Peter Brock/Superformance Coupe
was one of the major attractions (and one of the biggest crowd
pleasers) of the entire 2003 Historic Races annual Monterey
Bay bash; I had great difficulty coaxing away the milling crowd
long enough to capture this shot. HOTLINKED
Coupe (and, of course, Peter Brock) were even invited for display
at MHR's immensely popular and exclusive "Concorso
3-day event, now at The Black Horse Golf Course in nearby
Seaside... where most of the Italian-flavored badges read "Lamborghini"
and "Ferrari" and "Maserati" and "Alfa
Romeo" and "Iso Grifo."
you might conclude that Concorso Italiano isn't just for
Italian metal anymore, you gotta recall that five of the original
six of those fabulous Shelby Daytona Coupes were actually
constructed in Modena, Italy! They raced in Italy, they trounced
various Ferraris and Maseratis all over Europe and they accumulated
points towards both the 1964 and 1965 World Manufacturers
Championship while they were competing in Italy. They
even look Italian, for chris'sakes. Well, perhaps; Brock
explained that the Coupe's lines were really an exotic amalgam
of late '30s German aero-technology, Modena-ese craftsmanship
and a lot of good ol' California 'hot rod' influence. "Cruisin'
in the Coupe," says Pete, "feels a lot like
a riding in a chopped-and-channeled three-window 'deuce coupe'!.
It has that nice, intimate feeling and that unique resonant sound
rumbling up from the firewall, that you get only with an American
above is HOTLINKED
to a separate Monterey Historics/Superformance page;
you see, Superformance, with its Coupe and 427 roadsters and
host Peter Brock. was a world-class attraction at Laguna. Only
a dedicated web page of photos would do Peter-and-the-Gang
justice! So click on the photo, sit back and marvel over Superformance's
new coupe and its presence at MHR 2003!
Daytona Coupe designer and Sports Car International's
roving über journalist Peter Brock-- alongside his
charming bride Gayle--in the paddock area.
Gayle Brock isn't only a longtime motorsports aficionado (as
well as an executive at MicroSoft) ... she owns and drives
her own Beck 550 Spyder!
(coverage of The
and Chuck Beck Motorsports' popular booth at this
year's MHR, further down in this photo-feature!
to a large photo of Peter alongside Superformance's Coupe de gras.
Gordon Gimbel's 1964 USRRC 289 Cobra, CSX 2514. One of only
16 factory-built USRRC Cobras. It was raced four times... and
won four times! Outfitted with 289 V8 and four Weber carburetors,
it's been taking part in vintage racing ever since 1975.
Daytona Coupe chassis #2300, owned/raced by Larry Bowman/Bowman
Motors (Redwood City, California). This car is the same Daytona
Coupe replicated by Exoto (hotlinked photo above), when it was
cloaked as (British team) Alan Mann Racing's "#56
Ford of France Coupe," that livery replicating its
1965 bid at Nürburgring driven by Jo Schlesser and
André Simon. Nürburgring was its first race
as an Alan Mann team car, where it took 3rd place in GT III. It was
restored by Mike McCluskey in 1983, and until 1999 was owned by
Carroll Shelby. During that period it was painted dark blue and
emblazoned with #98 meatballs.
Cobra coupes were conceived in 1963 as an answer to the Ferrari 250 GTO.
Carroll Shelby's Cobra roadsters surprised the racing world with
how close they had run with the GTOs during 1963. Shelby asked
Peter Brock to design a more aerodynamic coupe body for the roadster
chassis. Brock's subsequent design, later dubbed "The
Daytona Coupe," increased top speed by 25 mph (40 Kmph),
and fuel economy by 33%. 1965 was a milestone year for Carroll
Shelby: his cars defeated Scuderia Ferrari to seize the
World Manufacturers Championship.
most memorable race was no doubt the 1964 Tour de France,
driven by Bob Bondurant and Jochen Neerpasch. It won its class
in the first two events, and could have foiled those Ferrari GTOs
and secured the World Manufacturers Championship in 1964,
except for a mechanical failure.
