SHELBY SUPER SNAKE RETURNS WITH 750+ HORSEPOWER MUSCLE CAR BASED ON 2015 FORD MUSTANG GT
Las VEGAS – June 16, 2015 – Shelby American is launching the newest Shelby Mustang to wear the legendary Super Snake badge, which will be based on the 2015 model Ford Mustang GT. With the option of over 750 horsepower, as well as unmatched performance enhancements to the handling, braking and cooling of the Ford Mustang GT, the new Shelby Super Snake continues the lineage of the best-selling and most sought-after Shelby car. Additionally, it will be the first Shelby Super Snake also available with an automatic transmission. There will only be 300 total 2015 model year Shelby Super Snakes built.
“When Shelby American introduced the 605 horsepower Super Snake in 2007, the car became an instant sensation,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “The new Super Snake is even better because the all new Ford Mustang is such a terrific platform for the iconic muscle car. By working closely with our partners at Ford Performance, Weld Racing, Michelin, Carbon by Design and Whipple and Kenne Bell superchargers, the 2015 Shelby Super Snake is an amazing car with world-class performance.”
For the 2015 model year, Ford successfully introduced an entirely new Mustang to rave reviews by enthusiasts worldwide. The sophisticated new independent rear suspension, robust V8 engine, slick shifting 6 speed transmission and stylish interior is wrapped in a new, taut body. For the first time, the car was designed for international markets, paving the way for more people to enjoy genuine American performance.
Shelby American specifically tuned and modified key aspects of the 2015 Shelby Super Snake for even better handling and power delivery. Each 2015 Shelby Super Snake begins as a Ford Mustang GT with a 5.0 liter V8 and Ford Performance supercharger connected to a six speed manual or automatic transmission. Shelby also adds Ford Performance suspension components, a throaty Borla exhaust, WELD Racing Super Snake 20” wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and seat-belt-tightening-6-piston Wilwood brakes. Options include a more powerful supercharger, as well as a better performing intercooler and heat exchanger system, all designed to produce more than 750 horsepower on pump gas.
“Shelby American and the Ford team took the terrific Mustang to new extremes in the car’s performance capabilities,” said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager. “The close relationship between Ford Racing and Shelby demonstrates our ability to work together to deliver some of the most exciting Mustangs ever built. The Shelby Super Snake is another example of how we are developing the kind of cars that enthusiasts want.”
The 2015 Shelby Super Snake will deliver both snap-you-into-your-seat-straight-line acceleration, as well as racetrack-tuned cornering performance. It is capable in any situation, from running on the track to the drag strip, through the canyons or around town and on the way to the local car hang-out.
Aesthetically, the car has signature Super Snake striping and a carbon fiber hood with a forced-air scoop plus a host of aerodynamic enhancements including a larger rear spoiler. Inside, the car has special badging, upgraded badged upholstery, floor mats and a 3-gauge dash pod. The Shelby Super Snake is also 50 state emissions legal in the US.
“The latest evolution of the Shelby Super Snake is based on developing the most road-and track-capable Mustang we’ve ever built, from the suspension to the bodywork and choice in high performance superchargers,” said Shelby American Vice President of Operations Akos J. Feher. “We saw this as a great opportunity to create the type of car that appeals to both the traditional Shelby Super Snake owner, as well as to the driver who demands world-class handling with stellar braking and higher horsepower capabilities. It is a refined car with a premium, quality feel. After extensive testing and development on the racetrack and street, we feel that this is our best supercharged performing and sounding, muscle car to date.”
Shelby Super Snakes have been revered since the car was first launched. They continue to attract great demand and command a premium in their resale.
“The first generation Shelby Super Snakes are among the hottest collectible cars in history,” said Shelby American Vice President of Marketing, Gary Schechner. “With the success and press praise garnered by the launch of our 2015 Shelby GT earlier this year, not to mention the positive feedback and customer demand for even more performance, we’re excited to make a limited number of these high-performance cars available. And now that we’re offering an automatic transmission option, we expect even more people to be able to enjoy the Shelby Super Snake experience without needing to be bothered with a stick shift. Carroll would have loved this car.”
