FAIRFIELD — The Shelby Mustang that was parked at Jelly Belly on Saturday had already covered a lot of ground.
The high-powered car named Rosie traversed the country for the fifth annual High Five Tour that raises funds for Wounded Warriors.
Members of the Golden Hills Mustang Club got to drive the enhanced Ford Mustang GT500 to various locations as part of the tour that welcomed about a dozen teams to take it across the country. Golden Hills Mustang Club members picked up the car in San Diego on Memorial Day and drove it to Dallas. Club member Terry Burke, of Fairfield, later picked it up in Roseville, took it to the Coast Guard station in Sacramento – where his son happens to be stationed – and “‘let the Coasties sign the car.”
“Signatures are not just veterans’,” Burke said. “(It’s) more or less a give-back to the veterans from the general public giving their support.”
A few signatures in gold were from family members of those killed in action, Burke said.
“One lady touched all the gold signatures,” he said.
The 2014 Shelby with Rosie the Riveter on each side honors the women who worked in defense factories during World War II. Thousands employed by Ford Motor Company built airplanes, tanks and trucks.
Funds raised during the High Five Tour go toward building smart homes for multiple-amputee vets.
“(It’s) not only for them but for family members of veterans who have lost their limbs,” Burke said.
With 662 horsepower, the Shelby could reach speeds of more than 200 mph, but Burke said the drivers had to obey the rules of the road.
“It will set you back in the seat,” he said.
Burke used to own a Shelby, but now has a red 2014 V-6 that was parked at Jelly Belly as part of the show that included Mustangs from Diablo Valley Mustang Club and Napa Valley Cruisers.
“That’s enough horsepower for me,” he said.
The Shelby heads to the Future Ford dealership in Concord on Monday and will arrive at the Rosie the Riveter Education Center in Richmond at 3 p.m. The car, donated by Ford Motor Company, will go up for auction after the tour.
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