1966 Shelby Group 2 Mustang #12
© David Randall, Gary Spraggins, Wolfgang Kohrn - January 22nd, 2009, last update January 25th, 2013
1966 Notchback #12 at its first race at the Continental Devide Raceway in Sept. 1966. It won immediately 1st place. Driver John McComb.
Gary Spraggins - the current owner - gives us a personal insight:
"John MComb was the National Champion 1967 with points combined with the 67 car. I have a couple stories that were told to me by John and Terry Doty (mechanic for John).
John had talked about his first race in the car at CDR. His first race he was getting used to the car and learning how to drive it. He was running behind Ron Gable, but could not get around him, each time he came into turn, he could not shift down to first to come out of the corner. Finally two laps to go ...he came into the corner and got it in first gear and just drove around him going on to win the race.
A funny story Terry told me was, when they were at a race and Shelby's 18 wheelerwould be there to supply parts for the racers. Well.. someone needed an engine and they were told that they did not have any engines available. At some time Terry needed an engine and went over to the Shelby's 18 wheeler and then went back to pit were the car was, a few minutes later here came a fork lift bring a new motor over to McCombs car....I guess it caused a little stir with the other racers that Terry got a chuckle out of it.
My exciting experiences with the car of course was finding the car and notknowing exactly what it was other than being told it was a factory built race car driven by John McComb and Brad Brooker. At the time nobody knew anything about these cars. I sent a letter to SAAC describing the car along with serial number.. and to my surprise it was a Shelby built car and they had just found the paperwork and serial numbers of the 16 group 2 cars built for Trans AM series. It was my dream come true, the needle in the haystack.
The fun part has been finding the original drivers, race history of the carand restoring the car back to as raced when John raced the car. Also most exciting was meeting John and Terry for the first time at Pueblo Colorado In 2002. Reuniting John and Terry with the 66 car after 25 years.
Lake Garnett KS
SCCA National 7/68 (2nd); Lake Afton, Wichita, KS SCCA National 8/16/68 (1st).
Set A/Sedan lap record and tied A/Production Corvette of Don Yenko for 2nd
fastest lap ever run at Lake Afton.
Finished 3rd Midwest Division 69.
Cotton Carnival GP (1st); Salina, KS SCCA National (1st); Kansas City, City GP
SCCA National (2nd); St. Louis Mid-America Raceway GP SCCA National (2nd);
Lake Garnet, KS SCCA Nationals (2nd); Ponca City, OK GP SCCA Nationals (2nd);
War Bonnet Park, OK SCCA Nationals 91st). Invited to 69 ARRC at Daytona (DNF).
Lone Star GP, Texas International speedway, College Station, TX SCCA National
(1st); Ponca City GP, OK, SCCA National (2nd).
"I have purchased the #12 Car from Gary Spraggins as of March of 2012. I have arranged a national tour to show the car bring the importance of the early Trans-Am races to the general public.On our first showing, we were awarded Best of Class in the Vintage American Muscle category at the Festivals of Speed in St. Petersburg Florida. It was a great win considering that Sox and Martin cars, Richard Pettys blue big wing Hemi and other noteworthy cars were present."
On sale for January 2013
through Mecum in Kissimmee. Sold for 400.000 Dollar!