Shelby Team car "Horst Kwech" in Trans Am Racing
© Sam Colman, David Bauer, Wolfgang Kohrn - January, 11th 2003, last updateSeptember 2011

 


There are only a few pictures of this Shelby team car #2 available. Those are subject to copyright. Mike Mulcahy was kind enough  in 2003 to permit a link and gave us a short comment on the scene and his background.
This link is for the one from Mike Mulcahy historic gallery.


"I have been going to Trans-Am Races since 1968. My dad was the engine builder for an independent Camaro Driver from Morris, IL named Duane Winkel. My dad owned an automotive store and machine shop. He built Chrysler Hemi engines for Bill Maverick Golden (the Wheel Stander), and many other famous drag, road race, and Unlimited Hydroplane Boats. 
As an adult I began to race myself and became interested in the history of the T/A cars from the 60's, 70's, and now the 80's and 90's. The photos of the wrecked Shelby Car on my website were taken at MIS in Michigan in 1969 just after the car had slid into Durwood Fletcher (an AMC Dealer) and killed him."
 
Mike Mulcahy/2003



The History of #148627

Picture: with permission from Ron Lathrop. Horst Kwech racing #148627 at the MIS Wolverine Racing 1969. 
See more pictures of this race on
www.camaros.org

This T/A Mustang was raced by Horst Kwech at Michigan International Speedway and wrecked when his car went into a spectator's car, killing that owner Derwood Fletcher.

After that accident It was stored under a cover at Holman & Moody.

The current status is yet unknown although some posts on the boss302.com Forum (Jan. 2003) said it was found. In fact it did not surface at that time. 


Dr. John Craft quote from  www.boss302.com.
"The Kwech death car (killed an infield spectator at MIS as he sat in his AMC) WAS stored at H&M in the old hanger that was adjacent to the main shop-along with the remains of the Walt Hansgen GT MkII (in which he died at LeMans), the remains of the Ken Miles J Car(in which he died at Riverside), the remains of the Les Ritchie AFX Mustang (in which he was beheaded-really really gross as his head rolled down the track still in the helmet) and the remains of the Fireball Roberts '64 H&M Galaxie (in which he was horribly burned at the World 600 in May 1964). 
When Ford cut H&M loose at the end of the '70 season (via letter dated 12/2/1970), they transfered ownership of the hulks to H&M. 
Per Lee Holman, the cars were ultimately cut up. Holman used to have bits and pieces of the cars (the melted nylon encrusted quick release buckle from Fireball's Galaxie, the steering column from the Hansgen car etc...) before the old H&M brick building was torn down, He may still have those pieces parts."
JAC


Editors note:
Early 2011 I heard again of the statement about it being still existent. Information might spread on the forums some time in 2011 and you'll be the judge yourself for the stories coming along. I expect some major heat on this topic.


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