Little Red instead of going to a junkyard as Ford had intended, was sent to Courtesy Ford in Littleton, Colo., where a wounded Vietnam vet decided to treat himself, not knowing the car he was about to buy was any more special than the other Shelbys on the lot.
After driving it for a couple of years he then sold to a man who lived in Wyoming at the time.
The second owner later moved to Texas and had it put away in a storage container that got broken into, the thief taking a few parts from the car, which was no longer in running condition.
After that, he brought it to his cousin’s house, and left it in his yard among a bunch of other old cars
and that's where is sat and has been rusting for decades.
But Craig Jackson who found and restored the "Green Hornet" Shelby Mustang, went looking for it's brother, this car, and found it by looking for the Ford VIN, not the Shelby VIN, and no one else had tried that.... so, it worked!
Little Red is the only GT500 coupe (hardtop) built by Shelby American
It is the only GT coupe ordered with and factory-equipped with dual-quads
Little Red is the second GT500 to be serialized and completed
Shell and Pennzoil are helping support, in part, the documentation of Little Red’s restoration journey. “As brands that have been part of American and worldwide automotive history for more than 100 years, we understand the importance of heritage. So, with that in mind, we’re thrilled to join Craig Jackson and his team on this historic journey to return Little Red to its original glory,” said Mark Henry, brand and communications manager, Shell Lubricants. “This will be one of the greatest stories of automotive history ever told, and we look forward to having a role in making it come alive for generations to come.”
The licensing agreement was a marketing windfall for the auto manufacturer in 1968, and the desert bird that could never be caught was the perfect fit for Plymouth’s youth-targeted muscle car. From iconic decals of the cartoon character to the iconic “Beep! Beep” purple horn, the Plymouth Road Runner was a hit.
But something has nagged Plymouth owners and fans for years: the horn, albeit repitched to sound similar to the character’s own sound, required two blips of the horn button to give off the “Beep! Beep!” of the cartoon bird.
Even famous blues guitarist and self-proclaimed “Mopar man” Kenny Wayne Shepherd vocalized concern, and YearOne Muscle Cars has come to the rescue with its new electric horn module kit that will make the double-tap horn action for you!
In fact, the last 100 miles Jarrett's car was overheating so badly that every time it would accelerate going down the straightaway, the gauge would peg at 240 degrees. That meant the engine was actually running even hotter, so Jarrett decided to try something he had never done before.
"When I got ready to decelerate going into the turn, I didn't take my foot off the gas, but just turned the ignition switch off and let the raw gasoline run in," said Jarrett. "Sure enough, it would cool off 20-25 degrees. It was fun to be able to see that idea come to fruition, and it was also good for the fans because every time I cut the switch back on the car would backfire, so it would keep them awake. When you're 12-14 laps ahead of the field it's a pretty boring race, but that helped me nurse the car to the end and make it."
just because something happened 53 years ago, and I never heard about it now, doesn't reduce my amazement to learn about it... sure beats doing new car reviews! (BOring!)
Just before 2 p.m. today, the 2nd day of school, a grandmother was picking up her granddaughter from the school on Reed Road when she accidentally accelerated instead of hitting the brake, the car crashed through a fence, hitting a mother and her 11-year-old child.
A girl inside the car, who had yet to buckle her seatbelt, was treated at the scene for minor injuries to her face.
The 11 yr old was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital to be treated for a possible broken arm and her 42-year-old mother was taken to Palomar Hospital.
The crash happened on campus around 1:52 p.m., according to the police Lt. Kearney who added, the driver was a 75-year-old woman at the school to pick up students, became "confused" and accelerated at a high rate of speed through the parking lot.
Principal Trent Smith sent an email to the school community saying that a driver plowed through a fence and hit two students and a parent shortly after dismissal.
"Because many of our students witnesses this event, we will be sharing information with them first thing tomorrow morning during our Raider Time," the email said.
Stealing from a dealership is not a new or original concept, it happens all the time, and has been happening for decades. Especially from Chevy dealerships
Back in 1969 5 ZL1s were stolen from ONE dealership.
