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Shelby Car Show at Santa Monica Pier this Saturday

Shelby on the Pier, 2008

Car nuts will have a treat this Saturday, as the Seventh Annual Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club Car Show arrives at the Santa Monica Pier.

The history of Carroll Shelby is too lengthy to recite here, but suffice it to say he’s the man behind the development and/or perfection of some of the most famous cars in performance and racing car history, including the AC Cobra, the Shelby Mustang GT 350, and the Ford GT40, as well as the Sunbeam Tiger. Moreover, Shelby worked much of his magic within a short tire-screeching drive of the Pier. Plenty of examples of these cars, as well as newer models given the Shelby treatment, will be on hand Saturday, along with their owners. It’s one of the largest collections of Shelbys you’ll see anywhere, and it’s free!

The Shelby show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with numerous awards to be given, including Best of Show, starting at 2. I’ll be the one holding a camera and drooling.

Carroll Shelby’s Car Mania at the Santa Monica Pier

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.

See the Carroll Shelby car collection, after the jump