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Carroll Shelby International Honors Ken Miles with “Carroll Shelby Spirit” Award at Team Shelby Bash


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LOS ANGELES – October 12, 2021 ,– Carroll Shelby International (CSBI:PK) honored Ken Miles with the prestigious “Carroll Shelby Spirit” award at the Team Shelby Bash on September 25, 2021, in Las Vegas. Ken Miles’ son, Peter Miles, accepted the award on his father’s behalf. The award was originally scheduled to be presented during the 2020 Team Shelby Bash, but was delayed due to the pandemic.

“Ken Miles was one of the most influential individuals of the golden age of sports car racing,” said Aaron Shelby, Board Member of Carroll Shelby International. “Ken was truly a renaissance man with spectacular driving skills, brilliant mechanical abilities and an organizational genius. Many today recognize him from the film ‘Ford v Ferrari’ and his association with my grandfather, Carroll Shelby. His intensity and focus carried him and Shelby American into the winner’s circle and racing immortality.”

Born in Sutton Coldfield, England, Miles’ passion for speed manifested at an early age. By the time he was fifteen years old, he was racing an Austin 7 Special to great success.

After moving to the U.S. in 1951, he raced in a series of modified MGs. His many victories led to a stint driving a Porsche for John Von Neumann’s Porsche-VW distributorship, winning first overall 16 times.

Eventually Miles decided to open his own shop, Ken Miles Limited. Unfortunately, he was a better driver and mechanic than a businessman. One day his employees came to work to find that the IRS had closed the shop.

“That’s when Carroll Shelby asked Miles to be his Competition Manager,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Until then, Shelby Cobras had little racing success. With Miles doing the preparation, they began to dominate. Ken went on to compete in more races for Shelby than anyone, earning him the best record.”

Miles also championed the radical Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, helping engineer and test it. His support convinced the Shelby team to back the car, which made America a sports car world champion.

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