Hey Little Cobra! Carroll Shelby Tribute Weekend to Feature Cool Cars, Celebrities and Crooners
GARDENA, Calif. – April 22, 2019 – The second Team Shelby Movie Night and 7th Annual Carroll Shelby Tribute Car Show on May 3 – 4, 2019, will deliver a high-octane celebration worthy of the talents, energies and legacy of the great Carroll Shelby. The two-day event will include a display by Shelby American, Ford powered performance car show, entertainment, automotive celebrities and gathering by all facets of the Shelby community, including many brand partners at the headquarters of Carroll Shelby International in Gardena, California. The family-friendly weekend is hosted by Carroll Shelby International, the Carroll Shelby Foundation, Shelby American, Carroll Shelby Licensing, Team Shelby and Carroll Shelby’s Store.
With Shelby’s Cobra serving as this year’s honored marque and a significant number of historic Cobras on display, Shelby brand partners will make important contributions to the weekend. Participating Shelby Brand partners include Ford Motor Company, Old Guys Rule, the Vintage Electric Bike Company, Shelby Legendary Cars, the Original Venice Crew and Legendary GT. Old Guys Rule designed the official event t-shirt, which will be sold exclusively during the event.
“Carroll Shelby was truly a visionary,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, CEO of Shelby American and Board member of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “He is internationally famous for winning races and founding Shelby American. He created communities through his dynamic car clubs and started a charitable foundation that has impacted the lives of thousands of young people. He also pioneered the development of branding partnerships that helped sustain these communities with products and events worldwide. We plan to celebrate all those facets of this incredible person at our global headquarters in Southern California.”
The weekend festival begins on Friday night, May 3rd, with a free showing of Spinout, starring Rock-n-Roll legend Elvis Presley and featuring a Shelby Cobra as a lead movie role. The evening event will have a carnival atmosphere of games, food and all things Shelby. The weekend’s primary beneficiary is the Carroll Shelby Foundation.
“Carroll Shelby’s wins weren’t just on the track or boardroom; he was equally successful for his charitable work,” said Aaron Shelby, Board Member of Carroll Shelby International and Co-President of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “The Foundation that he created has supported many important causes over the years including the Eli Home, Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program and the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. This event will raise funds and awareness that will continue Carroll’s giving, which will honor his life and extend his impact.”
On Saturday, May 4, the Tribute car show will feature many current and historic performance vehicles. Anchored by Shelby American and Shelby Legendary Cars, the goal is to feature a significant number of Shelby Cobras in one spot. “Mr. Cobra” Lynn Park, original roadster owner Hank Williams and others have committed to showing their Cobras.
One of the most anticipated cars will be CSX2154, a Shelby Cobra roadster presented by the Cobra Experience of Martinez, California. This special 1963 Shelby Cobra was built specifically for competition and was the first race car sold by the factory when new.
Shelby American will both display its complete line of current cars and trucks, as well as present an overview of the models. In addition, they will deliver a pair of continuation 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snakes to their new owners. The presentation will include the first and only original 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, which returned to the United States in January.
“We host the annual Tribute to give fans from around the world an opportunity to honor an automotive hero,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing, Co-President of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “His success story embodies the power of talent, tenacity and grit that makes America great. In the eyes of many enthusiasts, the Cobra was an automotive moonshot, winning on tracks where no American car had won before. For as long as fans remember Carroll, we’ll commemorate him with incredible vehicles, parts, merchandise and events worldwide.”
Team Shelby, the Orange County Cobra Club, the Los Angeles Shelby American Club, the Superformance Owners Group and the Mustang Club of America are among the organizations scheduled to be part of the event. Shelby American, the Original Venice Crew, Shelby Legendary Cars and the Carroll Shelby Foundation will provide riveting presentations throughout the day.
Providing the backbeat to the Saturday activities will be songwriter/performer Carol Connors, best known for co-writing the Rip Chords’ Hey Little Cobra. To film and boxing enthusiasts, Carol is more widely known for co-writing the theme for Rocky. And as Shelby fans and the racing community know, each and every race Shelby American entered was a championship bout.
The show will include live music by the SoundWaves, beverages by Shelby Craft Beers, Son of Butcher BBQ and autograph session with contemporary and historic automotive figures. Carroll Shelby’s Store will showcase its latest merchandise. Enthusiasts can join the “Engine Rev” salute to Carroll Shelby that day.
Admission is free for spectators, while proceeds from car show participants will benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation. To learn more about the event, please visit http://CarrollShelbyTribute.com/.
About Shelby American, Inc.
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA, 289 street car, Daytona Coupe and Shelby Series 2 component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, Super Snake, and GT post-title packages for the 2005-2019 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also offers the Shelby Raptor, Shelby F-150 Super Snake and Shelby F-150 trucks. Heritage cars include the continuation 1965 Shelby GT350 competition model, 1967 Ford Shelby Super Snake and 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR. For more information, visit www.Shelby.com.
About The Carroll Shelby Foundation
The Carroll Shelby Foundation (www.shelby.com) 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.
About Team Shelby
Team Shelby was founded in 2008 by Carroll Shelby to give people an opportunity to enjoy their cars through events with fellow enthusiasts. Ownership of a Shelby vehicle is not required, only a passion for the brand and lifestyle. With chapters worldwide, the factory sanctioned club provides benefits including exclusive access to “Members Only” areas of the club website (www.teamshelby.com), official Team Shelby Membership Kit, invitations to special events and monthly discounts on Shelby products.
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.
About Carroll Shelby’s Store
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. Owned and operated by CSL, Carroll Shelby’s Store has both locations and an online store. For more information, visit www.shelbystore.com. 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 shelby.com.
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