2014 December Car of the Month

Greg and Pam's GT350

Thanks for selecting the 1966 GT350 as the "Car of the Month." Pam and I have had the honor being the temporary
keepers of SFM6S264 since 1980. Back then, it commanded the same price as a brand-new GT Mustang.

The GT350 was shipped to Williams Ford in Connecticut on November 15, 1965 according to our original documents from Shelby American.
In 2009, we received a special phone call from the original owner asking about the car!

Through the years it has provided an avenue for a lifestyle that includes vintage races, Shelby American events and casual meetings with famous people: Carroll Shelby, Pete Brock, George Follmer, Parnelli Jones, just to name-drop a few. A highlight in this family's life came in 1991 when Carroll Shelby was about to be inducted in the San Diego Automotive Hall of Fame. J. Bittle arranged for #264 to be included in the static displays of Shelbys, Cobras, Tigers and Griffiths. After the induction ceremonies, we invited Carroll Shelby to autograph the cars on display while I took photos.

In 2003, I swapped out the original C4 (yes, an automatic transmission in an early non-Hertz GT350!) In its place went a T5 from a 1993 Cobra Mustang. By using early-model clutch linkage, and custom brackets, the only body modification is the factory-correct hole for the clutch linkage through the firewall. In 2009, I changed the engine to a Roush 342R, which came with a dyno sheet showing 461HP/419Torque at the flywheel. Not bad for a sub-3000-pound car! The “matching numbers” engine and transmission are bagged and tagged for posterity.

This Christmas, the car will be treated to a new front suspension, including tubular upper and lower control arms. #264 still has the original frame and sheet metal, although the 34-year-old paint is looking a bit tired. It still has many original parts including the carpet, glass, plexiglas rear-quarter windows and over-ride traction bars.

Although we can't make many of the outings and events, we thoroughly enjoyed our time with the fine driving enthusiasts of MOCA during the recent Painted Churches Tour.

Thanks again for honoring us this month!
Greg and Pam Drake

A Thank You to All Our Sponsors of the 34th Ford Roundup

The Mustang Owners Club of Austin would like to take this opportunity to say
THANK YOU
to Joel Gray of Mac Haik Ford
and all the hard work that went into the 34th Annual Round Up Car Show.
Mac Haik was very generous in letting us use their facility to hold the car show plus providing the big tent out front for everyone’s use.

We would also like to give a BIG SHOUT OUT and
THANK YOU
to all the following companies for their support of the car show and SafePlace:
Trophy Sponsors:

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