Automotive legend Carroll Shelby’s passing rocked the world of American performance cars on last Friday and a ceremony is scheduled in his honor for May 30 to be held at the Peterson Automotive Museum in LA.
“Carroll Shelby changed the course of history and touched the lives of millions through his racing, his companies and his charity,” said Joe Conway, president of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. and board member. “He challenged us and our friends at Ford Motor Company to honor his legacy by continuing this work. We wanted the first step to be a celebration of this exceptional man for everyone who shares his passion for performance.”
When it takes place, the ceremony will include a chance for fans to record message to Shelby, though there will also be an invitation-only service held in his memory due to limited space.
The two-day event will feature a host of his cars including the first Shelby Cobra, which would go on to define the brand, a 2013 GT500 (currently the most powerful production V8), a Shelby Series 1 and other significant cars from his history — the cost to attend will be $10 for adults.
“Carroll Shelby was a legend in the history of Ford Motor Company,” said Edsel B. Ford II, member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company. “He was a close personal friend and I will miss him very much. We’re honored to be part of this important tribute celebrating the many contributions and achievements of a true innovator.”