CaliforniaSpecial.com -- Message Boards -- 1968 California Special Limited Edition Ford Mustang GT/CS
D I S C U S S I O N . F O R U M
COMMUNITY
1968 GT/CS & HCS
2007+ GT/CS
1966-1967 HCS

Vote!

Old 01/16/2009, 04:26 PM   #1
PNewitt
Guest
 

Posts: n/a

question: GT/CS CHAMP Pace Cars

I hit a block with my research for the book, as I'm doing a page devoted to the CHAMP CAR series pace cars.

In 2006, they made a few modified GT Mustangs, painted them special PPG colors, added GT/CS stripes and ran them.

I need to know who knows a lot about the CHAMP CAR series (is it no longer, because of IRL?), and what these cars do? Are they there to get Formula 1 Cars on and off the track?

And info and web references would be appreciated. I am interviewing one of the women drivers for the book soon.

Thanks!

Paul.
p.s. I DO have photos of a GT/CS in the registry seen at the Long Beach Grand Prix event as part of the promotion.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01/19/2009, 11:24 AM   #2
Mustanger
 
Mustanger's Avatar
 

Location: So Cal
Joined: Mar 05
Posts: 1,974

Cool

Is this one of the pic's you have? ...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	'07CSblackwslvr.jpg
Views:	64
Size:	127.4 KB
ID:	8207  

"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain
Mustanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/19/2009, 08:16 PM   #3
PNewitt
Guest
 

Posts: n/a

Yes! That is one of the photos.

Is that yours? Or where is it from?

I'm supposed to interview one of the ladies (tomorrow) that drove those cars at the Formula 1 Events.

This is GT/CS racing as good as it gets (not to exclude David's dragster)!!

Note the white stripe on the pre-production 2006 'stang. They wanted to do white stripes from the beginning, but it just didn't happen until 2009.

thanks!!
Paul.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01/20/2009, 12:09 PM   #4
Mustanger
 
Mustanger's Avatar
 

Location: So Cal
Joined: Mar 05
Posts: 1,974

Cool

Quote:
Originally Posted by PNewitt View Post
Yes! That is one of the photos.

Is that yours? Or where is it from?

I'm supposed to interview one of the ladies (tomorrow) that drove those cars at the Formula 1 Events.

This is GT/CS racing as good as it gets (not to exclude David's dragster)!!

Note the white stripe on the pre-production 2006 'stang. They wanted to do white stripes from the beginning, but it just didn't happen until 2009.

thanks!!
Paul.
No, it's not mine, but I had this pic saved from way back ... I guess from '06!!! I also have pics of 2 other different GT/CSs (silver) from the '06 LB Gran Pix ... if you're interested, let me know and I can post them ...

"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain
Mustanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/21/2009, 01:50 PM   #5
Mustanger
 
Mustanger's Avatar
 

Location: So Cal
Joined: Mar 05
Posts: 1,974

Cool

Well, here they are ... I have another pic somewhere that shows the side view of the silver Mustang, and it has the side scoop and GT/CS side stripe ...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	GTCS LB Gran Prix '06 1.JPG
Views:	27
Size:	176.5 KB
ID:	8212   Click image for larger version

Name:	GTCS LB Gran Prix '06 2.JPG
Views:	26
Size:	173.3 KB
ID:	8213  

"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain
Mustanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/21/2009, 03:07 PM   #6
Midnight Special
My Car Details
 
Midnight Special's Avatar
 

Location: Grass Valley, California
Joined: Nov 05
Posts: 3,696

...I found a these on a photo site...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	c1.jpg
Views:	27
Size:	69.9 KB
ID:	8214   Click image for larger version

Name:	c2.jpg
Views:	28
Size:	106.6 KB
ID:	8215   Click image for larger version

Name:	c3.jpg
Views:	29
Size:	94.6 KB
ID:	8216  

Click image for larger version

Name:	c4.jpg
Views:	34
Size:	95.2 KB
ID:	8217  

Tim
Midnight Special is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/22/2009, 04:46 PM   #7
PNewitt
Guest
 

Posts: n/a

I spoke with Gail Truess, who was one of five ladies that drove the GT/CS CHAMP CAR vehicles for the Formula 1 series in 2006.

She has passed on contact info of the builder of these cars, as well as the head of Ford Racing at that time--people I'll be talking with.

I'll include some of the items they modified on the three GT/CSs (one conv., two coupes), so owners can consider setting up their street CS to some of those pace car specs.

Neat, huh?

Paul N.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01/22/2009, 06:47 PM   #8
J.Bart
My Car Details
 

Joined: Feb 03
Posts: 800

Send a message via AIM to J.Bart
consider?
i'm just curious how close i am. lol!

jbart
J.Bart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/22/2009, 07:15 PM   #9
franklinair
My Car Details
 
franklinair's Avatar
 

Location: Franklin, NC
Joined: Mar 07
Posts: 3,848

My Garage
Well, here goes my display of ignorance:

What the heck is a CHAMP CAR series pace car??
GT/CS markings in 2006?? I thought the new generation came out in '07.

