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Old 04/24/2009, 02:46 PM   #1
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SAAC Officially Adds GT/CS

Shelby Amercian Automotive Club (SAAC) has now added the GT/California Special to their site due to the Shelby and Little Red heritage of our cars!!!!!

I know some people aren't into SAAC and I dont mean to imply everybody should be. But, I was always hoping SAAC would some day recognize our unique car for its Shelby heritage and now it has happened. Rich Kopek, SAAC Director, was the first one to post. I added a few things too.

This is another cool way for our cars to be associated and become known by the public - first it was MCA taking a big interest in us and even changing their judging rules for us, and now by SAAC taking interest in us.

It's neat to mingle with the Shelby folk and read some of their inputs too - especially as the GT/CS uses the exact same parts as the 68 Shelby (remember, from the blueprints I found online a few years ago).

Anyway, if it's your kind of thing, go check it out:

http://saacforum.com/index.php?PHPSE...116&board=52.0

Thanks, Casey

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Old 04/24/2009, 04:44 PM   #2
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Awesome news Casey!

I read the threads that were in the link. "It's a Trap!" started by Rick Kopec. Too funny, careful what you wish for Rick.

GT/CS recognition by SAAC, that should be a good thing.
Oh, wait, didn't they recognize the Eleanor cars too. LOL

Seriously, this is good news. I feel very fortunate that I now own a California Special. Probably won't be able to afford one in the future.

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Old 04/25/2009, 06:33 AM   #3
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This is great news!!! Does this mean that we will be next to Shelby's in car shows? IMHO as a former Shelby owner this might give our GT/CS more creditability to those "uneducated" car fans.

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Old 04/25/2009, 09:16 PM   #5
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Shelby Amercian Automotive Club (SAAC) has now added the GT/California Special to their site due to the Shelby and Little Red heritage of our cars!!!!!

I know some people aren't into SAAC and I dont mean to imply everybody should be. But, I was always hoping SAAC would some day recognize our unique car for its Shelby heritage and now it has happened. Rich Kopek, SAAC Director, was the first one to post. I added a few things too.

This is another cool way for our cars to be associated and become known by the public - first it was MCA taking a big interest in us and even changing their judging rules for us, and now by SAAC taking interest in us.

It's neat to mingle with the Shelby folk and read some of their inputs too - especially as the GT/CS uses the exact same parts as the 68 Shelby (remember, from the blueprints I found online a few years ago).

Anyway, if it's your kind of thing, go check it out:

http://saacforum.com/index.php?PHPSE...116&board=52.0

Thanks, Casey
Does this mean that they will add the GT/CS registry to their other registries, and will Paul then be the official SAAC GT/CS registrar?
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Old 04/26/2009, 05:47 AM   #6
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Arlie, I dont know about the registry question. From the forum discussion it seems SAAC is very interested in having a GT/CS cover car on their magazine. It seems like they are really embrasing the GT/CS.

HCSStang, I am sure the HCS is included and welcome. Post something about how the HCS is the brother of the GT/CS and I am sure people will get it. If I dont see something posted soon, I will add it myself. With only 251 HCS - they are rare indeed.

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Old 04/26/2009, 06:07 AM   #7
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I just posted a small explanation about the HCS and how it is part of the history and also part of the registry on the thread "It's a trap". I also mentioned John's original GT/CS 428CJ. Casey

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Thanks Casey, from a HCS owner.

I did not know the HCS's were shipped without the GT/CS decals and had the HCS decal installed at the dealer. This makes sense, though, as I remember Bob Teets telling me that when he went to have a batch of HCS decals made a while back, he found the original decal maker in Denver (I believe by accident).
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I just posted a small explanation about the HCS and how it is part of the history and also part of the registry on the thread "It's a trap". I also mentioned John's original GT/CS 428CJ. Casey
Keep up the good work, Casey.

Its cool for me to see the California Special go from a ' POOR MANS SHELBY " in 1968 to a respected limited edition Mustang in 2009.

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Old 04/27/2009, 04:36 AM   #10
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I'm a member of that site too, it's too bad that Paul had to take a "shot" at this forum in one of his posts and it's sad that he has alienated himself from the true enthusiasts of the GT/CS, now IMHO he's looking for the SAAC boys to pad his ego, I wish him well.

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Old 04/27/2009, 06:32 AM   #11
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I'm a member of that site too, it's too bad that Paul had to take a "shot" at this forum in one of his posts and it's sad that he has alienated himself from the true enthusiasts of the GT/CS, now IMHO he's looking for the SAAC boys to pad his ego, I wish him well.
Hi Bish - sometimes personalities do have effect on forums.

What I am excited about is the fact of SAAC embracing the GT/CS. I think new value will be added from that relationship, since the history in 1968 was so intertwined between the Shelby and GT/CS. I am looking foward to new inputs from the SAAC people.

When we worked with MCA on a number of projects to further recognize the GT/CS, we made some good friends there and we learned a lot from each other (ex; look at what value Jeff Speagle brings to us about the San Jose built cars - and he is an MCA head judge).

At the same time, I enjoy our GT/CS discussions here too, and love taking my car out for a spin and getting the thumbs up. It's all part of the GT/CS experience. Thanks, Casey

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I'm a member of that site too, it's too bad that Paul had to take a "shot" at this forum in one of his posts and it's sad that he has alienated himself from the true enthusiasts of the GT/CS, now IMHO he's looking for the SAAC boys to pad his ego, I wish him well.
I agree with this above post. I have been a member of SAAC for over 20 years and always felt that our CS should be "somewhat" included. I wonder if Paul's humbleness has affected our cars inclusion. Maybe Tim and some others known something we donít.

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I agree with this above post. I have been a member of SAAC for over 20 years and always felt that our CS should be "somewhat" included. I wonder if Paul's humbleness has affected our cars inclusion. Maybe Tim and some others known something we donít.
...All I would add is that I hope everyone gets and achieves what they want. 'That we also accept each other's differences and continue to "grow" one another to the highest levels in the "big picture"....enjoyment and praise of some of the greatest American automobiles ever produced!

Thank you Casey for your "true" dedication and hard work!

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Shelby Amercian Automotive Club (SAAC) has now added the GT/California Special to their site due to the Shelby and Little Red heritage of our cars!!!!!

I know some people aren't into SAAC and I dont mean to imply everybody should be. But, I was always hoping SAAC would some day recognize our unique car for its Shelby heritage and now it has happened. Rich Kopek, SAAC Director, was the first one to post. I added a few things too.
It great having the GT/CS guys at SAAC. All are welcome.

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Thanks for the welcome Dave. It's good to see the connection being made between the SAAC and the GT/CS cars. Obviously they're different cars, but connected none the less. And it will be fun to learn from each other, which most of us agree is what makes this hobby so interesting.

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