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June 28, 2015
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Meet the Legends
Meet the Legends
Saturday’s Meet the Legends program was one of the highlights of the Concours weekend. This year’s panel included Peter Brock, designer of the famous Cobra Daytona Coupe which was instrumental in Ford’s win in the 1965 World Sports Car Championship and many other significant race and passenger cars including being part of the team that designed the first series Corvette Stingray. Joining Peter was Bob Bondurant, the founder of the Bondurant Driving School that has trained future racing champions for decades.
Bob also gave the Cobra Daytona coupe some of its greatest victories during the fight for the World Championship including the race that clinched the title. Another panelist was Allen Grant, one of Bob’s teammates on the Shelby Cobra team and an employee of Shelby American, manufacturer of Cobras. Our final guest was Steve Volk, President of the Shelby American Collection in Boulder, Colorado. Steve recognized Carroll Shelby’s place in automotive manufacturing and racing early, and his museum is considered the finest collection of Shelby cars and memorabilia in the world.
The group regaled the audience with stories about how the Shelby Cobra and Shelby Daytona coupe were instrumental in winning the 1965 World Sports Car Championship.
The special focus of this year’s Concours was Total Performance – Powered by Ford and a celebration of Ford’s 50th anniversary of a 1-2-3 win at Le Mans in 1966. Total Performance was Ford’s advertising and public relations program of the 1960s. Ford realized that baby boomers were coming into car buying age and had an interest in high performance and racing cars.
To take advantage of this interest and give a halo effect to their everyday line of automobiles, Ford began competing in the most prestigious race series around the world during the 1960s. The result was World Championships in both Grand Prix racing and the Sports Car World Championship as well as victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969. Ford-powered cars also won the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and were successful in both off-road and drag racing as well as International rallying.
While this year’s focus was on the Total Performance era, the Concours had several historically significant Ford racing high performance cars on display, including the Shelby Cobra CSX2345, the Shelby Daytona Coupe CSX2299, a 1968 Gulf Mirage Ford GT40, the De Tomaso P70 designed by Peter Brock, Jimmy Clark’s 1964 Lotus 34 that sat on the pole at the Indianapolis 500 and a recreation of a 1935 Ford-Powered Miller-Ford V-8 Indianapolis racer. Representing modern times were two Ford GTs of the 2005/6 Edition.
The proceedings were videotaped and can be seen in the video below:
Past Meet the Legends guests have included famous racing drivers Sir Stirling Moss and Denise McCluggage, Hot Rod icons Pete Chapouris and Ken Gross, noted collector Ralph Marano and TV personality, Wayne Carini, whose Chasing Classic Cars is the most popular automotive-oriented show on TV and of Shelby cars and memorabilia in the world.
Meet the Legends Panel Discussion with Wayne Carini, Ralph Morano, Howard Sullivan, Tony Jones and Michael Lynch, held June 27th 2015.
Meet the Legends Panel Discussion with Pete Chapouris, Ken Gross, Tom McIntyre, Richard Munz, Ken Schmidt, Jerry Slover and Michael Lynch, held June 21st 2014.
Meet the Legends Panel Discussion with Sterling Moss, Denise McCluggage, Michael Lynch and Rydell Gregory, held June 22nd 2013.