A visit to the Jack Roush Collection

The Leland Chapter of the Society of Automotive Historians held a meeting last night at Jack Roush’s private car museum in Livonia, Michigan. Naturally, MCG was there.  

 

First order of business: Are you a member of the Society of Automotive Historians? You probably should be if you have an interest in automotive history and lore. The SAH publishes two fine periodicals, hosts a hospitality tent at the Hershey AACA Fall Meet each year, and offers  a great networking opportunity for folks who share a passion for automotive history. And the dues are reasonable. You can learn more about the SAH and apply for membership here at the Society’s website.

SAH members in the Motor City area can also join the organization’s  Leland Chapter, one of seven regional affiliates around the world. The local chapter is capably led by director John Jendza III—that’s right, the famed Top Hat John—along with associate director Jim Petersen and Secretary/Treasurer/real brains behind the operation Victoria Mobley.

The Leland Chapter people (you can find the chapter’s website here) organize an entire series of great gearhead-related activities for their members throughout the year. Like this one, for example: a visit to the private car collection of Jack Roush, NASCAR team owner and auto industry kingpin. 

 

Fun stuff at last night’s meetup included a picnic-style catered dinner, great musical entertainment by the a capella doo-wop group Full Throttle, and of course, a stroll through Jack’s matchless and priceless collection of vintage Fords and famous Roush race cars. You can see a few of them in the gallery below.

 

Boss 604 Mustang

Boss 604 Mustang

Ford 600 tractor

Ford 600 tractor

1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup

1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup

Roush NASCAR Ford Fusion Irwin Jamie McMurray

Roush NASCAR Ford Fusion Irwin Jamie McMurray

1967 Cougar

1967 Cougar

Roush Zakspeed Mustang Probe IMSA GT

Roush Zakspeed Mustang Probe IMSA GT

Cunningham prototype

Cunningham prototype

Mustang IMSA GTP

Mustang IMSA GTP

Chad Little Roush NASCAR Thunderbird John Deere

Chad Little Roush NASCAR Thunderbird John Deere

Ford Indigo roadster concept

Ford Indigo roadster concept

1983 Thunderbird CART PPG pace car

1983 Thunderbird CART PPG pace car

1951 Ford Victoria hardtop

1951 Ford Victoria hardtop

collection floor

collection floor

Roush Folgers NASCAR Thunderbird Mark Martin

Roush Folgers NASCAR Thunderbird Mark Martin

Fusion 999 Hyrdogen racer

Fusion 999 Hyrdogen racer

Ford Model T Speedster

Ford Model T Speedster

Roush SCCA Spec Racer Ford

Roush SCCA Spec Racer Ford

1988 Merkur Roush IMSA racer

1988 Merkur Roush IMSA racer

Roush IRS road racing chassis

Roush IRS road racing chassis

Big Thunder Falcon NMRA drag car

Big Thunder Falcon NMRA drag car

Roush Ford Taurus Matt Kenseth Daytona 500 winner

Roush Ford Taurus Matt Kenseth Daytona 500 winner

2005 Dodge Magnum by Roush

2005 Dodge Magnum by Roush

1968 Mercury Cougar GTE 427 CID

1968 Mercury Cougar GTE 427 CID

Roush Pontiac G6

Roush Pontiac G6

Roush NASCAR Ford Taurus Kurt Busch

Roush NASCAR Ford Taurus Kurt Busch

1934 Ford Bohnalite Indy racer recreation

1934 Ford Bohnalite Indy racer recreation

Mustang CART PPG pace car

Mustang CART PPG pace car

Boss 604 Mustang SVC

Boss 604 Mustang SVC

dinner is served

dinner is served

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6 thoughts on “A visit to the Jack Roush Collection

  1. I like this collection. Jack seems to have some interest in normal everyday cars rather than the usual exotic muscle car collection.

  2. Ford-heavy for obvious reasons. He worked for Ford at the peak of the muscle car era and has been racing them for at least thirty years. His connections probably get him fantastic deals. I just hope he’s a better driver than pilot.

    Rick Hendrick has been fielding race cars just as long but hasn’t ventured outside of NASCAR for very long and wasn’t as successful. It’s been a while since I’ve seen his collection but it wasn’t as diverse. Probably no tractors or cars from the Twenties. At that time, Rick liked the high-dollar Barrett-Jackson cars, the 1 of 1 COPO cars and such. But he’s certainly no GM loyalist. He owns dealerships for at least 14 manufacturers. An equal amount of Toyotas as Chevy, and twice as many Honda.

    I don’t understand why we haven’t seen any big collections of Japanese cars. There’s no doubt that they’ve ruled the American landscape since the Eighties. Granted, there haven’t been many high-horsepower sports cars but the Honda Civic was as revolutionary in its time as the Model T, and may be the modern version of the street rodder’s 55 Chevy. The RX7 and 240Z are as iconic as an E Type Jaguar. The Miata is every low-buck British sports car wrapped into one.

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