Big Bend Chat
Big Bend Community => The Terlingua/Study Butte Board => Topic started by: Al on November 02, 2009, 11:13:52 PM
I would have never guessed Carol Shelby used to hang in Terlingua to chill.
After having watched all 3 parts..I definatly conclude I like my 4 door flat-4 turbo charged AWD car :icon_biggrin:
That is cool that they are selling a "Terlingua Mustang" with 350 HP V-6. Looks like the burnout scenes were filmed at the Lajitas International Airport.
I could be wrong but wasn't the Terlingua Ranch House (the main building with the pool) originally owned by Carol Shelby? Wasn't that where he would hang out back in 'the day'?
Yeah, I would say Shelby has some Terlingua connections. Shelby and Dallas Attorney, David Witt owned the Terlingua Ranch before Terramar purchased the TR in late '60s. Witt acquired TR, then known as the Chirachiua (sp?) Ranch in the early 60's. I have known and done permotions for Shelby and Ford since '63. The other owners, along with Witt and Shelby, were Bill Neale, owner of a Dallas PR firm and also the Director of Promotions for Ford were the four owners. They would have rowdy weekends at the TR and always cooked chili. Decided they should promote it and Bill Neale came up with the Mad Rabbit Logo. A modified version is still used by TR and the original design was used on Shelby's racing team. Also, it was an honor for Shelby to give the Mad Rabbit to other racers. btw, for ones that do not know about Shelby's early life, he grew up in Dallas and started racing local road race tracks in an MG and graduated up to more powerful cars and ended up the World Champion, ie, LeMans, Nurenberg (sp) etc. First American to be a World Champion. They also decided to promote TR more and decided to have a World Championship Chili Cook-off. A yankee writer had moved to Alpine and a national article was published, "Nobody knows more about Chili than I do" Well, some folks in the Chili World took offense and Frank Tolbert and Wick Fowler joined forces the Shelby and the first Chili Cook off was held at the Ghostown in 1967. Halle Stillwell and Witt, I believe, were the judges of the Fowler and the Alpine writer's chili. Newspaper and Magazine folks from around the nation were in attendance. NY Times, WSJ, etc and of course R&T and C&D, the wire services and many more. A wild time was held by all. This evolved to the CASI and the Tolbert cook offs today. Could write a book about Shelby and his shinanigans. Probably out of space now. Have a #43 of 500 copie
Have #43 of 500 prints of Bill Neale's painting of Shel's favorite racer of his race team, Jerry Grant, racing a TransAm Mustang thru the Ghostown. Shel and crew were watching while standing on the Porch in front of the Starlight, which was roofless. Btw, b4 Style Reed painted the present painting in the Starlight, there is another wall painting behind the present one. It shows Shel and crew standing on the porch. In the '60's there was no one the lived in the GT, except an old guy who rode a burro everywhere that lived around the Ghostown. I have turned down $1100 for the #43 of the print. Though Rex Ivey had owned the Ghostown twice before, the Ghostown was and now is part of TR. Bill and Rex Ivey bought it again in the '80's. My first trip was in '65.
One time Bill Neale and his son-in-law came into the LTP and did not know I had left Dallas. Neale and I were yappin' up a storm and all of a sudden my wife yelled, ( she had decided say something to the son-in-law who was kinda left just standing there.) Come to find out Neale's son-in-law had been the drummer for the Doors and had written the book and screenplay for the Morrison movie. He sat in with the Los Pinche Gringos that night at the Starlight. This event kinda, sorta knocked the slats out of a Canadian tourist who was in the Bend alot who always told folks he had been the drummer for the Doors. All the promoting of Terlingua was done for Shel and partners to be able to sell 40acre tracts of the 200k plus acres of TR. Enough of my Shelby stories for now.
This was in the Terlingua Moon last week: