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50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BIG BLOCK SHELBY COBRA SELLS OUT WITHIN 48 HOURS OF UNVEIL 

LAS VEGASJan. 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.

 

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SHELBY AMERICAN LAUNCHES 2015 SHELBY GT MUSCLE CAR FOR ENTHUSIASTS WORLDWIDE

  • Spectacular new Shelby GT unveiled at Barrett-Jackson in Ford Motor Company booth
  • Available with 627 HP for both manual and automatic transmission cars
  • The first Shelby GT also designed for international markets

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 16, 2015Shelby 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.

 

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2015 Shelby GT Key Features

Exterior:

  • Carbon fiber hood with customizable hood vents
  • Carbon fiber front splitter
  • Carbon fiber rocker panels
  • Carbon fiber 2-piece rear diffuser
  • Carbon fiber rear deck lid
  • Carbon fiber trunk spoiler
  • Carbon fiber mirror covers
  • Carbon fiber hood extension
  • Modular customizable billet aluminum upper and lower front grilles
  • Shelby GT striping
  • Shelby GT badging on front grille and on C-pillars
  • Shelby faux gas cap
  • “Powered by Ford” front fender badges
  • SHELBY lettering on trunk lid
  • Washer relocation kit

 

Interior:

  • Shelby branded custom headrests
  • CSM dash plaque and engine plate
  • Carbon fiber dash pod with 3 gauges
  • Shelby GT door sill plates
  • Shelby branded floor mats

 

Performance:

  • Ford Racing 627+HP supercharger
  • Ford Racing by Borla exhaust with Shelby oval tips
  • Ford Racing half-shafts
  • Ford Racing handling pack with upgraded shocks, springs and sway bars
  • Ford Racing short throw shifter for the manual cars
  • Wilwood performance front brake upgrade
  • Shelby Venice wheels by WELD Racing, 9.5x20 front and 10.5x20 on rear
  • Michelin tires 275/35/20 on front, 305/30/20 on rear
  • 3:73 rear gears

 

Additional Options:

  • 700+ HP performance upgrade
  • Painted carbon fiber options
  • Rear brake upgrade
  • Shelby custom interior on both stock and Recaro seats
  • Front brake cooling system
    • Carbon fiber intakes
    • Fog light re-location
    • Air injection plate with channeling
    • Shelby Extreme Cooling system
    • Adjustable track suspension package
    • Engine dress up package
    • Track Delivery Experience

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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.   

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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!

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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/groups/273863082628440/) or join by contacting Bob Zinzell at MAILBZ@aol.com.

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WORLD’S ONLY SHELBY COBRA SUPER SNAKE POISED TO CROSS BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION BLOCK

  • Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale will auction the only Shelby Cobra Super Snake in the world
  • The Cobra was Carroll Shelby’s personal car, making it the “King of the Road’s” official ride
  • The 1966 Shelby Super Snake (Lot #2509) is from the famed Ron Pratte Collection

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.

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Shelby GT350R Mustang: Most Track-Capable Production Mustang Ever Built Coming to U.S., Canada Later This Year

  • A combination of changes to aerodynamics and suspension tuning to the new Shelby® GT350R Mustang leads to most race-ready road-legal Mustang ever
  • Significant engineering innovations result in weight savings, aero improvements to benefit on-track performance; Ford is the first major automaker to introduce carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment on Shelby GT350R Mustang
  • New Shelby GT350R, a limited-production performance Mustang, will be available later this year

Ford today unveiled the new Shelby® GT350R Mustang, the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever built.

In 1965, Ford and Carroll Shelby developed a road-racing version of the popular Ford Mustang – the Shelby GT350 Competition model. Lighter, more powerful and with a highly developed suspension, it is one of the most iconic racing Mustangs ever produced.

Arriving later this year, the new Shelby GT350R has been designed and engineered in the same spirit, delivering never-before-seen track capability from a Mustang – thanks to innovations in aerodynamics, chassis engineering and light-weighting.

“The Shelby GT350R Mustang is a no-compromise car in the pursuit of maximum track capability,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “It is a thoroughbred street car making use of technology and ingenuity to deliver performance few enthusiasts have ever experienced.”

The car features the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft – the most powerful naturally aspirated engine Ford has ever produced – plus a specially tuned suspension. It is fitted with revised spring rates and antiroll bars, lower ride height, unique track-tuned alignment settings, revised bushings and jounce bumpers, cross-axis ball joints in the front suspension, and revised calibration controlling the MagneRide dampers.

“The Shelby GT350R Mustang is a car with the nimbleness and power delivery you want on a road course,” said Nair. “This isn’t just about horsepower. The Shelby GT350R is an all-around balanced athlete – one that is extraordinarily precise and agile.”

