New Zealand Racing Mustangs

Below are brief details of some of NZ's racing Mustangs. I am interested in capturing onto the site, a comprehensive collection of dedicated NZ track racing Mustangs,
 including cars being built and raced right up to today. If you are able to contribute any information please contact me 

( Follow this link to the Australian Mustang Racing site www.mustangracing.com.au )

 Thank you to the contributors so far (listed at the bottom of this page).

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1 The first Mustang brought into NZ for racing. Imported by Ivan Segedin for the 1965/66 season, and later purchased and raced very successfully by Red Dawson. Restored and owned by Glenn Larson. 1stNZraceMustang.JPG (56229 bytes)

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2 This is a 67 Mustang which was part of the Ford factory SAAC (Shelby) team which ran in '67 in the US. Imported and raced by Norman Barry / Frank Bryan and sold to Dawson late '67, to replace his earlier car. (Pic Dale Mathers) ThirtyfiveDawson-2.JPG (69094 bytes)

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3 NZ's most famous Racing Mustang; The PDL Mustang 1. Brought to NZ in 1970 the car was campaigned in several colours by Paul Fahey, Graham Baker, and most successfully by Leo Leonard. (Pic Dale Mathers) PDL08.jpg (58767 bytes)

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4 Not actually a NZ race car, but Alan Moffit's famous Australian Boss Mustang, which did came over the Tasman to do battle with the locals..
(Pic Dale Mathers)
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5 The PDL Mustang 2. Built in NZ, and now owned and fully restored by Todd Stewart.  More info coming.  (Pic Bart Ingram)

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The Jim Richards 69 Sidchrome car. Built and raced in NZ, then moved to Australia where it beat all-comers in the 75/76 season. Featured a very trick 530 bhp 351C. This car is till in NZ, owned by Aucklander George Sheweiry. (Pic Dale Mathers) Sidchrome2.JPG (58667 bytes)

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7 The triple 222 car. Same car as # 11 below,  the Fahey 66 Trans Am car, but here raced by John Armstrong in the 71 OSCA Series. John Riley bought the car in 1970 which he painted green, numbered 222. He raced the car with with great success and was a real crowd favourite.  (Pic Dale Mathers) Tripletwo-2.JPG (105847 bytes)
8 Pete Geoghegan/Rod Coppin's 65 K Code Notch, fitted out with Shelby running gear, including a 289 Cobra race engine. Originally imported into Australia in 65 by Pete Geoghegan and raced there with phenomenal success for two years before being sold to Rod Coppins in 67. Also purchased by John Riley and raced for one season. Rod raced it here till 1970. Now restored and in the David Bowden collection in Queensland. (Pic fouronthefloor.com.au)

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9 The Cooper coupe. Built into a race car by Rick Cooper of Taupo and fitted with some powerful engines. Raced successfully then sold to Mark Ross who further developed it and also raced it successfully. Currently owned by Richard Gatwick of Dannevirke.
(Pic Dale Mathers)
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10 1967 Notchback Mustang, Shelby prepared and raced Trans Am race car. Imported by Dexter Dunlop, subsequently sold to and raced successfully by Kevin Haig and others. Eventually rebuilt by Gary Doyle in Palm North and now in the David Bowden collection in Queensland. (Pic Dale Mathers) Fiftytwo-1.JPG (86362 bytes)

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11 The Fahey 66 Mustang was probably the most successful Mustang raced here (at least comparable to PDL 1). This 66 Shelby Trans Am car was imported in '67 and raced by Paul Faheyand later by John Riley. It cleaned up most saloon car trophies for 2 or 3 years, although Red Dawson managed to beat it a few times. This car is now also owned by David Bowden. (Pic Dan Bowden) Fahey104.JPG (47585 bytes)

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12 Don Elliot 1966 Mustang. Raced in Tasmania and NZ.  (Pic Dale Mathers)   Whiteone-3.JPG (153371 bytes)

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13 Phil Hoffman's lovely Shelby Replica. Built by Dale Mathers of Coastline Automotive in 1998/99 from a std A code fastback. Initially raced by Dale but then purchased and subsequently raced by Phil Hoffman.
(Pic Keith Robinson)
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14 "The Scud" A 65 fastback bought by John McKechnie 1990 who began turning it into a race car. Subsequently sold to John Espagne, then sold damaged to Dale Mather's who extensively developed the car. On sold 1999 to Dean Cameron who has further developed it and still owns it.

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15 Mathers/Cooper/Hoffman 65 fastback. Imported by Dale Mathers in 96, and rebuilt into a street legal Shelby 350R. Purchased by Rick Cooper, and fitted with a 500 hp engine. Used for track and for the 1998 Targa. Purchased by Phil Hoffman and then by Darryl Narain for 2002 Targa.

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16 The Brown/Espagne/McConnell Racing Mustang. A genuine K code fastback imported around 1991. Turned into a race car with a 302 by Rob Brown, then sold to John Espagne who further developed and raced the car at classic meetings. Sold Dec 2002 to Dynes McConnell.

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17 The Jennian Homes TraNZam Mustang driven by Tauranga's Bernie Gillon. (More info....?)
(Pic Keith Robinson)
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18 Anderson Bros 69 Pinepac Stang ...  Pinepac1.JPG (65981 bytes)

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Anderson Brothers Group A Pinepac Mustang #1:  "Abes Babe". Raced in Australia and in 84, 85 and 86 Bathurst rounds, as well as in NZ. Restored by and owned by Brett Maddren, Australia. 

   

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20 Anderson Brothers Group A Pinepac Mustang # 2:   The "Black Car" (Actually it was repainted yellow but kept the original name). Currently owned by Brian Marshall of Queensland

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21  JPS Mustang.  

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22 The Wayne Fabish 65 Race Mustang.

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23 Bruce Eckdale Mustang Race Car

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24 Taupo's, Rick Cooper 2000 Cobra R Race Car

25  Lew Wymer's 70 Race car Wymer70.JPG (12872 bytes)  
26 Dale Mathers Boss 302. Built 2005/06 from a rough shell. Check the "More" link for a full history of the car on Dales website.

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27 "Petrol" Elliott: 1968 Notch. Built up into a classic race car in LA and imported by owner 2006.

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28 George Sheweiry's 65 Race car.

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29 George Sheweiry's two Trans Am Race cars.

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30  Richard Ramson's 1996 Cobra SVT More
 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS are due to the following enthusiasts and owners for contributing information and/or pictures :

Bart Ingram  (Pictures and info on PDL 2)
Dale Mathers.
(Dozens of pictures from his collection, plus history on car Ref 9, 13 and 26)
Charmaine Scott
. (Pic's and info on PDL 1)
Bob King. 
(Info and pics on car Ref 10, and PDL 1)
Laurie Brenssell
(For generous use of some of his excellent photos)
Glen Larsen.
( Info and pics on car Ref 1,2 and 11)
Dan Bowden (Info on several cars, two pics and links to further information)
Brett Jurmann (Info on car # 6, 19 and 21)
Bruce Anderson (Info on all the Pinepac cars)
Stuart Innes (Information on the Sidchrome Mustang)
Brett Maddren. (Pinepac 1:Abes Babe)
Jim Day   (Wayne Fabish # 22)
George Sheweiry (George's three race cars 28 and 29)
Pamala Marshall (PinePac 2)
Charlene Storrar : Info on her father John Riley and his cars
Richard Ramson Info and photos of his Cobra SVT