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When you’re strange: The Blue Lady

A colleague of mine shared this little Youtube clip with me the other day, Jim Morrison from The Doors driving his 1967 Shelby GT500.

Jim Morrison driving his 1967 Shelby G.T. 500. The clip is from the film “When You’re Strange” (directed by Tom DiCillo) which is in turn borrowed from the movie “HWY: An American Pastoral” which Jim made in 1969 with some friends. This footage is considerably clearer than my previous post of Jim driving the car. Go full screen with this clip, the resolution is killer. You can even see dust on the car it’s so crisp and clear.

I did a lot of research on the Shelby and all indications are it was trashed after Jim hit a telephone pole when he was drunk. He had clipped it before, but on that occasion he bent the frame, ending his time with The Blue Lady (his name for the car). Jim met the same fate as the Shelby two years later, though some think he’s still alive. It’s kind of fitting as some people are convinced this car still exists. Maybe he’s still driving it.

Shelby fans, note the car has no front grille emblem, no trunk emblem, small lettered Speedway 350 tires, uneven, hammered rear exhaust outlets, comfortweave seats, fender mounted antenna, and half the molding on the driver’s side taillight is missing. LOL. Best of all, it’s a 4-speed nightmist blue car with parchment interior and 10 spoke wheels. He knew how to pick ‘em, huh? That’s the way I would have ordered it. If only you could go back in time!

An identical car sold at Barrett-Jackson auctions for $330,000 in January, 2008.

Jalopnik ‘Forza Motorsport’ GT500KR

Jalopnik had their own branded Mustang built in Forza Motorsport 3 – the 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang Jalopnik Forza Motorsport GT500KR – as it’s named. Could have been a shorter name right?

Anyway, here it is.

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If you play Forza Motorsport, you’ll have to figure out for yourself how to get this one, but it sure looks worth finding out.

Only Mustang and Carroll Shelby could make this happen [AdClassix Week III]

This entry belongs to the 3rd edition of the AdClassix special we’re organizing here this week – all in honor of some great classic Mustang ads. You can find the full collection here at the end of the week.

In line with yesterday’s AdClassix post about the Shelby Cobra GT’s, here are two more specific ones…The road cars.

“The fact that everybody looks at you is the last reason on earth for buying a Shelby GT.”

With the ‘subtle’ subtitle: (unless you love to be looked at!)

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And here’s one for the convertible version of the Shelby GT:

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Try the complete surprise… [AdClassix Week III]

This entry belongs to the 3rd edition of the AdClassix special we’re organizing here this week – all in honor of some great classic Mustang ads. You can find the full collection here at the end of the week.

This one’s a variation of an ad I posted long time ago (December 2008 to be exact) promoting the Shelby Cobra GT 350/500.

“Try the complete surprise… Carroll Shelby’s COBRA GT”

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It’s happy time

When was the last time you saw a reverse spin as part of a car’s road test? A serious road test that is, and not any of the shenanigans the Top Gear team performs on a weekly basis :) I suppose it has been a while. In fact I cannot remember seeing it ever as part of a road test, but then again… only with the 1968 GT500KR it is happy time:

[Via ‘67 Mustang Blog]

Mustang Shelby GT-500 telephone

We’re all too late as it seems the phone just sold out, I reckon by popular demand. Wouldn’t you throw away your iPhone, Gphone or what not to have one of these instead?

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I’m sorry but I can only smile at the idea of having this against my ear to make a phonecall :) Loving the Mustang and all, but seriously, this cannot be good.

Mustang of the week #4

This week’s guest on the ‘Mustang of the week’ series is Ale Jr from São Paulo (Brazil). Here is what he had to say on my 5 questions.

1. Which of your own photos in the Flickr group you like most?

I like this one in particular, because it brings me exactly the feeling I wanted when I took it. It shows power, style, control. I can almost hear the noise.

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2. Is there a particular story around one of your Mustang photos that you would like to share? Something that happened when you took it? Or something related to the response you got on the photo so far?

