Please join SAAC-MCR, TS-GLR, MCC & MOCSEM for this year’s Motor City edition of the annual National Mustang Day on Sunday, April 15, 2018. 

Back by popular demand is the traditional meet-up & photo-op in front of Ford World Headquarters. 

We have extended the meet-up time to a full hour to allow for more socializing & picture taking. 

Next, and also by popular demand & tradition, we will caravan to Mike Berardi’s awesome Mustang Collection to see old & new additions to his herd! 

Per tradition, lunch will be provided at Mike’s by the host clubs, free of charge. 

New for this year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the theatrical release of the classic Mustang movie “Bullitt”, will caravan to the Emagine Theater in Canton for a private screening of the movie, followed by a film festival style panel discussion about some of the behind the scenes insider info on how the original movie car was brought back out for public viewing this year.  There will be a nominal fee for the theater rental, which includes luxury recliner seating with pop & popcorn – all at a discounted deal. 

Registration deadline is April 2nd, so we can reserve the proper size theater.  You must reserve to participate, so we can also order the sufficient lunch quantities. 

Hope to see as many of you there as possible!

9:00 – 10:00 AM @ Ford WHQ – Meet-up, socializing, & photo-ops
10:00 – 10:30 AM Travel to Mike Berardi’s Collection
10:30 – 11:30 AM Tour of Mike’s Collection
11:30 AM -12:30 PM Lunch at Berardi’s
12:30-1:00 PM Travel to Emagine theater in Canton
1:00-2:00 PM Reserved area parking & socializing, getting pop & popcorn, seats in theater
2:00-4:00 PM Private screening of “Bullitt”
4:00-4:30 PM Film festival style panel discussion about the original movie car on how they got it inside Ford once revealed & on the NAIAS display.



Thanks to our friends at Gorno Ford for allowing us to put on another swap meet.

Thanks to John Yarema for heading up this event.

Thanks to the vendors that brought their wares to sell.

Thanks to those who came to browse and more importantly buy.

Thanks to the volunteers who came out and worked.

Thank God it didn’t snow.

Read all about it in Shelby Life



John Yarema, after many years of effort for the Motor City Region, is leaving to pursue other interests.

We thank him for all he has done for us, not only for producing both the Gorno Ford and Show & Go Swap Meets. But also inviting us to his home so that we could cruise the Eastside.

While we will miss John, we need to fill his large shoes with someone or maybe some two. Please consider stepping up to help our club.



Hard to believe that it’s been fifty years since the Mercury Cougar XR7-G hit the showroom floor.

Read all about it in Mark Kulwik’s story in the SHELBY LIFE.

XR7-G at Show & Go 42



Not quite the same as last summer. Nobody had their top down today.


Enjoyable afternoon with members and friends.


Special Thanks to Rich Teeple for the incredible SAAC-MCR ice sculpture.

Dinner was excellent,

President White used his influence so that Brad Keselowski not only won in the #2 Ford,

but Ford was 1-2-3-4 at the finish of the Daytona Clash.

See Newsletter for the full story.

 2018 Shelby Life Newsletter


Show 43 Pre-registration Gift

Multi_toolAs a special thank you for registering early, you will receive a limited edition unique multi-function tool imprinted with “Shelby American Automobile Club – Motor City Region”. Tool includes four different items, chain & keyring, as well as a handy carrying pouch. When you pre-register, your form will be marked, & you can pick up the gift at the approrpiate registration station when checking in at the event. Preregister today!


One Last Trip To Goodwood

As told by Randy Betki.

A few years, ok decades, ago wheels were put into motion by others…. to what was to become The Goodwood Gang.

Story is Steve Williams, his wife, and another couple attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed (A hill climbing event) back in the late 90’s. Goodwood is an estate established back in the 1600’s. It is located in England and used as a RAF base during WWII. During WW II the pilots and crew would use the service drive that went around the airfield’s perimeter to race anything that had wheels on it. After the war, 1948, the service drive was turned into a race course. It served as such until the 1966 when speed and safety rules made the decision to close the circuit. The track was still used from time to time for testing. It is the circuit on which Bruce McLaren lost his life while testing one of his experimental racing machines back in 1970.

When they returned to the USA, Steve, who is a brace/prosthetic maker, talked to Dr. Charles Safley (Charlie). Charlie raced an Alfa, owned a Cobra, and was a member of the Shelby American Automobile Club – Motor City Region (SAAC-MCR). Charlie tells Steve he would be interested in attending if they go back.

Next time they (Charlie, Steve, and his brother Jim who works for NASA) go, it is to The Revival, a road racing event using the old race circuit.

When they return Charlie tells Tom Greene about it. Tom was President of SAAC-MCR, and raced a 1966 GT 350 in vintage racing. So he tags along for the next trip.

Tom returns and sees me at the next Shelby Club meeting. Tells me I have to attend the next event. I ask why? Because they race old cars (from the early 1900’s to 1966), and fly warbird airplanes…. all the stuff you love to do. So I attend the next event. As well as another SAAC-MCR member, Stu Cashman. Eventually Charlie talks one of his boating buddies, Troy, into going along.

So that is the short story of how the Goodwood Gang was formed. The Gang has been going over every other year for decades.

In Dec of ’16, Charlie past away due to an aggressive cancer. In his will he requested that part of his ashes be placed at Goodwood’s Lavant Corner where we usually sat for the Revival. Tom picked up the reigns and got The Gang together to take Charlie over to this years Goodwood.

Three months later Tom is at a go karting track, got bumped, long story short, he succumbs to a Dale Earnhardt neck injury. While at his funeral in Tennessee, his widow tells me, “If you are taking Charlie, you are taking Tom!” The Gang divides responsibilities and continues on with a new purpose……

So this past Sept we smuggled a couple of bodies across Canada and England to inter as part of the Goodwood Estate. I did make proper arrangement with the Goodwood Estate to do so. They were very receptive to the request.


Per Charlie’s instructions we topped them off with a half pint, not a full pint. Charlie said, “Beer is too expensive, just use a half pint”.

Now you know the history of The Goodwood Gang