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Old 06/24/2007, 05:56 PM   #1
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GT/CS' make a splash at Wild West Mustang Show

Yesterday, I made a visit to the "MCA Wild West Mustang Show", at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Concord Airport, in Concord,. CA (East Bay Area, No. Calif.). it was partnered by both the Diablo Mustang Assn., and the Bay Area Mustang Assn. This event took place from June 22-24th. Their website is: www.wildwestmustangnationals.com.

I was there to document the arrival of not one but three GT/CSs. Two of them were brought by Mike and Robinette Jewell. This was Mike's FIRST judged car show (and car show of any kind) for his beautifully restored Highland Green GT390-4-speed GT/CS. Robinette brought her customed-colored bronze metallic GT/CS, too (this car's color is something to see in person! It's awesome!!).

This was a BIG show, with almost 300 Mustangs of all years there. There were some Shelbys (and a couple of clones); late model versions, and a Hertz Shelby convertible, a late model Shelby GT, and a GT-500; and a Saleen in black, as well as a new red, Ford GT, and some other neat custom Mustangs brought by vendors.

When I arrived, I had brought photocopies of the concours guidelines from my 1996 book to aid in judging by the MCA Judges--some from as far away as North Carolina! (who thought the west coast cars are quite nice!). The information was to help in any way to the judges--if they were not familiar with the GT/CS, being primarily a west-coast Mustang--still today. What I was amazed at was how they already knew about this information, through a recent submission I'd made to the chief MCA judge a few weeks ago. Apparently--word did get out. Cool!!

I won't tell you how Mike and Robinette did, that would be stealin' their thunder....stay tuned for their comments (below).

There was a third, candyapple red GT/CS that I know well--previously owned by Garry and Judy Jacobs, now owned by a nice couple from Eugene, Oregon, who drove it down for the event. This CS is pictured in my 1996 book, in the concours section.

I think that all of you with GT/CSs would be happy and proud to see our representation at this event. It was a beautiful day, and being on part of the tarmac, there was a P-51 parked about 100 feet from the CS cars. I was wearing my black GT/CS-striped t-shirt, and was stopped by several nice folks to chat about the CS, and the upcoming book. I got to meet CalGal68, and Miller511, which was a pleasant suprise!

We also handed out several "official" flyers I quickly made for Mike and Robinette the night before--to promote their GT/CS BBQ event in August (Mike will post all about that in another thread, and include the flyer as a JPEG). We even met two owners who didn't know about the Registry, or the website.

It was worth some sunburn to see everyone, and I was able to network with some great vendors, and discuss their products, including Pony Carburetors, and the people who make the new '67 Fastback unibody. Many very nice folks for a wonderful day!

I have included some photos:

Paul Newitt
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