Pony Tales - July 2013
The World of Mustangs
1,200 hp for Shelby 1000
While the original version of the Shelby 1000 eeked out its required 1,000 horsepower, the 2013 model that Shelby American rolled out during the New York International Auto Show blasts past the magic 1,000hp mark by generating 1,200 horsepower. Based on the ’13 Shelby GT 500 with its already-impressive 662hp 5.8-liter powerplant, the track version of the Shelby 1000 puts unprecedented horsepower to the pavement while running on pump gas. It will be the most powerful production, street-legal muscle car in the world.
“The ’12 Shelby 1000 was launched to great acclaim at the New York Auto Show last year to celebrate our 50th anniversary,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “We’re bringing back the Shelby 1000 but with Ford’s ’13 Shelby GT 500 as the base car. With its new engine, launch control, adjustable suspension, and other new enhancements, we’ve created a car with even more capabilities. The ’13 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”
To reach 1,200 hp, Shelby American strips the GT 500’s 5.8-liter engine down to the block to strengthen the internals in preparation for the increased power level. Combining an adjustable suspension with a performance cooling package, big brakes, and serious horsepower, the Shelby can outperform exotics costing three to four times more.
“This car cannot be defined by just its amazing power,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American’s test driver. “The steering provides wonderful feedback and the car tracks beautifully. It attacks corners, ripping through them with minimal body roll and tremendous grip. Yet the Shelby 1000 can be so docile that you can cruise it down the streets of Manhattan.”
The post-title Shelby 1000 package starts at $154,995, not including the base GT 500. A limited production of 100 cars will be built. Each will be numbered and documented in the official Shelby Registry. Shelby American is now accepting orders for the ’13 Shelby 1000. Anyone interested in reserving a car should contact the Shelby American sales team at 702/942-7325 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com.
351 Cleveland Book
Technical writer George Reid’s newest book from CarTech covers the latest technology for 351 Cleveland engines, which continues to be a popular powerplant for vintage Mustangs. With the influx of aftermarket parts, especially cylinder heads, the 351 Cleveland, along with its 351M and 400M cousins, are now seen as great engines to build. Reid’s Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How to Build for Max Performance reviews the history and variations of the 351C as well as building for street performance or competition.
The 8.5x11-inch softbound book features 144 pages and 450 color photos. It can be ordered for $24.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling by calling CarTech at 800/551-4754 or by visiting www.cartechbooks.com.
Mustang: 50 Years Ago
On May 1, 1963, final design plans for the new yet-to-be-named Mustang were firm. Engineering and planning departments had already begun the procurement of the parts needed to produce the first all-metal cars known as Pilot Vehicles. These followed the first few prototypes, the first metal versions. At the time, all were known as ’64½ “Special Falcons.”
There was no fastback model slated for release on the first day of Mustang retail sales, April 17, 1964. Due to the exterior and interior uniqueness of the fastback, and since there was barely enough lead time to get the hardtop and the convertible to market, plans for the production fastback were delayed. Evidence of a fastback design was seen in a photo of a clay model dated March 21, 1963. Stylist Gale Halderman roughed out that design with designer George Schumaker; Joe Oros selected the design for proposal. On May 2, 1963, the fiberglass concept of the final fastback roof design was shown at the Styling Center. After an Iacocca go-ahead, the design was formalized by Dearborn Steel Tubing in Dearborn. They were given a Mustang hardtop mule to develop into a metal prototype. The fastback was introduced to the public in September 1964, five months after the introduction of the hardtop and convertible.
As the clock ticked toward the Mustang’s April introduction, the summer months of 1963 were busy planning months. Interior designs and exterior lens designs were finalized. The idea of a removable hardtop for the convertible was dropped. Sub-contractors were chosen and contracts made for the manufacture of production materials. The Mustang II prototype final form fabrication at Dearborn Steel Tubing was being completed for planned delivery to Ford in August. —Bob Fria (author of Mustang Genesis, available from Amazon or by contacting the publisher: McFarland and Co., Box 611, Jefferson, NC 336/246-4460).
Shelby In SCCA Hall of Fame
The Sports Car Club of America inducted Carroll Shelby into its SCCA Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on March 13.
“Carroll Shelby is an icon in the automotive performance industry,” said SCCA President and CEO Jeff Dahnert. “He impacted the SCCA as a competitor, as an automotive designer and builder, and his influence within the motorsports world elevated SCCA. We are very proud to have had him as a member of the SCCA and now as a member of the SCCA Hall of Fame.”
Shelby was involved with the SCCA for over 50 years. As a driver, he took home the SCCA National Championship in 1956 and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959. His involvement continued in the 1960s through his Cobra sports car, Ford GT40s, and Mustang G.T. 350s. In 49 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, 35 drivers have won in a Mustang or Cobra.
The award will reside with the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust and eventually the Carroll Shelby Foundation.
Countdown to the 50th
On April 16-20, 2014, the Mustang will celebrate its 50th anniversary with two simultaneous 50th Mustang Birthday Celebration events hosted by the Mustang Club of America and sponsored by Ford Motor Company. The east coast event will be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, while west coasters will have their own show at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Related activities start two weeks earlier with Great American Pony Drives from various locations to Mustang, Oklahoma, for the official kick-off weekend followed by east-bound and west-bound cruises to the Mustang 50th Birthday events.
Over the coming months, we’ll keep readers abreast of the 50th anniversary happenings, adding updates as they become available. You can also visit the MCA website at www.mustang.org.
