LAS VEGAS – April 21, 2015 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), announced today the Try Before You Buy experience, which allows Shelby enthusiasts to enjoy track time behind the wheel of the current lineup of Shelby vehicles before placing an order. The first track event will be held on Sat., May 9, 2015, at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club in Pahrump, Nevada. Track vehicles will include the base model 2015 Ford Mustang GT, 627 HP 2015 Shelby GT and the 2014 Shelby GT500. Subsequent events are set for June 6, 2015 and early fall 2015.
“There’s simply no better way to experience the exhilaration of genuine Shelby performance than on the track,” said Joe Conway, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “True to the spirit of Carroll’s vision, our current Shelby lineup was bred to outperform. Our ‘Try Before You Buy’ experience gives anyone on the fence about a Shelby, every reason to get into the vehicle of their dreams.”
Each Try Before You Buy track day is limited to 20 guests who will receive personal instruction, including time behind the wheel with factory drivers Gary Patterson and Vince LaViolette. Each guest will have the opportunity to drive each of the Shelby vehicles including the base model 2015 Ford Mustang GT, 627 HP 2015 Shelby GT and the 2014 Shelby GT500 on the 1.5 mile track at Spring Mountain. The cost is only $2,500 per guest, which can be applied to the purchase of a Shelby vehicle as a deposit.
“Once you climb into the cockpit of a Shelby, you’re hooked,” said Shelby American Vice President of Marketing, Gary Schechner. “Our ‘Try Before You Buy’ program is an excellent way to experience the balanced performance, agility and raw horsepower of the current Shelby lineup. Because every Shelby has its own personality, this will help guests choose the Shelby that’s right for them.”
The Shelby Try Before You Buy experience includes a special gift bag with a Shelby polo shirt, Shelby backpack, a GoPro camera to capture the excitement of the track, catered lunch and refreshments during the day. Each event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include a rotation of each vehicle among Try Before You Buy guests.
The race track at Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club is a fantastic combination of fast sweeping corners, quick esses, off-camber turns, over 125 feet of elevation change and four high-speed straights including a half mile straight. With replicas of some of racing’s most famous corners including Mosport's 5a and 5b, the Watkins Glen "Bus Stop", Road Atlanta's turn 1 and Laguna Seca's "Corkscrew", the track provides a challenging experience for every level of driver.
“Driving our cars in a track environment gives enthusiasts the opportunity to evaluate the Shelbys properly,” said Gary Patterson, Vice President of International and Strategic Sales. “We’ll not keep lap times or score guests for speed. This is a rare chance to legally and safely explore the capabilities of these vehicles with test drivers who have dialed in their dynamics. The instruction alone will exceed the value of the program fee.”
The Shelby Try Before You Buy experience will be held Sat., May 9 and Sat., June 6. To sign up, contact Shelby American at (702) 942-7325 or email sales@ShelbyAmerican.com.
NEW SHELBY AMERICAN “BAJA 700” EDITION RAPTOR TO DELIVER 700+ STREET LEGAL HORSEPOWER
LAS VEGAS – April 10, 2015 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., (CSBI.PK), today announced that it will offer a limited run of the most powerful truck in the company’s history. The new Shelby Baja 700, built on the 2011-2014 Ford SVT Raptor, features 700+ supercharged horsepower, competition suspension and the leading BFGoodrich Baja-proven K02 tires. Only 50 of these limited edition trucks will be built exclusively at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas.
“The Shelby Raptor became a star the moment we launched it at the New York Auto Show in 2012,” said Joe Conway, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Carroll had a love for trucks and brought his high performance, ‘Texas style’ to the drawing board when he envisioned the Shelby Raptor. This special edition Shelby Baja 700 builds on that vision, as it was created to conquer any terrain.”
Powered by a 2.9 liter Whipple supercharger mounted on the massive 6.2L V8 engine and coupled with bigger throttle bodies and injectors, plus a more robust heat exchanger, the Shelby Baja 700 screams to life via the Borla exhaust system. Shelby American also takes the stock 411 horsepower rating of the Ford SVT Raptor and kicks it up over the staggering 700 horsepower mark with the Baja 700.
“In the best Shelby tradition, we took our already high-performance 575 horsepower Shelby Raptor and made it even more capable,” said Shelby American Vice President of Operations Akos J. Feher. “Fifty lucky owners will have the baddest, best-handling and best-looking Shelby truck we offer. Not to mention, all of the interior fit-and-finish people expect from Shelby. It’s a truck that can thrive under the most extreme conditions.”
Outfitted with BFGoodrich K02 All-Terrain tires, the Shelby Baja 700 tackles any surface it faces. In addition, the special edition graphics, badging, classic Shelby striping, 18” custom wheels and optional Rogue Racing front and rear bumpers, will visually set it apart from any other truck on the road.
“The Shelby Baja 700 is striking in looks and most of all, its capabilities,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Senior Designer and Test Driver. “The off-road performance suspension system allows the Shelby Baja 700 to go most anywhere and stand out as it does so. We believe that we’ve built a truck with ultimate performance and off-road capabilities.”
The limited edition Shelby Baja 700 starts at $45,000, not including the base Raptor. Only 50 will be available and each will be numbered and documented with a unique Shelby CSM number and entered into the official Shelby Registry.
Shelby American is now accepting orders for the limited edition Baja 700. Those interested in reserving a truck should contact the sales team at (702) 942-7325 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com.
Winningest Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe designed by Brock to Headline Second Annual Carroll Shelby Memorial Classic Car Show
The Second Annual Carroll Shelby Memorial Classic Car Show, hosted by Team Shelby-Pacific Coast Region and the Blackhawk Automotive Museum, will feature the designer of the Daytona Coupe, Peter Brock as part of the museum’s Spring 2015 Speaker Series. The single day event on May 9th will honor the legacy of Carroll Shelby, the only person to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race as a driver, team owner and manufacturer.
“We are thrilled to honor the heritage of Carroll Shelby through this event,” said Mike McGuirk Regional Director of Team Shelby-Pacific Coast Region. “Shelby always said he was great at picking people and Peter Brock was one of those people he picked that helped lead the Shelby American racing team to great success. Hearing him speak during the Memorial Classic Car Show will be unforgettable.”
