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« on: October 09, 2014, 12:56:58 AM »

Jim Cowles recently gave me a few issues of NATIONAL SPEED SPORT NEWS to check out, and I must say that I don't think I really had ever looked thru one before.
Looking for anything Shelby American in there was pretty exciting of course, and I found it to be a really interesting experience.
I'm so used to reading everything from the perspective of history, that it's pretty cool to read about these new announcements as they were first published.
What I liked the most is having an exact date to go with all the exciting news about new things from Shelby American.
The terminology of what they called things back then, plus the wording in the articles is really interesting.
This article for example, calls it the "NEW GT MUSTANG".

I stitched a second article from this same issue into the space that was left in the first article, and the top of the first column is exactly how it was printed.
These are from the February 3, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2014, 01:10:04 AM »

I chose to put this NATIONAL SPEED SPORT NEWS thread in the 'Shelby American History' catagory to hopefully be easy to remember where to find it.

Jim says that the articles posted here will also be posted on the Museum's website:  shelbyamericancollection.org

And anyone who has articles from NSSN and wants to include them here are more than welcome to do so!

Thanks,
Kieth

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2014, 06:11:32 AM »

Big Jim or Keith,
By any remote chance is there a NATIONAL SPEED SPORT NEWS, special edition of 1952 in the issues?
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2014, 08:43:39 AM »

John - No, sorry there isn't. These are issues from February and March 1965 only.

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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2014, 08:51:55 AM »

Here's 'Dashing Dan' in what I believe to be GT/104.
After returning from LeMans and Nassau in 1964, it was extensively track tested at Riverside and Willow Springs.

From the February 3, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2014, 11:56:39 PM »

John (harris speedster) asked me to post this photo for him.
I welcomed him to reply to the photo and say more about it if he wants to.



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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2014, 08:00:00 AM »

SFM66H >> aka Keith,
Thank you for posting the National Speed Sport News page.
This is 1952 as the front page displays, not sure of what month.

This copy was sent to me several years ago by a fellow historian which found it.
I never researched the national publication, BUT, I seem to recall that it was Chris Economaki>> ? spelling, which founded it.
He was a very well known racing announcer, amongst other things !!!!

It was prior to 1952, but not sure when it started, and for that matter, when it ended publication.
Took me by surprise that it did go into the 60's as evidenced by Big Jims 2 copies with the Shelby and GT 40.

BTW, the Speedster was 17 years old in it's innovations and designs in 1952, but was still invited to be shown, and usually won when shown.
Last showing was either in NY or Chicago, Marylyn Monroe was pictured in the car.
Keith, thank you buddy !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2014, 08:23:33 AM »

SFM66H >> aka Keith,
Thank you for posting the National Speed Sport News page.
This is 1952 as the front page displays, not sure of what month.

John

John, I could read April 20 on the front.

And, you're welcome!

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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2014, 09:21:40 AM »

It was thrilling to read about this!
From the February 3, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2014, 05:04:35 PM »

Any spin going into or out of Turn 9 at WSIR is still an adrenalin rush...Looks like Bob took it in stride...



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« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2014, 07:54:21 PM »

Any spin going into or out of Turn 9 at WSIR is still an adrenalin rush...

I've seen two bad wrecks in 9 one a Porsche 911 w/Chevy V-8 and no cage folded the A pillar almost flat. Driver spent lots of time in the hospital and many many months of rehab. 2nd a Mini Cooper w/exhaust tubing roll cage totally rolled up into a ball. Cage held driver walked away. Dumbest thing I've ever done a buck and a half on the front straight as the passenger in a 427SC. Helmet and zero roll bar.

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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2014, 03:21:57 PM »

Because I share Carroll's sentiment of Enzo, I found it very satisfying to read this headline from the March 3, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2014, 10:08:13 PM »

Those witty 1960's captions crack me up!
Here's CSX2323 at Daytona (2/28/65) in the March 3, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2014, 07:59:33 AM »

Thats Tombstone Shaw!

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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2014, 04:57:31 PM »

Thats Tombstone Shaw!

What's the meaning of that nickname?

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