Each 2015 Shelby Super Snake begins as a Ford Mustang GT with a 5.0 liter V8 and Ford Performance supercharger connected to a six speed manual or automatic transmission. Ford Mustangs are manufactured in Ford Motor Company’s Flat Rock, Michigan plant and the Shelby Super Snake is built at Shelby American in Las Vegas.
The 300 Shelby Super Snakes will be offered at a starting price of $49,995 (not including the base Ford Mustang GT). Customers can build their Shelby Super Snake online at shelby.com or call (702) 942-7325.
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 Super Snake Specifications:
Carbon Fiber Super Snake Hood
Carbon Fiber Front Splitter
Carbon Fiber Rocker Panels with Aero Blades
Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
Carbon Fiber Taillight Panel
Carbon Fiber Mirror Covers
Black Anodized Front Grille and Lower Front Grille
Super Snake Racing Stripes
Shelby Super Snake External Badging
Ford Performance Short Throw Shifter
Carbon Fiber Gauge Pod with 3 Gauges
Super Snake Branded Headrest Covers
Shelby Floor mats
Shelby Sill Plates
Shelby Engine Caps
Ford Performance supercharger
Ford Performance Half Shafts
Ford Performance Suspension/ Handling Pack
Ford Performance 3.73 Gears
Weld Racing Staggered 20” Wheels with Michelin Tires
Wilwood 6-Piston Front Brakes
Ford Racing by Borla Exhaust with Shelby tips
750+hp Whipple or Kenne Bell supercharger
Differential and Transmission Cooling Kits
Wilwood 4-Piston Rear Brake Kit
Adjustable Rear Control Arm
Brake Duct Kit
Shelby Engine Valve Cover
Carbon Fiber Latch Cover
CARROLL SHELBY’S STORE LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION DIE CAST OF WINNINGEST SHELBY G.T.350 IN HISTORY
GARDENA, Calif. – June 5, 2015 – Carroll Shelby’s Store and Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Ford Shelby G.T.350R with a limited edition die cast of the car piloted by Charlie Kemp. Called the ‘winningest Shelby G.T.350 in history,” only 350 will include a commemorative booklet with Mr. Kemp’s autograph. The signed 1:18 scale models are only available through Carroll Shelby’s Store.
“Shelby American set the performance world ablaze with the amazing Ford Shelby G.T.350 in 1965,” said Ari Kopmar, executive vice president, Consumer Initiatives, Carroll Shelby International. “A car that could do it all, from road racing champion to drag strip king and stop light terror, it was one of the most important vehicles in history. To honor the 50th anniversary of the G.T.350, Carroll Shelby’s Store is offering only 350 of this exclusive Limited Edition 1:18 scale die cast of the winningest Shelby G.T.350 in history.”
A true collector’s item, this die cast is a replica of the 1965 Shelby G.T.350R that Texan Charlie Kemp drove. The #23 Shelby G.T.350R won more races and set a record for the fastest 289-powered Shelby ever. Upon the car’s retirement from racing, Carroll signed its passenger side roof and door jamb to honor its unique achievements. It sold for approximately $1 million at auction in 2014.
Each 350 model is carefully built to exacting standards as a living record of the legendary car, including a replica of Carroll Shelby’s signature exactly as it appears on the original. Charlie Kemp’s original autograph is available on the commemorative booklets only from Carroll Shelby’s Store.