History/Finishes of Chassis# 2300
Tour de France:
1.5 hours.............1st/GT Class;
drivers Bob Bondurant & Jochen Neerpasch
Bramont Hillclimb..........1st/GT Class;
drivers Bob Bondurant & Jochen Neerpasch
Class; drivers Ed Leslie & Jerry Grant
Sebring 12 Hours............3rd/GT Class;
drivers Ed Leslie & Jerry Grant
drivers Jo Schlesser & André Simon
drivers Jack Sears & John Whitmore
most memorable was no doubt the 1964 Tour de France, driven
by Bob Bondurant and Jochen Neerpasch. It won its class in the
first two events, and could have secured the WMC championship
except for a mechanical failure.
tip-o'-the-visor to Bowman Motors' booth display board,
which provided many of these historical details of Daytona Coupe
we weren't at the track during Sunday's breathtaking Group
6/"D production" race, where this car (chassis# 2300)
car was piloted by veteran driver John Morton. Details of that
10-lap vintage race are provided for you at the end of this article.
1964 AND '65
replication of this
2300) car outfitted in 1965 Nürburgring livery. More
details are provided on the hotlinked
infield lake at
white tents in the background are the many motorsport vendors,
purveying everything from motorsports books, literature, art
pieces x and posters, to a broad selection of today's full-sized
Cobra, Daytona Coupe and Porsche 904 and 550 Spyder replicas.
to a spectacular
c/o Harald Hentschel
Fahrweg 20, D-53773 Hennef, Deutschland
Telefon: +49 (2248) 3671
Cobra IG Deutschland (Cobra Club/Germany) Mitglied und ehemaliger
Vorsitzender Hansjörg Angele, im Brock/Superformance Coupé,
mit Konstrukteur Peter Brock.
links ist HOTLINKED
zu einem größeren Foto.
GT40 Mk 1
Blue" car--winner of the
1968 AND '69
24 Hours of LeMans.
Revell Creative Masters'
die-cast "Signature Series"
rendition of this legendary racing machine... additional racing-history
details of this famous LeMans winner also on this hotlinked
we failed to capture any shots of this car on the track.
a veritable paddock-full of GT40 Mk IVs.
around this rare roundup of these fabulous Forties. HOTLINKED
the background: do you recognize that giant photo-blowup image
of the phalanx of GT40s?
now-famous image was captured on film at LeMans in June, 1967.
Photo is HOTLINKED
to the page on Cobra Country that provides you with an image of
that Volan Design lithograph (in full color) and
a fusillade of more details about the GT40s in the photograph.
to GT40 aficionados: CobraCountry now
has a brand-new
was there with one of their gorgeous GT40s, made in South Africa.
That's CAV's Bob Lacey just behind the car.
FOR SALE by Owner
page, hotlinked at your far left.
gorgeous Beck 550 Spyder speaks for itself. There
was always a large crowd at the CBM booth.
to CBM's kitcar.com website.
to the CBM tent was Avanti Motors... headed up by
none other than Chuck Beck and longtime specialty car developer
and producer Kevin Hines.
Chuck's latest re-creation... a stunning, Porsche-propelled reproduction
of the 904. We couldn't get a good shot of the Avanti...
too many pesky showgoers were perpetually swarming around it..
But we did get a spectacular shot of the Avanti's cockpit, HOTLINKED
to the above Beck 904 photo. Be sure
to check it out!
Hines (yep: Kevin's son) and Luke Richards displayed one of Special Edition's
elegant 356 Speedster replicas.
to a closeup shot of the Wolfsburg powerplant.
Grand Canyon Airlines (GCA) circled its magnificently-
restored historic 1929 Ford Tri-Motor around the track
several times on Saturday. For the record, I dunno what we wouldn't
have done to have hitched a ride on that beauty.
1926 to 1933 FoMoCo built 198 Tri-Motors, which were flown
by nearly every major airline of the era, including Grand
Canyon Airlines--still in service at Grand Canyon, Arizona
after 75 years. Only a handful of these famed flying machines
are still around today; Ford has invited those historic aircraft
to join Ford's 100th Anniversity (1903-2003) festivities.
1, courtesy of Rick Kopec: after the race a Ford
executive took Dick aside and told him that unofficially someone
in the Ford pits clocked him at 201 mph.
