Since Brian Coughlin's '67 Fastback is covered elsewhere, our data box here only includes the information on Brian's red and white '68 Shelby GT 350. One thing we noticed in this year's photo contest is that the Fords are way underrepresented in terms of quantity. They are not, however, underrepresented in terms of quality, and that goes doubly so for Brian's pair of proud ponies. Early on in our deliberations, it became clear that this particular photo would rise to the top of the heap. Nice color, a good composition, an exciting setting, sharp focus, decent lighting, and some stand-out cars did the trick. For his part, photographer John Lemos appears to have dodged the bullet, as all the other photos he sent were badly cropped off, or the cars were improperly posed. Some crazy Photoshop special effects almost got the entry tossed into the garbage upon first opening, then we saw the unravaged images tucked into an envelope. With more practice and better attention to basic photography principles, we think John has the potential to be a future winner.

Car Owner: Brian Coughlin; Yorba Linda, CA
Photographer: John E. Lemos III; Orange, CA
Camera: Canon 40D
Model: n/a
Photo location: Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library
Engine: 302ci Ford Windsor
Cylinder heads: factory
Camshaft: factory
Intake: factory
Carb/induction: factory
Transmission: Ford C-4 automatic
Rearend model & gearing: Ford 9-inch, 3.50 gears
Suspension/brakes: factory
Peak hp: 250 hp (original rating)
Best ¼-mile time: n/a
Years owned: 3 years
Cost to build: $100,00