Imagine, if you will, taking your significant other’s daily driver from them, smuggling it off to another country to be turned into a race car, smuggling it back disassembled in crates, assembling it, proceeding to race it competitively under a pseudonym (so your father wouldn’t find out) … and living to tell the tale.
Insanity, right? Well for Cristobal Galjuf of Lima, Peru in the early 1970s, it was reality. Incredible as it may seem, Galjuf, his marriage, and his relationship with his father survived the whole ordeal.
Thankfully for us, the other part of the story that survives today is the car at the center this tale—a 1967 Ford Mustang modified by Holman & Moody. And soon it will be offered at Mecum’s Glendale, Arizona auction (Lot S155) on March 20.
By 1971, Galjuf had for a while been road racing Mustangs in various events in Peru, at which point turned his attention to building a serious, purpose-built race car. His wife was daily-driving a 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe, built at the very Peru factory in which she worked, that he had purchased for her new. The logic behind taking this plain-jane four-year-old Mustang and turning it into a no-holds-barred road racer may be lost to time, but what’s for certain is that Galjuf decided Holman & Moody was the shop for the job.
Holman & Moody’s home in Charlotte, North Carolina, was, well, 3200 miles away and in America. Add in the wrinkle that Peru was under military dictatorship at the time and Charlotte might as well have been on the moon. Where there is a will, however, and a big enough budget, there is a way. Galjuf found a means of sneaking the car out of Peru.