Posted Nov 2nd 2012 12:42PM
It's easy to forget it was Holman & Moody that helped first put a Ford Mustang on track in competition. Well before Carroll Shelby ever spun a wrench on one of the pony cars, H&M served up a set of race engines for Alan Mann Racing. That team took four specially prepared 1964 notchback Mustang models to the 4,000-mile Tour de France Automobile and brought home first place in the Touring Car class. Holman & Moody have chosen to celebrate that milestone with a special 2014 Ford Mustang dressed in the traditional Alan Mann Racing gold and red livery.
The car features a horsepower nudge from Ford Racing as well as adjustable SVT shocks and struts, HMPerformance adjustable sway bars, lowering springs and an oil cooler. A set of Ford Racing mufflers and a Ford Racing x-pipe give the car a little more bark, while the one-off 19-inch wheels add some flash to the mix. Holman & Moody will produce just 500 examples, and each one will come with a one-year membership to the SVT Owner's Association. Hit the jump for the press release.
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Before Saleen, before Roush, even before Shelby, a legendary American Ford performance dynasty helped Alan Mann Racing secure the initial professional race win for the Ford Mustang - Holman & Moody. In September 1964, the Alan Mann Racing Team of Great Britain fielded three Mustangs that were specially prepped using engines and performance parts supplied by Holman & Moody in the 4,000 mile long "Tour de France Automobile" rally.
"To commemorate the Mustang's first race win fifty years after the initial pairing, Holman & Moody is creating a limited edition 50th Anniversary Holman & Moody TdF Mustang, complete with dealer-installed enhancements aimed at producing the ideal high performance track-day car," said President of Holman & Moody, Inc. Lee Holman. "Components have been carefully selected to make the 50th Anniversary TdF Mustang a spirited competitor worthy of carrying the Holman & Moody name. A unique blend of Ford Racing Performance Parts and Holman & Moody components make this Mustang a true performer and a fitting tribute to the 1964 race winners."
The 2014 Holman & Moody TdF Mustang
Modifications to the 1964 Mustang racecars included bigger and better brakes, an upgraded radiator for extra cooling, a limited slip rear end, a modest horsepower increase, a lowered race-tuned suspension and a free flowing exhaust. The 2014 Holman & Moody 50th Anniversary TdF Mustang holds true to the original with similar modifications and even the same bright red hue that adorned the 1964 original race cars. Production will be limited to 500 cars to ensure the exclusivity and collectability of each.
"The Holman & Moody TdF Mustang is a contemporary reflection of our motorsports heritage," said George Goddu, business manager for Ford Racing Performance Parts. "As a track-day capable commemorative edition, this special Mustang is a rolling showcase for our race-proven parts."
- 5.0 liter 4 valve Ti-VCT V8
- Ford Racing horsepower upgrade
- Race Red exterior paint color
- 3.73:1 limited slip differential
- Track Pack electronics
- hmPerformance fully adjustable front and rear splined sway bars
- SVT adjustable struts/shocks
- Progressive lowering springs
- Short shifter assembly
- Stainless steel tubular headers
- Ford Racing sport mufflers
- Ford Racing stainless steel X-pipe
- High-flow K&N/Ford Racing air filter
- Uprated radiator for extra cooling
- Oil cooler
- 19" custom wheels designed and manufactured specifically for this car
- Fully adjustable suspension allowing for race, rally, autocross, commute or even drift settings without changing any components. Also gives the ability to corner balance the vehicle to accommodate passengers or cargo
- Hand held ProCal OBD2 calibration tool for reprogramming PCM or reading codes
- Improved exhaust note and engine breathing
- Commemorative body stripe and badging
- Holman & Moody embroidered carpeting
- Customized Holman & Moody TdF Mustang serial number plate
- Commemorative Holman & Moody license plate
- Complimentary one-year membership to SVT Owners Association
- Exclusive access to tech support and forums, including access to the designers and engineers
Optional equipment available:
- Roller bearing upgrades to replace urethane on sway bars
- Custom Holman & Moody embroidered Recaro seats
The 1964 "Tour de France Automobile" Rally
The "Tour de France Automobile" rally was an automotive endurance race that began in 1899. The event occurred sporadically over 60 years, until becoming an annual race in 1959. At the time, it was the epitome of European motoring, due to safety concerns, it was cancelled in 1986 and replaced with a rally for historic cars that ran at reduced speeds.
In 1964, three 4.7L Mustangs prepared by Alan Mann Racing of Great Britain with assistance from Holman & Moody were entered into the race. These Mustangs competed in the Touring class against the mighty 3.8 Jaguar Mk II's. Seventeen stages and ten days later, the Mustangs finished the Touring class in first place with Peter Proctor and Andrew Cowan and second place with Peter Harper and David Pollard. This was the first professional race win and first international victory for the Ford Mustang, proving the Mustang was ready to be more than just a "secretary's car."
Holman & Moody History
Holman & Moody was formed when the U.S. automobile manufacturers collectively decided to get out of racing in the late 1950's. John Holman and Ralph Moody formed the company and became involved with all of Ford's racing efforts worldwide. In the 1960's, Holman & Moody became a powerhouse of racing technology as the company's influence was felt across nearly every sector of automotive competition including NASCAR, road racing and drag racing.
Ordering information, pricing and program updates will be available at www.HM50th.com.
About Holman & Moody, Inc.
Today, Holman & Moody operates a thriving restoration and repair business in Charlotte, North Carolina, servicing vintage racecars and restoring collectible racers to original form. In addition to supplying parts and service for vintage cars, the company has also delved into the late-model world under the name hmPerformance. Specializing in suspension upgrades, hmPerformance plans to offer genuine Holman & Moody engineered parts for a variety of Ford vehicles.