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SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Bondurant Driving School bankrupt
« on: October 21, 2018, 12:49:42 PM »
Funny that you mention that.

Do you remember a track called Riverside International Raceway?

That parcel was developed in 1987. The shopping center has since been through bankruptcy. Visit today and it's a ghost town.

As for an outlet mall, Irwindale Raceway was supposed to close in January. The owners renewed a multi year lease. It appears the raceway was the best land use, instead of a mall across the street from a land fill.

Amazon indeed.

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: 1967 428 gt500 block dates
« on: October 17, 2018, 03:34:09 PM »
As the UPS jingle used to go, We Love Logistics.

In the whole issue of casting/assembly dates, has anyone ever researched the logistics of shipping engines/cars from Ford foundries and assembly plants? I've got to believe they had a regular schedule. Or not. Did Ford contact the railroad for a pickup when they had a certain number of assemblies ready to ship? What was their time frame?

FWIW: I was talking to a guy (screen writer of all things) who said he worked in Ford parts logistics, for lack of a better description. This department, in Dearborn, handled all the assembly plant parts requests. One day he a got a call from a pickup assembly plant saying they needed x thousand of brake components to keep the line running.

The guy dutifully called the parts supplier and told them what was needed. Parts place said no can do. Upshot is that he called another supplier to get a order of Galaxie brake components shipped to the assembly plant which apparently were close enough. So besides the goal of keeping the line running, I wonder how that shipment was scheduled.
Note: Consider this strictly anecdotal.

Florida Region SAAC / Re: Bullitt the movie October 7, 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:28:19 PM »
Saw it on the big screen in LA. At the time of it's initial release, I had zero concept of 50 years in the future, let alone 6 months.

Like a classic film, picked up more details and reminders how life has changed in the past half century. One thing hasn't though. McQueen's Highland Green Mustang fastback, shaved and rolling on Ameican Racing mags looks as fresh today as it did in 1968.

As for driving, the chase set the standard for the rest that followed.

Plus, did you note the real driving skill test? McQueen drives down a one-way downhill street to parallel park on the left side. He pulls even with the car in front, and smoothly backs into the spot as if he were driving an automatic. And the car he parked in front of was a white Austin-Healey 3000.

Shelby American Racing / Re: Mercury GT40's.
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:40:15 PM »
thanks for the FYI

Shelby American Racing / Re: Mercury GT40's.
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:38:18 AM »
Was the Mercury GT-40 prepared by Shelby-American or Holman Moody?

The Lounge / Re: Cougar ad
« on: October 04, 2018, 04:47:24 PM »
Yet another reason to love old ads for the details they provide. The dealership isn't huge from what appears to be limited lot space. Plus there's around 10 Cougars in inventory, so guess he expected they would be good sellers.

Finally, notice the International Harvester dealer sign. Guess he also sold pickups, Travelalls and Scouts too.

The Lounge / Re: How does your choice of car identify who you are?
« on: October 03, 2018, 03:55:36 PM »

1965 GT350. I like the original Mustang fastback styling (second only to the 67/8). I prefer the vents to the windows on the '66. I think they add nice visual design feature.

Non Shelby:

If I were to get a non-Ford performance car (and I've come thisclose to doing so) it would be C4 Corvette. They are now V8 performance bargains of the 21st century. And I love the styling. Very minimalist and it remains fresh after several decades IMHO.

As for how these choices identify who I am, does it mean I'm more mature or still crazy after all these years? I dunno.

The Lounge / Re: Pictures of Carroll Shelby
« on: September 05, 2018, 06:16:48 PM »
Any IDs on the people in the pictures with Carroll?

Shelby American History / Re: LeMans 66 the movie coming soon!
« on: August 10, 2018, 11:34:01 AM »
Thanks for the update. That's a positive consultant resume.

But I still don't trust that the screen writer/director/producers won't override Mr. Baime's suggestions to make things "more dramatic".  Like crashing a GT Mk. II the day before leaving for LeMans and they rebuild it in time at the local Ford dealer. 

Shelby American History / Re: LeMans 66 the movie coming soon!
« on: August 09, 2018, 09:25:47 PM »
I have huge doubts about this film. Who is the screen writer? What source material has he consulted?

Since LeMans location filming wasn't mentioned, I presume this film time frame will be lead up preparation to LeMans. Will the cars be real or CGI?

Also, the comment, "....elevation of Miles' real life role. . . but not necessarily working on the big picture." concerns me. What was Miles' role at SA, besides the obvious. Was he Shelby's muse?  Miles had won Daytona and Sebring and knew he could be looking at a racing triple crown. Did it go to his head? What was Shelby's attitude toward Miles? In other words, will the dramatic conflict be accurate as to what it was like or will it be contrived?  Think Gas Monkey Garage with staff personality quirks and how they manage to over come huge problems and get race cars ready just in the nick of time.

For me, the jury will be out for some time.

The Lounge / Re: Shelbys, Mustangs and Fords in Movies or TV
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:51:50 PM »
If you want to see serious movie Mustangs (and a Ford France GT40), view the classic: Un Homme et Une Femme*

* A Man and a Woman, for those French language impaired members.

1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: John Chun and Shelby American
« on: August 02, 2018, 02:13:31 PM »
Very interesting thread.

I can believe that he didn't fully "appreciate" his part in SA history. In a close time frame, I'm not sure anyone did and I would include Shelby himself. In the last half of the the '60s, it was a job, albeit a very cool one.

Most people don't see greatness at the time; it's only through the perspective of time that we understand it. Remember, in the '70s, Shelbys were just used cars.

Finally, was Mr. Chun into cars during his SA tenure? Did he drive Shelby Mustangs; work on cars; go to races after work?

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Random car pictures
« on: July 21, 2018, 03:42:08 PM »
In 1998, Saturn had an ad for its three-door coupe. In it, there's a kid playing a tuba in a field. He finishes his solo and - wait for it - mom opens the doors and the tuba fits in the back seat!!

No doubt alot of tuba owners bought the car for that reason.

"Because the TV production guys thought it would look better on camera if we could see the steering wheel moving on its own."

With "reality" programming, it's always about image.

Aside from the technology existing, why would anyone be interested in a Mustang they could only ride in?

Driving matters.

Misc. For Sale / Re: Sports Car Graphic Magazine March/'65 HTF
« on: July 01, 2018, 01:41:18 PM »
Any 411 on the artist?

Based on the detail, the use of brush strokes, it seems the artist had to be someone with above average talent.  It reminds me of paintings by Walter Gotschke that appeared in Automobile Quarterly.

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