Fifty years after the Shelby American team drove the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe to victory at the World Manufacturers Championship, the car’s designer, Peter Brock, and the Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2299 that achieved the best racing record in the winning 1965 season, will be reunited at the Blackhawk Museum on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
“We are very pleased to have Peter Brock at the Museum for this 50th Anniversary presentation of his Daytona Coupe design and its racing record,” said Tim McGrane, Executive Director of the Blackhawk Museum. “Peter’s legacy as a car designer and the historical significance of the car’s achievement make this a special opportunity for our Museum. The passionate following that all cars associated with Carroll Shelby have will make the Second Annual Shelby Show at the Blackhawk Museum a very popular event.”
The historic 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2299 will be displayed at the Blackhawk Museum’s main automotive gallery on Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, and will be showcased during the Peter Brock presentation. The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, considered one of the most significant Cobra’s in existence, is owned by Larry H. Miller and resides at the Miller Motorsports Park museum in Tooele, Utah. The opportunity for this car to be showcased at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum for the presentation is made possible by the generous support of AIG Private Client Group and Reliable Carriers. This car was also displayed during the 2014 Tribute event.
The car show will feature vehicles ranging from the first generation Shelby Cobras and Shelby GT350s to the late model Ford GT’s. The Show is open to the public. General admission to the Blackhawk Museum is $15 for adults / $10 for children which includes the Speaker Series presentation. Information is available at www.teamshelby.com.
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 of 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.
Team Shelby Mountain Region members reside among some of America’s most famous tracks, including the area Shelby American calls home. This includes the states between the Canadian and Mexican borders including Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Led by Regional Director Jeff Jacobucci, the Mountain Region prides itself on participating in many shows and events which include driving their Shelbys through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Some of these events include the Annual Shelby Bash in Las Vegas, the Rocky Mountain Mustang Round- up in Steamboat Springs Colorado, and the Intermountain Mustang & All Ford Stampede in Park City Utah. Mountain Region members also enjoy getting their cars on various tracks from the road course at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, to the drag strip of Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Colorado.
The Mountain Region is rich in Shelby history with amazing collections of Shelbys at the Larry Miller Shelby Collection in Tooele, Utah, the Shelby American Collection in Boulder, Colorado, and of course Shelby American Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Mountain Region is actively looking for leaders to help support events in the Arizona, New Mexico area and also north in Montana, Idaho area.
For more information on the Mountain Region, feel free to contact Mountain@TeamShelby.com . Also be sure to join the Mountain Region of Team Shelby on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/160420287370776/
CARROLL SHELBY ANNUAL TRIBUTE AND CAR SHOW TO HONOR 50th ANNIVERSARY OF SHELBY G.T.350
GARDENA, Calif. – March 17, 2015 – The third annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show will salute the 50th anniversary of one of his most renowned automobiles, the Shelby G.T.350. The one day event will take place on May 16 at the Carroll Shelby Foundation Headquarters in Gardena, California. It will feature a comprehensive display of Shelby G.T.350s, a Texas style chili bar, special guests and an engine rev salute, as well as a wide variety of Shelby and Ford powered high performance vehicles.
Carroll Shelby partnered with Ford to transform the Mustang into a “Total Performance” winner. The Wimbledon White and Guardsman Blue result of this influential partnership was unveiled at Riverside Raceway on January 27, 1965. Carroll Shelby dubbed this car the Shelby G.T.350. Upon winning its first race less than a month later, it quickly became a symbol of American performance and ingenuity.
“The Shelby G.T.350 is almost as legendary as the man who created it,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “Our salute to the G.T.350’s heritage also celebrates Carroll, because this car embodies his larger than life persona. The Shelby G.T.350 truly changed the automotive landscape, which is why the cars are as desirable today as they were 50 years ago.”
Event gates open at 10 a.m. PST; while there is no charge for public admission, a $10 donation to the Carroll Shelby Foundation includes a show decal. Attendees will feast their eyes on some of the rarest Shelby and Ford cars from the past five decades.
“Carroll’s legacy will be celebrated with hundreds of exciting cars, the enthusiasts that love them and as a way to platform for the charity that he loved,” said Neil Cummings, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “This event could not be possible without clubs like Team Shelby, the Mustang Club of America and LASAAC, as well as individual enthusiasts who plan to show their cars.”
All Shelby and Ford performance car owners interested in displaying their cars can find the registration form on the Carroll Shelby Foundation website for a $40 donation. Enthusiasts across the globe are invited to join the “Rev Your Engine” salute to the life and astonishing career of Carroll Shelby at 1 p.m. PST.
“Carroll was as passionate about helping others as he was about high performance,” said Jenni Shreeves, Executive Director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “We’re proud to carry on his mission to educate, aid and inspire young people through this Carroll Shelby Foundation event.”
BOB BONDURANT WINS NEW “CARROLL SHELBY SPIRIT” AWARD PRESENTED IN HONOR OF HIS ACHIEVEMENTS
LOS ANGELES – March 12, 2015 – Bob Bondurant, who was an integral part of the 1965 Shelby American FIA World Championship team, became the first recipient of the “Carroll Shelby Spirit” award on Saturday, March 7. The award was presented by Carol Anne Conway, Carroll Shelby’s niece during the 8th annual Shelby Bash in Las Vegas. The award honors the achievements of people who embody the same passion for performance as Carroll Shelby.
“Presenting the award to Bob Bondurant in the home of Carroll Shelby was a special moment,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “We know Carroll would have wholeheartedly approved of honoring Bondurant with this award, as the two of them are cut from the same cloth. Both were racers, teachers, mentors and businessmen. We only wish Carroll were here to present it to his dear friend, himself.”
Bondurant joined the Shelby American racing team in 1963, which led to a season in Europe and competition for the FIA World Championship. Paired with Dan Gurney in 1964, Bondurant won the GT category and took fourth overall at the wheel of a Daytona Coupe at Le Mans. He scored valuable points in eleven races the next season when the Shelby American team became the only American manufacturer to capture the GT class FIA world championship.