2, again courtesy of Rick Kopec: "As
for the #198 on my old car, the Essex Wire R-Model: that
figure represents the number of occasions I have personally embarrassed
universally admired Shelby-metal expert... and recognized repository
of everything worth knowing about the history of Ford Fiestas
in NASCAR racing)
Howard Pardee by making him the brunt of a disparaging
joke in front of a public gathering of more than 500 people."
That's none other than Dick Smith strapping himself into
his famed #198 1966 427SC.
Cobra's livery permanently displays the #198... his own salute
to the fact that he was officially clocked at 198 mph (that's
319 kph), the fastest officially-clocked speed ever for
a Cobra roadster. This event occurred in Daytona at the American
Road Race of Champions in 1967 (where Dick became the SCCA's
A/P National Champion).
Tonight Show host Jay Leno with Turk ('Daredevil
of the Dardanelles') Ercen, of Vacaville, California.
Turk sez "Vacaville: that means 'cowtown' en Español,
that they're both wearin' gasholes.com
(irreverent Cobra forum site) baseball caps. Rumor has it that
Turk holds some position of great respect and dignity at gasholes.
Turk has owned more Cobras than Jay has: two (an E.R.A. 427SC
and, currently, a Shelby-American 4000-Series). Since 1986 Leno
has owned a blue & white aluminum-bodied M&L Cobra...
now outfitted with a 'cammer' 427.
Leno with SAAC Feldmarschall
had his ol' #198 R-Model 'Essex Wire' Shelby there, scarin'
all the other drivers off'n the track.
"If you don't like the way I drive, get the hell outa
to SAAC's (Shelby American Automobile Club) CobraCountry
few luminaries of the Cobra industry
encountered at Laguna Seca Raceway
photo below is HOTLINKED to that firm's CobraCountry website.
CEO Bob Shaw.
Bob is one of the
Cobra/Cobra replica industry's best-known
and liked suppliers of Cobra-related stuff.
drives and races
a Unique Motorcars
was there promo-
ting his new line of
print crepe shirts.
to Operations Plus'
big CobraCountry site.
Lynn Park in his trademark 'Smokey the Bear' headgear.
A genuine VIP everywhere he goes.
is among the most respected producer of wheels for 427 and 289FIA
Cobras, as well as for GT40s. The most recent addition to the
Trigo lineup: 289FIA reproduction wheels.
at just about every
road course in the American west, and
is the very active
prez of COCOA--
Cobra Owners Club
old-world-quality machined components are respected throughout
the Cobra and street rod industries!
you're into die-cast scale models:
Here's just a sampling of legendary drivin' machines at this year's
that have been faithfully replicated as a scale model.
of the 3 images below is hotlinked to an appropriate web page.
Kopec's famed #98 "Essex Wire"
1965 GT350 R-Model Shelby... replicated in 1:18 scale die-cast
metal by Lane Automotive.
page provides you with details on Lane's superb re-creation of
this track star.
#55 bp 1966 GT350 Shelby... replicated in 1:18 scale die-cast
metal by Lane Automotive.
page provides you with details on Lane's 1:18-scale re-creation
of Christi's Shelby.
famed Tyrrell Fords... piloted to victory by such racing
greats as Jackie Stewart, Jodi Scheckter and François Cevert.
in 1:18 scale die-cast by Exoto.
assembled, directed and choreographed by Lewis Downs
the Northern California Chapter of The Shelby American
Over 300 performance machine and vintage classics... all Ford
image below is hotlinked to a much larger photo. Enjoy!
Ford Mustang GT
a Shelby, but a Ford Mustang GT)
phalanx of Cobras
and Cobra replicas, trackside
Peter Brock in his
Superformance Coupe, chatting with a Corral attendee.
a larger image that gives you a clue of just how large NorCal's
Ford Corral was.
chase-sequence flick "Gone in Sixty Seconds"
starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie evolves around a 1967
silver/black Shelby GT500.
NorCal Prez and a regular at just about every SAAC and MHR event.
Cole provided material assistance in choreographing the Ford
Corral, as well as did NorCal's (also ex-Prez) Jerry Brown--not
shown, only since we didn't capture him on film.
That's NorCal's Terry & Lewis Downs horsing around with Rick
Kopec's famed R-model Shelby. Image above is HOTLINKED
to a photo of their Contemporary427SC roadster, which
the two of them race regularly in SAAC and NorCal SAAC meets.
was Lewis who busted his balljoints to put this spectacular (300+
Ford machines) "NorCal Ford Corral" together.
