Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show to Honor the 50th Anniversary of the Shelby G.T. 350
This year, 2015, marks the third anniversary of the Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show at the Carroll Shelby Foundation Headquarters in Gardena, California. The event takes place on May 16 and beyond the typically awesome car show that’s always chock-full of Shelby Mustangs and Cobras, this year’s show will feature two significant milestones. First is the 50th Anniversary of the legendary G.T. 350 that will feature a comprehensive display of Shelby G.T.350s. The show will also have a Texas-style chili bar, special guests, and an engine rev salute, as well as the typically wide variety of Shelby and Ford-powered high performance vehicles.
About the G.T. 350 salute, Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International said, “The Shelby G.T.350 is almost as legendary as the man who created it. Our salute to the G.T.350’s heritage also celebrates Carroll, because this car embodies his larger than life persona. The Shelby G.T.350 truly changed the automotive landscape, which is why the cars are as desirable today as they were 50 years ago.”
This year’s show will also include a ceremony to commence groundbreaking of the Snake Pitt area of the Carroll Shelby Automotive Museum. City officials will join co-CEOs of Carroll Shelby International and trustees Conway and Neil Cummings for a ribbon-cutting event planned for the celebration that day. The Snake Pitt lounge was built around Carroll Shelby’s apartment at the facility; it will become the heart of the new museum. Cummings said, “Our team worked hard on the Snake Pitt portion of the museum and we’re excited to unveil it with the help of city officials and the Shelby family.”
In attendance will be new Carroll Shelby Foundation board member Aaron Shelby, Carroll’s grandson, and the ’49 MG TC that launched Carroll’s entire racing career in 1952. “When Shelby stepped inside the sports car in May 1952, he had no formal road racing experience,” said Conway. “However, his friend Ed Wilkins let him pilot the car at a race in Norman, Oklahoma. Carroll won that day and would go on to win many more races, making history and inspiring millions.” The car was recently purchased by Pat Shelby, Aaron’s father and Carroll’s son, and at the conclusion of the ribbon cutting, Aaron will lead the “Rev Your Engine” salute at 1 PM from the MG’s front seat.
“I am honored to have been invited to join the Carroll Shelby Foundation board,” said Aaron Shelby. “I look forward to continuing my grandfather’s vision to help young people as part of the charity he founded.”
The MG will be in good company at the event as a portion of Mr. Shelby’s personal car collection will also be open to the public. Shelby American will display its latest vehicles, including the 627 HP 2015 Shelby GT.
Conway added, “Our annual Tribute was created to give enthusiasts an opportunity to honor the life of an incredible individual, Carroll Shelby. This year’s Tribute will be very special as both his legacy and the future of the organizations he founded will be celebrated by his family, friends and adoring fans.”
Team Shelby, Mustang Club of America, and LASAAC will attend this Team Shelby event. Shelby and Ford performance car owners interested in displaying a car can register at http://www.cscf.org for a $40 donation to the Foundation.