Bob was forced to take a hiatus from racing after the steering arm broke during a race, launching his car into a dirt embankment and rolling eight times. Faced with the possibility of never being able to walk again, Bondurant decided to use his expertise in a new way. Today, Bob is the CEO of The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, where he instructs others on the passion he’s spent his whole life perfecting.
“Carroll Shelby was a renaissance man with interests in racing, aviation, auto manufacturing, philanthropy and even the food industry,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “He believed that innovation, ambition, hard work and sacrifice would lead to success in every pursuit. The ‘Carroll Shelby Spirit’ award will go to those who share those traits and pour their hearts into their chosen purpose. Mr. Bondurant truly personifies that spirit.”
The “Carroll Shelby Spirit” award was designed to kindle a desire for excellence by recognizing people who achieve. Working with organizers at events that cater to Mr. Shelby’s interests, it will always be awarded to someone who displays exuberance, character and most importantly, enjoys a high octane lifestyle. The 60 pound bronze statue of a stunning Shelby Cobra was designed by Rick Hadley. Carroll Shelby International plans to bestow the award annually.
CARROLL SHELBY LICENSING AND BAUME & MERCIER ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL TIMEPIECE AGREEMENT
LOS ANGELES – MARCH 09, 2015 – Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK), and major Swiss luxury watchmaking company Baume & Mercier, part of the Richemont Group, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the FIA World Championship with a collection of fine timepieces. The two companies today announced an agreement to create exclusive limited edition watches that Baume & Mercier will reveal later this year.
Shelby American’s reputation for performance and precision began in America in 1962 and then moved to the international stage through racing; the company is currently expanding its vehicle and licensing programs globally.
“Carroll Shelby Company and Baume & Mercier share many of the same core values,” said Neil Cummings, CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “Both companies entered the crucible of competition early in their histories, winning prestigious victories. Those achievements were due to a commitment to building innovative products with timeless design and then honing them through relentless testing. Our common pursuit of perfection is reflected in the quality and craftsmanship of everything we create. The combination of these two icons should result in an amazing unveil.”
In 2015, the legendary Shelby American will mark several golden anniversaries. The company unveiled its powerful big block 427 Shelby Cobra, a two seat roadster that some historians call the first “hyper car” on January 25, 1965. Later that year, Shelby American captured the FIA Sports Car World Championship at Rheims, France, a first for an American manufacturer.
To honor this unprecedented milestone, Baume & Mercier will design and launch some Capeland Shelby® Cobra limited edition watches, part of the Capeland collection. These newcomers will capture the spirit and power of Cobra with true grace. They will celebrate Shelby American’s rich history, as well as company founder Carroll Shelby who drove sports cars to victory at Le Mans and other races worldwide.
“We are very proud to partner with Shelby to celebrate this special moment in the legendary automobile manufacturer’s history. Our agreement is nurtured by similar values. The elegance of lines, attention to high-quality and legacy of expertise are some of the common characteristics between our creations, our philosophy and values,” said Alain Zimmermann CEO of Baume & Mercier.
Carroll Shelby Licensing and Baume & Mercier Announce Agreement
Building on its watchmaking heritage and the commitment of visionary founders, the Maison Baume & Mercier is famous for its attention to every detail, which goes beyond the manufacture of watches. Celebrating in 2015 its 185 years anniversary, the Swiss watchmaker has forged the image of a company whose name evokes absolute elegance, high quality and affordable luxury.
The limited edition Shelby themed timepieces will be unveiled in June 2015. They will be available at select authorized Baume & Mercier retailers stores.
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Shelby Legend: Peter Brock
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Everybody knows Peter Brock for a different reason. To historic Corvette fans he’s the guy who helped pen the lines of the original ’59 Sting Ray Racer for GM’s VP of Design, Bill Mitchell and by extension the production version of the famed 1963 “split window” Corvette coupe.
To Cobra fans, Brock’s the guy who took the brick-like Shelby Cobra roadster and turned it into the slippery Cobra Daytona Coupe – the first American car to beat out the European regulars and grab the FIA’s GT World Championship. In 2014 that car won the International Historic Vehicle Association’s prestigious “Most Important Car of the Year” award in London.
Nissan/Datsun devotees love to remember the Peter Brock of Brock Racing Enterprises during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s; that fun-loving hipster who, behind his crowd-pleasing polka-dot scarves and hip-hugging slacks, coolly called the shots as his BRE team took two National SCCA Championships, with their 240Z Datsuns, and then twice snatched the the SCCA’s coveted Trans-Am 2.5 series with a team of four Datsun 510s.
In the late ‘60s Brock was instrumental in starting the ultra-light flight movement that began in Southern California and soon became a world-wide phenomenon. His innovative UP foot-launched glider team won six consecutive World Championships in California’s Owen’s Valley and then went on to win the America’s Cup in Europe.
The list goes on, including his photojournalism work for several American and international motorsports publications, sizing up what really mattered on track and transmitting that knowledge back to the non-racing public. Recently Brock has become an award winning author, sharing insider history, stories and photographs never shared with the public before. And then there’s his latest project, the Aerovault trailer, the world’s first fully aerodynamic, lightweight, semi-monocoque car hauler.
Brock is a good object lesson. Here’s a man who’s never stopped looking and never stopped asking the interesting questions. That trait has led him into a bunch of successful careers, any one of which would be a good lifetime’s achievement for most folks. In short, we’re talking about a guy who proves the value of never being afraid to explore the next thing down the road.
Shelby Legend: Chuck Cantwell
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Chuck Cantwell grew up in Speedway, Indiana and was intrigued by two favorite topics, basketball and racing. The racing activity there in the month of May, as hordes of west coast racers descended on the small town, was very exciting and sparked an interest in racing that would last a lifetime. During his high school and college years Chuck would be found at the local Midget race tracks and the Indy 500 vending seat cushions to spectators. Of course that meant, besides making some spending money, he got to watch the races for free during those years. After graduating from GMI (Kettering University) and a stint in the Navy he worked as an engineer at Allison Division of GM. When he went with some friends to the September 500 mile races at Elkhart Lake’s Road America he was immediately hooked on road racing. He began racing an MGA in 1959, doing all of his own preparation in his family two-car garage while working at Allison.
