2012 Shelby Bash: 50th Anniversary Of The Cobra

Posted by on March 19, 2012 - more

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the most iconic roadster ever built. In 1962, Carroll Shelby married the British AC Ace body to the Ford 260 cubic inch HiPo motor and a legend was born.

But history is boring and nobody says it better than Ol’ Man Shelby himself. When asked which is his favorite car, he routinely says “The Next One”. Although recently he pronounced the 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 the best car ever.

Unfortunately, there were no 2013 Mustangs at the Shelby Bash in Las Vegas last weekend, but there were plenty of awesome Mustangs to feast your image hungry eyes on.

The festivities began for most on Wednesday, March 14th, and ran through Saturday, including 2 track days at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas. Picture, if you will, 8 dozen top shelf Shelby Mustangs and a few Cobras racing around a 3.4 miles race track for 2 days. One of the highlights was the 1966 Mustang  GT350 #136 with a  MAECO Motorsport built 289 CI naturally aspirated vintage prepared engine flogging the track.

Or how about the Ford GT Heritage Edition (uh, that is the Gulf livery) flying around the track on the tail of a 2012 Mustang Shelby GT350. The entertainment was endless.

And speaking of entertainment, Las Vegas local and Shelby aficionado, Jer Gervasi hosted an absolutely outstanding Welcome to Vegas party at the Guitar Center store at the Market Place on the Strip.

Also making its debut at the Las Vegas Shelby Bash was the Bangastang built Hell Snake, which we followed right here on Mustang Evolution. Not only was this car absolutely beautiful in person, the quality was top notch – earning the Hell Snake its first trophy at the Shelby Car Show on Saturday.

Check out the photos in the gallery below.

Photo Credits: Steven Valline

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  • Trojan_Horse

    Great article Steve!
    An original 427 SC has always been my dream car and sadly at the prices they bring that’s all it will ever be. 

    However, I would also be deliriously happy with a replica too. 
    JIC you were wondering what to get me for my next birthday. ;-)