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Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), today u …
Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), today unveiled the “Cammer Cobra” concept, a 427 SOHC V8 powered continuation Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, at the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The “Cammer Cobra” follows Carroll Shelby’s initial vision for a racecar to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Each year, the Carlisle Pennsylvania Fairgrounds hosts Ford fans from across the country and more than 3,200 vehicles on the National Parts Depot Showfield. In addition to the impressive cars and crowds, the weekend includes displays, special themes and automotive celebrities. The concept car was introduced during the three day event.
“Carroll Shelby wanted to fit a massive Ford big block engine into a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe for Le Mans in 1964,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “While many know that a one-off car was built with a 427 ‘wedge’ Ford engine, that was not Carroll Shelby’s initial vision. He hoped to pair the sleek aerodynamics of the Peter Brock designed body with the incredibly powerful aluminum single overhead cam version of the FE motor. Since it was impossible to obtain one of those rare engines in time for the race, Shelby American installed the NASCAR version. Our concept car was built to realize Carroll’s initial Cammer vision.”
Often called "Ford's greatest engine”, the Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) V8, was based on Ford's 427ci side-oiler block. The engine was intended to be Ford's two-valve, single-overhead-cam, high-rpm answer to Chrysler's 426 Hemi for NASCAR in 1964.
“It is essentially a single-overhead-cam conversion of Ford's 427 V8,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations. “The heads were predominantly cast-iron, though later aluminum ones were available, with a roller chain cam-drive. The block had revised oiling and cross-bolted main bearing caps were added to handle the increased rpm. The Ford 427 Cammer churned out 616 horsepower with a single four-barrel carburetor and 657 horsepower with dual four-barrel set up. It was one of the most powerful engines to come out of Detroit during the period.”
In 1964, Carroll Shelby tasked fabricator John Ohlsen with lengthening the chassis of one of the six Daytona Coupes (CSX2286). Shelby planned to replace the 289 c.i.d. Ford engine with the SOHC motor. The experimental racecar was supposed to be Shelby’s “secret weapon” for the 1964 Le Mans race. However, it was impossible to secure the SOHC motor in time and a reliable, high-performance NASCAR 427 was used instead. Weighing about 2,200 pounds with world class aerodynamics and the power of a big block, the car had tremendous performance potential; it was thought capable of going 200+ miles per hour at Le Mans.
However, the car did not make the race and never ran a lap with the 427 SOHC when Shelby American returned it to small block configuration.
“The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe program still achieved great success without the big block and won its class at Le Mans in 1964,” said LaViolette. “The next year, Shelby American took the FIA World Sports Car Championship with the Coupe and roadsters rolling over the competition.”
The Craftsmen of Legendary GT of Pennsylvania build continuation Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes for Shelby American. Each aluminum Coupe incorporates safety and performance improvements without sacrificing integrity, as they are built from original blueprints and measurements.
Legendary GT founder Barry Smith was a close friend of Carroll Shelby and is a major supporter of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. He has always been fascinated with Shelby performance cars and his collection features a variety of 1960s era Shelby American vehicles.
The continuation big block Shelby Daytona Coupe follows the same specs as the Ohlsen modified racecar. It has an aluminum body over a 3-inch lengthened chassis with a hood modified to accommodate the aluminum 427 SOHC big block motor. The 650-horsepower engine is mated to a period-correct 4-speed manual transmission. The car was assigned Shelby serial number CSX2623 and will be documented in the official Shelby Registry.
The Carlisle Ford Nationals is celebrating Shelby American’s 60th anniversary this year. Festivities include the concept vehicle introduction, factory display and Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals integration. Patterson introduced the Shelby concept car, surrounded by Team Shelby members, at 3 PM ET on Friday, June 3. The event was open to the media and public.
“This concept is a tribute to the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, one of the most celebrated cars in automotive history,” said Patterson. “It answers the ‘what if’ question for everyone who shared Carroll’s dream and will also gauge demand for a limited series of the vehicle. We plan to exhibit the Cammer Concept throughout the year in celebration of our 60th anniversary.”
For more information about the Shelby Continuation Daytona Coupes is available at Shelby.com.
For two days in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the automotive world was showcased in a way that is rarely duplicated at any other car sho …
For two days in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the automotive world was showcased in a way that is rarely duplicated at any other car show. The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals presented by eBay Motors took place May 13-14 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and it did just that and then some in 2022. The show has always been a diverse and eclectic mix of cars and trucks from around the world, but this year, the mix was even greater with the rare and unique combining with the new and yet to be released.