This Carroll Shelby’s Store version is unique with:
Carroll Shelby’s commemorative signature
Charlie Kemp’s authentic signature
A Certificate of Authenticity
Individual numbering for each of the limited edition of 350
A Commemorative Booklet personally autographed by Charlie Kemp that includes vintage race images, modern photos of the restored car and a race history of the Shelby
Exclusive Carroll Shelby’s Store packaging
“This is the second time that Carroll Shelby’s Store has offered a limited edition die cast signed by a Shelby connected personality,” said Kopmar. “The last time, the models sold out quickly. We expect the demand for these die cast Shelbys to be very strong, again.”
The die cast cars can be pre-ordered online for delivery within six to eight weeks. If supplies last, they will be available at the Gardena location, Las Vegas Shelby American Heritage Center and online. For more information on Carroll Shelby’s Store, visit http://www.shelbystore.com/.
About Carroll Shelby Licensing
Automotive manufacturer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby is one of the most famous and successful high performance visionaries in the world. He was also a pioneer for modern automotive licensing programs; beginning in the 1960s, he began licensing his name and designs for various products. He founded Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., which is the exclusive holder of trademarks and vehicle design rights for some of the most famous muscle cars and high-performance vehicles. CSL also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. For more information about the company or licensing opportunities, call (310) 914-1843, fax (310) 538-8189, write Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., 19021 S. Figueroa St., Gardena, CA 90248, or visit www.shelby.com.
SHELBY HERITAGE CENTER AND CARROLL SHELBY’S STORE
ANNOUNCE NEW SUNDAY HOURS OF OPERATION
GARDENA, Calif. – May 29, 2015 - Due to the increased number of Shelby enthusiasts visiting Shelby American in Las Vegas, Carroll Shelby Store’s and Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., (CSBI.PK) announced that the Heritage Center and Carroll Shelby’s Store in Las Vegas began opening on Sundays. Beginning May 24, the store began opening every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We’re giving our fans the chance to experience Shelby every day of the week by opening our store and Heritage Center on Sundays,” said Neil Cummings, CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “The Heritage Center and Carroll Shelby’s Store were designed to keep enthusiasts connected with the Shelby brand. Our fans are among the most loyal in the world and we want to give them the chance to enjoy the brand seven days a week.”
In celebration of the extended hours, Carroll Shelby’s Store will offer the first 100 shoppers who arrive on Sunday, May 31, June 7 and June 14 a free Shelby gift. In addition, the store will offer free coffee and donuts from 10 a.m. to noon.
“Carroll Shelby’s Store delivers a shopping experience that lives up to the Shelby brand,” said Ari Kopmar, Executive Vice President of Consumer Initiatives. “We developed a full line of merchandise that offers something for every Shelby enthusiast. We believe that by expanding the opening of the store to seven days a week, we’ll make the store more accessible for our Shelby fans to come and see us any day while they are visiting Las Vegas.”
Currently, the Heritage Center offers free tours Monday through Saturday and is planning on offering a tour on Sunday in the upcoming future. For more information about the Heritage Center, visit www.shelby.com. For more information on Carroll Shelby’s Store, visit http://www.shelbystore.com/.
About Carroll Shelby Licensing
Automotive manufacturer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby is one of the most famous and successful high performance visionaries in the world. He was also a pioneer for modern automotive licensing programs; beginning in the 1960s, he began licensing his name and designs for various products. He founded Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., which is the exclusive holder of trademarks and vehicle design rights for some of the most famous muscle cars and high-performance vehicles. CSL also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. For more information about the company or licensing opportunities, call (310) 914-1843, fax (310) 538-8189, write Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., 19021 S Figueroa St., Gardena, CA 90248, or visit www.shelby.com.
CARROLL SHELBY FOUNDATION TO AUCTION WORLD’S ONLY ‘NEED FOR SPEED’ SHELBY GT500 SUPER SNAKE
GARDENA, Calif. – May 19, 2015– The Carroll Shelby Foundation will sellthe world’s only official Need for Speed Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake through an online auction from May 16-26, 2015. Proceeds from the sale of the charity’s Wimbledon White Shelby at www.ebay.com/needforspeedshelby, which was built to launch the latest version of the game, will help provide medical assistance for those in need including children, support educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and also benefit the Shelby Automotive Museum.
