Frank Bryan/Red Dawson 67 Shelby
This is a genuine 67 Trans Am Shelby Mustang which was raced by a team in the Pacific North West area of the USA. The car was purchased in the US by Norman Barry who raced it at a 6 hr event at Riverside before shipping it to NZ. The car was a white full Shelby prepared car with a 425 hp 289 topped with twin 4 barrel Holleys, Borg Warner T10 gearbox, Kelsey Hayes brakes, large fuel tank and American Racing wheels.
Once in NZ the Holley's were replaced with a set of Webers, and the car was raced as # 51.
(Note: Norman Barry raced the car under the name Frank
Bryan because his parents
did not know he was racing! Frank Bryan are his middle names….)
Bryan raced the car to second overall in the 67/68 Group 5 season, before on selling the car to Red Dawson, in late 1967. Dawson repainted the car electric blue and renumbered it as # 35. Dawson shipped the car to Australia and competed in the one race ATCC, qualifying in 9th place but recording a DNF.
For the 69/70 NZ season Dawson upgraded the car with a chin and boot lid spoilers, and a larger 302 Shelby prepared motor. Dawson and Rod Coppins eventually shared the NZ Saloon Car championship slot that year on equal points, after a hard battle.
For the 70/71 season the car was no longer competitive, and Dawson sold it to Peter Williams who fitted a 396 Chev motor and converted it into a drag car. It was subsequently sold to Mike Harris who refitted a 289 V8 then to John Chapman who reunited the car with all its original running gear.
John raced the car in Classic events for some time, before selling it to David Bowden to add to for his extensive Australian collection. The car is now awaiting restoration.
A more detailed story of the history of this car can be found in the article by Steven Holmes in issue 154 (Oct 03) of NZ Classic Car Magazine, Page 76.