LOS ANGELES - August 22, 2023 – Executives with Carroll Shelby International (CSBI:PK), have announced that the Annual Las Vegas Team Shelby Bash from September 29 through October 1, will be the premier official celebration of the Carroll Shelby Centennial. In addition to automotive stars, track sessions and parties, racing Legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme will receive an award during a banquet to commemorate the life of Carroll Shelby.
- Team Shelby to host Annual Bash in Las Vegas from Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2023
- Celebration to honor 100th anniversary of Carroll Shelby's birth
- Full-throttle events include track days, car cruises, exclusive parties and other VIP activities
- Drag Racer Don Prudhomme to receive “Carroll Shelby Spirit Award”
Based at the Shelby American headquarters in Las Vegas, full-throttle activities during the 15th Annual Team Shelby Bash includes an exciting lineup of the latest performance vehicles, track days, parties, tours, a poker run, scavenger hunt, car show and more. Additionally, Team Shelby will host a special celebration honoring the Carroll Shelby Centennial attended by members of his family, Shelby executives, international guests and automotive celebrities. Due to the expected surge in interest, attendance of this year's bash will be limited.
“Over the past 15 years, the Team Shelby Bash has become one of the most important annual events in the enthusiast community,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “We're pleased that Shelby fans from around the world will gather in Las Vegas to honor the 100th anniversary of Carroll Shelby's birth. The impact of this extraordinary Texan continues to be felt today. His millions of supporters worldwide inspire us to continue building the best performance cars and trucks in the world.”
The Carroll Shelby Spirit Award honors individuals who display exuberance, character, and most importantly, enjoy a high-octane lifestyle. Carroll Shelby International will bestow this prestigious award on iconic drag racing legend, Don Prudhomme at a banquet on Friday night. Past award recipients include Edsel B. Ford II, Bob Bondurant, Allen Grant, Parnelli Jones, Peter Brock, Jim Farley and Dan Gurney. Carroll Shelby International plans to bestow the award annually.
“Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme was an exceptional drag racer who drove Shelby American's first Top Fuel car in 1968,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “Don's stellar racing career included winning the NHRA funny car championship four times. He was the first funny car driver to exceed 250 mph. When Don began managing his own racing team, he won the Top Fuel championship twice. Prudhomme certainly earned his induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.”
By the mid-1960s, Carroll Shelby and Don Prudhomme were both at the top of their respective games. Prudhomme was one of the winningest Top Fuel drag racers in the country. Shelby was a racer-turned-builder of Cobras, GT40s and Mustangs who won racing championships worldwide. His company offered drag racing packages for privateers to compete in their Cobra or Shelby Mustang.
“The Snake” and the Cobra's creator teamed in 1968 for an NHRA ride. Prudhomme's Ford Cammer-powered rail made its debut as “Shelby's Super Snake” at the 1968 Winternationals. He won the race and drove the rest of the season under the Shelby banner.
However, the main theme at the 2023 Team Shelby Bash will be the Carroll Shelby Centennial
“The world has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of Carroll Shelby's birth throughout 2023, recounting his many accomplishments,” said Tracey Smith, Team Shelby International Director. “With so many wins behind the wheel, business successes and critical philanthropic initiatives, Carroll earned every accolade. But most importantly, Carroll's story demonstrates how one person can really make a difference. Carroll spent his life pursuing his passions and inspiring others to do the same. We will honor that life and endeavor to do the same.”
For more information about the 2023 Annual Bash and Team Shelby, visit www.teamshelby.com.
About Team Shelby
Team Shelby was founded in 2008 by Carroll Shelby to give people an opportunity to enjoy their cars with fellow enthusiasts. Many of the club's activities support charities and non-profit organizations. Ownership of a Shelby vehicle is not required, only a passion for the brand and lifestyle. With chapters worldwide, the factory sanctioned club provides benefits including exclusive access to “Members Only” areas of the club website (www.teamshelby.com), official Team Shelby Membership Kit, invitations to special events and monthly discounts on Shelby products
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