“This is a rare car with a very unique story,” said Neil Cummings, co-CEO of Shelby International, Inc., CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing and Carroll Shelby Foundationboard member. “The Carroll Shelby Foundation teamed up with Electronic Arts to create a ‘one-off’ 2011 Need for Speed Edition Shelby GT500 Super Snake. It was featured both on the cover and inside EA’s Need for Speed The Run. This special real-life version was built by Shelby American with custom EA design and true Shelby performance. The winning bidder of this online charity sale will have the opportunity to literally drive the car in the video game and then go out on the streets in the actual car.”
The provenance of the car is equally intriguing. After the car was launched to great fanfare, it toured various events in the United States to promote the game and Shelby relationship; only 2,000 miles were accumulated on the car. It was featured in magazines and was slotted next to Carroll Shelby’s personal cars when he granted private tours of his collection in Southern California.
“This particular Shelby became a ‘rock star’ when audio manufacturer JVC asked to make it a rolling exhibit for their latest mobile music system,” said Joe Conway, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, CEO of Shelby American and Carroll Shelby Foundation board member. “They installed a custom stereo system, which was played whenever the Foundation exhibited the car. All of the car’s history will be documented in the official Shelby Registry.”
While the standard Shelby GT500 Super Snake is already a world-class muscle car, this particular vehicle is even more impressive. The 2011 Need for Speed Edition Shelby Super Snake features:
The Carroll Shelby Foundation has retained Kompolt to manage the auction. Komplot provides a comprehensive auction management service for charities, nonprofit organizations and top brand companies. Those interested in bidding for the unique piece of Shelby history can register to bid at either www.ebay.com/needforspeedshelby or www.ebay.com/carrollshelbyfoundation.
To learn more about the Foundation or make a donation, go to http://shelby.com.
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 http://shelby.com.
CARROLL SHELBY LICENSING ANNOUNCES NEW SHELBY CRAFT BREWS, BENEFITTING THE CARROLL SHELBY FOUNDATION
“Commemorating Shelby cars through a line of specialty craft beers is very true to Carroll’s fun-loving spirit,” said Neil Cummings, CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing and board member of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “Carroll and his cars were always at full throttle. These beers are brewed in the same fashion. We’re proud to partner with Wicked Eye Products, LLC to allow the public to enjoy another side of Carroll, while still enjoying the heritage of his iconic vehicles.”
Each beer has been uniquely crafted and with a wide range of beer drinkers in today’s market, the VENOM - LAGER, HIGH OCTANE – IPA, and 427 BIG BLOCK - STOUT, will demonstrate well balanced, full bodied beers that have consumers coming back for more.
“Carroll and his cars represent sheer excellence,” said Dennis Nelson, Co-Founder of Wicked Eye. “It’s exciting to introduce a new product that strives to achieve that same level of superiority of the Shelby name. In order to achieve the highest level Wicked Eye partnered with an award winning brewery “Legacy Brewing Co” based out of San Clemente, California. Legacy uses only the finest ingredients, just as Carroll used only the best materials to create his cars. Continuing to build on Carroll’s legacy as a champion required a brewery who held themselves to the same high standard.”
Each beer is wrapped in a stylish label outlining the pure power and epic history of Carroll Shelby and his cars. Wicked Eye is developing distribution channels for the Carroll Shelby Craft Beers to be sold nationwide.
Carroll Shelby Craft Brews will be available at the Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show in the grassy picnic area outside of the Carroll Shelby Automotive Museum in Gardena. Attendees 21 and over can sample the beers, surrounded by hundreds of high performance Shelby and Ford vehicles. To learn more, visit www.shelby.com.
