SHELBY AMERICAN’S SIGNATURE EDITION GT500 SUPER SNAKE PACKAGES TO HONOR FINAL 2007-2014 MODEL YEAR CARS
LAS VEGAS – Dec. 20, 2014 –Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), has unveiled a Signature Edition Super Snake package to honor the end of production for the current generation Ford Shelby GT500. With unique styling and up to 850 HP, these limited edition muscle cars feature the most popular upgrades at a special price. Only 50 total coupe or convertible 2007-2014 model year Signature Edition Super Snakes will be built with orders accepted through Jan. 31, 2015.
“The Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake has become one of the most exciting and desired cars in the world since we introduced it in 2007,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “With production of the current generation GT500 ending, we wanted to commemorate the sunset of an important era. This Shelby truly changed the automotive landscape and inspired the performance competition that continues today. It’s a car worthy of being honored with a very special limited edition Shelby. The package can only be ordered available for a limited time, so ownership puts a person in a very elite club.”
The Shelby GT500 Super Snake is a post-title program based on the 2007-2014 Ford Shelby GT500. The post-title package includes upgrades to the engine, suspension, brakes and cooling. The cars get a unique and stunning visual treatment, as well as interior upgrades.
To build a Signature Edition Super Snake, Shelby American is also integrating the most popular upgrades and added stunning visual touches to make them stand out from other Super Snake. For the first time, the cars are available in the entire color palette offered by Ford Motor Company on the Shelby GT500. Customers can choose the stripe colors to be paired with the new forged Weld Shelby wheels for the first time for a 2007-2012 model year car. A commemorative badge that honors Carroll Shelby’s signature is featured prominently on the airbag cover. As an extra cost option, the “wide body” package can also be ordered for installation.
“Some of the most collectible cars built by Shelby American include the ‘427 Edition’ Super Snake and ‘40th Anniversary’ GT500 packages,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “The Signature Edition GT500 Super Snake is the most exclusive version of the car we’ve ever offered.”
In addition to receiving a very rare car, owners of the Signature Edition Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake will enjoy a day of training at the track. Each track day will be scheduled based on track availability.
“The Shelby GT500 Super Snake is an incredibly capable car,” added Shelby American Vice President of Strategic Sales and Media Relations Gary Patterson. “We want to teach owners how to leverage all of the extra power, handling and braking their car possesses. So we’re including a day of personal training upon delivery of a Super Snake at the same track where Shelby American tests all of our cars.”
Key features on the Signature Edition cars include:
The Signature Edition Shelby GT500 Super Snake post-title package is $44,995.00, not including the base car. all 50 of these cars will be built at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas. Customers interested in a car can also contact the Shelby American sales department at (702) 942-7325 or go to www.shelbyamerican.com.
About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, 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; it offers the Shelby 1000, GT500 Super Snake, Shelby GT and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2014 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST hot hatch. The company’s SPP division also offers high performance parts for 2005+ Ford Mustangs, including Shelby models. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com. Shelby American is a subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby's trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Info is at www.shelbylicensing.com
TEAM SHELBY CHAPTER OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER
Each month, Team Shelby will be honoring one of its fine chapters from around the nation. Our first outstanding chapter is Team Shelby Pacific Coast Chapter!
Blessed with year round automotive friendly weather and a group of dedicated enthusiasts, the Team Shelby Pacific Coast Chapter has passionately carried the Shelby banner over the past several years in the great Northwest. The group is one of the most active Team Shelby club chapters in the world.
Led by Regional Director Michael McGuirk, with State Directors, Jim Coenen (SF Bay Area), Tom Dankel (Central Coast), Laura Cadena (LA), and Tim Reeve (San Diego) , they have shown tremendous passion for the club by organizing key events that are anxiously anticipated by members throughout the region.
Some of those events include annual cruises such as the December toy drive to the Lucille Packard Children's hospital in Palo Alto, the “Snakes at the Lake” to Lake Tahoe in July and “Cruise-2-Carmel” in October. Two of the chapter’s most significant gatherings are the Carroll Shelby Memorial and Tribute shows, held every May in both Gardena and Danville, California.
The Team Shelby Pacific Coast Chapter also works closely with the NorCal chapter of SAAC to organize the car shows at their annual Mini-Nats. Many members also participate in four open track weekends over the course of the year.
SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA COUPE BEATS EUROPE’S BEST TO WIN INTERNATIONAL “CAR OF THE YEAR” AWARD
LOS ANGELES – November 25, 2014 – Carroll Shelby International, Inc., (OTC: CSBI.PK) announced that the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe was crowned “Car of the Year” at the International Historic Motoring Awards. Currently owned by the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287 again trounced Europe’s best during a gala at London’s St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel on November 20.
A ‘who’s who’ of historic motoring, famous names and familiar faces gathered for the award ceremony emceed by racing driver and television presenter Tiff Needell. Dr. Frederick Simeone, founder of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum and Neil Cummings, Co-Trustee for the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International attended the prestigious event.
“Carroll Shelby created the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe to do just one thing: win,” said Neil Cummings. “It delivered America’s first class victory at Le Mans 50 years ago. In 1965, the team Coupes won Shelby American and the United States its first FIA World Championship. This Shelby then went on to set numerous land speed records. These achievements captured the hearts of fans worldwide, who voted it ‘Car of the Year’ for 2014.”
The IHMA celebrates the achievements of the worldwide historic motoring industry with 14 categories judged by an international panel of experts. However, the general public voted online for the Car of the Year winner.
Finalists for the 2014 IHMA Car of the Year were:
The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe built by Shelby American in Los Angeles (CSX2287) carried the day. It was the first of six created for international competition. Shelby’s aerodynamic Coupes dominated and captured the International Manufacturer's GT Championship, the first time an American manufacturer won the series. Fittingly, CSX2287 was the first American car to be nominated for this award and the only unrestored car among this year’s eight nominees.
CSX2287 is currently owned by the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Assembled by renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Simeone, the collection has 65 of the world’s greatest racing sports cars. Using the theme “The Spirit of Competition”, it honors the history and evolution of the magnificent machines.
“Ironically, the competition for this prestigious award included both the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and its chief nemesis, the Ferrari GTO,” said Joe Conway, Co-Trustee for the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust and Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “Fine examples of both reside in Simeone Museum Collection. Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe chassis #CSX2287 played a crucial role in securing the 1965 Sportscar World Championship.”
Earlier this year, the Shelby became the first car ever to be accepted into The National Historic Registry of the United States thanks to the efforts of the Historic Vehicle Association. Dr. Simeone’s Museum and Carroll Shelby International cooperated with the HVA to chronicle this incredible story. Carroll Shelby Licensing donated images and provided HVA access to materials that will be part of its register archived in the Library of Congress.
“Carroll Shelby and his team at Shelby American have an incredible record of achievement and we appreciate the efforts of Dr. Simeone to promote those accomplishments,” said Cummings. “Thanks to his support of the HVA and IHMA, the world is recognizing the important contributions of Carroll Shelby and his companies to the automotive community. Next year, 2015, will be even more important as we celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the FIA World Championship, the birth of the big block 427 Shelby Cobra and the introduction of the first Shelby GT350.”
About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Carroll Shelby International is a publicly traded company based in Gardena, California. Its Shelby American division is involved in vehicle manufacturing, design and engineering projects under a license agreement with Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc. For more information, call (702) 942-7325 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com.
Founded by Carroll Shelby in 1988, Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc. is the exclusive holder of Shelby trademarks and vehicle design rights for all automotive products, which include some of the world’s most famous muscle cars and high- performance vehicles, including the car that brought home to the U.S. its first and only FIA World Manufacturers Championship in 1965, the famous Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. It also licenses Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles for all things automotive. For additional information, call (310) 914-1843, fax (310) 538-8189, write Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., 19021 S Figueroa St., Gardena, CA, 90248, or visit www.carrollshelby.com, www.shelbylicensing.com or www.carrollshelbyinternational.com.
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CARROLL SHELBY FOUNDATION LAUNCHES SECOND ANNUAL COLLECTIBLE HOLIDAY ORNAMENT PROGRAM TO BENEFIT KIDS
GARDENA, Calif. – Nov. 12, 2014 – The Carroll Shelby Foundation’s holiday ornament fundraising campaign was so popular in 2013, that the non-profit organization will continue the series with one that will benefit the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) this year. The Carroll Shelby Foundation will offer the new exclusive ornament, available only through the charity, kicking off on Nov. 17. The new ornament celebrates the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1965 Ford Shelby GT350.
