• Aug 5, 2007
Click above image for large high-res gallery from the National Rally II stop at C&C.

One year ago, in August 2006, there was a huge gathering of Ford GT owners in Michigan. The group descended on Dearborn from all over the world to tour the Wixom and Saleen Special Vehicle plants where the GTs were built. It was really a great event that covered four days and allowed the owners to bond and share in their mutual joy of ownership of this unique American supercar. Flash forward to 2007, and the group decided to try it again. Organized by Ford GT Forum admin, DBK, it was a super event. Rather than trekking back to Michigan, this time they decided to head west.

The rally (it's more of a reunion now) convened in Southern California, with stops at the Petersen Museum, the Saleen Store, the El Toro Marine base for a Saleen "School of Speed" autocross, and a visit to Ford's Premier Automotive Group facility in Irvine for their weekly Cars and Coffee show. This year's event, appropriately enough dubbed Ford GT National Rally II, included not only owners, but some key GT development people like Camilo Pardo, Jamal Hameedi, Tom Reichenbach, Rich Robeck, "The GT Guys" Rich Brooks and Dennis Breitenbach and many others. Altogether about 90 GTs showed for the meet, with another 20 or so GT40 recreations also on hand to add some heritage. Twenty-four states and one Canadian province were represented.

Check out the huge gallery.

[Source: Ford GT Forum]


Lance Stander and the gang at Superformance showed how the original GT40s would look amidst these modern interpretations. They have just released their GT40 Mk., and it is as stunningly accurate as their Mk. II we profiled a while back. Saleen also took advantage of the gathering to roll out their new S281 Extreme 550. It's a special series of Mustangs built exclusively for GT owners who want a matching vehicle that might be a little more practical for everyday driving. There's a separate post about those going up soon.

It was quite amazing to walk along three full rows of Ford GTs. Every color and stripe combination available, plus a few customs like the Genaddi GTX1s, butterfly door cars, turbo conversions and others were scattered throughout the rows. Simply amazing. The group is having a fairwell dinner cruise Saturday night, and undoubtedly getting started on planning where to go for Ford GT National Rally III.


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  • 7 Comments
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Glenn, ignore SW it's just called jealousy. The GT is a fantastic car. Would have been cool to be there. How about making reunion number 3 in Texas??? =)
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        Jeebus, I think the Ford GT is a fantastic car. My attempt at humor might have been a bit misleading but that's what it was.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great pictures Frank. It was an incredible morning. Here is a video of the show and the cars leaving.

      http://www.socalspeedzone.com/pages/GTs080407.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      Rene Curry,

      You are right, Ford does not install a lowjack type system in the cars, it was aftermarket equipment that gave him his problems.

      In the world of supercars, you won't find a more reliable car than the Ford GT.

      Also, as a side note. I was looking at youtube and saw the Top Gear clip with the GTX1. I now have a new favorite sounding car. Previously it was the Carrera GT but that GTX1 blew it away.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was there. Something like 100+ ford GT's showed up along with a handfull of GT40s. I saw them all drive in and all drive out. I dont think any of them had trouble and i didnt hear any owners complaining.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, but were any of them able to make a return trip?

      (If you think this is not funny, watch the top gear episode where Clarkson's troubles were documented with the gt)
      • 7 Years Ago
      You know, I can see my head in one of the pics. Yes I finally made it on Autoblog!

      I work right by the Old El Toro Marine base, and as I came into work on Friday morning, I was passed by about 18 gt's Let me tell you that was interesting.

      In a side Note the Enzo that showed up to the show left early as he was not getting alot of attention at the show due to the amount of GT's and GT 40's Seeing Steve Millen was awesome!!!!