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the championship went to Mark Donohue in a Penske
Racing Chevy Camaro, and Donohue and Chevrolet
repeated as champions in 1969. One of racing’s all-time-
great manufacturer battles was on.
First Boss
A completely new Mustang was introduced in 1969, and
Ford was determined to build a version that could win
the Trans-Am championship. According to the rules,
1,000 cars had to be built to gain FIA eligibility for the
series. Ford’s new boss, Bunkie Knudsen, the president
who had just come over from General Motors, supported
the program, and Ford built a new car called the Boss
302. It featured a new, high-performance 302-cubic-inch
engine created by adapting the new canted-valve 351
Cleveland heads (with large intake ports and 2.23-inch
valves) to the tunnel-port 302 blocks. Slight changes to
the heads’ water passage openings were made to align
with the block. With a 10.5:1 compression ratio, solid-
of the HiPo 289, a close-ratio 4-speed
transmission and a bunch of other
heavy-duty parts, including suspension
and brakes. Four of themwere
entered in the famous “Tour de France
Automobile” — a week-long, 4,000-mile
event during which competitors faced 17
speed trials, with several races at tracks
such as Le Mans and Monza.
The Mustangs dominated the Touring
Car category with a 1-2 finish, led by Peter
Proctor and co-driver Andrew Cowan
for the Alan Mann Racing team. It was
Mustang’s first win in competition and
it came mere months aœer the car was
introduced.
Back in the USA, the Sports Car Club
of America (SCCA) announced in 1965
a new race series for sedans under FIA
international rules. The SCCA called it the
Trans-American Sedan Championship,
now known as the Trans-Am series.
SCCA wanted as many manufacturers
to compete as possible, so originally the
championship was for manufacturers,
not drivers. Ford saw the series as a
great opportunity to showcase Mustang
capability, so a series of special-duty
Mustang notchback sedans was
commissioned from Carroll Shelby’s
organization for the inaugural Trans-Am
season in 1966.
Mustang won a total of four races,
including the season finale at
California’s Riverside Raceway. That
victory, by Jerry Titus, technical editor
of
Sports Car Graphic magazine
, broke a
tie for the manufacturers’ title, and gave
Ford its first Trans-Am championship.
Mustang dominated the 1967 Trans-Am
season. Titus won four races in Carroll
Shelby’s Terlingua Racing Team car and
notched another championship for Ford.
Titus and teammate Ronnie Bucknum
started o¡ the 1968 Trans-Am season
at the 24 Hours of Daytona. They drove
their Mustang to first in class and an amazing fourth
overall behind three Porsche 907s, winning the class by
40 laps. They completed 2,396.5 miles at an average
speed of 98.52 mph. At the end of the season, though,
The right car at the right time
Mustang was an instant sensation. When Ford launched
the original – a 1965 model – in April of 1964, it fed
the desires of American car enthusiasts who wanted
features then found only on European sports cars.
They wanted a compact, lightweight, maneuverable
vehicle with such “sporty” items as bucket seats and the
gearshiœ on the floor. And they also wanted American-
car reliability and durability. Such qualities were pretty
much taken for granted in domestic cars—but not so
with imported sports cars.
There was just one more thing Mustang buyers wanted:
enough power to make the car fun to drive. They got
it, with as much as 210 hp from the 289-cubic-inch V8
option.
Mustang hit America’s showrooms with all of that, plus
“the look” – the long hood and short rear deck that
symbolized power and performance. To top it all o¡, a
$2,368 base MSRP ensured that Mustang’s price would
appeal to just about anybody who wanted one.
But hard-core enthusiasts always want more power,
right? So Ford released the High Performance 289. The
“HiPo” put out 271 hp at 6,000 rpmwith a solid-liœer
camshaœ and a 4-barrel carburetor. Now we’re talking!
And even more power
But Ford had more in store. FoMoCo High Performance
Genuine Parts, today known as Ford Racing Performance
Parts, had some cool power-adders already in the book.
Ak Miller, Ford Performance Advisor (he was a renowned
California hot rodder and dry lakes runner who drove
his “Iron Horse” track roadster to fiœh place overall
in the Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico),
announced a new line of Cobra Engine Performance
Kits for the 260 and 289 Ford V8s, to be o¡ered at Ford
dealers parts counters all across America. Available
were intake manifolds with single 4-barrel carburetion,
“three twos” or “two fours” and even a four-Weber setup.
Performance cylinder heads, cam kits and many other
parts and pieces were available to make the Mustang
really fly.
Ford developed many of these parts for the Shelby
“Cobra” 289 engine, and the program naturally
gravitated to the Ford Falcon, Fairlane and then
Mustang.
Quick wins
The first Mustangs ever developed for competition
were a series of rally cars built by Holman & Moody in
the summer of 1964. They had a breathed-on version
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2013 Boss 302R –
Jack Roush Jr. & Billy Johnson
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2010 Cobra Jet –
Drew Skillman
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1970 Boss 302 – Parnelli Jones
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1968 Cobra Jet – Bill Lawton
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2008 Cobra Jet – John Calvert
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2007 FR500C (FIA GT4) –
Eric DeDoncker
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1964 Mustang(s) prepared
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Mann Racing
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1966 Mustang GT – Jerry Titus
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1989 Trans-AmMustang –
Dorsey Schroeder,
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Gittin Jr.
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1984 IMSA Mustang – John
Jones &Wally Dallenbach Jr.
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2005 FR500C – David
Epringham & Scott Maxwell
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