Press Release 2/27/17
SAAC-MCR President 1984 – 1990, 1996-2008 (20 years total)
UPDATE: On January 14, 2017, Giuliano was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer (see Wikipedia for more info on the disease). Treatment is underway. This is another of life challenges that he is faced with – please pray for him!
On December 1, 2016, we were treated to a return visit by Giuliano Zuccato, one of the sculptors on the original Mustang. In addition to sharing the inside story of working on the first Mustang with the Heros of History, & his total career in the automotive industry, almost more important was the challenges in life he overcame & his giving back to the country that made it all possible. We were also joined be members of the Mid-Michigan Mustang club that drove down from Frankenmuth, as well as Jason from Team Shelby. If you ever get a chance to listen to Giuliano’s story, don’t pass it up!
MOCSEM invited SAAC-MCR members to join them for a cruise to Gail Halderman’s “Man Cave”, better known as Halderman’s Mustang Museum, located near Tipp, Ohio, on Sept. 24. We caravanned with 20 or so Mustangs and other Ford vehicles, making quite a sight.
Steve & Cathy White and Rich & Sandy Tweedle joined with Mike Rey, John Clors and MOCSEM members at the museum where Mr. Halderman, who designed the ’64-1/2 Mustang style, has put on display some vehicles, including a red 1964-1/2 Mustang convertible, a couple of Model A’s, and a Thunderbird, many of his styling drawings of future products through his career, and models and other collectable items relating to the Mustang.
Gale Halderman gave a talk on his career, starting with how he was hired (including showing us the car design he did the night before his interview), grew into designing and how he came to be the one to draw what became the Mustang.
We were also treated to a Roast Pig, pulled pork sandwich lunch.
MOCSEM President Mike Rey and John Clor presented Mr. Halderman and his wife with MOCSEM club jackets
The day started cool, but changed to sunny & warm. Sorry that many of you missed a great experience. A larger presence of SAAC-MCR members would have been great.
The leaves are finally peaking, & should make for colorful & fun drive + activities!
For more details, see the “Upcoming Events” page under the “Events” tab in the header above, & also please “register” on our Facebook events page (Shelby American Automobile Club – Motor City Region) so we know approximately how may & whom to be looking forward to participating.
Proud that SAAC-MCR was able to assist MRT in making a ’65 Mustang safer for a young heart transplant patient in Kansas, by donating a collapsible steering column to the build.
Monday June 13, 2016, the day following the Show, was the Go at Waterford Hills Road Racing Course. A mild day made for good track time, with a few sprinkles briefly mid day that scared away a few participants. However, we had an astonishing 5 new GT350’s attend the event – 1 GT350R & 4 street GT350’s of various flavors. That’s a full 25% of the total participants were new GT350’s – living up to their heritage & intended purpose!!!!!!!!