April 4-11, 2014
Great American Pony Drives
Jacksonville, Florida: Departs April 4
Richmond, Virginia: Departs April 7
Boston: Departs April 6
Los Angeles: Departs April 4
Seattle: Departs April 4
Visit www.ponydrive.us for complete schedules and routes.
April 10-16, 2014
Mustangs Across America 50th Drive
Departs April 10 from Los Angeles. Visit www.mustangsacrossamerica.com for route and schedule.
April 11-13, 2014
Official 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Party hosted by the Mustang Club of America in Mustang, Oklahoma. Shows, special speakers, and shuttles to shopping. More details to come.
April 13-16, 2014
50th Anniversary Pony Drives from Mustang, Oklahoma, to Charlotte and Las Vegas. Visit www.ponydrive.us for schedules and stops.
Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Shows, open tracks, special activities and displays, manufacturer midways.
April 16: Pony Drive arrivals, vendor setup
April 17: Opening Ceremonies, birthday party, other activities TBA
April 18: Open track, parade laps, themed dinner, other activities TBA
April 19: Evening banquet, other activities TBA
April 20: Easter Sunrise Services, closing ceremonies
Society of Mustangers
While preparing a customer’s ’68 Mustang for a restoration, R&A Motorsports’ Jeff Yergovich was surprised to find an intact owner’s packet in the glove compartment. Inside, along with the owner’s manual and warranty facts booklet, he found a pamphlet and payment envelope for the Society of Mustangers, a Ford-promoted “club” for Mustang owners.
According to an article we found from the SOM’s The Mustanger magazine, the organization started as a marketing idea between Ford and its advertising agency, J. Walter Thompson. As Editor David Abodaher stated, “It is not a club in the strict sense of the word. Simply stated, it is a strongly knit clan of in people whose conviction that they owned a car that is ‘something special’ drew them together. They have no constitution or by-laws. They have no officers. They do pay $2 per year for membership.”
Abodaher goes on to say that the SOM was implemented “about the time the millionth Mustang came off the assembly line,” which would have been around February 1966. Within the first year, it had 75,000 members.
Unlike the National Council of Mustang Clubs, which promoted active organizations around the country with support by local Ford dealers, the SOM was more of a marketing program to gain more knowledge about Mustang buyers. SOM members received quarterly issues of The Mustanger magazine, membership card, discounted hotel rates, and “red carpet treatment at night spots and restaurants.”
The SOM program ran at least into the 1968 model year but we’re not sure when it was disbanded. If anyone has more information about the Society of Mustangers, we’d love to hear from you. Write us at email@example.com or 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619.
First R-Model Undergoing Restoration
Shelby American’s first G.T. 350 race car, 5R002, is being restored to its original condition in time for the Mustang’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2014. Owner John Atzbach has hired Thoroughbred Restorations in Piedmont, Oklahoma, to perform the restoration project.
5R002 was born out of a 1964 assignment from Ford that Shelby build a performance Mustang for the B/Production class in Sports Car Club of America competition. In its first year of participation, 5R002 created a name for itself as a premier race car, racking up first or second place finishes in at least 14 races, including its debut in Green Valley, Texas, on February 14, 1965, when it was driven to victory by Ken Miles. In its prime, 5R002 was featured in the film Shelby Goes Racing with Ford and graced the cover of Road & Track.
“This car was a race car with a very significant race history,” said Atzbach, who purchased 5R002 in 2010. “Its success on the racetrack not only helped Shelby sell thousands of G.T. 350s, but more importantly it helped Ford sell literally millions of Mustangs using the proven approach of “win on Sunday, sell on Monday.”
Last fall, the car arrived at Thoroughbred Restorations where owner John Brown began disassembly while painstakingly documenting every part of the car. A website has been created at www.5r002.com to document the restoration process.
Shelby American has added the Raptor truck to its line of upgraded Ford performance vehicles. Shelby announced the ’13 Shelby Raptor, with 575 horsepower, during the New York International Auto Show in March.
Mustang 50th Anniversary merchandise is already available from Ford at www.shopmustangfifty.com.
MRT near Detroit has announced they are now an authorized distributor for the full line of performance parts from Ford Racing. Contact MRT at 734/455-5807 or www.mrt-direct.com.
A 2013 Shelby GT 500 prepared by Houston’s Fastlane reached 191 mph in The Texas Mile. “We are very pleased with the speed we were able to achieve at The Texas Mile,” said Nick Field, co-owner of Fastlane. “Our modifications worked perfectly. I’d like to see what we could do with the 14,000-foot benchmark that Ford used to achieve 200 mph.”
Die-cast model manufacturer Automodello has been selected as one of the 50 licensees chosen by Ford to produce Mustang 50th anniversary merchandise. Their first product will be a die-cast of the ’62 Mustang I two-seater concept.
Mustangs Across America is restoring a ’95 Mustang GT to replicate the brand-new Laser Red ’95 Mustang GT that led the California to North Carolina caravan for the 30th Anniversary Drive in 1994. The restored car will serve as the pace car for the 50th Anniversary Drive in April 2014.
Motorbooks has a new website at www.motorbooks.com that makes it easier to search for books by make and model. With over 30 Mustang and Shelby titles listed, it’s a great place to find automotive books.
And speaking of books, Mustang Monthly Editor Donald Farr’s updated version of Mustang Boss 302: From Racing Legend to Modern Muscle Car, with the ’13 Boss 302 added, is scheduled for publication by Motorbooks in September.
We’ve also learned that Farr’s latest book, Mustang: 50 Years, will be offered in a German translation.