December 18, 2012

Holman & Moody Mustang

To commemorate its involvement with the Mustang's first-ever professional race win in 1964, the legendary Holman & Moody is building its first-ever street car, the TdF (for "Tour de France") Mustang. Unveiled at last November's SEMA Show by H&M president Lee Holman, the new limited-edition Mustang is modified with a number of performance parts from Ford Racing.

Before Shelby American's G.T. 350s, Holman & Moody helped Great Britain's Alan Mann Racing secure a Mustang victory at the 1964 Tour de France Automobile Rally. After 4,000 miles, 17 stages, and 10 days, the specially prepped Mustangs took both First and Second places in the Touring class.

"To commemorate the Mustang's first race win 50 years ago, Holman & Moody is creating a 50th Anniversary Holman & Moody TdF Mustang, complete with dealer-installed enhancements aimed at producing the ideal high performance track-day car," said Holman. "Ford Racing and Holman & Moody components have been carefully selected to make the TdF Mustang a spirited competitor worthy of carrying the Holman & Moody name."

Modifications to the 1964 Mustang race cars included bigger brakes, upgraded radiator, a limited-slip rear end, a modest horsepower increase, a lowered race-tuned suspension, and a free flowing exhaust. The '14 Holman & Moody TdF Mustang holds true to the original with similar modifications and even the same bright red color that adorned the 1964 race cars. Production will be limited to 500 cars to ensure the exclusivity and collectability.

Ordering information can be found at www.hm50th.com.

H&M TdF Mustang Specifications

5.0-liter V-8
Ford Racing horsepower upgrade
Race Red exterior paint
Gold body stripes and badging
3.73:1 limited-slip differential
Track Pack electronics
hmPerformance adjustable sway bars
SVT adjustable struts/shocks
Progressive lowering springs
Short-throw shifter
Stainless steel tubular headers
Ford Racing sport mufflers
Ford Racing stainless steel crossover pipe
K&N/Ford Racing air filter
Uprated radiator for extra cooling
Oil cooler
19-inch custom gold wheels
Holman & Moody embroidered carpeting
Customized Holman & Moody TdF Mustang serial number plate
Complimentary one-year membership to SVT Owners Association
Optional Holman & Moody embroidered Recaro seats

NASCAR Mustang: Back-to-back Championships for Stenhouse Jr.

Three years, two championships. That's what Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has accomplished after wrapping up his second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide series championship in a Roush Fenway Racing Mustang. Stenhouse's sixth place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17 provided him with the points for the season championship.

In 2013, Stenhouse moves up to the Sprint Cup Series to replace Matt Kenseth at Roush Fenway Racing.

Australian Shelby Nationals

Last October, Australian Shelby owners honored Carroll Shelby by gathering for a special Shelby Nationals during the Victorian Mustang Round-Up in Melbourne. According to the Shelby American Automobile Club's Australian Registrar Nez Demaj, the 28 Shelbys on hand set a new record for most Shelbys displayed at the same time in Australia.

"With the recent passing of Carroll Shelby, this year's Shelby Nationals was very special to honor the great man," Demaj said. "The Shelby movement here is strong, alive, and moving forward in a rapid rate. Thanks to all the Shelby owners who attended, and also to SAAC and the Victorian Mustang Club for their support."

$10,000 for Shelby Foundation

Mustang Monthly's parent company, Source Interlink Media, presented the Carroll Shelby Foundation with a check for $10,000 at last November's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The funds represent a portion of the proceeds from a special Shelby tribute magazine and limited-edition hardbound coffee table book produced under the direction of Motor Trend magazine with editorial assistance from Mustang Monthly editor Donald Farr. The Foundation was established by Carroll Shelby to provide financial support for children battling life-threatening illnesses and to promote continuing education.

Mustang in a Haystack

Sandi Ballance was an infant in 1971 when her father was killed in action in Vietnam. One of Sandi's prized mementos is a 1970 photo of her father with his '67 Mustang GT fastback. Last year, she decided to see if she could find his old car.

"I began with random Internet searches that led to blogs, dealers, restorers, etc.," Sandi told us. "I think I looked at every maroon Mustang ever posted on the World-Wide Web."

