In August 1966, Shelby American placed a special order with Ford Motor Company for three GT500’s, powered by the new, dual-quad 428 cubic-inch Special Interceptor engine. All three were painted Candyapple Red and fully optioned with air-conditioning, California emissions, AM radio, and “Deluxe” Mag Star wheels -- destined to serve advertising and public relations roles.
This Shelby ‘trio’ became the first regular-production 428-8V powered Mustangs to be built by Ford and subsequently transformed into GT500’s by the then-Los Angeles-based Shelby operation. An unexpected change in plans resulted in the ‘67 GT500 Coupe and ‘67 GT500 Convertible becoming the ONLY multi-carbureted coupe and convertible Mustangs ever built by Ford and completed by Shelby American.
Fast-forwarding 55 years, these three historic Shelby GT500’s will finally be displayed together, in public, for the first time. This special event will take place at the Indiana Shelby American Automobile Club’s (INSAAC) annual Fall Classic, sponsored by Barrett-Jackson, Billups Classic Cars, and Scott Fuller Reproductions. In addition to the '67 GT500 trio, about 100 show cars are expected at the event, with special indoor displays and an expansive outdoor display on the resort grounds. It’s a great show that offers this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these three historic GT500’s together for the first time.
The show is open to the public on Friday, October 22, at the French Lick Resort and Casino located in French Lick and West Baden, Indiana. Doors are open for spectators from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with the exciting unveiling of the '67 GT500 “trio” happening at 10 a.m. sharp. Admission is free for spectators (perhaps intentionally leaving visitors with some spare change for the Casino?). For additional information on attending the event as a spectator or as an exhibitor of your Ford-powered car, visit the INSAAC website at www.INSAAC.org or check it out as a Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/225751049210081
Here’s some important info on these special Shelby GT500’s that will be shown at the event:
‘67 Shelby GT500 Fastback (s/n #0100) Rarity & Significance:
· The very first multi-carbureted Mustang built by Ford.
· The most ‘expedited’ Shelby GT built by Ford’s San Jose plant.
· The first GT500 serialized and completed by Shelby American.
· The first GT500 to be used for Public Relations duty.
· One of the most photographed and road-tested Shelby GT cars ever built.
· On July 31, 1967, Shelby American valued the fastback at $4,207.83.
‘67 Shelby GT500 Coupe (s/n #0131) Rarity & Significance
· The only multi-carbureted Mustang Coupe built by Ford.
· The only GT500 (428-8V) Coupe completed by Shelby American.
· The second GT500 to get built by Ford and completed by Shelby American.
· The only known Shelby GT to be factory-fitted with dual superchargers.
· Repurposed to serve as a styling concept for the ‘68 GT Coupe.
· Regularly driven by Fred Goodell, Engineering Manager at Shelby American.
· On July 31, 1967, Shelby American valued the coupe at $3,318.84.
‘67 Shelby GT500 Convertible (s/n #0139) Rarity & Significance
· The only multi-carbureted Mustang Convertible built by Ford.
· The only GT500 (428-8V) Convertible completed by Shelby American.
· The third GT500 to get built by Ford and completed by Shelby American.
· Repurposed to serve as a styling concept for the ‘68 GT Convertible.
· Repurposed again for use in the ‘68 advertising materials (Ford’s design).
· Claimed by Carroll Shelby to be his “Personal Driver.”
· On July 31, 1967, Shelby American valued the convertible at $4,249.76.
What does the Fox Say? Come to Foxtoberfest at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 27-30 to Find Out!
With Halloween fast approaching, it’s time for Mustang enthusiasts to treat themselves to something out of the ordinary. If you think taking a road trip to attend a big car show on Halloween weekend is crazy, well . . . it is! Crazy like a Fox – as in Foxtoberfest, a show consisting entirely of cars that ride on the 1978-93 Ford Fox-Body platform. This year marks the show’s 10th anniversary, and organizers expect it will be the biggest and best yet, appealing not only to a large portion of the Fox-Body owner base, but to all Mustang fans as well. Spanning four days, Fox fans can enjoy a large variety of activities such as an open house at Fox Mustang Restoration, a cruise, poker run, Fox-Body YouTuber meet & greet, a hotel kick-off party complete with a costume contest, and of course the main event of over 500 Fox Bodies on display at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This show is unique not only because of the niche that it serves, but also because every Fox Body Ford is welcome regardless of condition. You’ll see low-mileage originals next to multi-colored projects. There are typical trophies for class winners like “Best Original 1987-93” and “Best Non-Mustang Fox,” but the show also awards an upholstery set to the vehicle that is “Most in Need of Upholstery” to help support those who are trying to save a Fox and bring it back to its original glory. So head over to the event website www.foxtoberfest.com to get all the details, then book a stay in Concord, North Carolina, from October 27-30 to experience the pride of Fox Body ownership and share the passion that continues to grow in the Fox community.
Donate to JDRF for Your Chance to Win a 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition Four-Door
The only thing better than winning a sweepstakes for a brand-new 2021 Ford Bronco would be helping out a good cause while you’re at it. And that’s precisely what you can do by donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in their new sweepstakes to score your very own special version of Ford’s hot new SUV. Enter for a chance to win the highly anticipated 2021 Ford First Edition Bronco. This four-door off-roader will be painted in the limited Lightning Blue color, which is only available on First Edition Broncos. Starting at only $10, your donation not only gives you an opportunity to win this much sought-after Bronco, but also to help JDRF in their mission to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and its complications. The winner of the Bronco will also receive a gift card to use on their choice of updates, along with an upgrade of the lightbar and a unique plate on the I/P console. For Prize Details, Sweepstakes Rules & Regulations, FAQ’s and a downloadable Donate By Mail .PDF form, visit the JDRF site at https://jdrf.tapkat.org/winfordbroncofirstedition/. The drawing is set for December 1st at Ford World Headquarters – but don’t put it off. Get online and enter now, and you might be giving yourself a new Bronco for Christmas!
