History is repeating again?!
The next generation is ON!
Looks like young Alan Mann Racing from Byfleet?
Well it is partially at least and then again itt is not.
Henry Mann (24) is indeed Alan Manns son and racing like his Dad (73) in
the red/gold livery Cortina from Alan Mann Racing like in the heydays.
Neil Vass sent us via David Campion, son of the former Alan Mann Racing
team member Alex Campion this nice shot of another proud son.
History isn't gone, it is right here in front of you - repeating itself.
Don't miss it - the action is out there.
Greetings and a Happy New Year to you all from Alan and his son
Henry and Brian Lewis.
Racing at Donnington ((UK) was a lot of
fun for Henry Mann (son of Alan Mann)
|30th. December 2010
Ford Engine and materials R&D in Aachen/ Germany
It was a pleasure for your editor-of-choice to sneak into
the Ford R&D centre in Aachen and see what is going on in that area
for global Ford cars.
We reported already about the thrilling PTWA coating of the modern Shelby
5.4 engine quite some time ago, which was developed here and rest
assured.. there is more in the pipeline for the new engines, as we heard
through the grapevines. Staged here for the official PR pic are the Ford
classic car club and community representatives that won the recent Ford
Fan award... in front of a test vehicle for fuel-cell Hybrid drive
systems. Next to it we had a chance to see the engine testing department,
the haptic (surface feel) engineering room and many more areas, where
actual test vehicles were parked.
Stuff enough to look into the future. Ford really is a step forward here
in this issue. Thanks to Monika Wagner (PR -far right) for the interesting
seminar in Fords activities for global car development.
We were promised to see the actual prooving ground next time and asked for
the Design Centre access.:) There was plenty of time to refresh insider
knowledge of the 2014 Mustang development as well.
|25th. December 2010
Very special 1969
Shelby GT350 Dubois demo car found down under
When Rich Coles of the
left 69 Shelby appeared at the Le Mans classic starting grid, he did not
know that the car has been most probably been there before. That is until
his friend Christian running a Mustang parts shop down under contacted the
Ponysite.de for possible further information on its special rear shock and
torsion bar set-up and the VIN and fortunately we could help again
pointing to the demo car history of Claude Dubois.
"We very often
fitted traction bars on Shelbys in my workshop, and certainly on my own
demos." says Claude Dubois himself."#1963
was indeed one of my demo cars. A GT350, Gulfstream
Aqua, black trim 4-speeds manual tranny, put in service in May 1969. But
what you have there is a
Houdaille shock absorber, no doubts about that.
Certainly installed in my
workshop , but I had forgotten we did that modification on a Mustang.
Those Houdailles were
standard on a Ferrari, as I mentioned, but only on early cars like
1950 to about 1955 or 56 models, after& that Ferrari went to
telescopics like everybody.
I used those Houdaille on
my first competition car , my personal Triumph TR2, between 1955
to 1957. I won an
impressive series of rallies, hill climbs and circuit races with this
car , and the shock absorbers helped me a lot, because they literally
transformed the poor handling of this car in stock configuration. They
had kind of an oil pressure compensation system built in those
shocks." Claude Dubois 26th. December 2010)
The result of
that prooven road race modification maybe interesting for other 69
""The ride is firm but
not hard and uncomfortable like a go kart. There is not a lot of body
roll on the track either." says Rich.
|25th. December 2010
Another ARI promo car found
If the Marti invoice shows that the car
was delivered to the Texas Int. Speedway and has a 351 and a VIN in the
13XXXX range, you can be almost sure, you have something special. Adam
Schweizer from www.onlineautoconnection.com was curious to learn more
about the ARI promo cars and contacted us. John Bakke, the owner of of one
of the 428 ARI Cobra Jet convertibles will help him out with the details
learned by ARI-Guru Bruce Weiss, so we succeeded again to link up people
with the same interest.
