When You Buy a Car, You Join the Club Too

Lewis Gray has a love of fast cars, slow cars and cars that are just pure works of art.

A rural doctor, he has found his own cure for a slow pulse rate in the form of his latest acquisition – an exact replica of the famous 1966 Shelby Mustang.

Only 1000 Shelbys were made. They were commissioned by Hertz to give its renters the option of a racing car for the weekend.

The initiative only lasted a year with the vehicles inevitably thrashed by over-enthusiastic drivers. Needless to say, there are not many left.

The Shelby is a standard Ford Mustang with 39 modifications designed to turn it into a racing car for the road.

“It’s incredible, it is a race car made for the road and it goes like a racer.”

He has taken the car around the track a few times to really test it out and also enjoys cruises with the Mustang Club.

“I was a Holden and Chev’ man. I sat on Mount Panorama waving the red flag and then I saw this one.”

At the other end of the spectrum, he owns a 1953 Morris Minor convertible and, of course, he has joined that club as well.

“When you buy a car, you join the club, too. The Morris Minor people are delightful people and the Mustang club, well, they are totally different.”

Dr Gray also has a 1968 Daimler 250 V8 and a stunning example of a 1960 Ford Thunderbird. He is one of many Southlanders who have sent in pictures of their cars to be considered for inclusion in The Southland Times “Backyard Beauties” book that will celebrate the best of classic cars in the region.