Jerry Heasley
April 1, 2016

For the 9th year in a row, hundreds of Shelby enthusiasts and cars descended on Las Vegas, Nevada for the “Shelby Bash,” a 3 ½-day event that began on a Thursday evening with a welcome reception at the Silverton Hotel. While Las Vegas weather is traditionally known for its heat, March is a great time of year for this show with temperatures in the 70s and 80s during the day and a light jacket for sitting outside under the stars at night.

Team Shelby members from the United States and Canada gathered in force, but probably the least known fact of this whole event is that everybody is invited. Plus, participants don’t have to drive a Shelby to enter their car in any of the events. Tom Raber is a prime example. He hasn’t missed a Bash yet driving his 2005 Legend Lime Mustang GT convertible.

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On Friday, drivers either raced at the track at Spring Mountain in nearby Pahrump, or drove with a large group to the “Valley Of Fire,” a state park full of winding roads, big elevation changes, and amazing red rock formations.

After lunch at the “Count Vamp’d Rock & Roll Grill” on Friday, Shelby American scheduled a private tour of “Count’s Kustoms,” home of the reality TV series, “Counting Cars,” where Danny Koker and crew restore and modify all kinds of cars and motorcycles.

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Friday ended with a really cool “Shelby Under The Stars BBQ,” in the parking lot of Shelby American’s production facility, which is visible from I-15 and just off the strip in Las Vegas.

The Shelby “Survival Guide” advised, “Bring your Shelby and enjoy an evening of BBQ, music (live band), and Good ol’ Shelby Fun. This is a chance to meet the builders of your cars!”

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Track action continued Saturday at Spring Mountain, with various levels of racing experience. For those who preferred to cruise their rides, the “Poker Run” took odd from Silverton, winding along a 135-mile scenic route that ended at the Spring Mountain track.

Saturday night Shelby American held their banquet in the car collection section of their facility. Rick Titus, who produces his popular “Driver’s Talk Radio” from the car collection, hosted the event.

Alan Grant, Shelby American team driver from the 1960s, was the featured celebrity. Most of the evening centered on the 10th anniversary of Shelby American’s 2006 Shelby GT-H. And to close out the event, Sunday began with the traditional pancake breakfast at Shelby American, followed by the car show that ended at noon with award presentations. Once again, it was a phenomenal event, but if you couldn’t make it this time, we hope to see you next year.

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