Watch Jim Morrison Totally Thrash “Blue Lady,” his 1967 Shelby GT500

Still image captured from HWY: AN AMERICAN PASTORAL, a film by Jim Morrison, Frank Lisciandro, Paul Ferrara, and Babe Hill. The film was shot during the spring and summer of 1969 in the Mojave Desert and in Los Angeles, California.
Still image captured from HWY: AN AMERICAN PASTORAL, a film by Jim Morrison, Frank Lisciandro, Paul Ferrara, and Babe Hill. The film was shot during the spring and summer of 1969 in the Mojave Desert and in Los Angeles, California.

If the Doors’ Jim Morrison was alive today it’s likely the first question any Mustang guy would ask him is, “what ever happened to your 1967 Shelby GT500?”

The scene is in West Hollywood, at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Doheny Drive. Gil Turner’s liquor store has been known as “the liquor store to the stars” since it opened in 1953. I knew that my friend Sonny Goulet, a Hollywood stuntman, had worked at Gil Turner’s before joining the Screen Actors Guild, so I asked him if he had met Morrison during that time. Sonny replied Morrison was coming into the store regularly for about two weeks. He said Morrison was boisterous and a nice guy, and would buy a bottle of Wild Turkey and then walk back up Doheny Drive. I asked Sonny if he ever caught a glimpse of Morrison driving a car and he told me he watched Janis Joplin pull up to Gil’s in her psychedelic mural-painted 356 Porsche the week before she died, but no, he never witnessed Morrison driving a car. Sonny is a hardcore Ford man so he would have committed seeing the Nightmist blue Shelby to long-term memory.

In 1966, beginning on May 23, the Doors were the house band at the Whisky `a Go-Go opening for acts like Arthur Lee’s band Love, Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, Buffalo Springfield, and more. The Doors’ gig at the Whisky ended the night of August 21, 1966 with the band getting fired thanks to Jim’s impromptu lyrics of an Oedipal enhanced nature creeping into The End.

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