As a young boy, IPT founder and president Jon Marshall had a paper route and began reading Hot Rod, Car Craft, and Popular Mechanics magazines where he learned about racing and race cars, beginning his automotive obsession early on. One day while delivering the paper to a neighbor in Connecticut he was wearing a shirt with some sort of hot rod logo on it, and the homeowner asked if he would like to see a race. So, Jon was given four VIP tickets to nearby Lime Rock Park, and when the announcer said “It’s time to shake the dew off the lilies” he wandered what that meant; that’s when the Trans Am cars took to the track and answered the question, and Jon was a kid in wonderment with his nose pressed to the fence as Sam Posey, one of Trans Am’s heroes, came thundering by in his Trans Am Mustang. Turns out that it was Sam Posey’s family that Jon had been delivering papers too, and that memory has not only stuck with him ever since, it’s one of the very first things that got him into the automotive scene.
So, when Jon ran across a 1969 Mustang fastback race car shell, he immediately knew what to do—build it into a Sam Posey Trans Am Tribute car. That’s what the crew at IPT has done. Jon said “It’s as close to a real Sam Posey TA clone as possible, but the biggest mistake I made was to use ’69 quarter panels instead of the ’70 panels that were actually used on the 1969 Boss 302 cars.” It runs a high-winding 302W instead of a Boss 302 because the Windsor makes more power, is much cheaper with today’s technology and is dead-solid reliable, and the Windsor has the same nasty, earth-shattering sound as the Boss 302, so it is a natural.
The Sam Posey Mustang currently resides at the Mustang Owners Museum in Concord, NC but sees occasional duty in parades as a pace car at local races, and shows. Watch for the car in the future as we have more plans for it.