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Carroll Shelby tribute at the Petersen Museum, May 30, 2012


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#1 T54

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 23:30

A very nice tribute was paid to this most famous chicken farmer, the late (and regretted by most on this side of the pond) Carroll Shelby.
This event was by invitation only as the place would have been simply overwhelmed otherwise. Approximately 50 Shelby cars, from the first production AC Cobra to the latest Shelby 500 were on display, and at 7 PM, the ones on top of the museum’s parking structure had a go of roaring their engines to mark the day.
Here, part of the crowd arrives to celebrate Shelby’s life, and one can recognize Pete and Lorna Lyons as well as Cobra fanatic Tom McIntyre:

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Food and drinks were served, and media was present to record the event:

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Michael Lynch, Bill Warner and Alan Bolte exchange thoughts:

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“Scooter” Patrick and Bruce Burness in a friendly discussion:

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Jay Leno was the Master of Ceremonies and did a great job of it:

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Dan Gurney read a prepared and long but fascinating tale of some of his dealings with Shelby, and inserted plenty of humorous happenings, including that of the Targa Florio when he drove the last surviving Cobra with a broken rear suspension, nursing the car to a finish, taking an hour and a half to complete the last lap, only to find out that the whole Cobra crew had packed up and left! So he drove the wounded beast back to the hotel and did not speak to Shelby for the rest of the trip. He and Jerry grant won their class there of course.

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Henry Ford's great grandson Edsel Ford told the tale of his dealings with Shelby as a teenager and employee of the car builder, pretty much sweeping the floor in the Venice shop for a while.

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Most engaging was the tribute paid to Shelby by his long-time friend and a true war hero, Bob Hoover. Bob, now 90 years old, was flying a Spitfire in 1944 that had mechanical problems when it was shot down by a Focke-Wulf 190. He was able to parachute to safety but was arrested by the Germans and sent to a camp. 16 months later, he escaped and STOLE a FW190, of the very same type that had caused his demise, and flew to Holland. Back in the USA he became a test pilot and trained many to aerobatics. The FAA took his license away when he was over 80 years old and still could show a thing or two to upstarts. Listening to this great man reminded me that we need more like him, soon!

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This young lady was only 2 years old when she had a heart transplant, thanks to Carroll Shelby and only two years after he got his own spare part. She is now a grown woman with plenty to occupy her young life.

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Altogether, it was a really good event, one that showed how much this man was and is truly loved by so many, while loathed by a few. I am in the category of the ones who truly loved the man and what he was able to accomplish. Carroll, vaya con Dios!

Edited by T54, 01 June 2012 - 20:55.


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#2 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 00:04

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Pete Biro and Jack Brady and Steve Earle and Denise McCluggage and John Lamm of Road and Track.

T-54: Thanks to Jenni Shreeves of the Carroll Shelby Foundation, the Forum was allowed to send photographer Albert Wong to this event also. I am now posting some of the other attendees that you didn't. Thank you for starting this thread.

photo: Albert Wong

Edited by Jerry Entin, 02 June 2012 - 20:07.


#3 T54

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 00:22

Jerry,
I never saw Pete, I would have been so happy to see him, or you! I did see Denise and she gave me a hug. poor Denise is going to get a new hip and is in some pain and need a walking aid at this time.
I sat next to Davey Jordan and we had a great time talking and then listening to all the speakers. There were no losers there, all had a great story to tell.

#4 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 00:24

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Pete and Lorna Lyons

photo: Albert Wong

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#5 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 00:32

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T-54 in suit with Norma and Davey Jordan and Morris Jephcott.
Morris is the restorer for the Riverside International Museum.
Dave Friedman and Sherry MacDonald in background.


photo: Albert Wong

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#6 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 00:43

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Sherry MacDonald and Dave Friedman

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#7 David M. Kane

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 00:48

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Sherry MacDonald and Dave Friedman

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Jerry as always Albert Wong does a great job! :up:

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 00:55

Thanks so much, T54 and Jerry, for your constant dedication to our sport.

#9 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:08

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Parnelli Jones and Don Prudhomme
Don is a very famous American Drag Racer known as "The Snake".

photo: Albert Wong

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#10 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:16

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Bob Bondurant and Allen Kuhn and Patricia Bondurant

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#11 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:21

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John Morton


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#12 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:57

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Art Evans and Bruce McCaw


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#13 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:01

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Alma Hill


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#14 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:08

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:34

Thanks for the photos.

Re-post #2...I don't think I see Allen Grant in the photo. Looks like Steve Earle in the middle.

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#16 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:49

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Pete Biro and Rod Campbell and Jack Brady and Denise McCluggage
Rod Campbell is Townsend Bell's father in law. Townsend Bell is married to Heather Campbell and he finished 9th this year in the Indy 500. Rod Campbell is also a Public Relations Specialist. Jack Brady is a great Journalist who worked on the Peterson magazine Sports Car Graphic.



photo: Albert Wong

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#17 David M. Kane

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 14:34

TV Producer Alan Bolte said to me in an email, "It was a dignified, emotional, nostalgic tear through the fabric of Shelby's life, and a reminder of the ephemeral quality of human life. My oh my, how old we have become...

.but how grateful for that."

I hope Alan doesn't mind my sharing this; but he does capture the spirit of the tribute.

#18 Ted Walker

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:26

As a sideline ,I can reccomend Rinsey Mills excellent official autobiography of Shelby just published

#19 Hse289

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:04

Thanks for sharing the pictures guys. Ted i agree, i also thoroughly recommend Mills`s bio about Shelby.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 22:27

Shirley, the "unofficial, unauthorized" biography would be rather more interesting...

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 22:37

Shirley, the "unofficial, unauthorized" biography would be rather more interesting...

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It's a classic line, but I can't resist. "Shirley, don't call me Carroll". But I agree, authorised biographies are often a bit disappointing.


#22 Jerry Entin

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:19

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Walter Miller in wheelchair and Jenni Shreeves of the Shelby Foundation on right


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#23 Ted Walker

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 07:20

Re Post 21 This one wont dissapoint.