Track technology for the street
Lightweight carbon fiber wheels are standard on Shelby GT350R, making Ford the first major automaker to introduce this innovative wheel technology as standard equipment.

Carbon fiber wheels have been offered on only a handful of exotic supercars and will benefit Shelby GT350R performance by shaving critical unsprung weight and reducing rolling inertia. The 19x11-inch front and 19x11.5-inch rear wheels provide approximately 13 pounds of unsprung weight reduction per wheel and offer higher levels of stiffness than equivalent aluminum wheels.

The lightweight wheels will be shod in Michelin’s top-shelf Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance tires with rubber compound and a construction unique to Shelby GT350R. This combination of incredibly stiff and light wheels with bespoke tires offers customers exceptional steering feel and levels of performance.

Weight reduction in pursuit of performance
Ford engineers delivered against aggressive targets for weight reduction on the Shelby GT350R. If a part did not make the car faster around a road course, it was considered for deletion.

Items removed include air conditioning, the stereo system, rear seats, trunk floorboard and carpet, backup camera and emergency tire sealer and inflator. Exhaust resonators also have been removed for weight savings with the benefit of creating a sharper exhaust tone.

Shelby GT350R is more than 130 pounds lighter than the Shelby GT350 Track Pack model, which has proven its durability in multiple 24-hour racetrack tests.

For customers seeking more comfort in their Shelby GT350R, Ford is offering an optional Electronics Package. Included is dual-zone air conditioning, 8-inch touch screen with navigation, seven-speaker audio system, turn signal mirrors and more.

Aggressive aerodynamics
Shelby GT350R has been optimized for aerodynamic excellence. Details including the hood vent for heat extraction and lift reduction, underbody belly pans front and rear, an aggressive diffuser, vented wheel wells and turbulence-reducing fender vents, wheel air curtains and side skirts all remain on Shelby GT350R, but the car’s downforce capability has been increased.

Revisions to the front splitter maximize downforce, while an all-new high-efficiency carbon fiber rear wing has been added in anticipation of competition. The wing moves the vehicle’s center of pressure rearward while improving downforce and lift balance – ideal for high-speed track work.

“Shelby GT350R’s highly efficient aerodynamics, innovative light-weighting and world-class chassis deliver a truly spectacular driving experience that makes you feel like a professional racing driver,” said Kerry Baldori, Ford Performance chief functional engineer.

World-class powertrain
The new 5.2-liter dual-overhead-cam V8 engine is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft – an architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic European sports cars.

Unlike traditional V8s, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals to optimize high-speed engine breathing. It is the most powerful naturally aspirated production Ford engine ever, with more than 500 horsepower and more than 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

An air-to-oil engine oil cooler typically found only on race cars maintains engine temperatures under the most severe conditions, as does a standard cooler for the six-speed manual transmission.

A Ford-tuned limited-slip Torsen differential with 3.73 axle ratio is optimized for cornering grip and straight-line traction, while an electronically modulated rear-mounted air-to-oil differential cooler maintains ideal temperatures during track driving.

Dedicated R design details
Aside from carbon fiber wheels, larger front splitter and rear wing, Shelby GT350R features distinct design details. Exterior touches include red painted brake calipers, red pin striping at the edges of the optional over-the-top racing stripes and Shelby GT350R badging. Inside is high-contrast red stitching, Shelby GT350R badging and the D-shaped steering wheel fitted with a red center mark at the top.

New breed of performance
The limited-production Shelby GT350R will be available in the United States and Canada later this year, and is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020.

“This is the pinnacle of performance Mustangs today,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance. “The Shelby GT350R Mustang lays the groundwork for a story that will play out for years to come on the track and the street.”

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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, 2014Shelby 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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SHELBY AMERICAN’S SIGNATURE EDITION GT500 SUPER SNAKE PACKAGES TO HONOR FINAL 2007-2014 MODEL YEAR CARS

  • Shelby American to offer 50 total Signature Edition Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snakes
  • Special badging and stripe colors offered for every model year for first time in history
  • Offer expires January 31, 2015

LAS VEGAS – Dec. 20, 2014Shelby 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:

  • Forged Weld Wheels with Signature Edition center caps
  • 3.6 Kenne Bell Supercharger
  • Shelby Performance cooling package with a new radiator, heat exchanger and aluminum cooling tanks
  • Upgraded rear brakes
  • Commemorative Carroll Shelby signature air bag cover decal from the Carroll Shelby Foundation
  • Stripes in any current color offered by Shelby American
  •  “Super Snake” Signature Edition vehicle badges
  • Unique CSM number on interior and engine plates
  • Signature Edition floor mats
  • One day track experience

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

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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.