Established by legendary automotive icon and philanthropist Carroll Shelby, the Carroll Shelby Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides medical and educational support for children from their first heartbeat through their educational years. COTA is the premier organization providing fundraising assistance to families hoping for a life-saving transplant.
“When Carroll Shelby founded this organization, he challenged fellow car enthusiasts to rally around kids in need,” said Jenni Shreeves, executive director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “Over the years, we’ve been supporting that mission. The response to our first ornament was amazing, so we designed one for 2014. What could be more ‘Shelby’ than offering an exclusive collectible that commemorates an important milestone while also benefitting children in need.”
This year’s ornament is white with blue accents to honor the first Shelby based on a Ford Mustang. Built in December 1964, the Ford Shelby GT350 was personally unveiled by Carroll Shelby at Riverside Raceway the next month. The 1965 model year Shelby GT350s were Wimbledon white; blue stripes were an option.
The Carroll Shelby Foundation will offer the dazzling collectible ornament both online and at Carroll Shelby's Store for $20. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit COTA, an organization that provides fundraising for children in need of organ transplantation. This will be the only official Shelby Holiday ornament in the world in 2014.
“COTA provides assistance and support to families who are facing a life-saving transplant,” said Rick Lofgren, President of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. “’Giving Hope and Making Miracles’ is more than a slogan for COTA; it is our guiding vision. COTA was founded on the belief that every transplant-needy child and young adult deserves a second chance at life, and funding should never stand in the way of that.”
To learn more about the Carroll Shelby Foundation, make a donation or order an item with the exclusive commemorative signature, go to www.carrollshelbyfoundation.org. Ornaments are only available for shipment within the United States.
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 CarrollShelbyFoundation.org.
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Is the Shelby GT500 KR King of the Muscle Cars?
The title of ‘world’s greatest muscle car’ gets thrown around quite a bit: adorning Chargers, Mustangs, Camaros, GTOs, and about a half-dozen other high-powered machines, circa the late ‘60s.
But how to pinpoint the best?
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Check out the latest issue of American Car Collector September/October 2014, which features the 1965 Shelby GT350 which sold for $286K.
HELP SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA COUPE WIN CAR OF THE YEAR!
Shelby’s Cobra Daytona Coupe has been nominated for the International Historic Motoring Awards’ Car of the Year. This prototype broke 23 records at Bonneville in 1965 and in 2014 became the first car to be accepted into The National Historic Registry of the United States. Shelby fans can help by voting at http://historicmotoringawards.com/categories.php?action=vote&id=1. Voting closes on November 1st.
SHELBY AMERICAN REORGANIZES EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM TO MEET INTERNATIONAL DEMAND
LAS VEGAS – October 9, 2014 - Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK), today announced the reorganization of its executive management team to meet anticipated global demand for its vehicles and parts. CFO Keith Belair will be named chief operating officer, reporting to CEO Joe Conway, while vice president of Shelby Performance Parts Akos Feher will become vice president of operations. Gary Patterson will serve as vice president of Strategic Sales and Media Relations. Keith Criswell will be named director of Shelby Performance Parts and JoAnn Mansell will become controller.
“While Shelby American traditionally focused on the North American market, we’ve been transitioning into a global company over the past year,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “The first step was to relocate to a facility near the Las Vegas executive airport. Simultaneously, we streamlined our manufacturing processes and began investing in our next generation of product to follow the Ford Mustang worldwide. Now we’re realigning our team to optimize development and production of our class-leading vehicles.”
Keith Belair has served as Shelby American CFO for the past six years. He joined Shelby after serving as CFO at OpX Capital Partners. Prior to his work there, Keith was CFO for XC Networks, the largest private cross border telecommunications company between the U.S. and Mexico. During his time with XC, Keith supported the company’s international operations. Previously, he spent more than a decade in venture capital and automotive vendor finance, in addition to a stint in Tokyo with a subsidiary of the Toyota family of companies.
“As a car enthusiast, I’ve enjoyed being part of the Shelby American team during some of its most successful years,” said Belair. “I look forward to leveraging my experience, both domestically and abroad, to help Shelby expand profitably. This reorganization positions Shelby American perfectly to meet our global ambitions.”
Feher rejoined Shelby American in May 2014 to head up the Shelby Performance Parts division. An experienced engineer, he previously served as the Director of Production and Strategic Planning at Shelby American when the company was building both pre-title and post-title vehicles. He also helped create Shelby Performance Parts and Team Shelby. Feher has extensive experience with international automotive projects.
