Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 17, 2016
Photos By: Timepiece PR & Marketing

Gardena, California is where the early Shelby magic happened and several of Carroll’s businesses were housed, including the Carroll Shelby Engine Company. Today, the facility is home to Carroll Shelby Enterprises, Carroll Shelby Foundation, and the new Carroll Shelby museum. For the last several years the location has also been the place to be in May for the annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show. The 2016 event, the fourth annual, is being held this Saturday, May 21st, 2016. Hosted by Carroll Shelby International and the Carroll Shelby Foundation, the event is family friendly and will feature many of Shelby’s latest vehicle offerings on display, including the new 2016 Shelby GT-H “Rent-a-Racer”, the Shelby G.T. 350, and the Ford GT.

“The Shelby Hertz cars, Ford GT, and Shelby G.T. 350 earned legendary reputations globally,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, CEO of Shelby American, Co-Trustee of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust and Board member of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “Our salute to these vehicles will celebrate Shelby’s deep involvement and impact on Ford history. Shelby changed the way American automotive performance was viewed by the world, which is why our cars are still so desirable today.”

The event opens at 9 a.m. and is free to the public; however for a $10 donation guests can obtain an exclusive event souvenir decal. All Shelby and Ford performance car owners interested in displaying their vehicles at the show can register on the Carroll Shelby Tribute website for a $40 donation. Additionally, as a nod to Shelby’s fun- loving lifestyle, a Terlingua-inspired chili bar with Shelby craft beer will be on site for guests to partake.

“Carroll’s legacy will be celebrated with exciting cars and the enthusiasts who love them,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing, Co-Trustee of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust and Board member of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “Each year, we gather to pay tribute to this great automotive legacy. From the cars to the camaraderie and memories of Carroll, it is a wonderful place for Shelby enthusiasts to gather.”

Attendees will be able to view some of the rarest Shelby and Ford cars from the past five decades. Shelby American will display its latest lineup of performance vehicles including the all-new Shelby Terlingua and Shelby Super Snake. Carroll Shelby’s Store will be open during the event with its latest line of merchandise and collectibles to add to your personal collections. Enthusiasts across the globe are invited and encouraged to join the “Rev Your Engine” salute to uniquely honor the life and astonishing legacy of Carroll Shelby at 1 p.m. PDT.

This year’s show will also feature two special additional events for attendees that they won’t want to miss! New this year is the Spirit of Competition Panel where Shelby legends will join a discussion panel to discuss the man, his legacy, and his vehicles from then and now. Guest speakers will include Allen Grant, Bob Bondurant, Gary Patterson, Adam Corolla, John Morton, and others. The second event will be the special unveiling of the new limited edition “Sebring Tribute” Cobra, of which only 15 will be built. Shelby American will unveil this new vehicle for the show attendees, the first public display of the new Sebring Tribute.

Additionally, with the recent loss of Carroll Shelby’s nine-year-old great grandson, Lloyd Randall Shelby, the Foundation will make a special presentation in his honor at the event. Lloyd was a huge fan of both his great grandfather and the Shelby cars he created. “We were deeply saddened by the loss of Carroll’s great grandson Lloyd Shelby,” said Jenni Shreeves, Executive Director, Carroll Shelby Foundation. “It was truly a tragedy. As a double organ transplant recipient, Carroll founded the charity to help children who needed a transplant. Lloyd’s parents donated their son’s organs in an effort to help others. I know that Carroll would have appreciated their decision. The Shelby family has also chosen to celebrate the lives of both Lloyd and Carroll by helping the Foundation support young people in the race for life.”

To learn more about the 2016 Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show or the Carroll Shelby Foundation, please visit carrollshelbytribute.com or carrollshelbyfoundation.org.