What's crazy about that? One was found, the insurance company paid to have a 327 put in it, and when Super Chevy Magazine published the VINs of all 69 ZL1s in the 80s, a buddy said to his Camaro owning friends, hey, that looks like your VIN.
He was right. A ZL1 was in his friends garage, and with that 327 replacement the insurance company had installed so they could sell it and recoup some of the payout on the claim.
That Camaro is getting a feature in upcoming Muscle Car Review magazines as it gets restored
Another of the 5 stolen ZL1s was bought as a shell (all the goodies stripped out and installed in a race car no doubt) and sat in a collection for 23 years, until the VIN was checked, and found to be a ZL1 VIN, and then it was restored (with replacement parts) and sold at auction for $171,000
Why hadn't it been noticed that it was a ZL1 before that? The DMV made a mistake in the paperwork. They botched the typing, and goofed up the paperwork.
Every "I bought mine at Hine!" and "Courtesy Chevrolet" plastic marketing license plate on the highway, freeway, and in the parking lots will be an instantaneous reason for police to pull over everything that moves.
You don't see them often on blue collar workers vehicles, but every Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Mercedes, and Harely that's rented, leased, or loaned seems to have a plate advertising the dealership that it came from, here in California... and they were legal, as long as there was a temp registration paper taped to the front or rear window.
That ends this New Years, and parking enforcement will be running out of paper and envelopes by Valentines. The state will be pulling in a hell of a lot of money in fines that until now, they couldn't.
And you know what the govt hates, it's not getting more money from the residents.
PLUS the amount of tickets and fines for expired TEMPORARY plates will double or triple. Ditto the fines for toll road violations, stop light cameras, and I expect, speed limit cameras which will likely get installed on California freeways and back roads. You have any idea how much money the state can make by speed limit cameras in So Cal? There's about 25 million people, and most are speeding when not stuck in traffic.
If you wonder what the motivation is to get more tickets written, and increase the revenue from fines? Look at this weeks news about the DMV wanting nearly 30 million dollars for upgrades, more employees, etc
1) the DMV Director Jean Shiomoto is blaming unreasonable wait times at its offices on the new ID applications. Last week, Shiomoto asked for $26 million on top of $226 million the DMV asked for and received last year.millions the California DMV already received to hire more staff.
2)California lawmakers are seeking answers from the Department of Motor Vehicles about hours long wait times that have prompted public outcry.
When Assemblyman Phil Ting visited a San Francisco DMV office in his district last month, he said the line snaking around the block looked more like a queue for rock concert tickets than for people trying to renew their licenses.
Lawmakers have given the department millions of dollars in additional funding to accommodate higher demand as Californians update their licenses to comply with federally mandated security upgrades known as "Real ID". The federal law was enacted in 2005 and requires new ID cards to carry special markings, and why do people need these NEW IDs? After Oct. 1, 2020, airport security checkpoints won’t accept non-"Real ID" cards. Californians must apply for new cards in person at DMV offices.
You can be an illegal alien and vote without a drivers license, but you CAN NOT use an AIRPORT
The California DMV expects to spend almost $70 million and hire more workers in the next two years to process the millions of people who need "Real ID" cards.
At the Tuesday hearing, Assemblyman Ting says he plans to ask DMV officials whether the money allotted to the system is enough and whether the DMV is making technical improvements to ensure the Real ID transition runs smoothly.
“The DMV is bringing employees from various state agencies and departments to strengthen our hiring surge and help triage the longer lines at our offices,” DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said in a written statement. “This year we have already hired 500 new employees, added Saturday service at 60 offices and opened offices an hour earlier in the most impacted areas. We expect the additional surge of employees will help further combat these wait times.”
When Samuel McLaughlin
was a young man, he worked for a short time in a local hardware store, then became an apprentice in the upholstery shop of his father's company, McLaughlin Carriage Works in 1887. It had opened in 1867 and at one time was the largest manufacturer of horse-drawn buggies and sleighs in the British Empire, producing 140 models.
