Peter Brock
Peter Brock
11/19/20 8:44 a.m.

About 50 years ago, I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time. Shelby American had been growing at an astounding rate due to our success with the Cobras. Our race shop was filled with an interesting assortment of super-talented racing types, including a smooth-talking, lanky ex-racer from Texas and a brilliant, self-taught engineer named Phil Remington. This unlikely combination had changed the direction of American racing.

One of my favorite recollections from that era was a short telephone conversation I heard while meeting in Shelby’s office. Shel’, Rem’ and I were discussing some detail regarding our Daytona Coupes when the phone rang. 

It was Lee Iacocca, president of Ford, calling about his company’s slick new ’65 Mustang. His minions had asked the SCCA to officially approve it as a “sports car” so it could run in amateur competition, but it had been rejected. So Lido asked Shelby, “What can we do?” 

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