Shelby American 50th Anniversary Tour rolls through Texas

Even before the late Carroll Shelby passed away on May 10, the world was already formally celebrating one of the automotive legend's greatest achievements, Shelby American, the custom performance car manufacturer he started after leaving racing due to health complications.

Beginning on January 9, Shelby American, which had reverted back it its original name from Shelby Automobiles in 2009, planned to embark on a national tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Shelby brand. Shelby American was introduced to the public in 1962.

As of the end of June, the tour has made stops at major destinations across the country, including Detroit, Scottsdale, Boca Raton and Las Vegas. On June 30, the tour made its only visit to Texas, setting up at the Legacy Texas Bank and SCAT Car Show in Plano.

According to the Speciality Equipment Market Association, the free event featured live music, local food, and of course, rare Shelby vehicles. Among the featured cars were the powerful 950hp 2012 Shelby 1000, a 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake and a new GT350 version.

Created as an homage to the traveling tours Shelby himself started in the '60s, the events so far have been diverse. In Arizona, the tour raffled off a 50th-anniversary Cobra, meaning the lucky winner could have walked away with the keys to this vehicle after buying only a $25 ticket.

And it's a big task to embark on for the company, given that the original shows generated tremendous interest. Today, stories proliferate among car owners, some who say they were even able to purchase now classic Cobras from Shelby himself.

The current tour, which is set to run until its grand final in Las Vegas on November 22, still has a number of stops to make. To find out if Shelby American is coming to a city near you, click here.

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