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Pony Tales: Ford Mustang News - January 2015
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Hot off the completion of his Shelby artwork, “The Competition Has Arrived,” artist Michael Irvine [(800) 361-5484; www.michaelirvine.com] hasn’t taken a break from his easel. That’s not entirely bad for us Mustang enthusiasts though, as his follow-up piece, titled “The Champion,” is his third installment in his Racing Legends Series and pays homage to the rich Trans-Am racing heritage that Ford’s Mustang Boss 302 created with visions of several historical Boss 302s. It’s easy to spot George Folmer’s #16 ’69 Boss, as well as the yellow #15 ’70 Boss of Parnelli Jones, but it’ll take a keen eye to see the Smokey Yunick–built #11 black and gold Boss built for the NASCAR Grand Touring series reflected in the side of Folmer’s Boss; a trademark style of Irvine’s. There’s also Peter Revson #1 ’69 Boss 302, and they’re all shown together at Riverside Raceway
“Race rules dictated that in order to qualify, a number of cars had to be made available to the public. So, for a lucky few who would own one, Ford built a street version Boss 302. I like the idea of getting behind the wheel of a powerful machine that was originally built to race! In this painting, I wanted to pay tribute to the history of the Boss 302s and the legendary men who raced them,” Michael stated regarding his latest creation.
Trans-Am was a highly competitive, no-holds-barred, flat-out, fender-bending racing series. And 1970 would prove to be its greatest year. In order to reclaim the manufacturer’s championship, Ford called upon NASCAR engineer Bud Moore in 1969 to spearhead the Mustang Boss 302 Team, along with drivers Parnelli Jones and George Follmer. Parnelli Jones tells us, “George Follmer and I were selected to be the drivers, and we came into that program with an aggressive win-or-else attitude. We had the fastest cars in the 1969 series.” In 1970 they did it—winning five races, Parnelli Jones took victory at Riverside Raceway, once again securing the manufacturer’s championship for Ford.
Each print is individually signed and numbered by Michael Irvine and embossed with his studio’s seal and includes a certificate of authenticity. The limited-edition print is sized at 30x21 inches, of which just 800 will be produced. Additionally, an artist proof and gallery-edition canvas editions are available as well.
Shelby Mustang 50 Years
There have been a lot of “50 Years” this and that thrown around throughout 2014, celebrating the Mustang and as true Mustang fanatics we’ve enjoyed every minute of it. While you are reading this at the very tail end of 2014, we just had to get one more “50 Years” mention in, and that is of this outstanding new read from Colin Comer on Shelby Mustangs. Shelby Mustang Fifty Years is officially licensed by Carroll Shelby Licensing and includes a foreword by none other than Lee Iacocca. The new book covers Shelby and his Mustangs from the very beginning through to today’s modern G.T. 500s from Ford’s assembly line. The hardcover book will no doubt be a great addition to any Mustang owner’s bookshelf or coffee table. Its 240 pages are packed with over 600 images in color and black and white and it is available now for $50 at your favorite book retailer or directly through Motorbooks at www.motorbooks.com.
Gary Davis Retires from Shelby
Shelby American has announced that Gary Davis, Executive Vice President of Operations, has retired from the company as of October 10, 2014. Mr. Davis, the longest tenured production and operations executive in the company’s 52-year history, has been an instrumental part of every Shelby vehicle produced in the company’s past 16 years, including such memorable Shelby Mustangs as the Shelby GT, Shelby Super Snake, Shelby GT500KR, and more.
“For almost two decades, Gary Davis has been a key part of Shelby American,” Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, said. “Carroll always had a keen eye for talent, so he asked Gary to join Shelby American’s Cobra program in 1998. Gary’s capabilities propelled him into development and production of vehicles ranging from the Ford Shelby Hertz cars to the Shelby 1000. During his tenure, Gary worked closely with key partners like Ford Motor Company, as well as equipment suppliers to create our Shelby Performance Parts division. His fingerprints are on every facet of our business.”
Cut from the same cloth as Shelby legends Phil Remington and Bernie Kretzschmar, Davis is a genuine American hot rodder. It was while overseeing production, as well as research and development at Shelby American, that Davis was able to unleash his creative spirit. “I’ve loved being part of Shelby American,” Davis said. “It was a privilege to work for Carroll Shelby. He gave me the opportunity to build some fantastic cars and meet many wonderful people. I’d like to thank everyone at Shelby American, especially Joe Conway and CFO Keith Belair for making my time so memorable.”
Mr. Davis ran all research and development at the Las Vegas design center. However, one particular job he completed summarizes his versatility. “We asked Gary to oversee the relocation to our new Las Vegas strip facility last year,” Conway added. “That was an immense responsibility. He rose to the challenge, managing a smooth move into a facility that will make Shelby American more flexible, effective, and productive. While all of his accomplishments have been impressive, he merits special recognition for this particular job. Gary deserves to enjoy his retirement, but he will be sorely missed.”
Now eligible for retirement, Davis and his wife plan to travel the country in their motor home. “I want to visit all the places where enthusiasts have been enjoying their cars,” Davis said. “I look forward to seeing some of the cars that I helped build running around the track at Hallett or winning trophies at the MCA shows. Carroll always talked about the Daytona Speed Weeks and that will be near the top of the list. I look forward to seeing a lot of my Shelby connected friends at events around the country.”
The 2015 seasons for both the NMRA and the NMCA are being finalized and right now we know the season openers will start off with the 21st NMRA Spring Break Shootout scheduled for March 5-8, 2015, and the 13th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals on March 20-22, 2015, both to be held at Florida’s Bradenton Motorsports Park. For more on these series hit www.nmradigital.com and www.nmcadigital.com. BendPak Inc. (www.bendpak.com) announced the recent groundbreaking of a 67,000-square-foot multipurpose warehouse and shipping center located on 3.7 acres of land in Santa Paula, California. The new 67,000-square-foot facility will further expand BendPak’s current shipping and logistics operation allowing the business to meet growing customer needs. Gumout Performance Additives has announced a complete redesign of its website, www.gumout.com. The new website features product guides, demonstration videos, redesigned product pages, and a motorsports section with videos from the “Gumout Gang.”