Information wanted on this Ford Shelby GT-350R at Pikes Peak Hill Climb race.Three Mustangs entered in the 1966 race.
There has been a mystery around the Ford Mustangs fastbacks that entered the Pikes Peak Hill Climb race in 1966. It started with Hot Rod magazine a few years back releasing photos of three Mustangs during practice. You can check then out at the below site.
The Sports Car Class in 66 was broken down into two classes by engine size. 2999 liters or less and 3000 liters and over. An early newspaper report mentioned that, two “Competition Cars” from California would be entered in the sports car class. The Hot Rod magazine pictures and the mention in the paper was just about all that surfaced for many years until recently.
Car #8 Jim Good
A closer look at this photo in the Gazette Telegraph from practice week show a little more detail. Jim Good was a veteran of the Hill Climb, he raced 11 times prior in the Championship Class. Originally from Colorado Springs, later moving to Corvina California . Not many details of the car are available other then this was the #8 Mustang. It had a Thunderbolt style hood scoop, no bumpers and the strange half moon mini windshields. Jim Good failed to qualify during practice and did not make the field for reasons unknown.
#12 Ron Dykes Ford Shelby GT-350R
This picture has just recently surfaced, from 1966 race day. Showing a few Champ cars # 47 Vermillion and #42 Manning , with the # 12 Dykes Shelby GT and #9 Lowderman Kurtis race car in the background. A few details noticed from the photos on Ron’s car are the “Performance Associates ” quarter panel sponsorship and “Bay Area Auto Sales” on the front fenders. Other track photos from the time shows, Ron Dykes driving this car at other events with the same markings. The car clearly has the rear window venting, no bumpers and different lower valance of a GT-350R . Ron Dykes is listed as being from Pacific Palisades California at the time. Qualified 10th in time trails and had engine failure on race day resulting in the “Did Not Finish”
Surely there is more history out there for this car.
#2 Ford Mustang GT 350
My guess this is, this car is the second of the two “Competition Cars” mentioned in the newspaper . The car clearly is running bumpers and the factory lower valance panel and looks to be a stock Shelby Gt 350. No driver information is currently available. (I will do more digging)
Results and entries from the Sports Car Class PPHC in 1966
Entry list with handwritten timing results 1966, confirms Ron Dykes Shelby GT
Winner Ak Miller was in a Devin race car called the “Cobra Kit Car Special” with a ford 427 engine.Information Wanted
A few things would be nice to complete this story. First off , was the #12 Dykes car a true GT-350 R ? What serial number and does it still survive ? Second, did the two white with blue stripes Shelby’s come as a team and who was the second driver, and what was “Performance Associates”.
If you can help answer these questions or have additional pictures of the Mustangs in 1966 please contact me. Thanks !