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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:

  • Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287
  • Ferrari 250 GTO
  • Ferrari 375MM Scaglietti
  • Mercedes 18/100
  • Jaguar's E- type Lightweight Continuation cars
  • Lotus Type 56 Chassis 3
  • Rover-BRM
  • Malcolm Campbell's record-breaking 150mph Sunbeam 350HP

 

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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Check out these new videos from Ford Motor Company!

Video 1: Ford Performance Heritage

Ford has a legendary performance heritage that spans almost every racing series around the world.  Lessons learned on the race track help influence Ford’s lineup of performance vehicles for consumers.   Learn how Ford performance continues to push the envelope on the race track and on the road.

http://youtu.be/CY7xUimBWFo

 

Video 2: Ford Performance Driving DNA

Form and functionality come together in the development of Ford performance vehicles, marrying engineering and design to create great looking and fun to drive cars.

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Video 3: Ford Performance and Powertrain

Ford takes on a race-minded mentality for its race cars that it does for its performance cars for its customers. 

http://youtu.be/y6SW4BpmBAs?list=UUKA96UxTdgFBwGZMGZ-135w

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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 beshttp://news.boldride.com/2014/11/shelby-gt500-kr-king/61839/

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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.

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SHELBY PERFORMANCE PARTS INTRODUCES FORGED ALUMINUM “VENICE” WHEEL FOR 2005-15 FORD MUSTANG AND SHELBY CARS
LAS VEGAS – Oct. 23, 2014 – Shelby Performance Parts (SPP), a division of Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), is introducing a line of premium performance equipment for 2005-2015 Ford Mustangs, beginning with the 20” Venice wheel. Designed by Shelby American and built exclusively for the company by WELD Racing, the Venice one piece forged wheel is light, strong and allows the fitment of wider tires to 2005+ Ford Mustangs, including Shelby models. The wheel will debut at the Las Vegas SEMA show in the WELD Racing booth (#24957).

“Shelby American’s reputation for superior performance was earned by combining brilliant innovation with smart engineering,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “Global distribution of the 2015 Ford Mustang is opening new markets for Shelby, especially for equipment that leverages leading-edge composites and innovative manufacturing methods. From Honolulu to Hong Kong and points between, Shelby parts put people at the front of the pack.”

Shelby American’s Venice wheel is a forged aluminum work of art, saving not just overall vehicle weight, but also rotational mass. Available in 20” X 9.5” and 20” X 10.5” sizes, they are stronger and lighter than stock units, slashing as much as 20 lbs. of weight from the car. Finishes for the ten spoke wheel include polished, black and black with a machined face. The wheels are available as of Oct. 27 to customers worldwide at http://www.shelbystore.com.

“WELD Racing is thrilled to be an official supplier to Shelby American,” said Norman Young, president and CEO, WELD Racing. “WELD Racing and Shelby are both iconic names with unmatched history of engineering higher levels of performance, making this partnership an excellent fit for years to come.”

Hand forged and finished by master craftsmen, Shelby’s Venice wheels rival those from premium European manufacturers. Yet like Shelby vehicles, they were designed and built in the United States.

“While many companies use a ‘one size fits all’ approach to put multi-piece wheels created for Camaros and Challengers on the car, our new wheel was designed to specifically for the Mustang from the beginning,” said Akos Feher, vice president of operations at Shelby American and Shelby Performance Parts. “Venice exemplifies Shelby’s ‘no compromise’ attitude.”

A leading manufacturer of premium racing, performance and truck wheels for over 45 years, WELD Racing only uses forged aluminum for more strength, less weight and greater consistency from wheel to wheel. WELD Racing’s street wheels are tested and produced by the same people on the same equipment to the same quality control standards as their racing units.

The Venice wheels start at $1,150 each plus shipping, applicable taxes and handling. Customers worldwide can purchase a set at www.shelbyperformanceparts.com or by calling (702) 405-3500.

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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.”

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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?

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Tim Park aboard CSX2259 a 1964 289 Shelby Cobra at the Monterey Historics from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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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.

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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!

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Gary Patterson is talking with Dan Longenette from Street Rod & Custom radio in front of Carroll Shelby's Store at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas. The full online-video interview will be available soon at www.autosmartsradio.com.

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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!

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Product previews and contests are soon to come for the official store! Follow the Carroll Shelby Store on Twitter and Instagram! @shelby_store

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Here is $75 million dollars worth of Shelby Cobras for you day

50TH ANNIVERSARY NEWS ....

Check out CNET's road trip to the Las Vegas factory where history is created!

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13576_3-57469119-315/for-shelby-50-years-of-blowing-other-cars-doors-off/

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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!

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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.

Click on the link below to get more details!

http://www.shelbynation.com/page/carroll-shelby-foundation-holds-raffle-for-the-last-available-spe

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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."

 

Follow the link for the full story!

http://www.shelbynation.com/page/shelby-american-celebrates-50-years-of-high-performance

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