The Carroll Shelby Tribute Featured a Panel Discussion with Heroes Past and Present
Panel of Heroes
Ford racing and Carroll Shelby fans are well aware of what went down on June 18-19, 1966 in France. That’s the weekend that Ford’s GT40 supercar finally stuck it up Enzo Ferrari’s pompous posterior by soundly beating the Ferraris at the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans by finishing on all three steps of the podium—First, Second, and Third—while Enzo was left licking his wounds with Eighth and Tenth place finishes. Ken Miles was the actual winner, but the snooty Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) sanctioning body was so irritated at Ford’s PR-based photo-finish of all three GT40s crossing the line together that they gave the win to Bruce McClaren and Chris Amon’s #2 Ford.
That means this year is the 50th anniversary of that legendary accomplishment, so part of the Carroll Shelby Tribute Car Show at Shelby’s Gardena, California headquarters (May 21, 2016) was the Spirit of Competition Panel, featuring Shelby racing legends and VIPs talking about the glory days of 50 years ago.
The panel featured Shelby studs Allen Grant, Bob Bondurant (with his wife Pat Bondurant), John Morton, and the “Director of Fun” Gary Patterson, along with racer, actor, and comedian Adam Carolla (who owns several of former Shelby engineer Peter Brock’s BRE Datsun race cars). It was a funny and entertaining discussion, especially when former Shelby roommates Morton and Grant were ribbing each other about old times!
If you missed it, here’s a video of the entire 45-minute panel discussion. We didn’t have our tripod at the event, so apologies for the occasionally shaky video.