Over 150 of these FoMoCo-propelled machines also took part in
Sunday's "Parade Laps" around the track. A tip 'o'
your racing visor is in order.
you've got the current (3rdEd) "Complete Guide to Cobra
Replicas" you've read Terry Downs' performance-driving
observations in the SAAC-sidebar article "The exhilaration
of Open Track." And you've seen Lewis' Contemporary
roadster on several occasions in "The Guide."
the record, Lewis purchased his first Shelby metal back in 1965
(a 289 Cobra roadster, CSX 2493).It was, at the time, Lewis'
only car, and thus his daily driver.
photo is HOTLINKED
to a much larger (1,008-pixel wide) photo of this gathering! One
of the greatest assemblages of racing-champion personalities of
all time, positioned (appropriately) behind a Ford GT40 MkIV:
SURE you click on the above hotlinked photo; you'll not
only get a far larger image of these racing greats, you'll also
be able to identify each of them by the number (except for three
we haven't yet managed to identify)! And be careful: Edsel Ford
shifted from #7 in the above photo, to #1 in the large/hotlinked
numbered photo. The
large HOTLINKED photo includes numbers matching the names below.
else but Cobra Country!
of 1960s-'80s racing greats
below relate to the large hotlinked photo, not the smaller photo
Edsel B. Ford II
Derek Bell [winner: LeMans (4X), Daytona 24-hour (3X); Porsche
Racing Team 1980s]
John Wyler (ID thanks to Steve Savage and Dave Friedman)
Brian Redman (ever-cheerful Brian!)
Bob "Bondo" Bondurant
Sir Jackie Stewart (Grand Marshall of Sunday's "Parade
Laps," piloting his Tyrrell Ford)
Dick Hutcherson (ID thanks to Steve Savage)
altho' he was at the MHR (and we included him elsewhere in this
article, seated in his #98 Cobra roadster), for some unexplained
reason he wasn't among those assembled for this photo. A pity.
thanks to (CSX 4266 owner) William M. Griffin, who identified
Ed Leslie and Lloyd Ruby for me; he says he was right there snapping
his shutter alongside me. Still don't know who #4 is...
Laguna's FoMoCo Pavilion:
Who's Who of Racing Greats
above: we spotted this Aston Martin DB4-GT parked
in the paddock area.
Automotive sculpture par excellence, eh?
random shutter-clicking at
Laguna Seca Raceway August 15-16, 2003
thumbnail image below is hotlinked to a much larger photo. Enjoy!
paddock area: 289 red Cobra, 1963
Stingray and two 427 Cobras
"Official 1941 Pacemaker" Indy 500 Pace Car
duo of Allard K2 roadsters.
was there with their neo Super7s...
BMW 328 roadster
fire vehicle, followed by Bob Waldman (Ventura, California) in
his Cardiac Cobra roadster
ERA racing machine, circa 1930s. Need more
info on this beauty.
Ferrari pontoon-fendered Testarossa.
250-Series coupe. SCCA 'D Production' class racer.
Kurtis roadster at the fuel depot.
"Von Neumann Special" MG-TD, race prepared by
duo of Morgan 3-wheelers.
beautifully-restored, army-green 1924 Moto-Guzzi. Price tag:
trio of Porsche 356 SCCA 'D Production' racers.
original Porsche 550 Spyder. Another 'D Production' racing
"ND" racer. Notice that, phonetically
speaking, it sounds like "Indy racer."
Sadler Mk III racer.
Spyker Spyder (supercar from The Netherlands)
We captured a shot for you
of this 1930s Bentley racer.
to a panoramic shot of this same car in a vintage race on track,
along with a half dozen other 1920s and '30s vintage racers.
panoramic view of Laguna Seca raceway, taken Saturday evening,
after the day's events had wound down and everyone was headed
evening festivities in Monterey and Pebble Beach.
above is HOTLINKED
to a much larger (1,080-pixel wide) version
of this majestic Laguna Seca/Monterey-peninsula panorama.
6/"D production" race
3:30 pm Sunday: thrilling climax to MHR 2003!