In 1960 he had an opportunity to transfer to the GM Tech Center in Warren, MI and became involved in the extensive Detroit Area road racing action. He raced actively in the four years that he was there, where he finished 2nd and then won three SCCA Divisional titles in a row in FP and DP. Chuck concurrently served on the board of directors of the Detroit Region, SCCA and the Oakland County Sportsmen’s Road Racing Club (the Waterford Hills track organization).
In 1964, Chuck was racing sports cars and working as a project engineer in a Preliminary Engineering Group within GM Styling Staff at the Tech Center in Warren, MI. A racing friend had recently moved from Chevrolet Engineering to Ford Special Vehicles and told Chuck of a new venture at Shelby American to make the recently introduced Mustang into a sports car in order to take on the Corvette in SCCA competition. He inquired whether Chuck might be interested in being the Project Engineer on this car that would be built in Los Angeles.
After an interview with the Shelby American General Manager and Carroll Shelby himself, Chuck was offered the position. He spent a few weeks working with the Ford Special Vehicles staff to set specifications for the car and ensure a common goal between Shelby and Ford, then moved to LosAngeles in October, 1964.
Thus began four years as Project Engineer on GT-350 and GT-500 production cars, design and building of GT-350 R-model race cars, followed by Trans Am cars, testing the production Gt350 and Trans-Am race cars, and serving as race team engineer for the Shelby Mustang Trans Am team. National championships in 1965, 1966 and 1967 resulted.
After leaving Shelby at the end of the 1968 racing season he went to work for Roger Penske Racing as Race Shop General Manager and Team Manager for road-race efforts. Chuck spent five years at Penske Racing, through the Mark Donohue driving days. He then joined Chilton Co. as Director of Automotive Special Projects for the Datalog Division and after 9 years moved on to GE Aerospace/Lockheed Martin and retired as a Sr. Systems Analyst in the Systems Integration Division in 2002, after 17 years of service.
LAS VEGAS – February 5, 2015 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK), has expanded and realigned its executive team to meet strong global demand for its vehicles and parts. Gary Schechner joined the team as the vice president of marketing, while Gary Patterson will now serve as the vice president of international and strategic sales.
“Shelby American’s new global initiatives are already beginning to drive very strong results,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “The hunger for genuine Shelby vehicles and parts required the addition of a gifted individual with strong marketing, branding and customer relationship experience to our executive team. Gary Schechner brings a unique set of skills to Shelby, as well as a passion for performance. This will also give us the ability to better focus on building our dealer network, both in North America and overseas.”
Schechner will draw upon over two decades of marketing success across a number of high profile brands and industries. He played a hands-on role in using customer insights to deliver breakthrough programs for Texaco Havoline motor oil, Honda Motorcycles and Hewlett-Packard printers, among others.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to help move the iconic Shelby brand and their customer experience to the next level,” said Schechner. “I look forward to partnering with the network of Ford dealers to make buying a Shelby even easier and ownership even better.”
Most recently, Schechner led marketing, advertising and social media campaigns for 1,000 ARCO/ampm convenience stores and their franchisees. By making customers the center of the experience, he helped the billion dollar brand become the most forward thinking in its industry.
Schechner earned an MBA in Marketing from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Advertising from Arizona State University. A long-time car and motorcycle enthusiast, he also races sport bikes at the expert level.
Gary Patterson will now leverage his extensive background in Shelby to build a worldwide network of sales channels, including mod shops.
“The recent launch of the Shelby GT generated a tremendous flood of inquiries from international customers,” said Conway. “Mod shops are being opened on almost every continent and dealers are asking to offer our cars worldwide. We’re building a team who can satisfy demand by fast tracking access to Shelby across the globe.”
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 2012-2014 Ford Raptor. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.
CARROLL SHELBY INTERNATIONAL AND OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY CREATE FIRST 3-D PRINTED SHELBY 427 COBRA
LOS ANGELES – Feb. 3, 2015 – Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK) collaborated with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create the world’s first 3-D printed Shelby Cobra. This homage to Shelby with a technological twist was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, which occurred from January 12- 15, almost 50 years after the reveal of the 427 Cobra in January 1965.
“Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s project to create a Shelby Cobra using 3-D printing technology was a brilliant program,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Applying 3-D printing techniques to speed development and reduce costs resonates with us because Carroll continually leveraged new technologies to gain a competitive edge. The Cobra is a fitting symbol for this groundbreaking idea in the automotive industry.”
NAIAS attendees weren’t the only ones to admire the car. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden travelled to Tennessee once the Cobra was printed. They used the car to promote new technology jobs in America.
“The classic Shelby American vehicle was a great opportunity for applying Big Area Additive Manufacturing technology,” said Jennifer Palmer, Business Development and Outreach Manager in the Advanced Manufacturing Office at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “It was a thrill to apply digital manufacturing to an iconic vehicle with such a history of prestige in the performance field. We’re pleased that the 3-D Cobra has received the response it deserves.”
The laboratory took six weeks to design, manufacture and assemble the Shelby Cobra, including 24 hours of print time. This lab can manufacture strong, lightweight composite parts, ultimately yielding the gorgeous 1,400-pound 3-D printed Cobra. A large percentage of these printed parts included extensive carbon fiber to minimize weight.
“Shelby American’s participation in this project demonstrates the reverence for our iconic designs,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “Last year, the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe became the first car in the U.S. government’s National Historic Vehicle Register. With the 50th Anniversary of our big block Cobra in 2015, the ORNL project shows that our designs are as appealing today as the moment when the roadster was unveiled.”
The car’s purpose goes far beyond proving there’s more than one way to make a car. ORNL plans to use the 3-D printed Shelby as a mobile laboratory. The Cobra is compatible with components such as battery and fuel cell technologies, hybrid system designs, power electronics and wireless charging systems to allow researchers to quickly test new ideas. More information about the 3-D Shelby Cobra is at http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/news/news-releases/2015/3-d-printed-shelby-cobra-highlights-ornl-rd-at-detroit-auto-show.