As vice president of operations, Feher will oversee all current Shelby vehicles production at the Las Vegas facility. He will also manage production, the parts inventory and paint facility. In addition, Feher will direct all R&D as he works directly with Ford Motor Company and Ford Racing on new vehicles.
Gary Patterson has been a key team member at Shelby from the birth of the continuation Cobra to the Series 1 program through the current Mustang and Raptor based vehicles. He joined Shelby in 1996 and has been a vice president at Shelby American since 2005.
In his new role, Patterson will manage corporate communications and a broad range of strategic consumer initiatives and experiences. Leveraging his extensive background with Shelby, he will oversee a variety of programs that interact directly with enthusiasts and the media. Patterson will also play a key role in the oversight of Team Shelby for Shelby American. He will report to Mr. Conway and provide day-to-day support to Mr. Belair.
Aftermarket veteran Keith Criswell has been managing the wholesale department in the Shelby Performance Parts division. Joann Mansell has been accounting manager for the past several years. Both were promoted into their new roles on October 10.
“Just like Carroll Shelby did throughout his leadership of the company, we’re placing talented people in positions where they can have the maximum impact on our business,” said Conway. “This multi-year plan will help us deliver even better vehicles and parts much faster to a customer base that stretches from the USA to Asia, South America and Europe. Shelby American is about to write an entirely new chapter in its history.”
A very special congratulations to Alex and his family on the delivery of this gorgeous Blue Flame Shelby Raptor with silver splash graphics! Where would you take this 575HP beast off-roading first?
Tim Park aboard CSX2259 a 1964 289 Shelby Cobra at the Monterey Historics from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Here's another great shot from the Gary Davis salute at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas over the weekend. Jim Owens of Ford Motor Company (and former Shelby employee), Gary Bennett and Steve Davis of Barrett-Jackson joined Gary on stage for one more memory.
Shelby American's own Gary Davis is retiring soon. He was honored by Shelby, Ford and Barrett-Jackson at the Las Vegas auction on Friday. We will miss you, Gary!
Gary Patterson with Alan Taylor on ERN Radio at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, talking about the great legacy of Carroll Shelby and the exciting future of #ShelbyAmerican!
Product previews and contests are soon to come for the official store! Follow the Carroll Shelby Store on Twitter and Instagram! @shelby_store
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS GARY DAVIS TO RETIRE FROM SHELBY AMERICAN
LAS VEGAS – September 15, 2014 - Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK), announced today that Gary Davis will retire from the company as executive vice president of operations. Mr. Davis, the longest tenured production and operations executive in the company’s 52 year history, has been instrumental in the delivery of every Shelby vehicle built over the past 16 years.
“For almost two decades, Gary Davis has been a key part of Shelby American,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “Carroll always had a keen eye for talent, so he asked Gary to join Shelby American’s Cobra program in 1998. Gary’s capabilities propelled him into development and production of vehicles ranging from the Ford Shelby Hertz cars to the Shelby 1000. During his tenure, Gary worked closely with key partners like Ford Motor Company, as well as equipment suppliers to create our Shelby Performance Parts division. His fingerprints are on every facet of our business.”
Cut from the same cloth as Shelby legends Phil Remington and Bernie Kretzschmar, Davis is a genuine American hot rodder. It was while overseeing production, as well as research & development at Shelby American, that Davis was able to unleash his creative spirit.
“I’ve loved being part of Shelby American,” said Davis. “It was a privilege to work for Carroll Shelby. He gave me the opportunity to build some fantastic cars and meet many wonderful people. I’d like to thank everyone at Shelby American, especially Joe Conway and CFO Keith Belair for making my time so memorable.”
Davis’ responsibilities included overseeing all current Shelby vehicles production at the Las Vegas facility. He also managed production and management of the parts inventory and paint facility. In addition, Davis ran all research and development at the Las Vegas design center. However, one particular job he completed summarizes Davis’ versatility.
“We asked Gary to oversee the relocation to our new Las Vegas strip facility last year,” added Conway. “That was an immense responsibility. He rose to the challenge, managing a smooth move into a facility that will make Shelby American more flexible, effective and productive. While all of his accomplishments have been impressive, he merits special recognition for this particular job. Gary deserves to enjoy his retirement, but he will be sorely missed.”
Now eligible for retirement, Davis and his wife plan to travel the country in their motorhome.