Time to Register your Club or Ford Fan Facebook Group with Ford Performance Club Connect
By now you should have heard about a cool Ford Performance initiative called “Club Connect” that can help all Ford and Mustang enthusiasts get connected with both Ford Motor Company and each other. Only those clubs who register with the program are eligible for no-cost promotion and support from Ford Performance, so you owe it to members of your Mustang or Ford vehicle club or online forum to register and appear on our Ford enthusiast club map. All it takes is a visit to www.FordPerformanceClubConnect.com and a single click on the “Register Your Club” link. Once you fill out the form and hit “Submit,” you’ll be notified within just a few days of your acceptance in Ford Performance Club Connect -- it’s that simple, and it’s FREE!
The primary goal of our Ford Performance Club Connect program is to get everyone to register their club – at no cost – and get themselves on our Ford enthusiast group map so that we can all connect with each other. Once there, you’ll be able to see all of the other clubs and groups who have registered in your region – not just Mustang clubs, but ALL Ford vehicle organizations. And now we’d like to invite all of you who are part of any Ford vehicle Facebook Group to register with Club Connect, too. Why? Because connecting your Facebook Group with more owners and fans makes your group more worthwhile – and registering with Club Connect will link your online group with participants who may never have known that your group exists.
The value in all of this is that whenever you plan a club or group activity, you can see what other clubs and groups are in your area that you may wish to contact and ask to join you at a show or event. It also allows Ford Performance to see all the clubs and groups in a certain area, so that when we are coming to town or planning a special Ford event in your city or state, you and your club members can be contacted to participate.
It takes only a few minutes for a club principal or board member to register your club and establish a direct link for your members to Ford Performance. And now, you can also register your group and logo with Ford Brand Licensing all in the same process. Have a product or parts question that you want answered? Wish you could get some free club event promotion in our weekly “Fast News” e-blast that goes out to more than a quarter-million Ford fans each Thursday? Looking for event coverage for your show in the Enthusiasts section of FordPerformance.com? Hoping you could find a cool Ford goodie-bag or door-prize item, or a banquet guest speaker? How about requesting on-site show support with an appearance by our Ford Performance Meet & Greet tent, along with FREE Mustang poster giveaways for all show attendees? Individual requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but they can ONLY be awarded to clubs who are registered.
So go to www.FordPerformanceClubConnect.com and click on the “Find Your Club” link to see if you are on the map. If not, then act now to register your Ford-based club or Facebook Group so that you can join this special program -- all backed and supported by a real enthusiast staff managed by Ford Performance. If you have questions or want more info, you and your members can always email us at ClubHub@Ford.com, or can simply call our Ford Performance Info Center, toll-free during regular business hours, at 1-800-FORD-788 (800-367-3788).
So what are you waiting for? Get online and make sure you’re connected. Then plan to enjoy your performance Ford later this year so that you can discover the fun and all of the friendly people involved in the world of Ford Performance. We’re sure that being connected with each other and with Ford will make your ownership experience even more enjoyable!
Here's How Easy It Is to Get You and Your Car(s) Featured in Our Weekly ‘Ford Fan Spotlight’
For the past decade, one of the most popular features on FordPerformance.com and in our Fast News e-newsletter continues to be "Ford Fan Spotlight,"where readers can send in their own reasons why they're fans of Ford Motor Company. You know who they are: Ford "superfans;" grassroots Ford racers; unique Ford vehicle owners; loyal Ford enthusiasts; notable Ford club people; special Ford families; and/or any avid supporter of Ford, Ford vehicles, Ford motorsports or Ford Performance who deserves a little bit of special recognition.
All you need to do to get you, your car or candidate considered is to send in a brief description (200-500 words or less) and a few photos (in .jpeg format, preferably 1 mb) of a person (full name and hometown, please) and vehicle that you think Ford Performance should feature (and why) in the "Ford Fan Spotlight" for an upcoming installment of Fast News and posting on FordPerformance.com. Then email it to: ClubHub@Ford.com. (Your submission grants us your permission for us to use your copy and photos on our website and other Ford media outlets, edited as necessary.) We'll choose one submission to be featured each week. We hope to see YOU and your collectible Ford in our Fan Spotlight soon!
Now Read Our Enthusiasts News Each Week on Ford Performance Club Connect
One race – one win – was all it took for Henry Ford to generate enough buzz and belief in his engineering among investors to secure funding and launch the Ford Motor Company. At Ford Performance, we have never forgotten where it all began. So we’ve been honoring our heritage, our products and our relentless competitive spirit by shining a light on motorsports and the Ford enthusiast world each week with our Fast News e-newsletter.
From news on our hottest cars and trucks or performance parts to the latest scoop on all the must-see Ford enthusiast events and shows, our weekly Fast News email has been your ticket to stay connected to the company that put the world on wheels. But trying to keep up with emails has left some of you in the dust. So that’s why Ford Performance is now posting our weekly Enthusiast News directly on www.FordPerformanceClubConnect.com -- so you can check it out the next time you’re online without sorting through your email inbox. So put our FordPerformanceClubConnect.com website on your Favorites list, and then hop-in, buckle-up and hang-on each and every week for our Enthusiast News, because like you and all of us in the Ford enthusiast world, we’ll be driving Ford passion!