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