427 SHELBY COBRA COMPETITION CHASSIS RACE CARS
LOS ANGELES – May 12, 2015 – Fifty years after the 427 Shelby Cobra was first introduced, the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust will complete and offer to the public the remaining original Competition Chassis race cars that were started in 1965. Built faithfully to the original specifications, the roadsters will be sold as race cars, just as Carroll Shelby intended when he launched the car in 1965.
“The Shelby 427 Cobra is the most iconic car in post-war history,” said Neil Cummings, co-Trustee of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust. “Shelby American didn’t complete the mandatory 100 units in time to race for the FIA World Championship in 1966. This was because Henry Ford II (“Henry the Deuce”) wanted Carroll to drop what he was doing and take over Ford’s GT-50 race program. Carroll famously replied ‘Ferrari’s ass is mine’, which it was, with the Shelby-led team promptly winning Le Mans and three straight FIA World Championships in the hallowed “Prototype” racing class. Carroll put the 427 S/C program on hold after building 53 of the original 100 homologation cars. The 50 year anniversary of the big block Cobra seemed an appropriate time to finish the last of the Cobras.”
Each authentic 427 S/C Shelby Cobra comes with the CSX VIN and badge number originally assigned in 1965, as well as an “MSO” and “Title” document signed by Carroll Shelby himself. As a pure race car, this vehicle cannot be registered for use on the streets. But, each car will be specially registered and have a unique place in the Shelby American World Registry, not to mention American muscle car history.
The Shelby 427 S/C indeed has a fascinating history. From 1962-1964, Shelby American dominated racetracks worldwide with its powerful, diminutive 289 Cobra, leading to the now internationally famous Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, which won the FIA World Manufacturers’ Championship in 1965. This is the first, and to this day only, time an American car has won the World Championship on European soil. Then rumors swirled that GM was readying a new big block Corvette and Ferrari was said to be building a more powerful car to outrun the Shelby.
“Carroll simply couldn’t and wouldn’t let the competition overtake him, especially Ferrari” said Joe Conway, co-Trustee of Shelby’s Trust. “The Ford small block engines had reached their limit for power and the leaf spring suspension could not handle additional stress given the 289 Cobra’s paltry weight, making it lighter wasn’t an option. Ever looking forward to “the next car,” Carroll and his Shelby American team designed an entirely new Cobra. It was bigger and faster, but at the same time maintained the unique, classic features of all the Cobras.”
Shelby American and Ford Motor Company together designed an entirely new coil spring suspension and a stronger frame to accommodate more power. At Ford’s behest, Shelby fitted the 427 NASCAR based engine into the model. In January 1965, the CSX3000 series Cobra was unveiled at Riverside Raceway.
The first 100 cars were designated to be competition versions so that the car could compete in FIA races, ergo the “S/C” designation appearing after “427.” Only 53 were completed before Henry Ford II made his special request of Carroll to take on Ferrari in the “Prototype” class. This, in reality, marked the end of the Shelby Cobra builds…998 in all. Until now!
Carroll Shelby began the sacred task of completing the “Remaining 43” in 1988 when he hired the legendary restorer Mike McCluskey, who began the painstaking job of making the tooling, jigs and fixtures necessary to build these vintage cars true to their original specifications.
Carroll completed and sold five of the 427 S/C Cobras for $500,000 each between 1990 and 1992. Then AC Cars foolishly tried to claim the Cobra and its heritage by spreading false rumors about Carroll and Shelby American in automotive publications and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. Shelby brought suit to establish not only his rights, but also to compel this English company, once and for all, to acknowledge America’s and Shelby’s place as the “Manufacturer of Record” of all the original 260, 289 and 427 Cobras (998 in all), and the ones responsible for the Shelby Cobra’s incredible racing successes. The litigation with AC Cars went on for years. But, ultimately, Shelby prevailed on all fronts, and the owner of AC Cars signed a written statement (published worldwide) acknowledging the truth that Shelby was the “creator,” “Manufacturer of Record” and racing guru for all of the Cobras.
