The Inaugural Shelby Charity Toy Drive, 2016
Celebrating the Spirit of Giving the Carroll Shelby and SoCal Way
Carroll Shelby often quipped that car people are the most giving and generous of all groups. Part of what makes the car community so great is the common bond that people share with one another and their commitment to giving back to those less fortunate.
Recently members of Team Shelby, Killer Rides, SAAC, and the local SoCal car community gathered for some spirited fun, good food, and an opportunity to make a positive impact on a child’s life this holiday. On Sunday, December 11, cars gathered at Carroll Shelby International in Gardena, California to take part in the inaugural Shelby Charity Toy Drive hosted by Carroll Shelby International and local restaurant Killer Café.
“Carroll was always looking for ways to help those in need,” said Tracey Smith, Team Shelby International Director. “His philanthropic nature and dedication to helping children inspired the Shelby Charity Toy Run. We’re thrilled that the car community came together to honor Carroll’s legacy and his spirit of giving.”
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. toy drive attendees met for coffee and were given a special tour of Carroll Shelby’s car collection at the Shelby facility. As a way to say thanks for the support, Carroll Shelby’s Store opened up its doors and gave everyone who brought an unwrapped toy $10 off their purchase. At 9:00 a.m. about 20 cars departed Shelby American and headed to the Torrance Satellite office of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Upon arrival, toy drive participants delivered hundreds of toys and took photos with Santa, who stopped by to say hello.
After stopping off to deliver the gifts and take photos, the caravan of cars engaged in some spirited driving north towards Killer Café in Marina Del Ray. Upon arrival, participants were greeted by the café owners, who are fellow car enthusiasts, with VIP parking up front. After lunch, the day concluded with a killer car display featuring a host of makes and models.
"We have a successful partnership with Shelby and our Killer Rides car shows so it was only natural that we would partner with them again for their annual Shelby Charity Toy Drive," said Kevin Michaels, CEO of Killer Shrimp. "We're thrilled that SoCal car enthusiasts came out to support this great cause."
Due to overwhelming success from the inaugural event, fellow car enthusiasts have already begun to plan for next year’s Toy Run. The hope is to make this an annual event that will help benefit local hospitals and organizations in the community.
For more information about the Shelby Charity Toy Run, and other exclusive Shelby opportunities and events, please visit www.shelby.com.