Below are some photos from the Green Valley Raceway "Polar Prix" in February, 1965, when Carroll Shelby introduced the racing GT-350 with Ken Miles.
Jerry Melton says: "I couldn't get very close again that year. My corner work (flag station) didn't start until the next season. For the duel between Charlie
Barnes' Merlyn and Miles I was at the 180 degree turn at the top of the hill. Miles would hug the inside, drag racing out and down the straightaway (which was
a dragstrip) while Barnes made a wide, smooth outside parabola. It was a very tight contest. My fuzzy memory has it that Barnes won... but maybe not.
Shelby American members will surely have the answer."
A jovial Carroll Shelby, at right, talks with bundled up spectators prior to the race.Photo by Jerry Melton
A closer shot of Carroll.Photo by Jerry Melton
The new GT350 at speed out on the track. In 1965, the direction of the course was clockwise.Photo by Jerry Melton
Here's racing great Ken Miles powering out of the 180 degree turn and starting down the long drag race straight.Photo by Jerry Melton
A dramatic shot here. Down toward the end of the long straight is a hump which clearly got all four of the Shelby's tires off the ground.
Here's Ken Miles on the inside line coming out of the 180 and battling with Charlie Barnes' Merlyn sports racer.Photo by Jerry Melton