Author Topic: 1965 / 01 / 27 - Introduction Event of the GT350 (with Ford GT / 427 Cobra(Race)  (Read 1301 times)

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Yes, I thought the same about the pond.  Thanks for the weather/rain info.
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    Years ago former '65 GT350 production manager , Bruce Junor spoke about this very day. The "plan" was to have 50 GT350s there that day for a "show of force" to the press. Fifty "production" GT350s were prepared and drivers set out in mass toward RIR. One by one , the cars developed engine problems later traced to "soft" camshafts ( poor heat treatment) and didn't complete the trip resulting in the few in your photo. Those in the picture were those that ''made it" ( and some barely made it) . Some were fine and were used for demonstrations. Ford air freighted replacement engines for those that failed. Because of this , SEVERAL early cars have replacement engines without the Ford VIN stamped on them. 5 020 was one of them for sure. SAI kept it hush hush for obvious reasons.

For the 1/27/65 introduction at Riverside, only 12 street cars had been completed by then.  The 50th street car wasn't completed until middle of March.
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    Thanks Charles , I can only repeat the story he told to the group of us and wasn't qualified to challenge him then or now. Thank you for the information.
    Randy
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    Thanks Charles , I can only repeat the story he told top the group of us and wasn't qualified to challenge him then or now. Thank you for the information.
    Randy

Maybe he got the Riverside display mixed up with another event or the moving of cars to the LAX facility.

Is Bruce still around?
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Charles: That could be.

I figured that if 50 cars were needed to be transported to RIR, Shelby would've gotten transport trucks rather than risking all the "what ifs" of having 50 people (!~!) drive them.  Not to mention putting 150+ miles on each car, for the round trip.
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Thank a lot for your massiv replys and this wonderfull input in the thread ...

an unkown fact for me was that not all cars have all parts on her production installed ... sound like there was a lot of
hectic to make the job done...

i really thougt that on the Introduction Day all Cars was make in perfect condition because the photos
running complete over the hole USA and even outside.

i really think there was no 50 Cars on RIR, but maybe a lot are making for the first LAX shoot i know ...



i came with some more Magazin shoots.

The Magazine sometimes mix pics from S003 (first street Shelby) and even the Shelby they drove on
the event...

but i find some pics where more then one Shelby was shown or even because the backround we clearly
see the pic was made on RIR

Mustang a Complete Guide (Car Life Special Edition) 5 / 1965



the Frontcover shows clearly RIR with a Shelby GT350 but also a GT Convertible, on my Sheby Buildings Carter Ave Thread
was spoken that the GT Option was not on the Market on the Introduction Day ...

so it not clear when the Pic was really shooted..

the other Pic from Inside shows cleary the Ford GT and 5R002 on RIR ...


Speed & Custom 06 / 1965



is a good example for mixing pics from different events or shooting,
on the two little pics from left corner above we see 5R002 (silver bright wheels) and two more Pics standing in the row behind
the rest shows 5S003 on the very early LAX shooting...

a little bit wondering about the Steelies shown on the driving Shelby, it is not 5S003 but a good example that on RIR all knows cars
have Le Mans Stripes but not all have Cragar mounted




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is a good example for mixing pics from different events or shooting,
on the two little pics from left corner above we see 5R002 (silver bright wheels) and two more Pics standing in the row behind
the rest shows 5S003 on the very early LAX shooting...

Only the last pic is 003.

The open hood engine bay pic is believed to be 5007.  003 was the only street car produced without an export brace, so easy to rule out in photos.
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is a good example for mixing pics from different events or shooting,
on the two little pics from left corner above we see 5R002 (silver bright wheels) and two more Pics standing in the row behind
the rest shows 5S003 on the very early LAX shooting...

Only the last pic is 003.

The open hood engine bay pic is believed to be 5007.  003 was the only street car produced without an export brace, so easy to rule out in photos.

Yes 5S003, that little "GT350" sticker on the front fender is another clue.

Fantastic magazine covers and articles Stephan!
You come up with some have never seen before, like the "Winternationals" issue.
Thanks for sharing!

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   John Timanus ( rip) at the wheel in the static picture. Ran the racing school for a while.
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   John Timanus ( rip) at the wheel in the static picture. Ran the racing school for a while.

He's also in the Riverside display photo, behind the car next to the dark hair lady.  Also in the photo with CS showing the track layout, in the background, probably P Brock standing next to him.
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   Charles ,
        I believe Bruce is still around . I will look into it as your information has my curiosity fired up.
     Randy
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Ladies and gentlemen we just got out of the premiere of Ford versus Ferrari of the Toronto international film Festival.  Christian Bale was outstanding as Ken Miles and Matt Damon did a pretty good job particularly with the accent for a short guy who is a liberal. I think you guys are gonna love it the photography is fantastic at Willow Springs and what looks a lot like Riverside has it then was I hope y’all enjoy it.

Kim and Lisa