Original Venice Crew IRS GT350 Project Mustang on display at several venues during Monterey Car Week.

Tuesday, Aug. 15th the OVC Mustang will be at the Concours on the

Avenues in downtown Carmel

Wednesday, Aug. 16th the OVC Mustang will be McCall's Jet Center Party which is the exclusive event to start off the Monterey Car Week with exotic cars, vintage custom motorcycles, wonderful food and wine from local venues

On Thursday, Aug 17th, as part of the Team Shelby VIP Experience at Bernardus Lodge the OVC Mustang will be on display

Off to the track on Friday, Aug 18th the OVC Mustang will be on display on the grass with Hillbank/Superformance on the infield in conjunction with Shelby American past and present employees and Shelby American Executives.

To finalize the Monterey Car Week the OVC Mustang will be on display at the Concorso Italiano at the Black Horse Golf Course all day.

Please come by and view the only Independent Rear Suspension Mustang built by some of the Shelby American Employees who built the very first G.T.350-Competition Model Mustang, Pete Brock, Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton


First Place in Vintage Race Group

From the Beginnings OVC Mustangs Tour wins First Place in Vintage Race Group at Mid America Ford Shelby Nationals. Next stop SAAC Convention at Mid Ohio June 23-24, 2016. 

Start of Vintage Race Group Qualifying Session Mid America, Hallett Raceway.

Start of Vintage Race Group Hallett Raceway. OVC Mustang GT350R Project IRS Mustang came in First Place.

Hear from the Shelby American Team how they won Le Mans in 1966 in a Ford GT for Ford Motor Company

The 24 Hour of Le Mans remains a car manufacturer’s validation they are the best in the world. In 1966 Ford Motor Company finished 1-2-3 in their Ford GT’s, driven by one of the most successful car manufacturer’s in the world and the fortitude of its leader, Henry Ford II.

But success did not come easily and Ford reached out to their racing partner, Carroll Shelby to conquer the European races. On a cold and drizzly day in December 1964 a banged up and filthy Ford GT sat outside Shelby American on Princeton Avenue in Venice, CA. Shelby had eight weeks to get it ready for Daytona. 

It took another year, 1966, for Ford and Shelby American to stage the dramatic 1-2-3 Ford GT 24 Hour of Le Mans finish with the Shelby American Team Ford GT’s in first and second at the checkered flag after a grueling 24 hours. This is the story of some of the Shelby American employees and team crew members who kept the Ford GT’s moving forward at such an astonishing pace.

This video, of the Ken Miles/Denny Hulme Ford GT P/1015, is a tribute to Ken Miles for all of his incredible accomplishments for Shelby American and Ford Motor Company as Ford returns to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016.

From the Beginnings The OVC Mustang Tour

On May 3, 2016 the Original Venice Crew (OVC) Team Members returned to Willow Springs International Raceway to continue testing the iconic Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) 1965 GT350R Project Mustang. Lead Development Driver and SCCA Endurance Road Racing Champion Rick Titus (Driver’s Talk Radio) heads up his team of driving experts, International driving champion John Morton and Shelby American lead designer and test driver Vince LaVioletta. Data Acquisition Equipment was installed in the IRS GT350R along with seat-of-the-pants driving for a true comparison from previous tests. OVC Team Members Peter Brock, Ted Sutton and Jim Marietta worked hand and hand with the test drivers in order to maximize the true potential of the IRS GT350R. The changes were significant and the continued development of the IRS is now down to a few minor details. 

Final preparations will be completed for the GT350R’s first Vintage Race at Hallett Raceway for the Mid-America Ford & Shelby Nationals on June 16-17, 2016 and then onto the SAAC Convention at Mid-Ohio Raceway on June 23-24, 2016. The GT350R cross country tour will conclude with a special presentation of the IRS GT350R at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan the last week in June.

  • June 16-17, 2016 Hallett Raceway Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals
  • June 23-24, 2016 SAAC Convention at Mid-Ohio Raceway
  • Henry Ford Museum Dearborn, Michican last week in June