1,802 vehicles populated the Showfield and that total is the third highest ever since the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals came to be. Of those cars, one was the all-new 2023 Nissan Z, a model that won’t be available to the consumer until late in 2022 or early 2023. In addition, the yellow version on grounds is just one of a handful of show cars known to exist and best of all, regardless of color, the 2023 Z was making its enthusiast car show debut at Carlisle. A popular draw, the yellow Z sat front and center in Building Y and was possibly the most photographed car at Carlisle.
Not far from THE Z were display buildings laced with some of the best of the best from around the world. This included French cars in and around Building R, BMWs, Dune Buggies and Subarus in Building T, dozens of Zs in and around Building Y, Porsches just inside of Gate 3, and race prepared cars in the paddock on the east side of the grounds.
Those who ignored their weather apps in advance of the car show and simply came to Carlisle anyway stayed dry throughout the weekend, dodging just one late afternoon shower on Friday. Otherwise, it was warm, with sun, and hot cars all around.
While the Z was unique in that it’s not available yet, there were more rare and unique rides on display in 2022. With more than half a dozen countries represented, guests were able to check out a Toyota Century, Honda Beat, Honda S660, VW XL1, Volvo 340 and much more. In addition, the club scene was hopping with the SAABs at Carlisle group taking home the largest club award, while Club NVUS was tapped as the coolest club winner.
The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals also became a stopping point for a group of European car lovers who were trekking cross-country from Los Angeles to Baltimore in a 1986 Citroen 2CV. The car turned plenty of heads on their drive and at the show as they worked to raise awareness for Kennedy’s Disease. From Carlisle, the car was slated to make a few more stops before it gets shipped to England. From there, the journey continues to Rome, Italy.
Speaking of cars in motion, the Datsun and Nissan Z cars took part in an on grounds parade, the Volvos did too and with multiple competitions, plus autocross and drifting hosted by NICO Club, and all new, rolling burnouts and donuts, there were plenty of opportunities to see the show cars come to life.
As the final day of the 2022 show concluded, awards were posted for those who participated in professional judging. eJudged.com was back at it this year, offering their expertise to a few hundred car owners. Those who didn’t win still had the chance to talk with the judges to better their chances for future considerations.
The 2023 version of the event is happening May 12-13 and registration for it is now open. Up next for Carlisle Events is the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s June 3-5. For details on this event, advanced arrival information or to check out the winner’s list and photos from Import & Performance weekend, visit CarlisleEvents.com.
Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), will celebrate its …
Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), will celebrate its 60th anniversary at the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s on June 3-5, 2022, in Carlisle, Penn. Festivities will include a concept vehicle introduction, factory display and Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals integration.
Each year, the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds hosts Ford fans from across the country and more than 3,200 vehicles on the National Parts Depot Showfield. In addition to the impressive cars and crowds, the weekend includes displays, special themes and automotive celebrities.
“Shelby American has become an international symbol of high-performance motoring during the past 60 years,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “We’ll honor that reputation by displaying our past, present and potential future at the Carlisle Ford Nationals including the Shelby Super Snake, Shelby Mustang Mach-E concept and supercharged muscle trucks. A huge number of Team Shelby members will join the East Coast Grand Nationals to watch us unveil a concept car in the historic Shelby display.”
After retiring as a Le Mans-winning driver, Carroll Shelby established Shelby American in 1962. His first car was the Ford small block powered Shelby Cobra roadster, which he promptly took racing. It was followed by the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, which won its class at Le Mans in 1964. Shelby American introduced an all-new big block Ford motored Shelby Cobra and high-performance version of the Ford Mustang (Shelby GT350). Over the years, Shelby has offered sports cars, trucks, hot hatches and muscle cars. The company’s current vehicle in the lineup builds upon its rich legacy.
One of the most exciting moments of the weekend may be the introduction of a Shelby concept car by Patterson, surrounded by Team Shelby members, at 3 PM ET on Friday, June 3. The event is open to the media, as well as anyone attending the Carlisle Ford Nationals, inside Building T. The concept is a tribute to one of the most celebrated cars in automotive history and will gauge the demand for a limited series of the vehicle.
“We are honored that Shelby American has chosen the Carlisle Ford Nationals as the host location for their special unveiling,” said event manager Ken Appell. “This event is recognized by many as the best of its type and its annual growth would not be possible without our guests and partners like Shelby American. I can’t thank the Shelby American team enough for being with us and I encourage you to make your way to Carlisle next month, not only for this historic unveiling, but to experience first-hand THE biggest all-Ford themed car show in the world.”
