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I had an uncle that lived in Paradise back in the '90s until he passed. Was up there a few times when I was at Chico State.
 

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I saw that on facebook today.

Having been in the region 3 times in as many years, there is just "fuel" everywhere. Dry brush, wind... it's actually amazing it doesn't happen more often.


Kudos to them for taking time to help this poor guy out.
 

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Yeah. I dont know how people can say that forest management isnt part of the problem.
There are alot of people unaccounted for in the Paradise area around 800 last I heard with death tolls going up every time i hear the news.
 

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Apparently SAAC is saying that isn't a real one.

Does it matter? The dude's house is literally on fire in the background. He got to at least save a beloved? car.

The social media bull**** these days is sickening...

Edit: I'm not directing my post at you doc, it's the fact that the SAAC even made a damn comment. WHO THE EFF CARES? THE MAN IS LOSING ALL HIS ****. HE GOT TO SAVE HIS CAR.
 

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Does it matter? The dude's house is literally on fire in the background. He got to at least save a beloved? car.

The social media bull**** these days is sickening...

Edit: I'm not directing my post at you doc, it's the fact that the SAAC even made a damn comment. WHO THE EFF CARES? THE MAN IS LOSING ALL HIS ****. HE GOT TO SAVE HIS CAR.
While I have some sympathy for those involved in the wildfires, and was even myself a firefighter at one point, A. This is what insurance is for and B. If you don't want to worry about wildfires potentially setting your house on fire, don't live in an area where they are common or clear cut your property so if one does happen, it won't set your house on fire. C. A house and/or a car can be rebuilt. Sadly a person cannot.
 

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Does it matter? The dude's house is literally on fire in the background. He got to at least save a beloved? car.

The social media bull**** these days is sickening...

Edit: I'm not directing my post at you doc, it's the fact that the SAAC even made a damn comment. WHO THE EFF CARES? THE MAN IS LOSING ALL HIS ****. HE GOT TO SAVE HIS CAR.
It does to them. I joined SAAC back in the 90’s (no longer a member). You have to be a member to participate in their open track events. Mid-Ohio Raceway Park. Handed my check directly to non other than Rick Kopec...then SAAC president and owner of the famous Essex Wire GT350R (Of which some have doubted its legitimacy). He asked which “one” do I own. To them a number is a car...and they all know the cars and the numbers. I responded, I only own a ‘83 GT. He responded, “Oh...those don’t matter”, and happily accepted my check. It is what it is. I still like to think that most actual Shelby owners are not like him.
 

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Does it matter? The dude's house is literally on fire in the background. He got to at least save a beloved? car.

The social media bull**** these days is sickening...

Edit: I'm not directing my post at you doc, it's the fact that the SAAC even made a damn comment. WHO THE EFF CARES? THE MAN IS LOSING ALL HIS ****. HE GOT TO SAVE HIS CAR.
All those oem materials used to build his house in 1985 can be purchased again today, and if he buys aftermarket lumber or paint to rebuild it, no one will care. His Mustang, not so much.
 

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I completely agree! I'm happy the guy saved his car! It's one of the few "nice" things I've seen from all the devastation. I can't believe a group like the SAAC would even comment "it's not a real shelby." Who cares asshat, you're missing the point.
 

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The SAAC comment doesn't surprise me. That's how they think.

As for insurance. I don't care to think about all the things in my house that an insurance check, no matter how large, could replace.

I have to admit being curious if the car actually survived. The picture implies the house and car are in the path of the fire and we see two guys who appear to have pushed it out of the garage. But that's it. Did the house and/or car survive?
 

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It does to them. I joined SAAC back in the 90’s (no longer a member). You have to be a member to participate in their open track events. Mid-Ohio Raceway Park. Handed my check directly to non other than Rick Kopec...then SAAC president and owner of the famous Essex Wire GT350R (Of which some have doubted its legitimacy). He asked which “one” do I own. To them a number is a car...and they all know the cars and the numbers. I responded, I only own a ‘83 GT. He responded, “Oh...those don’t matter”, and happily accepted my check. It is what it is. I still like to think that most actual Shelby owners are not like him.
Sadly many are just like him. In 2015, I attended the Shelby 50 Anniversary show at the Pomona NHRA Museum. I saw more original Cobras in one day than you could see in a lifetime anywhere else. At the time, I was building a Factory Five Cobra replica and I attempted to start a conversation with one of the owners. As soon as I said I was working on a replica, he basically walked away. That told me alot about people who were fortunate to buy one long ago or amass a large enough fortune to buy one more recently. Some of these guys forget that it is enthusiasts, like me, that keep the mystic in those cars. Just because I was not fortunate enough to have found a way to own a real one takes nothing away from my love of these cars. After a while you have to just realize there are some stuck up jerks out there an move on.
 

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The SAAC comment doesn't surprise me. That's how they think.

As for insurance. I don't care to think about all the things in my house that an insurance check, no matter how large, could replace.

I have to admit being curious if the car actually survived. The picture implies the house and car are in the path of the fire and we see two guys who appear to have pushed it out of the garage. But that's it. Did the house and/or car survive?
Same here, but I wouldn't know what to grab. I did a video of our home a few years ago. I need to do an update with everything we've added and what's in the garage too.

I found these pics online, it's the same house, you can see the same red pergola style door covering in the Mustang pic as well as the white car through the windshield of the mustang. There doesn't appear to be anything burning around it, it may have been an unfortunate victim of flying ash. BIG HOUSE. I hope they got it to safety and maybe got the fire out.
 

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I know this isn't a 'bash' SAAC post but I had to add...I do own a legit 66 Shelby like the one in the pic..
I fit into the category of someone who landed ownership a "long time ago' when they weren't as valuable and I ended up getting it thru brute persistence and a father that alot of car guys wish they had...
(got the basket case 66' when I was 23...)
Anyway, I understand the sentiments by those put off by SAAC..I went to an SAAC convention in 99'. I was a legit owner but very young compared to the 'senior' owners. I went to the SAAC hotel dinner and listened to the SAAC brass talk about themselves like they were at the Oscars and they were Deniro and Pacino.
I was very put off because the convention seemed about them rather than the cars and comraderie.
I never went to another one. I'm very respectful of all the work they've done amassing the info..but it seems they keep it locked up to benefit themselves rather than the cars..
 

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Well the upside is two fellas out there did what they could to try and save somebody's neat old car. Whether the car made it or not, I appreciate the extra effort and hope those two guys are OK.
 

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When I first saw the photo I took it for what it was. 2 fireman doing a good deed (above the normal good deeds) trying to save that car.
Pretty sad if someone elses first thought was to look for identifying marks to see if it was a real Shelby.
 
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