I wanted to start this thread in an effort to share/show the journey that I've been on with 0022, especially now that I'm in the home stretch of the restoration. In fact, the car should be shipping out any day now from Green Bay to San Antonio - I can't wait!
The story begins with an email from Jim Cowles (who I have come to know over the last few years). I emailed him in late 2015 asking if he was aware of any Shelbys of particular interest that were for sale, as I was ready to take the plunge and purchase my first "real" Shelby. Long story short, he mentions #0022 and says that the current owner (who's had the car in his family for over 43 years at the time) is interested in selling it - this was November of 2015.
I went to see and drive the car for the first time on December 12, 2015. Attached, and in the subsequent postings, are shots that were taken of the car exactly one week earlier by @SFM66H (many, many thanks, Kieth!). This, truly, is where the story begins...
I was floored
when Jim told me about #0022. The fact that such a significantly early car had been "hiding" here in Green Bay for 43 years just about knocked me over! I remember trying to amaze car 26-JD
about it, as he had been helping me to learn about 67's prior to that (Thanks JD!), and his car (and Bob Gaines' #0001) had been the earliest ones I had ever been aware of prior to that point. It turns out that JD was already aware of it though, so I didn't get to surprise him with it. And then Jim called me on Sat. 12/5/2015 and said the car was there, did I want to come out and see it? DID I!
I hastened out there and took about four dozen photographs of it and its early car details. I found out later that Ruben came up here the very next Sat. to see it for the first time. I'm thrilled that he's sharing the photos I took on 12/5 with the Forum now, instead of them just languishing in my files.
After I took the photos, Jim then offered to let me drive it into his shop - Thanks Jim! It was the first 67 I ever drove, and it was an honor to drive one of the 'holy grail' first 200 1967 Shelby's.
#0022 couldn't have gone to a better guy, and I was very anxious to have Ruben get involved on the SAAC Forum because of how much I value and endorse it. That he has done (and very well, I might add), and I think it's easy for all of us to see how excited he is about joining the Shelby Community with his first Shelby, a very special car indeed.
Ruben, the SA cars are what draw us to this hobby/passion, but the people we meet thru the cars are what keeps us here for life.
PS - Jim is helping me search for a 67 of my own! After 40 years of 66 ownership, the time has come . . . . .