Event regular Dan Egan proudly showed one of the most exotic machines on Ocean Avenue. “Growing up in southern California in the ’60s, cars were tested year-round at local racing venues so we saw everything – including the two Toyota GTS prepared by Shelby and raced in the 1968 SCCA season,” says Egan. “We saw them at Riverside, then they disappeared; they only raced in ’68 before they were gone.
“Fast-forward six years and I saw an advert in the back of Competition Press, which was where we went to find out what racing was going on and what was happening in Europe. Since I’d seen the cars race I knew what it was, so I called the guy. If he’d said it was yellow I probably wouldn’t have bought it, but when he said ‘red’ I was cooked!
“The car was in Washington, so my wife and I flew up and stayed at his house. We gave him a personal cheque and drove the car home.”