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« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2014, 11:34:41 AM »

So, the most obvious question is yet to be answered who is George Watters?

Was he an official photographer for Shelby American, an automotive magazine journalist of the time, just a car enthusiast who regularly attended events/races, or what?

If I recall correctly , he worked for Paramount studios and was the head sound guy.  Good guy  just an enthusiast

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« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2014, 05:57:31 PM »

Great pictures!  Thanks for sharing.  Chug a Lug

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« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2014, 11:00:09 PM »

Thanks to both of you for sharing, looking forward to seeing more...

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« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2014, 09:51:10 AM »

We've all seen the more common, widely published pictures of the Shelby transport trucks - but how about this particular version?
This photo of George's is what I made up a term for - 'The Forgotten Photos'.
They are usually less cropped and rich with background details - this one is priceless.
They are transporting the early '66's here, but of interest is that there are still '65's on the left of the photo.
And it's all LeMans top stripes in this photo - a lot of times you can hardly find a car WITH them.
When's the last time you saw the '6501' address numbers at West Imperial Highway? - I never had.
And check out that great sign on the gate advertising Hi-Performance Motors at its' first location on La Brea.
I'll next post a close-up of that sign, as the photo gets reduced here when posted & is hard to read.



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« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2014, 09:55:10 AM »

Here's a closeup of the HPM sign on the gate:



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« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2014, 10:42:59 AM »

    It's interesting to note as well the '65s on the left while '66s are on the truck being shipped!

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« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2014, 01:12:20 PM »

While viewing these cars all with stripes,I am curious... are there any pics of... HERTZ... cars being shipped??

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« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2014, 02:05:31 PM »

   If they were shipping carryovers ( as I guess those on the trucks to be) the Hertz program wasn't "inked" yet. JMPO
       Randy

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« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2014, 02:26:21 PM »

    It's interesting to note as well the '65s on the left while '66s are on the truck being shipped!

Maybe those 65s  are cars that havent had the 1/4 windows installed yet

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« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2014, 05:36:35 PM »

Randy, I was referring to after Hertz placed their order, were any photos taken of the Hertz cars being shipped......eh?.... Popcorn

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« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2014, 05:42:17 PM »

 Prolly 1965s w vents.
(photo below future carryovers sans vents prior to rework)

That pic has it all:

-1965's;
-1966's;
-Steels;
-Cragers;
-West Imperial;
-HPM;
-Transporters (who have their own fan base).

Interesting how the cars being pushed out the door ALL have Cragers, yet there didn't seem to be a Crager overrage.
hmm....



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« Reply #26 on: April 23, 2014, 07:16:01 PM »

Past the line of 65s next to the building is a "Cobra" labeled truck?

These are amazing photos to review.



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« Reply #27 on: April 23, 2014, 09:28:48 PM »

Maybe a picture of the same load taken before this one.   Looks like same driver wearing the same shirt.



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« Reply #28 on: April 23, 2014, 09:54:54 PM »


-Transporters (who have their own fan base).


I think they are cool as hell.

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« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2014, 06:56:02 AM »

sfm6s524:

If you look close at the license plate on the right side it appears to be the same truck indeed.  Very well could be the same day.

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