“After we forced AC Cars to admit that the Cobra was purely Carroll's vision and all Cobras were built by, or under license to Shelby American, Shelby contemplated restarting production,” said Cummings. “But, he was already busy building continuation component Cobras and moving his operations to Las Vegas. Carroll told me he wanted to suspend the 427 Cobra Competition Chassis program until after his passing so he could focus on other projects involving new model year vehicles.”
In 2014, the Carroll Shelby Trust followed Carroll’s wishes and undertook the job of gradually finishing the remainder of the 427 S/C Cobras.
Each competition chassis Cobra features a spectacular aluminum body clad in a customer’s choice of color and with a black interior. The engines will be period correct and supplied by the Carroll Shelby Engine Company, which is owned and operated by Bill DenBeste. Each will be fitted with an original cast-iron Ford side oiler 427 block, forged internals and correct medium riser cylinder heads. The engine will be dressed with period correct parts including an Aviaid oil pan, sandcast Cobra valve covers, medium riser intake, Le Mans carburetor and turkey pan air box.
All of that power will run through a blueprinted 4-speed correct gearbox. The Shelby features the original style swept forward shifter, horn button, Raydyot mirrors and Lucas headlights to add to the overall aesthetic authenticity. It comes with a MSO listing it as a 1965 Cobra signed by the late Carroll Shelby for ownership purposes.
A portion of the sale from each 427 Shelby Cobra Competition series car will be donated to help construction of the "Shelby Automotive Musem” in Los Angeles, California, which is now in the design and build stage. This tax exempt 501(9)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation was created by Carroll Shelby to celebrate American racing heritage, including Mr. Shelby's contributions to that history.
Those interested in one of the only remaining Competition Chassis Shelby 427 Cobra can contact the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust at (310) 327-5072.
Carroll Shelby International Website Reflects Global Expansion And Corporate Structure
LOS ANGELES – May 5, 2015 – Carroll Shelby International, Inc., (OTC: CSBI.PK) has launched a new website, http://www.shelby.com, that consolidates all Shelby organizations under its umbrella as part of its international expansion. On May 4th, the websites for Shelby American, Carroll Shelby Licensing, Carroll Shelby Enterprises, Team Shelby, the Carroll Shelby Foundation and the online store were welded into a single site organized by topic rather than by company name.
“Our philosophy is to streamline processes and leverage the strengths of all the organizations within the Shelby family to boost the performance of the entire group,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “For example, people visited the Shelby American site for information about our vehicles and Carroll Shelby Licensing website to learn how to become a licensee. Now visitors to shelby.com can select ‘Vehicles’ to view our high performance lineup or click on ‘Foundation’ to read about our charitable efforts. Everything a person needs to know about Shelby is now available in a single, easy-to-use website.”
Over the past several years, the Carroll Shelby International board has been quietly restructuring, refining and expanding the company. The new website is a virtual representation of those successful efforts. Fifty years after Shelby American won America’s only sports car world championship, Carroll Shelby International is once again spreading globally.
“Shelby American has been an admired global brand ever since the team won the FIA World Championship in 1965,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International “With the decision by our partners at Ford Motor Company to take the fantastic new Mustang worldwide, we’ve been establishing mod shops, manufacturing agreements and new licensing programs around the world. We’re transforming Shelby from a multinational brand into a multinational corporation. Our new site, shelby.com, reflects that exciting change. ”
While the new site is important from a strategic standpoint, it will also offer many benefits to a global audience that continues to grow its appetite for Shelby news and products.
“We simplified the public’s access to Shelby-related information and their ability to reach those who can help with questions or requests,” said Rich Sparkman, IT Director for Carroll Shelby International. “Along with the consolidation of our online presence, we changed all Shelby email addresses to use ‘@shelby.com’ extension. This standardization of all users into a single domain will help the public reach us more easily. The result will be better customer service and easier access to information.”