Team Shelby will do its part to boost attendance. The international club is holding the annual East Coast Grand Nationals with track sessions at Pocono Raceway and other activities, including a parade to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds on Friday, June 3. Team Shelby will have its own hospitality area and is encouraging Shelby owners to attend with their vehicles to break the record for the most Shelby vehicles in one place.
Ford Motor Company is returning with walk-arounds focused on the Ice White Mach 1, Ice White Mach-E, Shelby GT500, Raptor, and more. Ford will have a display dedicated to the electrification revolution showcasing both the Mach-E and Shelby Mach-E GT. Patterson will be part of a Ford’s presentation that includes the Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
In addition to the show field, the cars and trucks will hit the streets of downtown Carlisle on Saturday night for the annual Ford Parade and Street Party. Historically, nearly 400 cars from the show itself roll into town for the community to check out. There will be multiple activities that put the wheels in motion including a rolling exhaust contest, autocross ride-alongs, and the Real Street Shootout (autocross).
The Carlisle Ford Nationals is actively taking registrations for the Showfield, vendor registrations for the automotive flea market, and selling discounted spectator tickets in advance of the June 3-5 offering. Learn more about the competitions, special displays, and get involved today by calling (717) 243-7855 or online at CarlisleEvents.com.
Being first is always kind of cool. You get noticed. People talk about you. They appreciate your accomplishments a little bit mor …
Being first is always kind of cool. You get noticed. People talk about you. They appreciate your accomplishments a little bit more. With that in mind, showgoers planning to come to the 2022 Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s (June 3-5) have a chance to meet a trailblazer in her field; designer Emeline King.
King is more than a designer, she notched a quarter century of work with Ford and most important, became the first black woman ever within Ford to be tapped as Transportation Designer. In that position, she became the primary designer on the fourth-gen SN-95 Mustang’s dual-cockpit interior. In addition, her talents can be associated with a variety of components on other Fords, including the iconic Thunderbird.
Being a trailblazer means that her voice matters and that people respect and listen to what she brings to the table. Those experiences are outlined in her book, “What Do You Mean a Black Girl Can’t Design Cars? Emeline King, She Did It!” That book, along with Ms. King will be at Carlisle to meet fans, sign autographs, and host seminars/Q&A sessions regarding her background and career.
The seminars and book signing will be hosted in Building R. There are two seminars planned per day (June 3 and June 4) and the interactions are free once on-site at the event. Books will be available for sale for a fee, but much like meeting Ms. King, the autograph will be free.Gates open at 7 a.m. daily and kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. Spectator admission tickets are just $15 at the door, or cheaper online in advance or in person with a valid military ID. Finally, registration for the National Parts Depot Showfield is available in person through the end of the event or online from now through event week. Learn more about Emeline King and the Ford Nationals online at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
A summit means many things, including conference, meeting, peak, and top just to name a few. It’s fair to say that since its re-launch, the F …
A summit means many things, including conference, meeting, peak, and top just to name a few. It’s fair to say that since its re-launch, the Ford Bronco has been the top (or summit) of SUV options for consumers. That reality will play out in Carlisle, Pennsylvania June 3-5 as part of the 2022 Carlisle Ford National presented by Meguiar’s.
Flanked by a National Parts Depot Showfield with decades of Ford branded vehicles, the 6th Generation of the Ford Bronco takes center station. Not only will the 6th Gen Bronco be turning heads, the Bronco Sport will too. Of course the 6th Gen is the latest offering and it will be the one showcased within this display, but with Bronco history dating back to the 1966 model year, there will many represented throughout the grounds, plus vendors selling Bronco parts within the automotive flea market and midway too.
The featured vehicle display tent is the perfect complement to Ford’s corporate display tent, located not too far away. With Ford at Carlisle, their representatives will not only have a handful of 6th Gens within their display, but will have walkarounds at the stage focused on them and be able to offer first-hand feedback for showgoers.
Broncos aren’t the only ride getting featured display treatment. Additional features include a 60th Anniversary of the Shelby, 40 years of the SSP, a Lightweight Reunion, EVs, and the Ford Nationals Select display in Building Y.
Not showing but still want to attend? Spectator admission tickets are discounted online in advance of the event and kids 12 and under are admitted free. The gates open at 7 a.m. daily and though the fun concludes on Sunday, June 5 with an on-site awards parade, the crescendo is Saturday night as the Fords cruise into the streets of downtown Carlisle for the annual Ford Parade and Street party.
Details on the Bronco Summit as well as all other special displays, ticket information, and more are available at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
Book online or call (800) 216-1876