Driving our XR7-G to the CCOA Nationals

There were only 619 XR7-Gs built. They were built along side the Shelby Mustang, and were available with every engine and transmission offered in 1968, (except the 427). This was the first Cougar to be a part of the Hertz Rent a Racer program. If you have any information about these rare cats, this is the place to share. The XR7-G registry is maintained by Royce Peterson.
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In 1994 we had just finished restoring 8F93J556XXX and the CCOA East Nationals were being hosted by John and Dee Baumann in Louisville, KY. The DFW Cats Club (now known as the Lone Star Cougar Club) decided to drive there as a group. Here are a few pictures from that drive and the show.

I made a strategic decision that didn't go well. I put 3.50 gears in the car which resulted in the car running warm at 75 MPH unless I turned the AC off. My wife Georgia did not enjoy the drive! Sorry about the glare in some of the photos, this was before digital cameras or cell phones or the internet.
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1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
1915 Model T Ford Touring Black / Black
1917 Model T Ford Torpedo Runabout Green / Black
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I do not remember the name of the guy who was driving the beautiful lime frost 1968 standard. He is the same guy who sold John Baumann a GT-E later that year.

This is Kendall and Linda Spears in their '68 on the way:
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1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
1915 Model T Ford Touring Black / Black
1917 Model T Ford Torpedo Runabout Green / Black
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We arrived at the host hotel late in the afternoon / early evening of the second day.
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1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
1915 Model T Ford Touring Black / Black
1917 Model T Ford Torpedo Runabout Green / Black
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In the parking lot the next day we met lots of the other folks and cleaned our cars for the show the next morning.

The orange Calypso Coupe was owned at that time by Gil and Jeanie Totten.
The Diamond Blue 1968 XR-7 was owned by Teal Bodensteiner..
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1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
1915 Model T Ford Touring Black / Black
1917 Model T Ford Torpedo Runabout Green / Black
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On show day we judged the cars. Later on my car was inside the hotel dining room at the banquet.
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1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
1915 Model T Ford Touring Black / Black
1917 Model T Ford Torpedo Runabout Green / Black
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Kendall and Linda Spears at the banquet:
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1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
1915 Model T Ford Touring Black / Black
1917 Model T Ford Torpedo Runabout Green / Black
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Several of us won awards. L - R Gil Totten, Teal Bodensteiner, Me, (don't know),Kendall Spears :
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1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
1915 Model T Ford Touring Black / Black
1917 Model T Ford Torpedo Runabout Green / Black
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Thanks for sharing Royce. Outside of your A/C overheating issues it looks like it was fun.
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Thanks for posting Royce - those are fun to see.

And nice to see Linda Spears, she passed away a few years ago.

I've been working with Kendall on his BME Grand American Cougar tribute.

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Thanks for sharing Royce. Look at all those young fresh faces.
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