Ray Wolff 1968* Mustang
“The whole is greater than
the sum of its parts” (Aristotle). This race car is made up from two separate
Mustangs. Front half 1967 Shelby GT500 and the back half a 1968 notchback. Two
damaged blue Mustangs pieced together to live on as one race car.
*We name it a 1968 here due to the fact that the
1967 front clip was put o
bviously as a replacement of a damaged front end on
the 1968 race built rear end.
1968 Riverside Ray Wolff
Ray Wolff was general manager of Carrol Shelby’s Hi-Performance Motors Inc and
the splicing of two Mustangs was done during this time. Once joined the
notchback was painted Blue. Research is still ongoing about the possibilty of
the back half being a race car before the splicing was done. Wolff was also a
Trans Am competitor racing (along with Chuck Cantwell) two Orange #9 Mustang
notchbacks during 1966-68.
1968 Riverside Ray Wolff
Dick Guider purchased the Mustang from
Ray Wolff in the Culver City/Venice California area in late 1968 and promptly
sent the car to Earle Scheib for a color change from Blue to Orange. This was
done to match the ex-Team Shelby ’67 T/A notchback that Guider had purchased
from Wolff a couple weeks prior.
Guider raced the newly painted M&R Racing
Enterprises Mustang in SCCA A/S as #9 (or a variation using the #9) twice at
Phoenix, once at Continental Divide with a 1st place finish, once at Salt Lake
City and also at Riverside Int'l Raceway. Put in storage at end of the 1969
Ron Burns with Don Roberts as co-driver
and mechanic. Color change from Orange to a Gold/Bronze color with Black Forest
livery and raced as #22 with SCCA and ASRA.
Don Roberts. Not raced.
“Bob” Barker. Raced the Mustang for a
couple years as #73 in the Gold/Bronze color and Black Forest livery before
adding larger flares, a California Special rear deck lid and color change to
Black. Barker added an additional scar to the floor pan near the old body splice
when a driveshaft that came off during a race at Phoenix Int’l Raceway.
Advertised for sale in Competition Press in 1977.
As a side note, Barker co-drove the 1967 Code Key
Shelby Group 2 T/A notchback three times during 1968-69. Riverside, Kent and
Late 1978 to present:
Jim Lange Sr. Included was an SCCA log book
from 1975, an earlier log book was kept by Barker. The Mustang had full glass,
deluxe interior door panels, Lemans style fuel filler and FIA papers. Lange
raced the Mustang in various ASRA events, hill climbs and the Eloy Grand Prix
where after a shunt and repair the Mustang was changed from black to red with a
black hood. Lange removed the original 4-point roll bar and installed a full
roll cage during the 1990s just before retiring the car.
restoration by Gordon Levy to 1968 T/A spec.
While carefully sanding the layers of paint Jim Lange found the number 9
(both Wolff and Guiders number) and several variations using the number 9.
Fabrication and parts stand out as a Shelby American connection.
- drilled rear drum brake backing plates,
- fuel pump
bracket assy in trunk,
- fuel fill through trunk,
- dash gauge panel,
- 4-point bolt-in roll bar,
- rear track bar,
- flat washers tack
welded to front top shock mounts,
- 5 spoke magnesium wheels stamped 5 67,
- HiPo 289 cylinder heads stamped “ported by Valley Head Ser, Canoga Park,
Calif and topped off with Shelby R-model valve covers.
Oral histrory of the
car has been that it's a Shelby prepared notchback that was heavily crashed and
Tracking the donor GT500 fastback front clip VIN shows
the 5/12/67 built Shelby never made it to the dealer it was to be shipped to and
no insurance claim was made.
Steve Francis, December 2018