Number 8: 1966 hardtop, rallying
Story by the owner: My wife and I bought our Mustang in 1994, just before we got married. Up until 2000 it was only used for touristic trips ( Flanders Mustang Event for instance) From May to September it covered 1500km. Since 2000 we have added "rallying" to the fun and have extended the season from March to December and the kms to 3000 !
The rallying is of the "orientation/regularity" type; not the special stage "speed" type. It is safe, a lot of fun and less abusive to the car than most people think. You have to be a mustangdriver though, normally most roads are hard surface but dust and mud occur sometimes. However nothing happens to the car that a thorough clean won't cure !
1966 hardtop, build date 10 November 1965 in San José
color is medium sage gold metallic
rear axle: conventional 2.80:1
V8, 289ci with 200 HP
Interior Decor Group (Pony Interior): parchment vinyl with Ivy gold appointments (changed to black)
Automatic transmission C4
Center console (dealer installed, so therefore black not woodgrain)
Black vinyl roof
Visibility Group: remote control drivers mirror, day/night mirror and 2 speed wipers)
Tinded windows + tinted and banded windshield
Power drum brakes
AM radio (working but stored and replaced by modern FM/tape unit)
Deluxe Seatbelts (front are retractable + warning lights)
Door Edge Guards
Exhaust Emission Control System (mandatory in CA, not functional due to missing parts)
Wire wheel covers (65 covers for rallying)
Cobra engine dress up kit
Extras for rally purposes:
Brantz Retrotrip 2 twin mechanical tripmeter
Heuer mechanical stopwatch
Hamilton 4992B mechanical 24 hour master clock
Hella halogen map light
Hella Comet FF200 spotlights
Rear fog light
How does the rally work ?
Generally a rally covers 100 and 200km in 2 to 5 stages, starting early morning and lasting until evening. You get a coded route which you have to ride as correctly as possible. There are manned and unmanned controls along the way to check if you have followed the correct route. And on top of that you have to finish the route at a certain average speed. For safety this is quite low: 30km per hour. But it can become very difficult suddenly, when you manage to loose the way once or twice ! :-)
Arriving too late or too soon or missing controls costs points; the team with the least amount of points (ideally zero) wins !
Theoretically you don't need any special gear; but after rallying "stock" for the first time, we quickly decided a few adaptions would come in handy. Extra spotlighs are indispensible so see were you are going on a dark road, especially in winter. Interior lights make life more easy for the navigator. While odometer and wrist watch can do the job, a tripmater and stopwatch/master clock allow you to focus more on decoding the route (and thus greatly improve your chances to win ! And your enjoyment of the ride, even if you don't win) Besides, these adaptions make the car look more "real" , adding greatly to the unique atmosphere of the events you are participating in. However all our rally extras have been mounted without drilling holes, so we can convert to "stock" easily ! So you see it is possible to have your cake and eat it too !