CARROLL SHELBY ANNUAL TRIBUTE AND CAR SHOW AIMS TO HOST LARGEST SHELBY G.T.350 GATHERING IN HISTORY
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GARDENA, Calif. - April 2, 2015 - The third annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show is aiming to host the largest Shelby G.T.350 gathering in history on Saturday, May 16, including the new model from Ford Motor Company. In honor of the 50th anniversary of this historic car, Team Shelby is calling owners of all model years to display their steeds next to other Shelby and Ford powered high performance vehicles at the corporate headquarters in Gardena, Calif.
The event will include a panel of Shelby G.T.350 experts, as well as historic displays from the new Carroll Shelby Automotive Museum. A portion of Mr. Shelby’s personal car collection will be opened to the public and Carroll Shelby’s Store will debut new products for the event.
“The first Shelby G.T.350 made history when it was launched in 1965 and 50 years later, we hope to do so again with a salute to this iconic car,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “With the help of Team Shelby, LA SAAC, Mustang Club of America and others, this should be one of the most exciting gatherings of Shelby cars this year.”
The Wimbledon White and Guardsman Blue Shelby G.T.350 was unveiled at Riverside Raceway on January 27, 1965. Winning its first race weeks later, it quickly became a symbol of American performance, grit and ingenuity.
“The Ford Shelby G.T.350 is one of the most influential cars in American history,” said Neil Cummings, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “The first Ford Mustang to wear a Shelby badge, it made high performance accessible at an affordable price. The hunger for a Mustang-based Shelby continues today with fans across the globe.”
Shelby American will display its latest vehicles, including the 627 HP 2015 Shelby GT at the event. Event attendees can look forward to meeting Shelby American executives, with potential appearances from the Ford Motor Company team.
“While we’re planning the largest gathering Shelby G.T.350s in history, we’ll also exhibit Shelby Cobras and other significant Ford powered performance cars,” said Jenni Shreeves, Executive Director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “This event began as an annual tribute to Carroll and has evolved into a celebration of his lasting influence. We look forward to honoring Carroll’s legacy with the many people who share his passion for American performance.”
Team Shelby, Mustang Club of America and LASAAC will attend this official Team Shelby event. All Shelby and Ford performance car owners interested in displaying their cars can register at http://www.cscf.org for a $40 donation to the Foundation.
About The Carroll Shelby Foundation
The Carroll Shelby Foundation was created by legendary racer and automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby. Headquartered in Gardena, Calif., the Foundation is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and benefitting the Shelby Automotive Museum. For more information, visit cscf.org.
About Team Shelby
Carroll Shelby founded Team Shelby in 2008 to give everyone the opportunity to live the same high octane lifestyle that he enjoyed. Ownership of a Shelby vehicle is not required, only an enthusiasm for the brand and ‘living large.” With eight regions in the United States and chapters overseas, the officially sanctioned club provides benefits including access to “Members Only” areas of the club website, membership kit, first news on Shelby products and vehicles, invitations to special events, annual Shelby publication and discounts on products. Information is at www.teamshelby.com.
About Shelby American, Inc.
Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles. Shelby American offers the Shelby 1000, GT500 Super Snake, GT and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2015 Ford Mustang, as well as the 2013-2014 Shelby Focus ST and 2012-2014 Ford Raptor. For more info, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.
About Carroll Shelby Licensing
Automotive manufacturer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby is one of the most famous and successful high performance visionaries in the world. He was also a pioneer for modern automotive licensing programs; beginning in the 1960s, he began licensing his name and designs for various products. He founded Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., which is the exclusive holder of trademarks and vehicle design rights for some of the most famous muscle cars and high-performance vehicles. CSL also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles.
About Carroll Shelby’s Store
A platform for authorized products bearing the Shelby marque, Carroll Shelby’s Store was launched in 2013. Sales of many of those products benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation and the Carroll Shelby Automotive Museum. For more information about the store, call (310) 914-1843, go to 19021 S. Figueroa St., Gardena, CA 90248, or visit carrollshelbystore.com.