About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Shelby American manufactures high performance vehicles under the lineage of automotive manufacturing icon and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby. The company 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.
Shelby American is a subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. Carroll Shelby founded his licensing company in 1988, and Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc. is the exclusive holder of Shelby’s 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 more information, call (310) 914-1843 write Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., 19021 S Figueroa St., Gardena, CA, 90248, or visit www.shelbylicensing.com.
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Shelby Legend Bob Bondurant
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Internationally recognized as the leading authority on advanced driver training, Bob Bondurant has been at the forefront of professional driving instruction since 1968. Over 500,000 students, ranging from housewives, racers and celebrities, to teenagers, professionals and police officers, have learned from Bondurant’s expertise.
Bondurant grew up in the Westwood area of Los Angeles with a passion for anything on wheels. By the time he was 18; he was racing an Indian Scout motorcycle on the local dirt ovals, and soon moved to sports cars in 1956 at the wheel of a Morgan. His racing career began to soar in 1959, when driving a Corvette in the Southern California region, Bondurant captured the West Coast "B" Production Championship and the Corvette Driver of the Year Award.
In 1963, Bondurant joined Carroll Shelby’s Ford Cobra team. Subsequent wins in the Cobra led to a season in Europe with the Cobra team to compete for the 1964 GT Championship. Paired with Dan Gurney that year, Bondurant won the GT category and took fourth overall at the wheel of a Ford Cobra Daytona Coupe in Europe’s most prestigious race — Le Mans.
Bondurant continued to drive in Europe through 1965, winning seven out of ten races, and earning the World Manufacturers’ Championship for the United States in a Shelby American Ford Cobra. The year also afforded him the opportunity to race Formula One for the factory Ferrari team in the 1965 U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.
In 1966, Bondurant continued in Formula One driving a privately-owned BRM and for Gurney’s All American Racers team. He also drove for Ferrari in the 1966 World Manufacturers’ Championship. In addition, Bob served as a technical consultant for John Frankenheimer’s epic movie Grand Prix. Among the highlights of working on the film, Bondurant was responsible for training actors James Garner, Yves Montand and Brian Bedford for their driving roles.
The Can-Am series and the USRRC (United States Road Racing Championship) were growing in popularity in 1967, so he joined with Peter Revson for the Dana Chevrolet team. It was later in the year at Watkins Glen, Bondurant’s professional racing career was forced into a three-year hiatus. Aboard a McLaren Mk II, the steering arm broke at over 150 miles per hour, launching the car into a dirt embankment and rolling end over end eight times.
Faced with the possibility of never being able to walk again, Bondurant contemplated his future. He had enjoyed his experiences coaching the actors for Grand Prix, as well as instructing at Carroll Shelby’s driving school at Riverside, and teaching at a number of SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) racing schools. Bondurant decided if he had the physical ability, he would take his experience and expert knowledge of driving and start a school to teach others.
On February 14, 1968, with three Datsuns, a Lola T70 and a Formula Vee, The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving officially opened its doors at Orange County International Raceway, near Los Angeles. The first week he had three students. The second week there were two students, Paul Newman and Robert Wagner, training for the movie Winning. As technical advisor for the film, Bondurant taught the actors and drove the camera car.
In 1970, The School moved to nearby Ontario Motor Speedway, then in 1973 moved north to Sears Point International Raceway, near Sonoma, California. On March 2, 1990, Bondurant’s dream of his own purpose-built driver training center became a reality with the opening of his Phoenix, Arizona facility.
Today, The School maintains a fleet of Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingrays, Camaro 1LEs, Cadillac CTSVs and open wheel Formula Mazdas. Bob Bondurant, as Chief Executive Officer, continues his hands-on management style and enjoys teaching whenever time permits.
His schedule, however, is often busy away from The School. As a consumer advisor and spokesperson, Bondurant travels across the country promoting safe and advanced driving skills. He talks with dealer personnel about selling high performance vehicles and to consumer groups about safe driving. Bondurant also advises automotive engineers on handling and performance characteristics for future automobiles.
Bondurant continues to race in selected vintage and historic automobile events, typically behind the wheel of a Shelby Cobra or his personal GT40 racecar. Bob continues to receive recognition for his accomplishments in the world of racing. He was inducted into the world renowned Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2003 and the prestigious San Diego Automotive Racing Museum Hall of Fame that same year. In 2009 he was honored with the "Phil Hill Award" by the Road Racing Driver's Club for his outstanding service to road racing. In 2014 Bob was inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame and the Sports Car Club of America Hall of Fame.
Residing in Carroll’s birthplace, Team Shelby Southern Plains region keeps Shelby’s name king of the road.
Led by Regional Director Warren Faris, the chapter takes full advantage of the many exciting tracks and nonstop local events in the area.
Some of those events include the Texas Mile every March and October, Mid America meet in June and an annual charity pilgrimage to Terlingua. Team Shelby Southern Plains also enjoys Legacy Bank of Texas’ annual car show, hosted by Aaron Shelby.
While all of these events are ongoing and growing, the highlight for 2015 will be a track weekend at Texas World Speedway. With the historic facility on its final lap of a storied career, Track Guys are sending it off with the biggest event they have ever conducted. It will be one to remember.
For more information on these, or any other Southern Plains events, please feel free to contact SouthernPlains@TeamShelby.com________________________________________
50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BIG BLOCK SHELBY COBRA SELLS OUT WITHIN 48 HOURS OF UNVEIL
LAS VEGAS – Jan. 19, 2015 – The entire run of 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobras from Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., (CSBI.PK), sold out within 48 hours of its public unveil at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Tuesday, January 13. The limited run of 50 cars was announced on Dec. 30, 2014, and subsequently sold out after being officially unveiled at Barrett-Jackson.
“The passion for these cars proves that the Shelby Cobra is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “The car literally blew everything else away on both the street and track, where it won the SCCA’s ‘A’ production class in 1965. The big block Shelby earned its place in history as one of most iconic and exciting cars in the world.”
