LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The official Team Shelby Nationals will be held from August 7-9, 2015, as part of the Nor Cal Mini-Nats and the first time that the two organizations host their most important annual events together. Organized by Team Shelby Pacific Region, the weekend will feature driving events, car shows and parties in the Wine Country.
Highlights will include a display by Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., featuring the recently unveiled 750 horsepower 2015 Shelby Super Snake. Ford Motor Company will exhibit the latest Shelby GT350 while DenBeste Motorsports and The Cobra Experience Museum will show historic Shelbys and speed equipment such as all aluminum big and small block engines.
“This year’s Team Shelby Nationals will be very special as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 427 Shelby Cobra, the Ford Shelby G.T.350 and FIA World Championship,” said Tracey Smith, Team Shelby National Director. “We’re also marking a milestone as the Nor Cal Shelby American Automobile Club invited us to host the Official Team Shelby Nationals at their event. The Northern California festivities will be the largest group of current and vintage Shelby cars in action this year.”
This will be the 30th time that Nor Cal SAAC has hosted their vintage car event. The combined event with Team Shelby will feature open road course track groups on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition, there will be drag racing, a car show and reception at the track on Friday. Team Shelby will lead a Napa Valley cruise on Saturday afternoon. The highlight on Sunday will be a vintage exhibition race.
“We’re pleased the Team Shelby Nationals is part of the Nor Cal SAAC Mini-Nats,” said Michael McGuirk, Team Shelby Pacific Coast Director and the Nor Cal Shelby Club board member. “This great weekend filled with fantastic cars and friends in beautiful Sonoma will feed the hunger for the high octane lifestyle embodied by Carroll Shelby.”
One of the highlights will be an appearance by the "Original Venice Crew" and the 50th Anniversary G.T.350s they created. Ted Sutton, Peter Brock, Jim Marietta, Jerry Schwarz, Bernie Kretzschmar and Chuck Cantwell will sign autographs and participate in a special presentation at Saturday's banquet. That night, Aaron Shelby will also share his memories of his grandfather, Carroll Shelby.
Driver Allen Grant is scheduled to attend and sign autographs. Grant started as a welder with Shelby American; he later landed a deal to drive a Cobra from Coventry Motor Cars. That Cobra is usually recognized by its distinctive yellow paint scheme, which was designed by his then-roommate, future Hollywood mogul George Lucas. After earning top finishes at Santa Barbara, Candlestick Park, Riverside and Laguna Seca, Shelby hired Allen as a factory driver. Grant helped the Shelby American team win the FIA World Championship in 1965 behind the wheel of a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.
“This will be a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy a memorable weekend in one of the most beautiful places in the world,” said Smith. “We’ll celebrate Shelbys of every era the way Carroll wanted, on the track. With such a historic year, this event should not be missed.”
Registration for the Team Shelby Nationals is now open at http://www.norcal-saac.org/mininats/step1/.
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 key benefits including:
- Exclusive access to “Members Only” areas of the club website (www.teamshelby.com)
- Official Team Shelby Membership Kit (T-shirt, hat, travel mug, club sticker, lanyard, pen and more)
- First news on all Shelby products and vehicles
- Invitations to special events
- Annual Shelby publication
- Monthly discounts on Shelby products
Additional information is available at www.teamshelby.com
About Carroll Shelby International
Carroll Shelby International, Inc. (CSBI.PK) is comprised of two wholly owned subsidiaries, Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., called the Shelby Companies. Shelby American is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of performance vehicles and related accessories. Shelby American currently offers authentic continuation Cobras, including the Cobra 427 S/C, the Cobra 289 FIA and the Cobra 289 S/C; these are sold as component vehicles (i.e. without engines or drive trains); Shelby Cobras are offered through a proprietary network of dealers in North America and Europe. In addition, Shelby American has produced a number of limited edition pre and post title new model year cars based on the Ford Mustangs through its cooperative relationship with Ford Motor Company, which is also a licensee of Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc. for purposes of selling pre-title Shelby branded vehicles, including the Shelby GT500 and GT350. Shelby American is currently focused on the production of post-title vehicles and aftermarket parts, the former including the Shelby Super Snake, Shelby GT and Shelby GTS. Shelby American also sells aftermarket styling and performance parts under the Shelby Performance Parts brand name.
Carroll Shelby Licensing is responsible for licensing the Shelby brand to third parties in connection with various products, including vehicles, memorabilia, video games, models, toys, branded apparel, styling and performance parts. From Ford Motor Company to Electronic Arts and Baume et Mercier, the Shelby name has become a globally recognized and admired brand.
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