It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of auto and motor racing legend Carroll Shelby, who died Thursday night at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. He was 89 and the longest living double transplant recipient.
The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca family will miss the Texan who forever changed the sports car racing landscape with the iconic Shelby Cobra, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
For a complete story on the life of Carroll Shelby, read Pete Lyons’ wonderful tribute at AutoWeek.
Don’t miss out on all the activities and premier parking for your Shelby Cobra at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-19. Whether it is an authentic (CSX 2000/3000) Cobra, continuation Cobra or a replica Cobra, the Cobra Corral is for you to conveniently park, enjoy friends and be near all the on-track action.
The Northern California Shelby Club is currently selling admission tickets and corral parking for Shelby Cobras inside the Yamaha Marketplace. But to ensure there is space for your Cobra, advance purchase is required.
For automobile enthusiasts not fortunate enough to be among the more than 50,000 in attendance at the 2012 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (Aug. 17-19), SPEED TV will provide an in depth broadcast of all the action on September 28 at 7 p.m. PT.
Complementing the impressive number of authentic competition Shelby Cobras thundering around the circuit in their dedicated race group (3A) at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-19, will be a collection of unequaled magnitude at Ford Motor Company’s onsite Shelby Cobra Heritage Display.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion has become a “don’t miss” event for Shelby Cobra owners August 17-19 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Complementing the 17 race groups will be a full slate of activities to honor the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra, the event’s featured marque.
A war veteran who flew B-29s, an oil roughneck, a chicken farmer…Carroll Shelby was a man of diverse talents. But he will forever be remembered as an automotive icon who transformed sports car racing and brought American pride to the international motorsports stage.
This year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-19, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra. But the featured marque honor becomes more poignant with the recent passing of the man who was simply known to friends as “Shel.”
Entry application forms for the 2012 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pre-Reunion are now being accepted. For added convenience, the form is available online or a downloadable pdf.
The Governing Committee will evaluate each car entry to examine its historical significance, race provenance and period-correctness before making a final determination. The deadline to submit a car for consideration is January 31, 2012.
Pre-1940 Sports & Touring cars
1927-1951 Racing cars
1974-1980 Formula Atlantic (FAtl)
1981-1989 FIA Mfg. Championship & IMSA GTP
1973-1982 IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT, GTU/GTO
1962-1967 Shelby Cobra
1974-1990 Stock Cars with disc brakes
1955-1962 GT cars
1960-1968 Sports Racing USRRC
1963-1966 GT cars over 2500 cc
1955-1961 Sports Racing cars under 2000cc
1958-1963 Formula Junior cars
1955-1961 Sports Racing cars over 2000cc
1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT cars
1961-1966 GT cars under 2500cc
1970-1979 Sports Racing cars under 2000cc
When Carroll Shelby, along with chief engineer Phil Remington, finished the very first Cobra, neither imagined that history was being written. Shelby just wanted to go race and win…right away, but Shelby American’s incredible efforts between 1962 and 1967 resulted in 998 Shelby Cobras being constructed. It’s estimated that 120 of these Shelby Cobras were competition cars, and they forever changed sports car racing.