Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
May 26, 2016

It has become an annual pilgrimage for fans and owners of Shelby Mustangs (as well as F-150 Raptors, Cobras, GT40s, and other performance Fords) to converge on Carroll Shelby’s Gardena (California) facility every year for the Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show. This year’s Tribute, the 4th annual version of the event, was held on May 21, 2016 and was once again organized with the help of the Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club (LASAAC).

This year’s show celebrated two big 50th Anniversaries: 50 years since the Ford GT40’s humiliation of Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Shelby G.T.350H Hertz rent-a-racer. Thankfully, there were representative examples of both, with the Sebring-winning yellow number 1 GT40 and a whole host of Hertz cars both old and new, including the 2016 Shelby/Hertz Mustang.

Outside were mostly late-model Shelbys and a small handful of early (1965-1970) Mustangs, while inside were the mostly Shelby-owned cars, including the Hertz cars and aforementioned GT40. The show is open to the public for free, although it’s requested that you give a $10 donation to the Carroll Shelby Foundation on your way in, and car show participants are treated to a pancake breakfast. As it has been in past years, there is a chili “cook off” using Shelby’s Terlingua Texas Oils and Vinegars, a food truck (bacon-themed this year!), wine bar, and a stand selling four different types of Shelby American-Made Hand-Crafted Beer.

Shelby heroes of the past Bob Bondurant, John Morton, and Allen Grant were on hand to sign autographs, and at noon was a panel discussion with them joining Shelby’s “Director of Fun” Gary Patterson, celebrity Adam Carolla, and moderator Scott Black of Timepiece PR. The show wraps up at 1:00 pm with the engine rev, where all the cars fire up and rev the engines in tribute to ol’ Shel—the 2016 GT350s were a special delight to the ears during the engine rev.

We don’t have the dates of future shows yet, but stay tuned and we’ll bring them to you as soon as we have them.

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