Forgive me, I've led a sheltered life

Neil
franklinair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/22/2009, 08:38 PM   #10
PNewitt
Guest
 

Posts: n/a

Quote:
Originally Posted by franklinair View Post
Well, here goes my display of ignorance:

What the heck is a CHAMP CAR series pace car??
GT/CS markings in 2006?? I thought the new generation came out in '07.

Forgive me, I've led a sheltered life

Neil
That's OK, Neil. I didn't know much about the CHAMP cars either until recently. In fact, CHAMP has merged with IRL to be a new group, that race the Formula 1 cars across the country.

The 2006 GT/CS CHAMP cars were the first time anywhere the late model GT/CS was shown off. It was a clever way for the design team at Ford to show off the upcoming CS package. The folks building the CHAMP cars at Ford "just happened" to cross paths with the head of the GT/CS program, and, well, the rest is history.

I'll include notes of how they built those cars, and I'll include a chart to show what you'd need to add to build up your CS to the status of a CHAMP pace car, Shelby GT-H (Hertz), Shelby GT, and perhaps a GT-500.

I want the late model GT/CS to be out there to compete with the best! I'm listing part numbers, etc.

The late model folks deserve the best (but this is not a major distraction from the completion of the rest of the book).

Thanks!
Paul.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01/22/2009, 10:56 PM   #11
Stathy
 
Stathy's Avatar
 

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Joined: Jan 07
Posts: 96

Came across this interesting poster on Fleabay
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-RARE-FORD-MU...20118005r30432

showing not only the cars but the drivers. Looks like the poster is packed with interesting info. Maybe this might open up some leads for you?
Stathy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/22/2009, 11:07 PM   #12
franklinair
My Car Details
 
franklinair's Avatar
 

Location: Franklin, NC
Joined: Mar 07
Posts: 3,848

My Garage
Oh. I haven't followed that type racing since Juan Fangio retired.

Neil
franklinair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/31/2009, 02:10 PM   #13
PTRocks
 

Joined: May 08
Posts: 1

I presume Paul will have this info already, but for the rest of you folks:

The Champ Car Fast Lap pace car program was a promotional tool used by Ford to give sponsors and some lucky fans a chance to be driven at speed around the race track at each of the race events. This program was an evolution of the PPG Pace Cars back in the heyday of Indy. The cars were all driven by women racers.

One of the GT/CS pace cars (a 2006 purple convertible with white side stripes) recently went back on the auction block just last week. linky

It didn't have the GT/CS interior though.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	SC0509-80381_1.jpg
Views:	23
Size:	44.5 KB
ID:	8948   Click image for larger version

Name:	SC0509-80381_2.jpg
Views:	20
Size:	42.9 KB
ID:	8949   Click image for larger version

Name:	SC0509-80381_3.jpg
Views:	17
Size:	47.0 KB
ID:	8950  

Click image for larger version

Name:	SC0509-80381_5.jpg
Views:	16
Size:	32.2 KB
ID:	8951  
PTRocks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10/04/2012, 08:50 AM   #14
wlebreton
 

Joined: Oct 12
Posts: 1

GT/CS Pace Car

Hello Paul,

I may have one of the Champ Pace cars.

How can we communicate?

Bret
wlebreton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10/04/2012, 07:28 PM   #15
dalorzo_f
My Car Details
 

Location: Brisbane Australia
Joined: Jan 06
Posts: 1,886

My Garage
Probably best to post on the SAAC GT/CS site to contact Paul...

http://saacforum.com/index.php?PHPSE...e83&board=52.0
dalorzo_f is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

  CaliforniaSpecial.com Forums > GT/CS and HCS Forums > GT/CS and HCS Discussions

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Project GT/CS are selling better than finished cars classicsguy GT/CS and HCS Discussions 3 08/19/2008 01:53 PM
GAS GT/CS Party ONLY for GT/CS cars and Owners PNewitt GT/CS and HCS Discussions 18 04/17/2008 07:46 PM
Gold Nugget Special Times Two robert campbell GT/CS and HCS Discussions 43 04/02/2008 05:00 AM
A Question for 2007 GT/CS Owners.. PNewitt GT/CS and HCS Discussions 22 03/31/2007 02:17 AM
SENCMC-NORTH CAROLINA GT/CS and HCS cars 68MustangHCS GT/CS and HCS Discussions 0 10/22/2005 11:14 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions Inc.


This site created, owned and maintained by Jon Hanna - Copyright 1996-2011
All rights reserved. CaliforniaSpecial.com is not affiliated with Ford Motor Company

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.