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MY FIRST SHELBY


SGT41C
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I WAS 18 YEARS OLD WHEN MY EYES FIRST SIGHTED A SHELBY 350 GT. IT WAS A BLUE 66 COMPETION MODEL OWNED BY A CONCERT GRAND PIANIST. I THINK HE BOUGHT IT BECAUSE OF THE SWEET SOUNDING EXHAUST. EIGHT WEBER CARBURETORS WERE BOLTED-ON AND HE DROVE TO LAGUNA SECA RACEWAY. THE MUFFLERS WERE DISCONNECTED AND THE SCCA GATEKEEPER OPENED THE GATE FOR TRACK ACCESS. THE OWNER HAD NO SCCA LICENSE , NO HELMET, AND THE SHELBY HAD NO NUMBER. HE BEGAN BLOWING PAST PLENTY OF STING RAYS AND XKE'S (JAN AND DEAN WERE RIGHT!). HE WAS BLACK FLAGGED BUT KEPT ON GOING. WHEN THE TRACK WAS CLEARED OF OTHER CARS AND BARRICADED, HE WAS SEVERELY REPRIMANDED AND TOLD BY THE OFFICIALS THAT HIS SCCA LICENSE WOULD BE REPRIMANDED AND FINED. HE TOLD THEM THAT HE DID NOT HAVE AN SCCA LICENSE AND MOTORED OFF.

MY FIRST SPEECH IN HIGH SCHOOL WAS ON THE TRACK ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF CARROLL SHELBY. I GUARNTEED MY FATHER THAT HE WOULD NEVER SEE DEPRECIATION IF HE INVESTED IN A COBRA. HE DID NOT BUY IT. I RACED A COBRA (H.O. SCALE) AND WON WITH IT (SLOT CAR). I HAVE OWNED MANY CARS, BUT NEVER COULD SEEM TO AFFORD A GENUINE SHELBY UNTIL NOW. THIS CAR REMINDS ME OF THAT ORIGINAL 66 350 GT - EXCEPT IT IS GRABBER ORANGE (#41C). WHERE ARE THE STING RAYS AND XKE'S? I'M WAITING FOR THAT TRACK DAY AT LAGUNA SECA. , BUT I WILL BRING MY HELMET !

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