The side stripes will be sticked on soon and the car most probably be for
We will add it to our ARI section soon.
|20th. November 2010
Piecing a car together gets a new meaning with this
display of the "white elephant" (1931 Mille Miglia Mercedes SSKL)
at the recent Motorshow in Essen. The Motorshow is a similar event like
the SEMA, but refocussed this year on its heritage as a motorsport car
of the Motorshow 2010
In Memoriam Alex Campion -
Alan Mann mechanic during the glory days of
the Monte Carlo and Tour de France 1964
Unfortunately Alex Campion
passed away on Friday 19th. November 2010 in his age of 85.
His sons memories will keep him alive forever. Mustang Life is about
Father/Kids relation and this bond will be taken further carried by these
available - the DVD about the India
trip of Bassam and the famous group of designers, journalists and creative
heads. We had the news first from Bassam years ago and followed his
adventure in the past. Good to see the result of this finally in the
movie. Dave Newhardt wrote a book about it.
Make sure you check out the trailer by clicking on the picture on right.
reward once and then for all the effort is not too bad. It was also nice
to win for the 3rd time the Ford Fan Award of For Germany
for our First Mustang Club of Germany 1964-1973 e.V. website.
Especially since Ford Germany does not sell the Mustang in Germany.
If you want to know who are the winners or 3rd. places from Germany, click
on the logo, however the pages are of course in german language.
Thanks to the club caretaking people at
Ford Cologne and thanks for the invitation to the Ford Research Centre in
Aachen. We have had already a number of promising contacts there, but we
hope to meet them all in person now to see which developments may
influence the next Mustang or its Ecoboost portfolio.
We also hope of course to see the current test cars, but that is unlikely
very famous, but also almost unknown Shelby is pictured here, but it is
also a sad story:
This is actually the Ex Piers Courage Shelby, while
being in the ownership of Pamela Blakes father (Palmer Hewardine).
Pam being pictured on the left.
When you look at the Shelby blue/white stripes and the outstanding pedal
car painted the same colour, it reminded me that Piers Courage was
actually hired for the Steve McQueen Le Mans movie as a driver, but never
made it into the cars due to his horrible accident at the Zandvoort track
where he died a few weeks earlier.
We already reported years ago in an interview with Eric Walker about the
Leech Mustang racer, that Eric also owned the Piers Courage Shelby at one
time and sold it in pieces.
This is a typical Ponysite adventure, as we linked them all up with the
current owner of 6S438.
The car has experienced a lot of adventures
obviously including hillclimb races and more. We hope to have some more
details soon that may go with the exciting pics into our club mag as well
1963 Camel Advertising http://indymotorspeedway.com/cigs/1960s.html
- Mustang meets Camel on the road again
Send us your caption, if you have a cool idea
I enjoyed a cool day near Munich in
this bellowing, roaring Shelby GT500 for a feature story in our club mag
courtesy Karl Geiger from Geiger Performance Cars. Karl is one of the best
known Performance cars dealer and tuner in Europe and oversears. He had no
clue nor myself that I would run into a bavarian camel on the road.
Konstantin made my day in helping to stage the camel for this shot and
more. Goes into our club mag 03/2010.
Camel courtesy of www.Bayern-Kamele.de,
Shelby GT500 www.geigercars.de
It is fun to follow diehard Mustang
Enthusiasts during their projects
We had presented Bob Sifferds Milano scale
model project already years ago, when he started. Being a professional
scale model builder, he had not only one project running and put this one
aside more than once to complete others for events or editorial writings.
It was good to hear from him again recently and to see his latest pics of
his ready to be painted Mustang Milano. I used a few amateur photoshop
tricks to let you have a visionary image of the car, when it is finished,
but of course Bobs result will be far more outstanding after he applied
The paint formula has been actually been a topic of recent mails coming
in. There was a run of special paint Cougars in those year with a violet
hue. We will keep you updated as we linked an Cougar owner and Bob
together to match their research of the right paint formula. One of the
goals of Ponysite.de is - as you may remember - to link Enthusiasts
together all over the world in their efforts to stick their heads together
over engine bays, whatever size they maybe.
