We had been
brainstorming since late last summer as to what the Alberta Mustangs Auto Club
would do this winter for our Club Display
in the World of Wheels. Jim Bateman's idea was to have a "full-size
car model kit" as part of the display. Most of us who were
interested in cars as kids, have good memories of putting together
many of these 1:24th scale models.
The plan grew, as we
built on the idea of having a tribute to Carroll Shelby, who had
passed away in May 2012. We would have a full-size car shell coming
out of a model box. We would have our display stuffed full of
Shelby's. We would have a display of 1:18 die-cast cars also,
matching the full-size cars. We would build paint bottles, glue
tubes and "exacto" knives all to scale, but full-size! We would have
a plastic "tree", with parts still attached, just like how the
models come brand-new.
The tribute to
Carroll also included a list of several quotes attributed to him,
some vintage ads for his cars from the '60's, and a black Stetson
sitting on the hood of the "project" model, a factory Black 1968
Shelby GT-350 4-speed Fastback.
With the ideas of
our Club members and their talents, along with support from the
business community, we put together what has even been described by
some competitors of ours, as an amazing Club Display. We won
First Place in Best Club Display
this year, after having finished Third the past couple years where
we had a Club Display. The Iron Indian (Pontiac) Auto Club finishing
in Second Place, while the Northern Mopars Auto Club finished in
In addition to our
Club Display success, we also had all six of the cars in our
display in competition win "Best in Class" in each of the
classes they were in. We had a mix of new and old Shelby's,
including a 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C, 1966 Shelby GT-350 Hertz
Tribute, 1968 Shelby GT-500KR Convertible, 2008 Shelby GT-500 Super
Snake Coupe, 2008 Shelby GT-500 Coupe, and a 2008 Shelby GT
Another Club member,
Derek, unveiled his freshly re-done 1965 Fastback. He has owned this
car since 1980, and it looks terrific with all the work that was
done to it over the winter. It looks nothing like how it has looked
over the past several years. It is worth stopping and having a good
look at it, at the next car show he brings it out to.
Thanks also to
Teresa and Ken for providing some of the photos.
Hope you enjoy the
cars and the display.