Norm Barry took possession of his Mustang in June 1967. It was tested a couple of times at Willow Springs, before Barry and an unknown co-driver raced it at the Riverside 6 Hour event, in early July, under the name El Sugundo. Kiwi Bruce Newell crewed on the car. The pair finished second. Before shipping the Mustang to New Zealand, Barry attempted to disguise it as a road car, to soften the import costs. He covered the fuel filler by fitting a standard boot lid, fitted a standard exhaust, steering wheel, and stuffed the rear seat around the roll cage.

Upon arrival in New Zealand, he took the Mustang to Dynatune Ltd, who’d prepared the Vauxhall Cresta he raced to an impressive third in the 1966 Wills 6 Hour. At the time, a young Jimmy Stone (of later Stone Brothers Racing V8 Supercar team) worked for Dynatune.

Dave Silcock regularly took cars to Dynatune for his employer Galt Motors, and it was through this relationship, and his successes with the second of his XK120 Jaguars, that he ended up being picked to share driving duties with Barry in the Mustang’s first race on New Zealand soil; the 1967 Wills 6 Hour. Silcock and Stone also prepared the car, which included the fitting of a quad-Weber setup in place of the twin Holleys, as well as retro-fitting some of the parts swapped out when it was imported. Prior to its first event, the pair took the Mustang to Pukekohe for testing, but when Stone nudged it into the wall, there was some urgency required making the repairs, and sourcing replacement parts. Ultimately, however, Barry and Silcock finished second, with Silcock putting in a particularly fine effort.

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