“I want to visit all the places where enthusiasts have been enjoying their cars,” said Davis. “I look forward to seeing some of the cars that I helped build running around the track at Hallett or winning trophies at the MCA shows. Carroll always talked about the Daytona Speed Week and that will be near the top of the list. I look forward to seeing a lot of my Shelby connected friends at events around the country.”
A lifelong hot rodding fan from the Midwest, Gary fell in love with fast cars as a youth. He spent his high school years honing mechanical skills to compete at the local drag strip. As an adult, he worked for a variety of high of profile companies, learning to perfect production systems and manufacturing processes.
Davis has been responsible for production of all Shelby’s cars over the past few years, which have included:
Mr. Davis’ last official day at Shelby American will be October 10, 2014. He plans to be available to assist his successor during the transition.
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 2005-2014 Ford Mustang, as well as the 2013-2014 Shelby Focus ST and 2012-2014 Ford Raptor. For more info, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.
“Gentleman Tom’s” Shelby Competition Cobra sells for $1.96 million in London
Tom Payne was a racer, businessman and would-be-politician who once hot-lapped a Canadian race track wearing a Glen Plaid suit, as he ran out of time to change into driver’s coveralls before the event. The stunt earned him the nickname “Gentleman Tom,” and on Monday his 1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra, chassis CSX2430, sold for 1,176,000 pounds ($1.96 million, including buyer’s fees) at RM’s London sale.
Built specifically as a racing Cobra for Payne, CSX2430 was constructed with fender flares, FIA-certified Halibrand wheels, a chrome roll bar, a hood scoop, racing-specification brakes with cooling ducts, side exhausts, dual fuel tanks, an oil cooler, a differential cooler, a racing seat, a Sun tachometer, and a fuel pressure gauge. Beneath the hood was a competition-spec 289-cu.in V-8, fed by a quartet of Weber 48 IDM carburetors and sending roughly 400 horsepower through a Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed transmission.
Payne raced the car from August 1964 through December of 1965 (when he was given a 427 Cobra), running it in the U.S. Road Racing Championships, SCCA Divisional races and at the Nassau, Bahamas, Tourist Trophy Race. With Payne behind the wheel, the Cobra consistently delivered podium finishes, but only a single victory, at Waterford Hills in August of 1964. When Payne was done with CSX2430, it was sold to John Addison, who raced the car through the 1966 season.
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In some cases, it was product placement. In others, it was a matter of the producer, or even one of the starring actors, requesting a Mustang because of its cool factor. For the past 50 years, starting with a James Bond film in 1964, the Mustang has appeared in hundreds of movies as a starring role, and if you include the sometimes just fleeting glimpses in the background the movie list jumps into the thousands.
First Japanese supercar? You might be tempted to say it's the Honda NSX or the least known Nissan R390, but then you are wrong. The first car that introduced Japan in the supercar segment is the Toyota 2000GT. Which can also be considered the most beautiful looking and the most wanted car ever to come from the Land of The Rising Sun.
Low, sleek and very fast for their era, there were only 351 2000GTs ever made. And while two of them got their roofs chopped so Sean Connery could fit them in the You Only Live Twice James Bond movie, one got obliterated by a fallen tree in Japan and three of them were given to racing legend Carol Shelby.
Back in the US of A, Shelby stripped two of them out of unnecessary bits, increased their engine capacity, replaced the tires, suspension and entered both of them in the SCCA (Sports Car Club if America) production car races in the CP category. The third one was kept as a spare.
Oh, forgot to say that among the three cars, on of them was wearing the MF10-100001 number chassis, which is basically the first 2000GT ever made.
The two special prepped 2000GTs competed only one season in 1968, being only outrun by a Porsche 911, which placed them on second and third places.
After the season, the spare unit was shipped back to Japan where it got build as a replica of the SCCA winner. The two racing cars remained in the US, one of them having been sold a while ago at an auction for about $1,7 million.
So next time someone says is a Shelby fan, don’t forget to test his knowledge and ask what he knows about the only Toyota model that got to be touched by the famous American automotive designer and racing driver.
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CAMILO PARDO AUTOGRAPH SESSION TO BE PART OF CARROLL SHELBY’S STORE MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION DEBUT
GARDENA, Calif. – Aug. 12, 2014 – – Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., (CSBI.PK) will showcase their Carroll Shelby’s Store for the first time at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, held at the Laguna Seca track in California from August 14 – 17. The store will be a fan favorite with exclusive new special edition licensed products, including items designed by former Ford GT designer and artist Camilo Pardo, who will also be in attendance.
