August 10, 2013 |
Blasting toward the notorious Corkscrew at the Laguna Seca raceway in his Shelby Cobra, Lynn Park took a stab at the brakes -- and came up short. The front-brake failure left him hurtling through one of the nation's most daunting stretches of asphalt -- a one-two punch of tight turns, compounded by a steep drop-off -- with little to slow the 400-horsepower two-seat convertible. Park yanked the wheel. Momentum took over. "And there I was, going backwards down the Corkscrew," Park recalled.
June 25, 2013 |
Shelby American Inc., the hot-rod maker that bears the name of late automotive icon Carroll Shelby, is consolidating its headquarters in Las Vegas as it gears up for global expansion. The company announced it will open a new 135,000-square-foot facility by Dec. 1 near the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and bustling McCarran International Airport. Currently Shelby American's more than 110 employees work in five buildings on the outer fringes of Las Vegas putting together powerful Shelby Cobras and manufacturing a catalog of high-performance car parts.
April 13, 2013 |
Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Dankel darts around a quick corner of the racetrack and buries the throttle. The supercharged, 650-horsepower V-8 in his father's modified 2008 Shelby Mustang GT500KR lets out a guttural roar. It's a scene that would have put a smile on the face of Shelby American's founder, Carroll Shelby. An automotive icon whose career evolved from chicken farmer to world-class racer, engineer and businessman, Shelby died in May 2012 at the age of 89. Photos: Shelby after Shelby But his legacy is everywhere on this windy day in Pahrump, Nev., about an hour outside of Las Vegas.
January 15, 2013 |
Shelby American Inc. has long been known to turn out fire-breathing autos with powerful turbo-charged engines, but with its diminutive new “pocket rocket,” the car company has changed things up a bit. At the 2013 Detroit Auto show, Shelby American unveiled a souped-up version of a Ford Focus. The company took the four-cylinder compact car with front-wheel drive and wrenched in a new turbo-charged Ford EcoBoost engine the cranks out more than 300 horsepower. Named the Shelby Focus ST, the hot hatchback was designed at Shelby American's skunkworks division in Las Vegas and tested extensively at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
November 8, 2012 |
A variety of cars churned out by Shelby American Inc. are set to hit the block at next year's Barrett-Jackson auction, including a 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback and a 2012 Super Snake. The 14 Shelbys are consigned for Jan. 19 auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. at no reserve. The following vehicles will go on the block: 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback - This original, unrestored vehicle is one of the lowest mileage Shelbys in existence. Powered by a 428-cubic-inch V-8 engine with a four-speed transmission and complete documentation.
September 6, 2012 |
The Green Hornet, a storied Shelby Mustang prototype that many pony car enthusiasts assumed was destroyed decades ago, will come up for auction early next year. The Barrett-Jackson auction house will sell the car at its Scottsdale auction on Jan. 19. The Shelby “represents a rolling history of what Ford and Shelby American, the auto-design firm owned by Carroll Shelby, were producing in the heyday of the American muscle-car era and is considered one of the most innovative and unique vehicles of its time,” said Craig Jackson, chief executive of Barrett-Jackson and the current owner of the car. It is expected to sell for about $2 million.