Last year I went to a city named Aguas de Lindóia for the Annual Classic Cars Meeting and met that yellow GT500 over there. Unfortunately it was raining and the car was separated from the public by some fences, so I didn’t get any decent shot. This time I was at Interlagos Circuit in a sunny lovely day and it showed up. So I spent the time I want admiring and taking as many shots as I want.

3. Do you own a Mustang yourself? Which model? And would you like to have one if that’s not the case yet?

No, I don’t, unfortunately. I think I’d have an old GT500R or a new 427R Roush Mustang, if I could. The first has lovely lines and the last is a beast itself. Might be a good fun riding any of them.

4. Do you have a specific love for photographing Mustangs? Or is a coincidence? Or a passion for cars in general?

My father used to fix cars when I was a child, so I grew up in the middle of engines, cars and trucks. The noise and the gasoline smell are music and scent for me. Then I had a chance of being a course marshall at Interlagos Raceway, where I can put two of my passions, cars and photography, together.
Since then, I’m always on track, very close to the races and inside all the emotion, which I try to put on the photos I take. The Mustangs are special for me because of the lines and the sound. They look powerful and sound very nice!

5. Which one of the other photos (in the Flickr group) are you jealous of as a photographer?

I’m not jealous because I believe each photographer does the photos the way he/she likes. From the pool I highlight Bruno Guerreiro’s and LiveandLetDie‘s photos. They look amazing and carefully done. They do an awesome work.

Thanks a lot Ale Jr for answering those questions, I’m sure we got the 2 photographers you named up here as well one day. Good choice on the ‘Big Wheel’ shot, like it a lot as well.

More goodness next week… with a fellow countryman of mine.

Mustang forest!

So you’re scanning through your RSS reader as usual and then you read this: [Secret Garden] Massive Secret Junkyard found in Rhode Island Forest. Worth investigating don’t you think?

“Imagine a secret junkyard frozen in time somewhere around the 70’s with every bit of vintage hardware stretching for hundreds of acres. Classic Mustangs, Camaros, Cadillacs, Hemis; you name it, it’s here. But not for long: The law man’s saying to crush ‘em. Massive mega-gallery below along with the location and what you can do to save them.”

Look at a selection of photos to get a taste of what is in the ‘Mustang forest’:

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Seriously, this beats about everything I’ve written about on this blog. Here is what the guy who took all the photos (a ton of them) had to say about this:

“Thousands of these classics will go to waste. Here is mostly mustang pictures I took . There us Hundreds of 64-71 Mutangs. Boss, mach 1, many many convertibles, K codes, fastbacks.. Maybe Shelbys? The owner is crazy. He’s always drunk is very hard to deal with. He’s in another world. He said he personally DROVE nearly all the cars in a field in the 60’s-70 and left them there for dead. Many are rusted beyond repair. But there still many parts cars. It will take about two weeks of walking 5 hours a day to see all the cars here. Plus many of them are so buried in overgrown trees and prickers there is no way to see them. I seen a dozen complete 392 hemi cars. This guy refuses to advertise, so nobody knows about it. Believe it or not the guy is still buying cars and driving them in the woods. The last time i was there the owner bought a running 60’s mustang and drove it in the woods to be left for dead.”

Want to save a Mustang… and a forest at the same time? Here’s where you need to go. I looked it up on Live Maps and this is what it looks like from above:

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Unbelievable! I have no other words for it.

Shelby “Black Hornet”

Okay, no need to look any further, this is the car I want. Carroll Shelby is selling this ‘68 Shelby EXP500 CSS out of his personal collection and all proceeds will go to the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation, which helps children worldwide battle life-threatening illnesses while promoting the importance of organ and tissue donation. The auction will start on December 2nd on Ebay.

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Bidding begins at $100.000 which is enough to keep me out of the loop for potential future ownership unfortunately. Too bad, the car looks absolutely awesome! Here’s some more Mustang goodness, click on the image for hi res versions.

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Place your bids!

[Via Mustang Monthly]

1969 Shelby GT350/500 [AdClassix Week]

This entry belongs to the AdClassix special we’re organizing here this week – all in honor of some great classic Mustang ads. You can find the full collection here at the end of the week.

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Last day of AdClassix tomorrow.

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