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Portrait of Jay


Jay owned his own Body Shop store in San Fernando Valley, Ford Auto Body. He was about to retire when we met. He also enjoyed running cars as well as collecting them.

Jay came out to the the Shelby Cobra Club event at Willow Springs International Raceway every year. The year we met, he came with the “66” car you see below, which was a 1964 Daytona Coupe built for him in New Zealand by John Olson. John Olson was a friend of Jay’s but he’s also was the one who built the original Daytona Coupe, Serial Number 2287, for Carroll Shelby. That car was missing for 35 years. When it was eventually found, it was restored and then put in Auto Palace in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Jay owned an identical vehicle, his having serial number to 2603. Jay had just gotten his “66” (2603) back into shape and considered it a very fun car.

Jay excited to run his “very fun car”

Jay in the driver’s seat

special tags on “66”certified historical Shelby

in front of trailer

Jay running”66″ on the Willow Spring track

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.