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Written by independent automotive journalist David C. Neyens

Lot #1395 – 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 will be selling with No

 

Without doubt, one of the greatest joys offered by the collector car world is the opportunity to rediscover great, previously unknown cars. Especially racing cars that decimated the opposition like thieves in the night and then disappeared, only to re-emerge years later. One such car, which will be offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s 2022 Scottsdale auction, is this unrestored and as-raced 1965 Shelby GT350 (Lot #1395), modified for the original owner when new by the wizards at Les Ritchey’s Performance Associates to full “Drag Unit” specification.

First, a little background on the little-known GT350 drag program. Early in 1965, Don McCain, Shelby’s national sales director, conceived a drag-racing GT350 variant and racing program as a sales booster. McCain and Ford drag racing stalwart Les Ritchey of Glendora, California’s Performance Associates devised a host of modifications to McCain’s own GT350, dubbed “Performer.” Tailored to NHRA Sport Stock and AHRA B/Sports competition, McCain’s GT350 drag program was approved at Shelby American by July 1965 with limited factory support. Soon, records fell and word was out to savvy racers looking for that winning edge.

According to the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC), just eight GT350 drag cars, collectively designated “Drag Units,” were built – four 1965 cars and another four 1966 models. All began as randomly selected GT350 street cars at Shelby American’s LAX factory and once ordered as a “Drag Unit,” they were shipped to Performance Associates, where the drag-racing upgrades were exclusively performed.

However, in Southern California and virtually unknown to most Shelby fans and experts for nearly 50 years, lurked another GT350 drag car – SFM5S242, modified to full “Drag Unit” specification at Performance Associates in 1966. Raced by its original owner for the 1966 and 1967 seasons, it was retired after the NHRA folded Sport Stock into Super Stock for 1968. While a formidable low-12-second car, the Shelby’s owner knew it would no longer be competitive in the new class, and after a little clandestine street action, the car was stored and preserved as raced from 1971 until 2013, when it was purchased by the consignor from the original owner.

Delivered to Mel Burns Ford in Long Beach, California, SFM5S242 was equipped new with Le Mans stripes and tagged as a showroom car and dealer demonstrator at the urging of Shelby American. It remained with Mel Burns Ford until January 22, 1966, when San Jose drag racer Jerry Mendes purchased SFM5S242 for $3,377 and had it shipped immediately that day to Les Ritchey’s Performance Associates, where it received the entire set of Shelby Drag Unit upgrades. There, “GT6” was stamped on the Shelby’s engine, 4-speed transmission, 9-inch rear end and other locations during the process, signifying it was the sixth drag racing Shelby GT350 built at Performance Associates, – following the first 1966 car – 6S011 – and preceding 6S018.

The parts and precision work by Performance Associates added $1,494.63 to the GT350’s cost, and all original take-off parts were returned to Mendes, who either drove or flat-towed the car to drag races at California’s Sacramento, Fremont and Carlsbad strips. Mendes added further race preparations to the GT350, including surgeon-like weight reduction worthy of Ford’s famed racing operations. Mendes’ efforts worked magically, including achievement of a low ET of 12.38 seconds at 110.83 mph and setting an NHRA class record while the car was actively campaigned. Following retirement, the GT350 was placed into storage with just 6,455 miles from 1971 to 2013, when the consignor, a die-hard Shelby enthusiast and collector, purchased it directly from Mendes, strictly conditional on the car remaining in “as raced” condition. Never wet, at least since Mendes purchased the car in early 1966 to the present day, SFM5S242 retains the factory-original Wimbledon White paint finish, down to the factory assembly-line overspray it retains in various nooks and crannies.

Throughout his nearly 50 years of ownership, Mendes kept the GT350 road-registered annually. To anybody wondering about this GT350’s amazing provenance, it comes with original documentation, including ownership and California title records, plus Shelby American, Mel Burns Ford and Performance Associates invoices and correspondence. Now known to the Shelby faithful after so many years, the story of this spectacularly original and as-raced quarter-mile warrior was featured by Mustang Monthly magazine in 2013. A true showstopper to Shelby fans, it

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: BACK IN THE LIMELIGHT: The Sixth Shelby GT350 Drag Car
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-sixth-shelby-gt350-drag-car-crossing-the-2022-scottsdale-block/
Published Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 18:58:51 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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