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The Lounge / Re: Ford=Shelby GR1
« on: January 25, 2020, 02:22:09 PM »
Upside:  styling that doesn't resemble every other front engine sports car.
Downsides: not in love with the front end and pass on the polished look.

IMHO Ford/Shelby/Superformance have a winner.

The Lounge / Re: TEN Publishing killing all but three print magazines!
« on: December 06, 2019, 05:40:29 PM »
Things aren't like they used to be.

However, while I appreciate magazines, they are physically limiting for text and photos. Besides 1 column x 1 inch tech photos, I was reading a tech story I was interested in. One photo, that I wanted to see the detail illustrated, was run down the gutter (magazine print lingo) so I couldn't see it.

At least on line, there's room for more unobstructed photos.

PS: Ford no longer sells cars in the North American market (not including Mustang and I believe the Fusion will be gone after 2020).
      America no longer shops at Sears.

Nice concept.

However, IMHO the hood scoop sucks.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Was Leo Bebee such a villain?
« on: November 25, 2019, 05:14:46 PM »
Thank you for the historical perspective. I have nothing but comtempt for the villification of Leo Beebe's character in the film. But you have to have a corporate villian in films today. 

Here's a quote from Leo Beebe, on page 112 of Shelby GT40 by Dave Friedman:

".....When Henry Ford saw me at the starting line before the race, he handed me a card that said, "You better win, HFII."

Not much pressure there.

Out of 7 Mk. ll's entered (4 Shelby American and 3 Holman Moody) only three finished. Imagine Beebe's mindset if they hadn't.

As for the US verus THEM, Ford funded the racing effort, so I don't think managment was all bad.

PS: I know: FvF isn't a documentary.

The Lounge / Re: New Tesla truck design
« on: November 23, 2019, 11:21:32 AM »
I must have missed the email.

Was there any particular reason why the windows were being touted as being bullet proof or unbreakable? Did Tesla think this would be a big sales feature? Is the rest of the vehicle bullet proof as well?

The Lounge / Re: Fords new EV crossover Mustang Mach E
« on: November 21, 2019, 02:36:42 PM »
I don't believe any of the rumors that the Mach E is a badge engineered Tesla Model X, he said without a hint of sarcasm.

The Lounge / Re: De Tomaso P72 is new, but not lost on me
« on: October 31, 2019, 06:52:03 PM »
For a mid-engine design, it has some interesting styling elements.

CSX 2000 Series / Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« on: October 28, 2019, 02:43:10 PM »
According to McQueen's Machines - The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon by Matt Stone, he didn't.

In the sidebar, he was given use of CSX2174 for a few months with the goal to convince McQueen to buy it. "When he showed no interest in doing so the car was returned to the factory at Shelby's request. . . ." It was then sold to the Francis Motor Car Company in Portland OR.

The Lounge / Re: Time.
« on: September 26, 2019, 03:42:38 PM »
Time also impacts life perspective.

When I was in my early 30s I never asked my father what Fords he owned from 1947 to 1955, which was the first one I remember. Didn't occur to me and besides there was always time.

In the same interval, I also never sent him my old issues of Early Ford V8 Times. He wasn't big on tech, but he would have enjoyed the pictures and ads. Now that I'm older and wiser (sorta) I can see those missed moments with crystal clarity.

The Lounge / Re: Arbitrator
« on: September 22, 2019, 10:48:12 PM »
Re: Helen Kushnick
True story:

So, one day, Carroll instructs me:  "Get me booked on the Carson show when Leno is hosting." 

OK, I'll give it a shot.

I call Jay and ask. He thinks it would be fun, but warned that he didn't have a lot of pull as to who the guests were, as it was still Johnny's show, and Johnny would definitely be watching the broadcast, or reviewing the tapes, to see how Jay did. 

But, Jay did give me the number of his agent/manager, Helen Kushnick, who apparently did have the pull to book guests.  (She later became the show's Executive Producer, when Johnny retired and Jay got the full-time gig.)

She was regarded by many in the business as tough to deal with, and I knew I'd only have about 30 seconds of her attention to make the pitch---and it'd better be a good one.

I wrote out a bunch of suggested talking points for Jay and Carroll, and read them off when I finally got her on the phone.  I emphasized to her that Carroll is an icon and hero to an entire generation or two of Americans, as well as a household name to millions of men (and Tonight Show viewers.) 

When I got done with my pitch, there was silence on the other end of the receiver.

Finally..."Never heard of her."   CLICK.

Checked out Helen's IMDb bio. Sounds like she politely said no thanks.

The Lounge / Re: Favorite Movie Cars. Non-Shelby
« on: September 18, 2019, 07:05:25 PM »
1974 McQ with John Wayne driving a green Firebird  Trans Am. Note that it did not have the chicken hood decal.

Very very cool time capsule stuff.

Filed under If you remember dept: What was the final slalom course test results?  Dodge Shelby Charger impressions?


Keep up the good work. These photos are priceless documentation and many have been unseen. Even if the photo has been published before, you can look at it for more critical details that you might have missed the first or fifth time. Plus internet searches for photos and details aren't always found under the usual search terms like Shelby, GT350 et al. The RIR publication is an obvious example, plus it brings up other questions. Like does anyone know the author's name Eric Hauser?

Ford GT / Re: Ford GT compared to 2020 Corvette
« on: August 14, 2019, 11:32:05 PM »

IMHO mid-engine styling is difficult to create a distinguished look. View the cars in profile. There's air intakes behind the rear door edge and the shape is dictated by air flow management. Big C8 styling twitter complaint was that it looks like a Ferrari which looks like a Lamborghini. . .

Ford pulled off a unique profile thanks to the GT's flying buttresses. Glad Corvette "borrowed" Ford styling and not the other way around. 

The Lounge / Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain
« on: August 09, 2019, 12:11:30 AM »
Stumbled across the factoid that author Garth Stein had attended a driving school. Combine that with one of the producers being a professional racer and a genuine track atmosphere will be created. It makes a difference.

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