Shelby American launched the big block Cobras specifically to conquer all other sports cars on Jan. 25, 1965. The 50th Anniversary Editions (serial numbers CSX4550 to CSX4599) incorporate safety and performance improvements without sacrificing originality. The 50th Anniversary Edition Cobras retain the authentic style coil spring independent suspension, but are upgraded to contemporary standards while the bodies are available in aluminum or fiberglass.
The Anniversary Edition continuation big block Cobras will all be painted Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes, equipped with a premium black leather interior, special badges, modern brake discs and a stronger frame. The 50th Anniversary Edition 427 Shelby Cobra begins at $119,995 for a fiberglass or $179,995 for an aluminum bodied car, without the drive train. Each is a component vehicle that is built to order and can be finished by a customer or authorized dealer and delivered as a rolling chassis.
Each anniversary Cobra will be documented in the ‘Shelby World Registry’ alongside the original 343 built by Shelby American in the 1960s.
“The tremendous demand/desire for the iconic Cobra is a testament to Carroll Shelby’s design prowess,” said Conway. “We’re confident that the forthcoming 50th anniversary edition Daytona Coupe will be welcomed with similar enthusiasm.”
Those interested in non-anniversary small block and big block Cobras can call Shelby American at (702) 942-7325. Information can be found at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/50th427cobra.asp.
About Shelby American, Inc.
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 2005-2015 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 LAUNCHES 2015 SHELBY GT MUSCLE CAR FOR ENTHUSIASTS WORLDWIDE
LAS VEGAS – Jan. 16, 2015 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), launched the first global Shelby GT muscle car, which is based on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT. One of the most popular cars in Shelby history the 627 HP 2015 Shelby GT was unveiled today at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in Ford Motor Company’s booth. Shelby is now taking orders with delivery of cars planned for the beginning of the second quarter of 2015.
“This 2015 Shelby GT incorporates all of the engineering lessons we’ve learned building high performance vehicles over the past 50 years,” said Joe Conway, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American “With the international distribution of the current Ford Mustang, we worked closely with our partners to develop a car that can be offered in both North America and overseas. It’s the first Shelby muscle car in our history designed from day one to be a truly global vehicle.”
In 2007, Ford Division, Carroll Shelby and Ford Racing created the Shelby GT. Beginning as 4.6L Mustang GT’s assembled at Ford, they were shipped to Shelby in Las Vegas for transformation. Around 8,000 Shelby GT’s were built from 2007 to 2008 and the wildly popular car dominated its SCCA racing class. In 2013, Shelby American returned the Shelby GT to its lineup after a five year hiatus.
“We took a new approach with the 2015 Shelby GT,” said Shelby American Vice President of Operations Akos J. Feher. “We had a lot of fun designing these cars and ended up building the most powerful Shelby GT ever offered without sacrificing reliability. All exterior parts were designed and developed in-house, with every component exclusive to Shelby. We only used lightweight carbon fiber for all the aerodynamic components, including the brand new hood. The components were designed to allow a high level of customization for our customers, like the new billet aluminum front grilles.”
Every aspect of the Shelby GT is enhanced to create a potent all-around performer. Like it’s predecessor, this car features Ford Racing Performance Parts including a 627 HP supercharger, performance handling kit and half shafts. Gearing has been upgraded 3.73 gears and paired with chrome-tipped Borla exhaust. The Shelby GT rides on a staggered set of WELD Racing wheels shod with sticky Michelin tires.
This car loves the twisties and can handle the curves thanks to the new performance handling kit. The Wilwood six piston front brakes ensure the car can stop on a dime. The base car’s good looks are enhanced by adding a new hood with functional air vents and other functional aerodynamic components like a 2-piece rear diffuser. All of the Shelby exclusive exterior parts are made of carbon fiber; they are not only functional but also look great either painted or unpainted. Shelby exclusive front grilles, made entirely out of billet aluminum highlight the already aggressive nose of the car.
A Shelby GT can be built based on either a manual or automatic Mustang GT, is 50 state emissions legal in the USA and runs on pump gas. Shelby’s most demanding customers can order a ’15 Shelby GT with a long list of options including a 700+HP performance upgrade, adjustable suspension, upgraded big brake kit, and a number of interior upgrades.
“The 2015 Shelby GT is a nicely balanced muscle car that does everything well, whether on the track or on the drag strip” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American Vice President of Strategic Sales and Media Relations. “This post-title program takes performance to extreme levels. At the same time, the styling is sleek yet uniquely American with touches from Shelby history. Based on the fantastic new Ford Mustang platform, the Shelby GT can easily double as formidable daily driver and then run rings around the competition at track events.”
This is a post-title program; Ford dealers worldwide can contact Shelby American to build a Shelby GT based on a car owned by a customer or one of their 2015 Mustang GT fastbacks or convertibles. Each car will be issued a Shelby American CSM number for documentation in the official Shelby American Worldwide Registry to maximize potential collectability.
“The demand for Shelby vehicles, parts and products around the globe continues to skyrocket,” said Neil Cummings co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “In addition to a superb facility in Las Vegas, Shelby is establishing mod shops worldwide. This will allow enthusiasts worldwide who have access to a Ford Mustang to transform it into a Shelby GT locally.”
The price of the base Shelby GT modification, not including the Ford Mustang GT, is $39,995. Customers can build their Shelby GT online at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/2015shelbygt.asp or call (702) 942-7325/ (844) 974-3529.
About Shelby American, Inc.
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 2005-2015 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST hot hatch. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.
2015 Shelby GT Key Features
CARROLL SHELBY FOUNDATION MAKES CRITICAL AND
LIFE-CHANGING DONATIONS IN 2014
GARDENA, Calif. – Jan. 15, 2015 – The Carroll Shelby Foundation just finished a successful year supporting various individuals and organizations in accordance with Carroll Shelby’s charitable vision. Organizations blessed by the helping hand of CSF throughout the year include the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Eli Home, the Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program and Northern Ugandan native, Evelyn Apoko.
“The Carroll Shelby Foundation was one of Carroll’s highest priorities, and still is to those who love him and respect his legacy,” said Neil Cummings, co-CEO of Shelby International, Inc., CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing and Carroll Shelby Foundation Trustee. “We continue to follow Carroll’s vision when he started the Foundation, which is helping kids through all aspects of life. Whether the need is physical or skill-based, our goal is to make sure every child has the chance to start life out right.”