Members of Team Shelby Northern Plains Region roam the American Heartland in their high powered vehicles. Hailing from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota, this chapter brings some serious speed to the region.
Led by Regional Director Randy Fry, the Northern Plains Team Shelby Chapter has a packed calendar of high octane fun this summer. Events include Shelby Fest in late April, the Blue Oval Rally in Hermann, MO in late May, Midwest Stangs Track Days in June, the All Ford Show in July and in August, some members will attend the Sandhills Open Road Challenge in Arnold, NE.
The Northern Plains chapter is always looking for their next dose of fun, planning to attend plenty of events throughout the year. Some other favorites include numerous track days at Heartland Park in Topeka, Motorsports Park in Hastings, NE, and the Famous SRCA Dragstrip in Great Bend, KS.
The chapter is also in the process of developing an event in the Twin Cities area.
If you’d like to be a part of Team Shelby Northern Plains, contact
CARROLL SHELBY TRIBUTE CAR SHOW TO FEATURE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY, NEW BOARD MEMBER AARON SHELBY AND HISTORIC MG
GARDENA, Calif. – May 1, 2015 – A ceremony to commence groundbreaking of the “Snake Pitt” area of the Carroll Shelby Automotive Museum during the May 16th Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show will include new Carroll Shelby Foundation board member Aaron Shelby and the MG that Mr. Shelby raced in 1952. City officials will join co-CEOs of Carroll Shelby International and trustees Joe Conway and Neil Cummings for a ribbon cutting event planned for the celebration that day.
“Our annual Tribute was created to give enthusiasts an opportunity to honor the life of an incredible individual, Carroll Shelby,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “This year’s Tribute will be very special as both his legacy and the future of the organizations he founded will be celebrated by his family, friends and adoring fans.”
A key moment on Saturday will be a special ceremony to “break ground” on a portion of the museum that will honor Mr. Shelby. The Snake Pitt lounge was built around Carroll Shelby’s apartment at the facility; it will become the heart of the new museum.
“We created the most exciting Tribute event yet,” said Neil Cummings, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “Our team worked hard on the Snake Pitt portion of the museum and we’re excited to unveil it with the help of city officials and the Shelby family.”
One particular vintage car is expected to garner tremendous amount of attention among the hundreds of Shelby and Ford performance cars to be shown at the Tribute. This 1949 MG TC literally launched Shelby’s career.
“When Shelby stepped inside the sports car in May 1952, he had no formal road racing experience,” said Conway. “However, his friend Ed Wilkins let him pilot the car at a race in Norman, Oklahoma. Carroll won that day and would go on to win many more races, making history and inspiring millions.”
At the conclusion of the ribbon cutting, Aaron Shelby will lead the “Rev Your Engine” salute at 1 PM from the MG’s front seat. The car was recently purchased by Pat Shelby, Aaron’s father and Carroll’s son.
“I am honored to have been invited to join the Carroll Shelby Foundation board,” said Aaron Shelby. “I look forward to continuing my grandfather’s vision to help young people as part of the charity he founded.”
The MG will be in good company at the event as a portion of Mr. Shelby’s personal car collection will also be open to the public. Shelby American will display its latest vehicles, including the 627 HP 2015 Shelby GT.
“It’s so exciting to watch this event grow in attendance and excitement each year,” said Jenni Shreeves, Executive Director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “This event has truly become a celebration of Carroll’s life and lasting legacy. And it’s a way for people to connect directly with the Foundation that he created.”
Team Shelby, Mustang Club of America and LASAAC will attend this Team Shelby event. Shelby and Ford performance car owners interested in displaying a car can register at http://www.cscf.org for a $40 donation to the Foundation.
NEW SHELBY AMERICAN “TRY BEFORE YOU BUY” PROGRAM PUTS ENTHUSIASTS BEHIND THE WHEEL TO DRIVE SHELBY VEHICLES
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/
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.
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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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