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This rare COLOR photo is significant in that it shows both 5R001 and 5R002 racing together at Candlestick Park on the weekend of August 7-8, 1965. These two Shelby team cars only raced against each other during the second half of the 1965 season in SCCA. I believe this only happened three times. (Willow Springs in July, Candlestick Park in August, and the Daytona runoffs in late November.)

From left to right (or from the back of the pack to the front);

#17 Cobra 289 (CSX2136) Foster Alexander
#26 GT350 (5R002) Ed Leslie (as captioned in your B&W photo)
#66 Jaguar XKE (directly behind the above GT350 #26) Merle Breenan
#32 GT350 (5R001) Jerry Titus
#1 Cobra 289 (CSX2458) Ernest Kesling (just barely ahead of #32)
#6 Porsche 904 Don Wester
#7 Cobra 427 (CSX3002) Phil Hill

Titus finished first in BP class with Leslie finishing 2nd. They were 2nd and 3rd overall.

The source is credited to the 'San Francisco Region SCCA' (SF SCCA region).
The photo was shared with me with the strict instructions it was only for personal enjoyment and I could post it here on the SAAC forum.;
Please contact Gary Horstkorta at norpacarchivist@comcast.net for any other usage request.





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Re: 1965 Candlestick Park photo - 5R001 and 5R002 - plus 3 Cobras racing
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2020, 11:55:22 AM »
Oh Man is that cool!!!

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Re: 1965 Candlestick Park photo - 5R001 and 5R002 - plus 3 Cobras racing
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2020, 11:58:43 AM »
Hello Rich,

GREAT photo!!!  Thanks for sharing it with us.  If you have the race results, can you tell us who was the overall winner?

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Re: 1965 Candlestick Park photo - 5R001 and 5R002 - plus 3 Cobras racing
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2020, 12:37:01 PM »

Here's a great link to the story behind the use of Candlestick's parking lots as a track. Also, some great pictures are within the link.

https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/When-Candlestick-was-a-race-track-6224420.php
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Re: 1965 Candlestick Park photo - 5R001 and 5R002 - plus 3 Cobras racing
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2020, 05:41:27 PM »
I was there that day and to my surprise Wester's 904 was all over Phil Hill in the 427 untli the Cobra broke.  Bart Martin was very fast and talented but he didn't have the equipment to keep pace with Jim Hall's Chaparral.  His crash was absolutely horrible.  The visual is still with me today.

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Re: 1965 Candlestick Park photo - 5R001 and 5R002 - plus 3 Cobras racing
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2020, 06:33:08 PM »
what a very cool Pic

together with your knowledge it is one true piece of History

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Re: 1965 Candlestick Park photo - 5R001 and 5R002 - plus 3 Cobras racing
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2020, 07:07:33 PM »
when you want to see that race in motion pics,
i found a cool video on youtube

https://youtu.be/-I8Z6LjLxqg

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Re: 1965 Candlestick Park photo - 5R001 and 5R002 - plus 3 Cobras racing
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2020, 09:07:31 AM »
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Re: 1965 Candlestick Park photo - 5R001 and 5R002 - plus 3 Cobras racing
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2020, 09:09:46 AM »
Thanks for sharing the photos Gary
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Re: 1965 Candlestick Park photo - 5R001 and 5R002 - plus 3 Cobras racing
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2020, 12:07:33 PM »


You could LEASE a Cobra???  If true, there's gotta be some entertaining stories about those cars.
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Re: 1965 Candlestick Park photo - 5R001 and 5R002 - plus 3 Cobras racing
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2020, 03:09:33 PM »
First owner of my 68 was a leasing company in Sacramento.

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Re: 1965 Candlestick Park photo - 5R001 and 5R002 - plus 3 Cobras racing
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2020, 03:23:24 PM »
What I meant was a Cobra 427.  The ad seems to be from 1966. 
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I believe I have the program for that race. I have two or three from Candlestick Park back in the day.

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when you want to see that race in motion pics,
i found a cool video on youtube

https://youtu.be/-I8Z6LjLxqg
Super Cool Video. I love the vintage sound of the projector 8)
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