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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2014, 05:17:23 PM »

"Did so well"?? - it WON!
The drivers listed at the end of this caption are incorrect - this is the Ken Miles/Lloyd Ruby car.
It's GT-103 at Daytona '65, resplendent in its Ford Caspian Blue color, in the March 3, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2014, 05:49:16 PM »

Ill ask the guys at the Museum on that,  i can't recall why

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« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2014, 08:40:31 AM »

"Splitting the Victory Loot" - plus some condescension in the first paragraph - Wow!
Isn't the lack of need for complete political correctness refreshing reading today?
This is from the March 3, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2014, 10:03:29 AM »

Here is the front cover page of the March 24, 1965 issue showing the cars from Shelby American at Daytona '65.
Shown is the Ford GT of Bondurant-Ginther (GT/104) and the Daytona Coupe of Johnson-Payne (CSX2601).

Of interest in the caption is the info about the new type of high-temp paint used on the Daytona Coupe's side pipes.
I have better photos of this car, and the sticker down by the side pipes reads 'VHT' (Very High Temperature) - so I gather that VHT was made by Sperex - I did not know that.   



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« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2014, 08:16:02 PM »

In the first posted article dated Feb 3rd, I like how it mentions Shelby American does not plan to race the Mustang GT 350 comp models but will offer them to privateers.
Only ten days later on Feb 13 Ken Miles shows up at GVR with 5r002....
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« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2014, 12:47:12 AM »

Yes, I noticed that too and was really puzzled by it.
Do you think that may have been some sort of intentional deception?

Like you said, only 10 days later - POW! - they burst onto the scene.

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« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2014, 04:23:04 AM »

What's the meaning of that nickname?

My memory says that one of the SAAC magazines long ago now had an article about Shaw and the Cobras he raced that explained he was given the nickname 'Tombstone Shaw' after a severe crash he survived as in 'he should have been under one after that crash'.

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« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2014, 08:58:30 AM »

Well, that would make sense.

I was curious enough to do a little research and found that he had a bad crash at Lake Garnett, KS in July 1964 with CSX2409.
He was hospitalized for two months, but during his recovery he made plans to race at Daytona and Sebring in 1965.
This accident "added additional luster to the nickname 'Tombstone' that he had been tagged with some ten years earlier after a racing accident."

So his nickname had been acquired before he raced Cobras.



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« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2014, 09:20:29 AM »

I don't know what type of sense of humor I have, but these NSSN captions/text just crack me up!
They read like things you might think, not things you would say - they're just so straightforward in stating their point.
That was such a different time and such a different style of writing, I'm really glad I've been able to look thru these period publications and see things from that time perspective.

"As If..." Grin  -  that's good stuff!  

This is from the March 31, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2014, 07:19:09 PM »

Yes, I noticed that too and was really puzzled by it.
Do you think that may have been some sort of intentional deception?

Like you said, only 10 days later - POW! - they burst onto the scene.

It seems likely the statement was meant to deceive any competitors.
Those plans had to have already been set in motion

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« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2014, 01:03:50 AM »

Here's the Sebring Finish results from March 1965. I've cropped out the words that were not pertinent to SA.
But I sure didn't crop out the paragraph about Shelby American's lead for the World Manufacturer's Championship being bolstered by their results at Sebring!

Reading that paragraph makes me beam with pride even today.

This is from the March 31, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2014, 10:37:29 AM »

I sure wish these NSSN photos were better, but I guess scanning them before the papers turn to dust is better than nothing.
The middle photo is the Cobra (CSX2189) of Dan Gerber & George Reed after the crash at Sebring on 3/27/65 - Wow.

This is from the March 31, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #27 on: October 19, 2014, 11:44:19 PM »

"Not 5 p.m. on the Freeway" - Nope, it's the start of the race at Sebring '65.

The #11 Miles/McLaren Ford GT (GT/103) is behind the #14 Johnson/Payne Daytona Coupe (CSX2601) in this 3/27/65 photo.

This is from the March 31, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #28 on: October 21, 2014, 10:27:02 AM »

I recently posted a photo on the George Watters Collection thread of Ken Miles with 5R001 at Riverside Raceway on 10/30/65, talking with James McLean.
Here's the announcement from Shelby American about him being appointed to the position of General Manager in March of 1965.

This is from the March 31, 1965 issue:



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« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2014, 12:18:26 PM »

The significance of this thread is the people that wrote these articles and took these pics were there in person witnessing history as opposed to reporters now that write articles from their office using the internet as the source

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