“This will be a very historic year as Carroll Shelby’s Store makes its debut at Monterey Motorsports Reunion while the event is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Maserati, a marque that Carroll Shelby raced successfully,” said Neil Cummings, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “As Shelby evolved into a cultural icon, the hunger for authentic branded items has grown. Bringing the Carroll Shelby’s Store to Laguna Seca will give enthusiasts the opportunity to take home some of that history.”
The store will offer limited edition items that are exclusive to the event. The selection will include an incredible array of fresh, authorized products including memorabilia, stylish shirts and hats and exclusive Camilo Pardo designed apparel items.
On Saturday, August 16, Camilo Pardo will sign prints at the Carroll Shelby’s Store, alongside his prized Ford GT. Pardo is best known for his creative design of the Ford GT in 2005 and 2006; he also designed the graphic wrap for the Carroll Shelby’s Store on Wheels and special edition memorabilia. Now a freelance artist and auto designer, Pardo is a contestant on Motor City Masters.
“Shelby has always had a special place in my heart” said Camilo. “I spent a great deal of time with Carroll personally while designing the GT40. I’m honored to be invited to attend this event and help continue Carroll’s legacy. I plan to drive my personal Ford GT to the event as a tribute to him.”
Carroll Shelby was a world class racing driver before retiring to build street cars due to a heart illness. Some of his most significant victories were behind the wheel of Maserati race cars.
“Maserati and Carroll have a wonderful history together,” said Tracey Smith, executive vice president of Licensing and Media Relations for Carroll Shelby International. “In December of 1960, Carroll drove his last race in a Type 61 Birdcage Maserati, winning the USAC driving championship for 1960. Our hope is that this car will be displayed there, along with the Ford GT that Camillo owns. Having the two of those vehicles at the track when we open Carroll Shelby’s Store will be a great way to celebrate Shelby’s history and future.”
The Monterey Motorsports Reunion is part of the Monterey Classic Car Week, a prestigious annual series of events, held August 11-17 in the Monterey peninsula. The event attracts fans of exotic and classic cars from around the world.
For more information on events visit www.montereycarweek.com.
For more information on Camilo Pardo and his works, visit www.camilopardo.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. For more information about the company or licensing opportunities, call (310) 914-1843, fax (310) 538-8189, write Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., 19021 S Figueroa St., Gardena, CA 90248, or visitshelbylicensing.com or carrollshelbyinternational.com.
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SHELBY AMERICAN OPENS EBAY STORE TO OFFER PARTS, VEHICLES AND SPECIAL ITEMS WORLDWIDE
Las Vegas, Nev. – July 31, 2014 – Shelby Performance Parts (SPP), a division of Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), has launched an official eBay store to offer special items, rare vehicles and its line of parts to customers worldwide. The SPP eBay official store is similar to those opened by Apple, Ducati, Sony and Nissan.
“Ebay stores offer companies an opportunity to experiment with products, innovate and expand their distribution through a new channel,” said Akos Feher, vice president of Shelby Performance Parts. “While North American sales are strong, demand from our international customer base is exploding. Global customers tell us that they are very comfortable and familiar with the eBay platform and consistently use it for purchases. Given our existing relationship with PayPal, opening an eBay store was a logical step.”
The first eBay listings are for special items signed personally by Carroll Shelby, along with a selection of discontinued products. Upcoming plans include the sale of open-box items, clearance parts, mix-matched pieces, refurbs and even concept vehicles.
“Ebay is a great platform to instantly upload items that don’t fit into our normal website,” added Tom Hribar, Shelby Performance Parts eBay manager. “For instance, we’re selling historic shop banners that hung inside our former facility and autographed memorabilia. These items are one-offs that can’t be found anywhere else.”
The eBay site can be found at www.stores.ebay.com/shelbyauctions with new listings daily.
About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, 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; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2014 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST hot hatch. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com. Shelby American is a subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby's trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Info is at www.shelbylicensing.com.
The Snake the Mongoose: A Shelby Connection
Most Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts are unaware of Carroll Shelby and Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's long-time friendship and racing association. In fact, during the late 1960s, Shelby sponsored Prudhomme's 427 Cammer-powered dragster. It was called the "Super Snake," no doubt a double reference to Prudhomme's nickname and Shelby's reputation for building fast Cobras.
