Carroll Shelby’s 100th birthday was celebrated with cars, coffee and crumpets

Carroll Shelby’s 100th birthday was celebrated with cars, coffee and crumpets

Carroll Shelby’s 100th birthday was celebrated with cars, coffee and crumpets

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Carroll Shelby’s 100th birthdayMark Vaughan

Carroll Shelby would have turned 100 years old last week, and a few celebrations took place to celebrate.

The regular Cruise-In of the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles was themed Shelby Cruise-In to honor the man’s 100u birthday. About a hundred cars showed up, mostly Mustangs, but there were about a dozen Cobras, a GT40 from Hillbank Motors, and a Shelby Series 1 with over 40,000 miles. A discussion was held with Aaron Shelby, Carroll’s grandson. Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American; Jim Marietta, who worked at Shelby as a mere teenager and now helps produce OVC Shelbys. and Shelby car salesman extraordinaire Lance Stander. The rain held off long after the show, and everyone was huddled in their cars, maybe at the behest of Carroll himself, you never know.

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The Cobra Daytona Coupe was the first car Ol’ Shel used to beat Ferrari’s @$$!Mark Vaughan

Shelby American unveiled a limited-edition Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Mustang at Carroll Shelby International in Gardena, the same place where Carroll Shelby held court, sold Goodyear tires and built a few cars, including Shelby Series 1 prototypes. The Centennial Edition Mustang is based on the 450-hp 2023 Ford Mustang GT. Next, Shelby adds a supercharger to bump power to “750+,” installs a widebody kit, 20-inch satin black wheels wrapped in Shelby spec 305/30/20 tires , new hood, radiator, exhaust, springs, sway bars, adjustable camber plates, Ford performance Brembo brakes, and a genuine black Shelby-style Stetson cowboy hat, just like the one worn by Ol’ Shel himself.

The package stickers for $49,995—you get the Mustang. Or made a sticker for it. Exactly one day after the car’s debut at Shelby International, all 100 are sold out. So you’ll have to choose another ‘Stang from Shelby American’s extensive catalog. There are 20-something cars, trucks and SUVs available. You will find something.

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The six Shelby Daytona Coupes at the 2015 Goodwood Revival.Tom Saxon

Next September, across the pond, the Goodwood Revival on September 8-10 will mark Shelby’s 100th with a gathering of his famous racing cars.

“It’s such a privilege to be celebrating Carroll Shelby at the Goodwood Revival this year,” said event host The Duke of Richmond, who you may remember previously as Lord March. “He was a good friend and I remember when Carroll first came to Revival in 2000 – having raced and famously won at Goodwood in the 1959 TT – bringing with him his infectious personality and competitive spirit. It will be great to see these glorious cars that Carroll raced and designed in action at Goodwood once again this weekend.”

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About a dozen Cobras showed upMark Vaughan

On top of all that, every year there are a number of Shelby events held around the country. One would assume that many of them this year will be making a nod to the great man’s centenary. Take a look at the partial list below and choose an event near you:

  • Team Shelby Barrett-Jackson Experience—Scottsdale, AZ (Jan. 27-29) Team Shelby VIP Experience

  • “For the Love of Shelby” Show — Brooksville, FL (February 12-13)

  • Carroll Shelby Technology Tribute—Los Angeles, CA (February 26)

  • Cobra Experience “Continuing the Legacy” Shelby Reunion—Martinez, CA (March 26)

  • Fabulous Fords—Irwindale, CA (April 24)

  • Cobra Day—Cobra Experience in Martinez, CA (June 4)

  • Team Shelby North Texas Weekend—Plano, TX (June 9-11)

  • Mid-America Ford and Shelby Nationals—Tulsa, OK (June 15-19)

  • Shelby Mountain Run—Robbinsville, NC (July 14-16)

  • Team Shelby Mountain Region Nationals—Boulder, CO – September 2-4

  • Kansas City Air Show with Snake Charmer Super Snake (September 2-4)

  • American Speed ​​​​Festival—M1 Concourse in Pontiac, MI, with Shelby (September 29 – October 2)

  • Cobra Experience Shelby Spin—Nor Cal (Oct. 8-9)

  • Team Shelby Florida Track Day—Daytona, FL (Dec. TBD)

There’s still plenty of time to order a Mustang—or any other Shelby-branded vehicle—from Shelby American and go cruising. If you can’t afford a Mustang, a genuine Stetson hat of the type that once sat on the big man’s noggin is $150. Be sure and leave it in his memory.

Do you have plans to attend any of the upcoming Carroll Shelby tribute events? Please comment below.

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