Mustang With Retro-Rally Set Up

At last weekend’s Lime Rock Historic Festival a 1966 Mustang caught my attention as a rally navigator.  The first thing that I noticed was the 1966 International 1000 Rally license plate mounted in the front grille.

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1966 Ford Mustang

The International 1000 Rally was a long-held rally that I believe originated in New York as the MG 1000 Rally in the 1950s.  Over the years, it morphed into the International 1000 Rally, which lasted several days and included some rally time in Canada, hence the “international” name.  Over time interest in this rally waned.  In the early 2000s, the rally was run out of the upstate New York area as the Finger Lakes 1000.  The rally eventually disappeared in about 2003/2004.   If anyone can offer more information on the history of this rally, I would be grateful.

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Notice The Rally Naviagtion Equipment On The Dash

When I took a look at the interior of this Mustang I noticed the rally navigation equipment mounted on the dash.  By the way, I also noted the size of the air conditioning unit mounted under the dash.  The image below is a closer view of the navigation set-up.  Unfortunately the side window was up when I took the photo which greatly reduces the quality of the image.

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Retro-Rally Navigation Set-Up

The rally equipment includes the following:

  • A Curta Type II mechanical calculator
  • An Avion adjustable odometer
  • Heuer stop watch calibrated in both 1/100 minute and seconds

This is a very good mechanical/analog set-up for rallying.  The Curta calculator is excellent for doing timing calculations when you need to be on time, all the time.  The Avion adjustable odometer can be calibrated by fine tuning the rotating dial on the right side of the Avion unit.  This type of odometer is not often seen in period rally set-ups, as most people in those instances mount a Halda Tripmaster or Twinmaster.  The Heuer stopwatch is also very useful in rallies, especially if it has the temporary stopping second hand feature. I have the same or similar equipment in my rally navigator’s tool box.  I did not see the owner of this car, therefore I was not able to talk with the owner about using this equipment, but it was interesting to see the retro-rally set-up.

If you have any comments or questions about this post, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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2 Responses to Mustang With Retro-Rally Set Up

  1. Merrill Smith says:

    Hi Steve, I don’t know if there’s any connection beyond “1000” and “rally” but a Canadian group organized a 1000 Islands International Rally this year. The first event, run a couple of weeks ago stuck to Canadian soil, but their plan is to have starting points in both countries. Here’s a link to their website with a rundown on the first event: http://mowoguniversity.com/1000-islands-international-rallytour.html. Cheers, Merrill

  2. Jay Nemeth-Johannes says:

    FWIW, that Mustang has all the visible equipment of a 66 Shelby GT-350

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