Author Topic: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer  (Read 4504 times)

98SVT - was 06GT

  • SAAC Member
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2208
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2021, 02:06:13 PM »
“The story that SAAC president Rick Kopec wrote about driving his ’65 GT350 in the 1979 Cannonball cross-country race ........”

Not Kopec's car. The car belonged to psychologist Bob Key. He drove it east from Laguna Hills and then he and Kopec made the return trip. We were waiting at the Portifino where a cop was asking what all the neat cars were doing when a Jag sedan roared in with the brakes smoking to punch in their time. He didn't believe our car show story. There was a BOSS 302 that made the trip and a brand new Pontiac Trans Am bought the week before in Denver. They broke it in on the way to NY and now after a week it had nearly 6000 miles on it and a rattle in the engine. They said they'd wait a month or so before taking it in for warranty work. This was the last true race run by Brock Yates. I suggested they use the boat lift to get the broken ambulance off the flatbed. They lifted it and sent it out above the water then backed the truck out and brought it back in and onto the dock. Yates and Hal Needham watch the lift.
Previous owner 6S843 - GT350H & 68 GT500 Convert #135.
Mine: GT1 Mustang Track Toy, 1998 SVT Cobra, Wife's: 2004 Tbird
Member since 1975 - priceless

Side-Oilers

  • SAAC Member
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2121
  • SAAC member since 1981.
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2021, 03:04:25 PM »
Thanks for the clarification and additional info!      Cool photo!
« Last Edit: June 24, 2021, 03:24:42 PM by Side-Oilers »
Current:
Kirkham Cobra with 482-inch aluminum side-oiler
Formerly:
1968 GT500KR #2575 (1982-2022)
1970 Ranchero GT 429
1969 LTD Country Squire 429
1962 T-bird with 13k original miles
1957 T-bird E-model, dual fours, 3-speed stick

FL SAAC

  • SAAC Member
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 13701
  • original posts more than McDonalds over 1 billlion
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2021, 04:52:40 PM »
tricky tricky tricky
These cars are meant to be driven so enjoy the hell out of all of it. Not just the look of it when its all cleanCS

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs.It's jolted by every pebble on the road

Florida S.A.A.C Love All-Serve All, Take Time To Be Kind

I have a UNGOLD car

FL SAAC

  • SAAC Member
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 13701
  • original posts more than McDonalds over 1 billlion
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2021, 10:00:31 PM »
That's one heluva of a story
Thanks for sharing

“The story that SAAC president Rick Kopec wrote about driving his ’65 GT350 in the 1979 Cannonball cross-country race ........”

Not Kopec's car. The car belonged to psychologist Bob Key. He drove it east from Laguna Hills and then he and Kopec made the return trip. We were waiting at the Portifino where a cop was asking what all the neat cars were doing when a Jag sedan roared in with the brakes smoking to punch in their time. He didn't believe our car show story. There was a BOSS 302 that made the trip and a brand new Pontiac Trans Am bought the week before in Denver. They broke it in on the way to NY and now after a week it had nearly 6000 miles on it and a rattle in the engine. They said they'd wait a month or so before taking it in for warranty work. This was the last true race run by Brock Yates. I suggested they use the boat lift to get the broken ambulance off the flatbed. They lifted it and sent it out above the water then backed the truck out and brought it back in and onto the dock. Yates and Hal Needham watch the lift.

These cars are meant to be driven so enjoy the hell out of all of it. Not just the look of it when its all cleanCS

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs.It's jolted by every pebble on the road

Florida S.A.A.C Love All-Serve All, Take Time To Be Kind

I have a UNGOLD car

FL SAAC

  • SAAC Member
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 13701
  • original posts more than McDonalds over 1 billlion
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2021, 10:00:54 PM »
Thanks for the clarification and additional info!      Cool photo!

+ 1
These cars are meant to be driven so enjoy the hell out of all of it. Not just the look of it when its all cleanCS

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs.It's jolted by every pebble on the road

Florida S.A.A.C Love All-Serve All, Take Time To Be Kind

I have a UNGOLD car

owenkelley

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 110
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2021, 07:12:24 AM »
Here's a link to the video of this car from the very first SAAC Does Vegas Meet

https://youtu.be/vc2uG7itXZw

owenkelley

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 110
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2021, 07:17:18 AM »
Another Youtube video about this car.

https://youtu.be/3U4Bzztv3jI

shelbymann1970

  • SAAC Member
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1525
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2021, 11:38:47 AM »
Another Youtube video about this car.