Carroll Shelby liked what he saw in Prudhomme's racing and wanted to be involved with his success. That's when Shelby offered Prudhomme something he could not refuse, a great business relationship and the opportunity to drive the Ford-powered Super Snake dragster powered by an Ed Pink 427 SOHC Cammer topped with a Detroit diesel blower. The Shelby/Prudhomme marriage ended in 1969 when Ford pulled out of racing.
But the friendship endured until the day Carroll died. It was a friendship built upon mutual admiration for each other's talents, the love of hot rods and the fun they both had figuring out how to make them go faster.
They got to work together again 40 years later when Shelby Automotive made an extraordinary tribute car named after Don Prudhomme. Shelby and Prudhomme dreamed up the 800 “street legal” HP Shelby GT500. Not only was it rare in to have so much horsepower, the car could make it down a 1/4 mile in less than 10 seconds. It had a body that lifted up like a funny car did, with a blower coming out of the hood and of course, snake logos - including a Snake Racing logo.
There were only 100 built and there was a fantastic unveiling at the NHRA museum with both Shelby and Prudhomme in attendance.
When Caroll Shelby died on May 12, 2012, Don Prudhomme was in the middle of overseeing the shooting of the film "Snake and Mongoose" about his life and rivalry with Tom ("the Mongoose") McEwen. He dropped everything and flew to attend Carroll's funeral.
The film contains wonderful footage of not only Shelby's Super Snake Dragster which Prudhomme has lovingly restored and kept in his collection for over 45 years, but also restored vintage footage of Prudhomme racing Shelby's Super Snake all over the United States from 1967-1969.
We are pleased to exclusively offer to Shelby collectors for the next 3 weeks this pre-order opportunity prior to the release of this Shelby GT350 to the general public and dealers. This special release features the WT 6066 paint with the dealer applied stripe package and includes both a signed letter of authenticity and a print of the original Shelby announcement on the special paint codes. Only 168 of these models will be produced which will surely make these models an instant sellout so get your orders entered quickly to guarantee your reservation!
In 1968, six special paint colors appeared on Shelbys. They were known by their special "WT" identification code number. The total production number of these special “WT” paint cars was just 159 across all six paint variations. These cars were sold as part of Ford's "Summer Sales Promotion". The “WT” cars were offered on both the GT500KR and GT350 models, and were only avaiable with black or saddle interiors. This Shelby GT350 has been authentically color matched to the original WT 6066 specs
Kevin and Jan Jones, Ford and Shelby enthusiast, had a chance to meet with Ari Kopmar, Executive Vice President of Carroll Shelby Consumer Initiatives, and Tracey Smith, Director of Carroll Shelby Licensing, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, this weekend.
Look at the smiles on their faces. It's a joy to see and meet Shelby friends all over the world.
Bill Shepherd's Mustang at Goodwood Festival of Speed in England
SHELBY AMERICAN ANNOUNCES WINNER OF CAR RAFFLE BENEFITING JDRF
LAS VEGAS – June 19, 2014 – Shelby American, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), named Jim Labadie of Dexter, Michigan, as the winner of the charity car raffle program benefiting JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. On June 19, Jim was presented with a 2014 Shelby Focus ST, complete with a Shelby performance package upgrade, at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas.
“We were honored when Ford Motor Company invited us to support the charity,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American. “This is an important charity for Ford and we’re happy to help move the needle forward in this endeavor.”
The drawing was held at the Ford Motor Company World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, and raised $47,000 for JDRF. Since 1998, Ford Motor Company has raised more than $45 million for JDRF through a variety of programs and events, including this campaign.
“Ford is proud of its ongoing partnership with JDRF in the fight to cure type 1 diabetes,” says Edsel B. Ford II, Board Director, Ford Motor Company. “Our collaboration with Shelby has also been very important to Ford and we were thrilled that they chose to join us in support of JDRF.”
The Shelby Focus ST has a custom leather interior, a Shelby short-throw shifter and is finished off with a unique Shelby CSM badge. The Shelby performance package sports a Ford Racing suspension that drops the car an inch, bigger brakes, new Shelby wheels and sticky performance tires. Shelby also installed a cold air intake, a Borla exhaust and a performance engine tune.
