If you’re a diehard Shelby fan with time to spare from May 3rd through the 5th, you may want to head out to Jefferson City, Missouri for Shelbyfest 2018: three days of events tailored specially for fans and owners of cars and trucks from the late Carroll Shelby‘s namesake brand. Pre-registration for the festival is now closed, according to the official website, but there’s still a chance to register for Saturday’s Show and Shine, and two days of autocross.
Missouri’s annual Shelbyfest has been around since 2006, each year drawing devoted fans from nearby states for a few days of fun, camaraderie, and fast cars wearing Carroll Shelby’s legendary name. By 2008, two years after its birth, the festival attracted 160 cars from 10 states, with some folks traveling from as far away as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to attend. Another two years later, hundreds of cars arrived from 23 different states to celebrate the iconic Shelby brand. The festival celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2016.
Carroll Shelby’s name is virtually synonymous with Ford performance, with a relationship stretching back to the early 1960s, when Carroll Shelby began importing roadsters from the UK’s AC Cars and installing Ford V8s, creating the Shelby Cobra. By 1965, after Shelby’s company had begun helping transform the Ford GT40 into the car that would win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the group was modifying factory examples of the Ford Mustang to coax out more performance, selling the Mustang “Shelby GT350“, and later, the “Shelby GT500“.
The rest is history.
For more info on Shelbyfest 2018, or to register for the Show and Shine or autocross, click here.