Miles Cook
September 27, 2016

On September 24th, 2016, the Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club (LASAAC, lashelbyclub.com) held its 12th Annual Tony Sousa Memorial car show on the spectacular Santa Monica Pier, which is one of the most picturesque places in all of California. Tony was a much-liked and active member of LASAAC for many years and was also a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney before his untimely passing in early 2005.

Started in later 2005, the Tony Sousa Memorial has become LASAAC’s leading annual occasion due in part to its locale and also because it’s a perfectly-sized event that’s neither too big nor too small. But the main draw is, of course, the cars and this being the 50th anniversary of the 1966 G.T. 350H Hertz rental cars added further significance to the 2016 gathering.

Check out the photo gallery for the full gambit of vintage Shelbys and Mustangs including our friend Rocco Gioffre’s red, 351W-powered 1965 fastback that’s a full-tilt track rat as well as his daily driver. More videos will be posted on Mustangs that belong to various LASAAC club members.

Another aspect we really like about LASAAC is its willingness to include other Ford cars at its show and in its club mix. You don’t have to own a Shelby to be a club member. As the show flyer says, the Tony Sousa Memorial is, “for Shelbys, Cobras, Mustangs and other Ford-powered and Shelby-inspired cars.” And that’s for sure as more than 20 classes are in the mix for the show, including about 10 classes for vintage and late-model Shelby Mustangs and Cobras as well as several for Mustangs and a Special Interest class that allows for all kinds of other Ford cars such as Falcon, Fairlane, Galaxie, and Mercury equivalents.

We have been attending this event for the better part of a decade and it always has great cars, great people, and a beyond-great location. It’s a show definitely worth attending for any Shelby/Mustang/Ford enthusiast. For club information and future show dates check out lashelbyclub.com.

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