Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to Celebrate a Life of Carroll Shelby by a 50th Anniversary of Shelby Cobra

Posted on 17. May, 2012 by in Mazda Canada

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Carroll Shelby (From a collections of The Henry Ford)

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Shelby’s Last Professional Race was in Monterey


MONTEREY, Calif., May 17, 2012 – A fight maestro who flew B-29s, an oil roughneck, a duck farmer…Carroll Shelby was a male of different talents. But he will perpetually be remembered as an automotive idol who remade sports automobile racing and brought American honour to a ubiquitous motorsports stage.

This year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Aug 17-19, celebrates a 50th anniversary of a Shelby Cobra. But a featured marque respect becomes some-more touching with a new flitting of a male who was simply famous to friends as “Shel.”

The tie between Shelby and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has prolonged been intertwined. Shelby was a revisit member in a infirm years of a raceway, afterwards named Laguna Seca. It was here, on Oct 20, 1960, that Shelby gathering a No. 98 Tipo 61 Maserati “Birdcage” in a final foe of his mythological pushing career. Despite holding nitroglycerin pills to palliate chest pains, he finished second after heading many of a race. That position, however, warranted adequate points for Shelby to bind a 1960 USAC Sports Car Championship.

While his veteran pushing days were over, Shelby was usually removing started. He frequency looked in his back perspective mirror, preferring to always demeanour brazen during his subsequent good adventure. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow a mystery. Live today,” he remarked in a 2009 interview.

Shelby adamantly pronounced he was attending a Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, an eventuality that was always noted on his calendar, and was looking brazen to reconnecting with former Shelby American engineers, drivers and employees.

Additional skeleton are underway to combine a Shelby bequest and suggestion with a anniversary of one of a many iconic cars of all time, and positively a many replicated. Among a highlights will be:

  • Dedicated foe of 45 authentic CSX 2000/3000 foe cars
  • Shelby Cobra Heritage Display, presented by Ford Motor Company
  • Cobra Car Show on Pit Lane (Saturday for all authentic travel and foe Cobras)
  • Cobra Car Corral with hundreds of authentic, delay and reproduction cars
  • Carroll Shelby special reverence laps
  • Picnic QA with a Shelby American group member
  • 350 GT Mustangs racing and in a dedicated automobile corral

“Carroll Shelby and his Cobras have been constituent to a facility’s development. For a male who had his final veteran foe here and returned year after year for a ancestral automobile races, it is a payoff to horde and benefaction a open jubilee of his life, his cars and his low passion,” pronounced Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “He will be missed roaming a paddock, though his suggestion will perpetually live on.”

Advance ubiquitous acknowledgment tickets start during $50 with a 3 day pass for usually $130 that includes a nominal commemoration magazine. Children 12 and underneath are giveaway with a profitable adult. Hospitality options start during $200 per person.


For some-more information on a Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion or to squeeze tickets, call 800-327-7322 or revisit


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About Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was determined in 1957. The world-renowned raceway has been operated given a pregnancy by a Sports Car Racing Association of a Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a not-for-profit 501(c) 4 corporation. Each foe season, SCRAMP donates a net deduction to a proffer groups that assistance classify a races. The 2012 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca foe report facilities American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patron (May 11-12); Ferrari Racing Days (May 18-20); Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, featuring a MotoGP World Championship (July 27-29); Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (Aug. 17-19); and a Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, powered by Mazda (Sept. 7-9).

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