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.
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.”
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.