The Foundation supported Ms. Apoko in 2014. An ex-child slave from Uganda who survived a long-term kidnapping, she has undergone numerous surgeries to repair the severe injuries received in a bomb blast while being held captive. After making her way to the United States, she is receiving support from Lifeworks, an Austin, Texas, non-profit that helps youth and young adults with counseling, life skills and transitional housing.
Finally in a secure environment, Evelyn is actively pursuing the education denied her by life events in Africa. Her goal is to ultimately complete a four-year degree and become a social worker or counselor to help others who have experienced trauma. The Carroll Shelby Foundation is helping make that possible by donating a large portion of the funds she needs to complete her General Education Development certificate and then continue her education at Austin Community College in Austin.
“Carroll spent a great deal of time in Africa in the ‘70s and came to love the people there,” said Joe Conway, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, CEO of Shelby American and Carroll Shelby Foundation co-Trustee. “I’m sure if Carroll had the chance to know Evelyn, he would have admired her desire to improve her life. She certainly impressed us.”
The Foundation also gave their support to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association by donating proceeds from the annual Shelby ornament to their cause. COTA provides assistance and support to families who are facing a life-saving transplant through fundraising.
In 2014, CSF worked closely with the Eli Home once again. Eli Home, founded by Mike and Lorri Galloway in 1983, is a shelter for abused children and their mothers. Today, the Eli Home is a multi-faceted faith-based organization with three shelter facilities, a 13,000 square foot thrift store social enterprise, corporate offices, professional counseling and therapy staff, organizational staff, dedicated volunteers and board members. Its history of awards and accolades include citations from U.S. Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton. The Foundation made a sizable donation to the Eli Home recently.
The Foundation continued to sponsor a program that was close to Carroll’s heart last year, the Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Center. Part of Northeast Texas Community College, it is designed to aid young people through scholarships and educational programs in automotive and related fields. The program grooms the automotive professionals of tomorrow by teaching them in-depth knowledge of computers, technology and mechanics. Students can earn certificates and degrees in the automotive field to help them meet their future career goals. The Foundation funds many of the staff salaries and scholarships.
To learn more about the Foundation, make a donation, go to www.carrollshelbyfoundation.org.
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.
Will you be at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale this week?
Shelby American will be there and we will be making a major announcement this Friday at 1pm MST! If you'll be there, come check us out at the Ford Booth. If you can't make it but would like to see what we have going on, be sure to check our YouTube channel, Shelby Media (http://bit.ly/ShelbyMedia), at or around 1pm MST and you'll be in for a real treat!
TEAM SHELBY CHAPTER OF THE MONTH: JANUARY
As one of the largest regions stretching from Virginia down to Florida, Team Shelby South Atlantic has carried the Shelby banner over the past several years in the South East. The diverse area this chapter calls home has great driving weather, a thousand miles of coastline and access to dozens of racing events, racing venues and car shows of all varieties.
Led by Regional Director Bob Zinzell, and with newly appointed Chapter Directors Larry Beach and Hans Heinen, they have shown tremendous passion for the club by organizing events that cover all facets of true automotive lifestyle.
Some of those events include a monthly breakfast cruise, participation in the Festivals of Speed, Disney’s Car Masters Weekend and the NPD Silver Springs Mustang Roundup. In addition to social events, Team Shelby South Atlantic also supports driving events at Daytona, Sebring, Palm Beach International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway represented by the Team Shelby Challenge Race Car.
Plans for 2015 include continual support of those events as well as representation at Super Car Weekend Boca, The High Performance Driving Experience once a month at Palm Beach International Raceway, a road trip to the 8th Annual Shelby Vegas Bash, Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, Mid Florida Mustang Club’s 28th Annual Mustang and Ford Roundup, and the Fall Florida Autofest in Lakeland.
If you are in the South Atlantic region, be sure to keep up with the Team Shelby chapter’s activities by joining them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/
WORLD’S ONLY SHELBY COBRA SUPER SNAKE POISED TO CROSS BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION BLOCK
SCOTTSDALE – Jan. 12, 2015 –The only Shelby Super Snake Cobra (Lot #2509) in existence is poised to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan. 17. Last sold to businessman Ron Pratte in 2007 for the highest price ever paid for an American street legal car, the 1966 Shelby personally owned by Carroll Shelby may benefit from skyrocketing prices of its arch nemesis, Ferrari.
“Carroll Shelby is one of the most important figures in automotive history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “His life is the stuff of legend. He conquered Goliaths, charmed beautiful women, cheated death and earned the friendship of the powerful. A major part of his mystique was the 427 Shelby Cobra, which he introduced on January 25, 1965. It was the first supercar and the measuring stick by which others are still measured.”
Shelby created the Cobra in 1962 by re-engineering AC’s Bristol powered roadster to accept a Ford small block. His team of international hot rodders kept breaking things until they had forged a rock solid, wickedly fast sports car.
On the track, the potential Shelby Cobra roadsters and coupes won every type of road, drag and individual form of closed wheel motorsport in the world. When competitors began to develop more powerful cars to defeat the Cobra, Shelby decided to build an even more capable version.
“Working with Ford Motor Company, he reworked the Cobra with an entirely new suspension,” said Jackson. “That allowed Shelby to slip in Ford’s powerful NASCAR oriented big block 427 engine. At about 2,500 lbs. with close to 500 horses, it was extraordinarily fast, yet still nimble. Only 343 amazing 427 Shelby Cobras were built in the ‘60s.”
While the standard big block Cobra became king of the mountain, it still was not enough for Carroll Shelby.
“Legend says that Carroll wanted a 427 Cobra that could keep up with his friend Stan Mullin, who drove a Ferrari on their weekend trips up to Lake Tahoe,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “They liked to race up Route 395, but Shelby said that a standard 427 Cobra didn’t do well in the higher elevations, allowing Mullin to pull away.”
So Carroll Shelby commissioned a car that would beat the Ferrari. The result was the mightiest of Cobras ever.
