Rent-A-Racer - The Ford Shelby GT-350H Mustang

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive an iconic American muscle car? Back in May 1966, Hertz New York took that same wondrous thought and made it a reality with the “Rent-A-Racer” program. This genius idea gave every day people the ability to rent a street legal track spec Shelby GT-350 for only $17 per day ($70 per week) plus an additional 0.17c per mile.

Apart from the colour scheme, the 1966 Ford Shelby GT-350 was mechanically no different from the Ford Shelby GT-350H with the H simply stating for “Hertz”. The Hertz version was released in the incredibly popular gold stripes on black paintwork compared to the standard Shelby with white with blue stripes plus a few other optional variations. The 1966 Shelby delivered 306hp under foot (a 35hp increase from standard high performance mustangs with 271hp) plus a few other go fast bits such as high rise manifold, a big four barrel carby, 11 inch Kelsey-Hayes disc brakes to help pull up the extra horsepower, wider tyres to aid the muscle car physique, front sway bar for stiffness and a full set of Koni’s at all four corners.

50 years on Hertz is once again offering the performance thoroughbred to the world. This year the iconic Ford Shelby GT Mustang has been released with the “H” attached to selected Hertz outlets. So if you’re flying around America, you are able to enquire about the Hertz Adrenaline Collection of cars and you will soon have the option to rent a 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H Mustang. Although the $17 per day price point may have taken a slight increase, the newer edition has some major increases to merit the cost, improvements in drivability, aesthetics and power will be the main updates for the new halo car.

There were 1000 Mustangs produced for Hertz in 1966, while it’s unsure at this point how many are to be produced for the 2016 release, it’s sure to be limited, so early bookings will no doubt be a necessity if you want the chance to realise your dream of driving one of the most iconic & prestigious American muscle cars ever to grace the black top.

What did you think of the Rent-a-Racer idea? Did the car look the part or fail to impress? Head over to the Rare Spares Facebook page and let us know in the comments!

Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport

27. March 2015 14:06 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

The Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport is the largest historic automotive meeting of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and provided a thrilling weekend of sights and sounds for entrants and enthusiasts alike. 

The annual event took place March 5-8 at its home, the iconic  Phillip Island circuit, about 90 minutes south of Melbourne and was the 26th instalment of the now famous festival.

Every year the event attracts many of the most awe-inspiring, collectable and historic cars from around the world and in 2015, over 500 entries were received for the three day festival, including 17 cars and drivers from overseas.

Crowds were slightly down on last year, due to the wet conditions on Friday and cold temperatures on Saturday, however that didn’t affect the quality of the weekend.

Over the three days, 49 races were scheduled to cater to the various categories and classes of vehicles present, including open wheelers, sports and touring cars.

“Overall everyone enjoyed the weekend, despite some trying conditions on the Friday with some harsh weather and rain. Driver behaviour was fantastic and very few incidents on track,” said event organiser Ian Tate. 

“One of the special cars attending was a 1936 ERA, built in England. The car won the 1938 Australian GP with Peter Whitehead.”

The fiftieth anniversary of the Ford Mustang also coincided with event, providing the opportunity for celebrations around the milestone, which included Allan Moffat’s game changing Coca-Cola Mustang Trans-Am, a huge turnout of Mustangs and celebrity drivers.  There was also a Mustang Parade on Saturday and Sunday.

Brian Thomson was the patron of the meeting this year.

“We also want to thank Rare Spares for their support they provided to the event, it was appreciated.” 

Rare Spares is a proud supporter of the event, and had a marquee with staff on hand to field enquiries from enthusiasts about parts throughout the weekend.

Rare Spares also ran a $200 voucher promotion and hundreds of attendees entered for the chance to win. 

For more information on upcoming Rare Spares supported events head to www.rarespres.net.au 

 

 

 

The Love of a Mustang

25. November 2014 12:27 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

The Ford Mustang is arguably one of the world’s most iconic cars and by the end of 2015, the  Mustang will be once again heading for Australian shores.

With the ending of the locally produced Falcon and the associated performance models of FPV, Ford will be missing a performance model to sell to Australian consumers and the Ford faithful.  This is where the famous Mustang re-enters the equation and will resume a love affair that has existed in Australia for 50 years.

The Mustang was debuted at the New York motor show in 1964 and was an instant success, selling one million examples in the first eighteen months of production.

With the swell in popularity from around the world, Australia got its first taste of RHD converted models of the Mustang in the late 1960’s.

Steve McQueen solidified the cool factor of the Mustang ‘brand’ around the world with the extensive use of a 1968 Mustang in the movie Bullitt as Steve belted his machine through the streets of San Francisco.

After this time, most of the Mustangs seen in Australia were being imported privately in LHD specification.

Between 2001 and 2003 Ford Australia did convert a small group of Mustangs to compete with Holden’s then new Monaro, however an expensive price tag of $90,000 resulted in less than 400 models being sold.

The sixth and latest generation of the Ford Mustang will be a truly global player and is a huge update for the iconic machine, with design cues taken from the beautiful lines of the 1968 version, as shown below in Bullitt.  

The Mustang will be officially built in Right Hand Drive and for the first time will change from a solid rear axle to Independent Rear Suspension or (IRS).

Australia will be receiving the V8 model naturally with the same engine as FPV’s GT engine sans supercharging and a solid 324kw’s. Purists may scoff at the fact the new Mustang will also be available in a four cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engine, however with a handy 231kw’s, 433nm of torque and some positive fuel economy numbers, it may prove to be a popular choice.

It remains to be seen how successful the new Mustang will be, but early indications seem to support a successful introduction of the new model.

Ford has reported more than 13,000 enquiries about the new Mustang and with Ford dealers indicating pricing in the range of $50- 70k depending on model and spec, the price point is much more palatable than the previous batch sold by Ford in the early 2000’s.

Finally, despite many new features, the one that stands out is the ‘Burnout’ button. It essentially is an electronic line lock that initiates the front brakes, and releases the rear brakes, so if you are heading to the drag strip and want to warm your tyres, you are all set!