I’ve been avoiding a recap of the fabulous Carroll Shelby car show that I attended at the Santa Monica Pier last Saturday, because anything to do with Shelby involves a lot of history. The problems with that are (1) there’s way too much information to include here; and (2) I don’t want to dishonor Carroll Shelby or his legion of extremely knowledgeable enthusiasts by getting details wrong. Then I happened upon an idea: I’ll just include a brief description and pictures from the show, leave out most of the history, and let interested readers do the research themselves if they are so inclined.
As for the brief history, suffice it to say that Carroll Shelby is one of the most important and influential American car designers and automotive names of the past 50 years. He is responsible for, among other things, the Shelby Cobra (a/k/a AC Cobra), an off-the-charts scream machine that remains one of the world’s most coveted and iconic automobiles. Shelby also muscled up the Ford Mustang with his 1965 Shelby GT-350 and later iterations sold through 1970, and then returned to help Ford do it again in this decade.
Dozens of examples of Carroll Shelby’s designs were on hand at the South side of the Pier last Saturday. With volleyball being played on the beach just a few yards away, and Sixties surf music playing on the speakers, the Shelby California connection (he had shops in Venice and Los Angeles) was complete. Here are some pictorial highlights from the show (click photos to enlarge):
I’ve barely scratched the surface of Carroll Shelby’s huge influence on the automotive world. If you want to find out more, you can start by checking out the official Carroll Shelby website.