Labadie was presented with the vehicle at the Shelby American factory on June 19. The vehicle was documented in the official Shelby registry and is one of only 500 vehicles built for the model year. The post-title package for the Shelby Focus ST begins at $14,995, not including the base car. Labadie will drive the vehicle back home to Dexter with his two children.
About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, 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; it offers the Shelby 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST hot hatch. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com. Shelby American is a division of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby's trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Information is at www.shelbylicensing.com.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries. For more information, visit www.jdrf.org.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – June 4, 2014 – Shelby American and Carroll Shelby Licensing will be featured at the Fifth Annual Shelby Car Show, hosted by the Shelby Cobra Association of Texas (SCAT) and LegacyTexas Bank on June 21, in Plano, Texas at 5000 Legacy Dr. This one day event is free to the public and will feature Shelby American’s latest vehicles, including the 624 HP Shelby GT/SC and the limited addition 50th Anniversary Shelby FIA Cobra. Also, the mobile Carroll Shelby’s Store will be making its Texas debut. This annual event has become one of the largest Shelby shows in the Southwest.
“This event is extremely special for the Shelby family,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American. “Carroll always viewed Texas as home, so it’s important to keep his heritage alive here. This year we’re pleased to display the limited addition 50th Anniversary Shelby FIA Cobra. It commemorates Shelby American’s 1964 introduction of the FIA version of the small block Cobra and celebrates its accomplishments as one of the most important cars in American racing history.”
The show kicks off at 10 a.m. with Shelby American’s high performance line-up, which includes the terrain-dominating Shelby Raptor, the wickedly powerful GT500 Super Snake and the new Shelby GT/SC. Members of the Shelby family will be in attendance as well as some of the cars from their collection.
Also, for the first time, fans will have a chance to purchase Shelby merchandise during the event from the Carroll Shelby’s Store merchandise trailer. Carroll Shelby’s Store “on wheels” will carry die casts, signs and authentic Shelby apparel which includes hats, jackets and shirts. It will have a unique selection of rare memorabilia such as legacy items signed by Carroll Shelby and limited edition prints.
“I predict this year’s show will be the best yet,” said Aaron Shelby, LegacyTexas Bank Executive vice president and grandson of Carroll Shelby. “In addition to our friends from Shelby American joining us again this year, we will also have the very limited Cobra 289 FIA on hand. Both my family and the bank are very proud of this community event.”
The Shelby car show will be held at the bank’s corporate headquarters at the intersection of Preston Road and Legacy Drive. In addition to the Shelby American models, the event will also feature rare and vintage cars from the private collection of the Shelby family, majority owners of LegacyTexas Bank.
For more information, visit LegacyTexasBank.com/ShelbyCarShow or Facebook.com/ShelbyCarShow.
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Celebrating 50 years of the Shelby Cobra in Ponoma, California
To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Cobra, a massive Shelby Cobra reunion was held at the Wally Parks N.H.R.A. Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California, where hundreds of Shelby enthusiasts and Cobra owners flocked for the celebration last weekend. Click HERE and take a look at AutoBlog's photo gallery and coverage of the festivities!
CARROLL SHELBY FOUNDATION HOLDS RAFFLE FOR THE LAST AVAILABLE SPECIAL EDITION 50th ANNIVERSARY COBRA
Shelby fans have one last chance to own the 50th anniversary Shelby Cobra through year-long raffle
The Carroll Shelby Foundation is offering fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a 50th anniversary Shelby Cobra. Throughout 2012, which marks the golden anniversary of the Shelby Cobra and Shelby American, people can enter a raffle for the chance to put this rare vehicle in their own garage. The 50th Shelby Cobra up for raffle made its first appearance at Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction™ in Scottsdale Jan. 17-22, 2012.
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Shelby American Celebrates 50 Years of High Performance with Special Anniversary Edition Cars
To honor its 50th anniversary, Shelby American™, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., (CSBI.PK), is unleashing a new line of Anniversary Edition Shelby GTS, GT350® and Super Snake® vehicles. Only 50 white and 50 black of each post title Shelby model will be manufactured, making it an instant collector's item and an iconic piece of automotive history.
"Few thought that Shelby American would make it in the car business for 50 years," said Carroll Shelby. "We built the first Cobra in a rented garage and then GT350's in an old hanger. But our company is still here, manufacturing the best cars that I've ever made. The next 50 years will be even better for Shelby American."
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