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turned out, to no one's surprise, to be the biggest and best
annual SAAC Convention ever. There were over 10,000 showgoers
and participants, complemented with 1,022 pieces of rolling Ford
metal (there were 428 original and replica 289 and 427 Cobras--and
one "King" Cobra--Cobra Daytona Coupes and GT-40s.
Among the replicas ERA alone was represented by a contingent
of some 35-40 cars. There were Ford Mustangs of all varieties
everywhere, with probably more GT350s and GT500s than have ever
congregated in one place. Even the one-and-only GT350S (supercharged
Ivy Green 1966 Shelby) was there!
of the Shelby heyday of racing and fast street machines were
there in force: Carroll himself, of course; there were drivers
Bob Bondurant, Lew Spencer, Bob Johnson, Bob Olthoff, John Morton,
Walt Hane and Tom Payne... even Al Dowd was there! Other notables
included Chuck Cantwell (GT350 Project Engineer); Ray Geddes
(Ford/Shelby liaison) and Leo Beebe (Ford Competition Director
and GT40 Project Chief). Cobra artist/ever-gracious Texan Bill
Neale was there, along with a regiment of former Shelby mechanics,
crew chiefs and pit-crew members.
was disappointed that Daytona Coupe designer Peter Brock wasn't
there, but Pete's hectic schedule precluded his gracing and highlighting