Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
While registries are a noble cause (to some) the list of those that started, struggled, and died... is long.
- 68 S code registry - done by Guy Ramsey 2002. Now a point-in-time static artifact.
- At least two other web based S code registries I know of, both dead. All data lost, or just out of date.
- The mentioned In Search of Mustangs. Great effort, no another historic artifact of "what was".
- The Cal Special registry, done over many years then shelved by the collector to the Peterson Museum and locked away. Again, now a static point-in-time reference of interest, but does nothing for anyone other than "what was". (now being repeated by the current CS website, recollecting data and currently far less than was available).
And by their nature they are always pretty much guaranteed to be incomplete and/or out of date. So, IMHO, not sure what the point is... other than a way to show "there are maybe more cars of this type than listed..." (assuming it is actively managed, not set-it-and-forget-it as most registries are)
Unless there is a "permanent" organization with long term structure (paying members and a group to manage, not an individual) to keep it active) a-la SAAC (Shelby registry) and individual doing it a a "labor of love" is pretty much wasting their time, as it will eventually fail to be managed and be another legacy point-in-time curiosity. Even SAAC has ahard time manging a registry of a few thousand cars, let alone the millions this Ford registry covers...
And then there is the aspect of more personal data on a sever to be hacked.