“Carroll’s Cobra” is well documented by the Shelby American Automobile Club. According to their “World Registry of Cobras and GT40s”, CSX3015 rolled off the assembly line as a Competition version and then was used in Europe for promotional purposes. It was returned to Shelby American and totally rebuilt as one of two “Super Snakes.”
The Super Snake was fitted with a beefed up automatic transmission, dual Paxton superchargers and a huge hood bubble to accommodate the blowers. No definitive numbers were recorded for the car’s horsepower, but with dual superchargers, one can only speculate on the immense performance capabilities.
The Paxtons gave CSX3015 the oomph that Shelby wanted. Shelby said he was clocked at 190 mph in the car. He also claimed to have killed a buzzard when it hit the car’s windshield at high speed. Shelby even drove the mighty Cobra across Nevada at least once during the running of the state’s “Turismos Visitadores” fun-run. By this time, the car’s prowess had certainly earned it the moniker of “Super Snake.”
“Outside of CSX2000, the first Cobra, probably no Shelby car has had such a storied provenance,” added Jackson. “CSX3015 is truly the ‘Cobra to end all Cobras’ and as Carroll’s personal car, one of a kind.”
As Shelby’s automotive business began to wind down in the late 1960’s, he decided to let the mighty Super Snake go. The car changed hands several times including ownership by James Webb, who penned several hit songs in the ‘60s and ‘70s sung by Glenn Campbell. The Cobra was featured on the cover of the record album “Goodbye Pretty Baby.”
The Cobra has passed down through a bulletproof chain of ownership. Pratte, a local prominent business man, purchased CSX3015 at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in 2007 with Mark Fields and Carroll Shelby on stage to verify the car’s unique heritage.
“Since the Shelby Cobra Super Snake sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2007, Ferrari GTO’s and other European cars have skyrocketed in value,” said Jackson. “The rise in demand for those cars has driven more interest in original Shelby Cobras, which are going for substantially more today than they did just a few years ago. With the hunger for these blue chip cars, it easy to imagine what the ultimate Cobra might fetch.”
CSX3015 is a full Competition roadster, still retaining its original body with its aluminum “Super Snake” hood. It has its original date coded 1965 Competition Girling CR and BR calipers, as well as competition rear end with its original rear end oil cooler and pumps. The Cobra retains its original 1965 date-coded engine block, headers and side pipes. In fact, CSX3015 is so “period original,” that the car was renewed instead of restored.
“This Cobra really embodies so much of the relationship that we all shared with the amazing Carroll Shelby,” said Davis. “With his birthday on January 11, he celebrated many of them at our Scottsdale auction.. Ron Pratte and Carroll developed a strong friendship through their connection at Barrett-Jackson. Given that this was the ultimate Cobra built to be the personal car of the American speed guru, the Super Snake is much more than a car.”
Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia kicked off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m.; Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The Shelby Cobra Super Snake will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Saturday, Jan. 17.
For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Bidder/Home.
About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature 100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.
SHELBY AMERICAN COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ICONIC BIG BLOCK COBRA WITH SPECIAL EDITION ROADSTER
Legendary Shelby 427 Cobra Celebrated with Limited Run of Cars
LAS VEGAS – Dec. 30, 2014 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the big block Cobra by offering 50 limited edition versions of the iconic roadster. Each continuation Cobra will be painted Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes, equipped with a premium black leather interior and other special touches. The 50th Anniversary 427 Shelby Cobra will debut at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., beginning January 12, 2015.
“The big block Shelby Cobra changed the way the world viewed American manufacturers when Carroll Shelby introduced it in January 1965,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “While the small block cars were successful, the all new FE-powered Cobra took everything to the extreme. Far more powerful and sophisticated, the big block Cobra represented the bold American spirit. Shelby American’s goal was to create the world’s first hyper car and the Cobra lived up to its potential.”
Shelby American built the big block Cobras specifically to conquer all other sports cars, both American-made and European. With an all new coil spring independent suspension, larger passenger compartment, upgraded brakes, wider track, fatter tires and a big block Ford engine, the Cobra rocked the world. In its first year of production, the big block Cobra captured the SCCA’s coveted “A Production” championship. The Cobras also ran rampant in sanctioned drag racing series nationwide.
“The 427 Cobra is the purest expression of Carroll Shelby’s vision of a performance car,” said Akos J. Feher, Shelby American Vice President of Operations. “He believed in combining big horsepower with inspired engineering. The big block Cobra featured an all new coil over suspension that would allow the lightweight frame to handle a powerful American big block engine. The car just exudes masculinity. The Cobra’s ‘no holds barred’ attitude is still part of the DNA of every car we build today.”
The anniversary Shelby Cobras are component vehicles that can be finished by a customer or an authorized dealer. Each car is built to order and delivered as a rolling chassis, less drive train, with a 1965 MSO. The 427 Shelby Cobras retain everything from the authentic style suspension to the graceful body lines, but are upgraded to contemporary standards. Shelby American uses the same leather that one would find in high end cars, modern brake discs, a stronger frame and the bodies are available in either aluminum or fiberglass.
The 50th Anniversary Editions (serial numbers CSX4500 to CSX4599) have some unique differences. Special badges adorn the exterior and interior. Premium materials are used on the seats, carpets and dash. A 23 gallon racing style fuel tank, powder coated frame, racing brakes and custom gauges are standard. The paint/stripe schemes are unique and a special optional engine package is being developed by the Shelby Engine Company.
“Genuine Shelby Cobras are very rare and desirable,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American Vice President of Strategic Sales and Media Relations. “We wanted to honor Cobra’s unique heritage, while incorporating a few upgrades that Carroll personally approved before his death in 2012. These 50 limited edition cars keep the flame sparked by the race-winning Cobras burning bright. There just isn’t anything like a real Shelby Cobra.”
The 50th Anniversary 427 Cobra will begin at $119,995 for a fiberglass or $179,995 for an aluminum bodied car, without drive train. Each will be documented in the ‘World Registry’ alongside the original 343 built by Shelby American in the 1960s. Cobras can be purchased through one of Shelby American’s dealers. Information about the cars can be found at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/50th427cobra.asp or by calling (702) 942-7325.
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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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