45 PM »

Re: Peterson archive
Reply #15 on: Today at 04:28:51 PM

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.

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.

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.

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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