She reached out to family but no one remembered what had happened to the Mustang. Then, while looking through old letters, Sandi made a discovery: "In some loose papers wrapped in a letter, there was a vehicle registration for a '67 Mustang. With a VIN!"

With the Vehicle Identification Number in hand, Sandi was able to perform VIN searches on various websites, eventually learning that the Mustang was last titled in Ohio in 2004. Her grandfather then discovered a website for the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which offered a VIN search for vehicles registered in the state. Bingo! The report showed that her father's old Mustang was last titled in "County 05" -- Athens County, home to the cities of Athens and Nelsonville.

Sandi narrowed her hunt: "I searched everything I could find in Athens County, Ohio. On a couple of different sites, I ran across a '68 fastback that had been beautifully restored by a man in Nelsonville. I knew it wasn't my dad's car but thought that people who restore Mustangs are likely a tight-knit community; everybody knows somebody. So I sent an email to this stranger in Nelsonville."

Doug Ford picks up the story: "I was skeptical but emailed her back. When she sent a scanned copy of the registration and an old photo, I thought I might know the car. A friend of mine, Chuck Fields, is restoring a '67 fastback that was originally Vintage Burgundy with a 390. I checked his VIN and it matched! Of all the needles in all the haystacks in the world, she found me and I knew the car!"

Last October, Sandi traveled from Florida to Ohio to visit Chuck and her father's old Mustang. She returned home with a new memento of her father -- the Mustang's original rear valance.

News Desk

The sixth annual Las Vegas Shelby Bash has been scheduled for March 21-24. Look for details at www.teamshelby.com.

And while we're on the subject of Team Shelby, the Northeast Region is hosting the first-ever Team Shelby Grand Nationals on June 5-8. Like last year's 50th anniversary event, the Grand Nationals will begin with open track activities at Summit Point, West Virginia, before caravanning to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to finish the weekend with a car show and banquet at the Ford Nationals.

Ford Racing powertrain development engineer Rob Deneweth passed away suddenly on November 10. He oversaw the development of nearly every Ford Racing engine component over the past five years and was most recently responsible for the engines in the Cobra Jet race cars, including the recently announced Twin-Turbo Concept.

Author Frank Bohanan is currently writing a Mustang restomod book for CarTech.

Dynacorn has released cowl and firewall replacement sheetmetal for '71-'73 Mustangs, with doors to come soon. Watch for more information as it becomes available.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has purchased the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS), a racing trade show held annually in Indianapolis. The IMIS will be consolidated with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, which will return to Indianapolis for 2013 and beyond.

Joe Oros Jr., the Mustang stylist who was responsible for the clay model that became the '65 Mustang, passed away in August 2012. He was 96.

Twin-Turbo Cobra Jet

If the concept Mustang revealed at the SEMA Show is any indication, Ford Racing may be turning up the boost on its Cobra Jet turn-key drag racer.

Proving there is indeed a replacement for displacement, the Cobra Jet concept replaces the production CJ's supercharged 5.4-liter engine with a turbocharged 5.0-liter, adopting the same technology found on road-going EcoBoost engines. "Despite its smaller displacement, the improved breathing of the 5.0-liter with its twin independent variable camshaft timing and Boss 302 cylinder heads provided comparable performance while showcasing the high technology available in street Mustangs today," said Rob Deneweth, Cobra Jet powertrain development engineer.

Turbocharger design and release engineer Dave Born joined the Cobra Jet team after working on the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 to help make the concept a reality. "When done right, turbocharging is just as good as or better than supercharging," Born confirms. "To overcome the biggest perceived drawback of turbocharging -- the lag -- we've selected the smallest possible turbos that will give us the airflow we need."

Borg-Warner supplied the smaller, more efficient turbochargers based on the units used in the Focus ST. Smaller than the turbochargers found in most other drag racing applications, the turbine wheels are made from titanium aluminide to reduce the rotational inertia by 50 percent. The electronically-controlled wastegates found on production EcoBoost engines enable the turbos to keep spinning and generating the boost pressure needed for low elapsed times and high trap speeds.

The new Cobra Jet project car also features its own take on Ford Racing's new global Ford Racing livery. The white body is accented with an asymmetric black and blue stripe running over the top of the car, while the flanks blend an upward sweeping version of the stripe with the traditional striking cobra head.