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from Road & Racecar magazine


Carroll Shelby Tribute Weekend, May 3–4


The second Team Shelby Movie Night and 7th Annual Carroll Shelby Tribute Car Show on May 3 – 4, 2019, will deliver a high-octane celebration worthy of the talents, energies and legacy of the great Carroll Shelby. The two-day event will include a display by Shelby American, a Ford-powered performance car show, entertainment, automotive celebrities and gathering by all facets of the Shelby community, including many brand partners at the headquarters of Carroll Shelby International in Gardena, California. The family-friendly weekend is hosted by Carroll Shelby International, the Carroll Shelby Foundation, Shelby American, Carroll Shelby Licensing, Team Shelby and Carroll Shelby’s Store. With Shelby’s Cobra serving as this year’s honored marque and a significant number of historic Cobras on display, Shelby brand partners will make important contributions to the weekend.


“Carroll Shelby was truly a visionary,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, CEO of Shelby American and Board member of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “He is internationally famous for winning races and founding Shelby American. He created communities through his dynamic car clubs and started a charitable foundation that has impacted the lives of thousands of young people. He also pioneered the development of branding partnerships that helped sustain these communities with products and events worldwide. We plan to celebrate all those facets of this incredible person at our global headquarters in Southern California.” 

The weekend festival begins on Friday night, May 3rd, with a free showing of Spinout, starring Rock-n-Roll legend Elvis Presley and featuring a Shelby Cobra as a lead movie role. The evening event will have a carnival atmosphere of games, food and all things Shelby. The weekend’s primary beneficiary is the Carroll Shelby Foundation. 


Hank Williams and his original 1964 Shelby Cobra 289.

On Saturday, May 4, the Tribute car show will feature many current and historic performance vehicles. Anchored by Shelby American and Shelby Legendary Cars, the goal is to feature a significant number of Shelby Cobras in one spot. “Mr. Cobra” Lynn Park, original roadster owner Hank Williams and others have committed to showing their Cobras. 

One of the most anticipated cars will be CSX2154, a Shelby Cobra roadster presented by the Cobra Experience of Martinez, California. This special 1963 Shelby Cobra was built specifically for competition and was the first race car sold by the factory when new.

Shelby American will both display its complete line of current cars and trucks, as well as present an overview of the models. In addition, they will deliver a pair of continuation 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snakes to their new owners. The presentation will include the first and only original 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, which returned to the United States in January. 

“We host the annual Tribute to give fans from around the world an opportunity to honor an automotive hero,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing, Co-President of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “His success story embodies the power of talent, tenacity and grit that makes America great. In the eyes of many enthusiasts, the Cobra was an automotive moonshot, winning on tracks where no American car had won before. For as long as fans remember Carroll, we’ll commemorate him with incredible vehicles, parts, merchandise and events worldwide.”

Team Shelby, the Orange County Cobra Club, the Los Angeles Shelby American Club, the Superformance Owners Group and the Mustang Club of America are among the organizations scheduled to be part of the event. Shelby American, the Original Venice Crew, Shelby Legendary Cars and the Carroll Shelby Foundation will provide riveting presentations throughout the day.

Admission is free for spectators, while proceeds from car show participants will benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation. To learn more about the event, please visit http://CarrollShelbyTribute.com/.

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