The 40th. Anniversary of the famous Bond movie "Diamonds are
forever" is approaching quickly
The 1971 429 Mach1s used in the movie have drawn
more interest in the past years and will certainly appear here and there
for some show-effect.
Well-done replicas have been scarce over the years, but we are fortunate
to have followed Dennis resto project for years and it is finally ready in
time to be maybe used for (owner-driven) incidents.
Stay tuned for pictures of the finished 429er Bond Mach1 clone project
exclusive here on Ponysite.
The norwegians have to be taken serious - Arctic Snakes in action
Shelby icons has been a domain of the scandinavian countries, mostly
Sweden and Norway. In the past decades it was known that wherever in
Europe a Shelby is on sale, you can be sure that a Swede or Norwegian is
on the phone to ask about the details and pick it up, before anybody else
could jump in the deal.
So it is quite a habit to combine business or leisure trips with an
evening of fuel talk with our northern friends. Would not be realistic
with the open hood mentality they are well known for.
So did Erik Joys and Hans Arne Gjerde after Norsk Mustang club registrar
Lars-Petter Kolkind and local representative Atle Grimstad prepared the
visit for your editor of choice.
With 9 own cars (pictured here one 69 GT500) and a bigger number of muscle
cars in Hans "greenhouse" and the driving experience in the
meticulous 68 GT500KR of Erik it was again a pleasure to be up there and a
nice report worth in the following weeks in our club mag.
Phil Clark inducted into the MCA Hall of Fame!
McCarley, MCA president, himself informed us after the latest MCA meeting
that Phil Clark will be inducted soon into the Hall of Fame.
Within a close range of members votes, Phil made it still to the top, thus
one of Hollys major dreams came true that her father is finally recognised
not only by Ford itself, but also by the Mustang Club of America.
It was a long way to get Phil Clark back into the records aside from just
a small note in the Gary Witzenburg documentation through the archives of
the Ford Benson Reseach centre, reading tons of interview paperwork and
matching them to the notes of Phil Clark himself. Still there are so much
items left for Hollys second book to share with the Mustang community that
we all hope, Holly will be able to fund the publication and get a producer
for a movie or documentary ellaboration. The story of an unrecognized
individual for over 40 years, whose emblem is on about 8 million cars and
whose conceptual sportscar drawings in his application folder lead to an
american icon and somehow to the greatest sportscar ever - the Ford
for more information. (Will be updated soon)
1967/1968 Group 2 Notchback Mustangs are getting more popular these days
at the race track.
Carlo and Mirjam Hamilton from the Netherlands were and
are a avid readers of our site and finally thought, it was time to create
their own dream of a Notchback racer. We will feature it in our club mag
and soon in the replica section of our 67/68 Notchback section.
Sorry to the many, that sent e-mails and exciting information during my
holidays in Italy, where I haven't send yet an answer. I am following up
as soon as I can.
Myth around a sequel and the possible storyboard of a Remake 2011
John O. pointed us
to mystery things currently going on in the UK with a script of a sequel,
where the story of the movie is going on. This storyboard makes pretty
much more sense to me than a simple remake and we are fortunate to have
got some first shots of the staged first movie scenes where Frank Bullitt
got trapped and shot by a criminal.
Well this is cool stuff we want to see on the screen and a double of
McQueen is an easy one with digital editing. Read
more about the developing story
Brad Barnett developed MCAs new website
all knew he must have been sort of being bored, when he sold The
Mustang Source website (TMS).
Well, he is back as initially TMS Brad, now BamaBrad at the new www.mustang.org
forum. Not much traffic yet, but it is launching fast.
Phil Clark inducted into the Hall of Fame from the Ford Capri Club North
Read about his role in the european
development of the Capri here
Clark races for the MCA Hall of Fame against Kevin Marti and Lark Braig
Shelby EUROPA for sale
Hilding Tillman Shelby Europa comes up for sale, but we
will have a closer look at its tags some time soon.
Asking price is around 100K Euro, which is about 130.000 bucks or best
According to a friends report the car was bought by Mr. Tillman in 1975
and taken from the road in 1977, some work incl. a color change being
carried out over the years.
here for more information