The demand for his complete carriages spread across Canada and before the end of the century there was a McLaughlin sales office in London, England. In 1898 McLaughlin produced more than 25,000 carriages, and in 1901 produced 15,000 units, this time in 140 different models.
A few years later he moved onto an upholstery job in Watertown, New York. A couple years after that he and his brother George become junior partners in their father's company in 1892, just as motors were being fitted to buggies and carriages.
With engines from W C Durant of Buick, he produced the McLaughlin-Buick Model F, establishing The McLaughlin Motor Car Company in Nov 1907. Durant was a partner in Durant-Dort and like Sam McLaughlin had been the largest carriage manufacturer in his country, the USA, then ran Chevy so well it bought GM.
The following year Buick, controlled by Durant and partner McLaughlin, formed General Motors Company with Mott. Durant borrowed heavily and bought other automotive businesses for his General Motors but vehicle sales collapsed, factories were closed and in 1910 Durant lost his control of GMC to his bankers. Meanwhile General Motors retained the former Buick shareholding in McLaughlin.
With McLaughlin's financial help Durant started a new business in partnership with racing driver Louis Chevrolet. Durant took control of Chevrolet and sold stock in a new business, Chevrolet Canada, so successfully he was able to regain control of General Motors and in 1916 General Motors Corporation was formed with Sam McLaughlin Director and Vice President. McLaughlin began manufacturing Chevrolet automobiles for Durant and General Motors
That's how in 1910, McLaughlin became a director of General Motors. He became president of General Motors of Canada in 1918, continuing to sell cars under the McLaughlin-Buick brand until 1942. He retired in 1945, but remained chairman of the board until his death.
Why was there a GMC of Canada, just across the river from GMC of America? Well, taxes and tariffs. The other countries in the British Empire hadn't yet fought for their independance from England, and so the countries of the British Empire – England, India, South Africa, Australia and others – charged much lower import taxes on goods from another member of the empire, such as Canada.
Taxes were adjusted to the proportion of Canadian content, so Canada made and supplied General Motors vehicles to those countries. But then WW1 came along, and things got financially difficult all around, for example, Canada went to the dollar, and didn't go with the British Empire Sterling Pound.
Since the British were struggling to repay US War Loans and unwilling to allow their businesses unrestricted access to Canada's currency to buy Canadian cars, this just after Britain erected high tariff barriers during WW1 to protect their own industry from America's low-priced mass-produced but high-quality cars, resulting in Canada creating the world's second-largest automotive industry for a short while, until the stock market crash.
How lucrative was running GMC Canada? Well, in n 1951, he established the McLaughlin Foundation which, from 1953 to 2003, donated nearly $200 million to the University of Toronto and other causes. You might say being the head of GM is a very profitable career choice
His older brother founded the Canada Dry company
In 1936 a McLaughlin-Buick was purchased by the Prince of Wales.
In 1936 the Dunsmuirs, a coal magnate family in Victoria, British Columbia, ordered 3 special order 1936 Buick-McLaughlin Phaetons , and a year later, one of those 3 was used to drive US president Franklin Roosevelt around Victoria, BC during his state visit.
Two McLaughlin-Buick Phaetons were built for the 1939 Royal tour. One of these later carried Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their 1986 visit to Canada
Multiple examples were built, demonstrated, crashed, improved and rebuilt owing to conflicting and different names for the various versions. Anticipating success with the counter-rotating mechanism, Pescara patented a design with a streamlined fuselage with one set of rotors above, and one below the fuselage.
The model three was the first example to use control mechanisms as modern helicopters. The helicopter is based around a central shaft with counter-rotating rotors. Each rotor was doubled into a biplane arrangement with cable supports. It used a cyclic stick for forward and lateral control with rotor warping, and wheel for yaw anti-torque control. The main rotor shaft was able to tilt slightly for forward control. The rotors were also capable of autorotation in case of engine failure.
In September 1923, a 1 km flight attempt was nearly completed, before the vehicle crashed. On 24 May 1924 Étienne Oehmichen set a world helicopter record flight of 358m. On 18 April 1924 the model 2F bested the record and flew 736m at 8 mph to set a record in sustained vertical flight.