(driving Carroll's old Daytona Coupe, CSX 2469) and John
Morton (driving Larry Bowman's Daytona Coupe, CSX 2300)
took off in the first two spots; Morton, operating without a
clutch, leapt out in front, Derek Bell 2nd. After 2 or 3 laps,
Morton's car QUIT! A photo of CSX2300 is featured above, near
the top of this article.
negotiated around him and into the lead. Passing the traffic
and closing in behind him was Phil Gallant (289FIA Cobra,
CSX 2301); Gallant realized that Bell was experiencing brake
problems, and took tactical advantage of it. Phil closed in near
the end of the (10-lap) race, got up alongside Bell, passed him
on the inside going into Turn 2 and took the checkered flag.
Gallant (289FIA roadster, CSX 2301)
Bell (Daytona Coupe, CSX 2469)
3. Don Lee
(289 roadster #2473)
massive coverage of Monterey Historic Races/2003 wouldn't
have been possible without the aid, abettance and enthusiastic
assistance of some of the most experienced and knowledgable personalities
re motorsports in general, and Shelby-metal history specifically.
special tip 'o' the racing visor to:
motorsports involvement, his globetrotting journalism and his
Shelby American Golden Years resumé is
far too lengthy to attempt to list here]
Operating Officer, SAAC; highly-decorated (2 Silver Stars, 2
Bronze Stars, 2 Purple Hearts, et al.) combat infantry
officer, First Air Cavalry Division, S. Vietnam 1968-'70;
in the early 1980s Rick assumed a full-time position with the
Shelby American Automobile Club, handling its day-to-day
operations, publications and convention planning. Rick serves
as editor and head writer for The Shelby American
magazine and SAAC's World Registries. He has authored
six books and hundreds of magazine articles over the past 30
years. He has been interviewed on several videos which have been
broadcast on television in the U.S. and abroad, and is recognized
as a principal authority on Carroll Shelby and his cars.]
Trigo Wheels; President of COCOA (Cobra Owners Club of
America); Lynn has personally owned and raced more original Shelby
Cobras (260s, 289s and 427s) AND Daytona Coupes than just about
anyone else. Since 1970, more than two dozen, in fact. U.S. Army
veteran, stationed in Germany (1967-'69)]
member NorCal SAAC; Lewis purchased his first Shelby metal--a
289 Cobra roadster, CSX 2493, in 1965--which at the time
was his daily driver! His Contemporary Cobra is a veritable track
veteran: Lewis & Terry have taken it onto various Golden
State road courses beginning 1980 (including Laguna Seca,
Riverside Raceway, Sears Point, Thunder Hill and Willow
Springs), under the auspices of various club track events:
POCA/Pantera Owners Club of America; FOCA/Ferrari
Owners Club of America; COCOA/Cobra Owners Club of America,
and (of course) NorCal SAAC. BTW: Lewis crashed his car
in 1987 on Turn 6 at Riverside Raceway when a rim
separated and spun him out of control, thus necessitating replacement
of the entire front end.]
Operations Plus; since 1992 has regularly competed on
track with his Unique Motorcars 289 FIA
roadster; longtime member/officer SAAC Los Angeles and COCOA/Orange
County; publisher of Former Shelby American Employee Registry]
Marauder Cars; Randy Berry's motorsports experience and
his familiarity with Shelby metal harkens back over forty years:
in April, 1964, Randy (a college freshman at the time) purchased
the very first of Shelby American's famed "Dragonsnake"
drag-race-outfitted 289 Cobras (CSX 2019), one of only five
of these rare reptiles that were ever produced. [footnote:
Randy paid a total of $5909 for the car, including air freight
from California to Indianapolis, Indiana.] It was that
mere sprinkling of Dragonsnakes that inspired The Rip
Chords' hit "Hey, Little Cobra," its Top-Ten
ranking coincident (November, 1963) with Jan and Dean's
(Jan Berry & Dean Torrence) "Drag City,"
and following The Beach Boys' (we can't fail to mention
them!) "409" (October, 1962) and "Little
Deuce Coupe" (August, 1963). Drag racing and thundering
V8 powerplants loomed large in American pop music in the early
Randy raced his Shelby Dragonsnake until 1966, when he
became even more well-known in drag racing with his nitro-burning
Super Marauder match-race Mercury Comet factory-sponsored
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