Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 29, 2015
Photos By: Carroll Shelby Automotive Program

In our quest to stay on top of all things Mustang related we keep our eyes and ears wide open all across the Internet and through email newsletters, blogs, and more. One of our regular reads is the blog put out by the folks at Virginia Classic Mustang. Their blog often features new product announcements and updates on some of the really sweet Mustangs they’re restoring for their personal collection (very desirable steel like Shelby G.T. 350s, K-code GTs, and so forth). Today’s bit of news comes from said blog, so we’re happy to give Virginia Classic Mustang a tip O’ the hat in thanks. Be sure to check their blog out at

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The Northeast Texas Community College offers the Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program as part of its curriculum. Like many automotive college level programs it teaches students automotive hands-on training to repair major mechanical items, driveline, brakes, electrical, and more in preparation for a career in the automotive repair industry. This includes a degree-level program and preparation for ASE testing. The program also focuses on electronics and computer tuning and aftermarket performance upgrades typical of modifying performance cars. It is the only automotive program endorsed by Carroll Shelby as well.

Recently the students in the program were offered a very unique opportunity to build a race car from a 1965 Mustang hardtop. Texas attorney Rob Miller commissioned the build for a historically accurate 1965 Mustang to compete in the Panamericana race in Mexico; a grueling 2,000 mile feat of endurance. The Mustang will be driven by Miller and Wilber Grinsven using the team name of Shelby A/P Race Team This unique program is being led by director Keith Finnimore. Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program instructor, Tony Whitworth, brings an incredible amount of racing experience, having worked for A.J. Foyt Racing for ten years. He also has passion and experience in restoring many Shelbys over the years. You can follow the build on the team’s Facebook page at and to learn more about the Northeast Texas Community College Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program please visit their site at