https://youtu.be/3U4Bzztv3jI
Thanks for posting. I believe I might have that mag tucked away in one of my many containers of Magazines. I definitely remember the Firefox story. Side-Oilers, you write some excellent articles/stories. Gary
Shelby owner since 1984
SAAC member since 1991
1970 GT350 4 speed(owned since 1985).
  MCA gold 2003(not anymore)
1969 Mach1 428SCJ 4 speed R-code (owned since 2013)

6s341

  • SAAC Member
  • Jr. Member
  • *
  • Posts: 53
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2021, 10:32:49 PM »
I want to commend Side-Oilers on the many stories you've written over the years that I've enjoyed reading in various publications. I found out that you wrote one or two that had my old '66 in a few before I owned it many years ago.  Also looks like we have similar taste in current cars owned.
Cheers!!

FL SAAC

  • SAAC Member
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 13701
  • original posts more than McDonalds over 1 billlion
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2021, 11:46:05 AM »
Great video
Thank you for sharing

Here's a link to the video of this car from the very first SAAC Does Vegas Meet

https://youtu.be/vc2uG7itXZw
These cars are meant to be driven so enjoy the hell out of all of it. Not just the look of it when its all cleanCS

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs.It's jolted by every pebble on the road

Florida S.A.A.C Love All-Serve All, Take Time To Be Kind

I have a UNGOLD car

FL SAAC

  • SAAC Member
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 13701
  • original posts more than McDonalds over 1 billlion
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #25 on: June 28, 2021, 11:47:25 AM »
Amazing history captured
Again  very gracious of you for providing

Another Youtube video about this car.

https://youtu.be/3U4Bzztv3jI
These cars are meant to be driven so enjoy the hell out of all of it. Not just the look of it when its all cleanCS

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs.It's jolted by every pebble on the road

Florida S.A.A.C Love All-Serve All, Take Time To Be Kind

I have a UNGOLD car

FL SAAC

  • SAAC Member
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 13701
  • original posts more than McDonalds over 1 billlion
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #26 on: June 28, 2021, 11:48:42 AM »
+ 1 very talented

I want to commend Side-Oilers on the many stories you've written over the years that I've enjoyed reading in various publications. I found out that you wrote one or two that had my old '66 in a few before I owned it many years ago.  Also looks like we have similar taste in current cars owned.
Cheers!!
These cars are meant to be driven so enjoy the hell out of all of it. Not just the look of it when its all cleanCS

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs.It's jolted by every pebble on the road

Florida S.A.A.C Love All-Serve All, Take Time To Be Kind

I have a UNGOLD car

Bigfoot

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2060
  • Forum 1.0 posts: 8815
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #27 on: June 28, 2021, 07:30:35 PM »
Cool videos.
I like the Recaros!
RIP KIWI
RIP KIWI

Side-Oilers

  • SAAC Member
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2121
  • SAAC member since 1981.
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #28 on: June 29, 2021, 04:24:31 AM »
Thanks everyone, for your kind words about the articles.  I had a fun career as a car-mag writer/editor.

Nice to know folks fondly remember RPM's car too.  I'll forward this thread's link to him.  He'll get a kick out of it.  Great guy.

Van
« Last Edit: June 29, 2021, 04:31:28 AM by Side-Oilers »
Current:
Kirkham Cobra with 482-inch aluminum side-oiler
Formerly:
1968 GT500KR #2575 (1982-2022)
1970 Ranchero GT 429
1969 LTD Country Squire 429
1962 T-bird with 13k original miles
1957 T-bird E-model, dual fours, 3-speed stick

Side-Oilers

  • SAAC Member
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2121
  • SAAC member since 1981.
    • View Profile
Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« Reply #29 on: June 29, 2021, 04:27:16 AM »
I want to commend Side-Oilers on the many stories you've written over the years that I've enjoyed reading in various publications. I found out that you wrote one or two that had my old '66 in a few before I owned it many years ago.  Also looks like we have similar taste in current cars owned.
Cheers!!

Thanks! What magazine was that in? 
I remember a '66 that I wrote about in PHR, in '81.  Sy Badener's son had it.  Blue with stripes.  In the Los Angeles area.  That possibly the car? 
Van
Current:
Kirkham Cobra with 482-inch aluminum side-oiler
Formerly:
1968 GT500KR #2575 (1982-2022)
1970 Ranchero GT 429
1969 LTD Country Squire 429
1962 T-bird with 13k original miles
1957 T-bird E-model, dual fours, 3-speed stick