April 21-December 30, 2012
New Exhibit: 50th Anniversary of the iconic Shelby Cobra
Speed Merchants of Venice 50th Anniversary of the Cobra, exhibition paying tribute to the late Carroll Shelby's iconic American sports car, the Cobra, personal photographs by Racing Division Inc. and 10 unique Cobras including the first production Cobra and El Cid, one of only five original factory Cobras built for drag racing, Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, Pomona, CA; 909-622-2133 or www.museum.nhra.com
With Carroll Shelby's passing earlier this month, the new exhibit at the NHRA Museum is a befitting tribute to the automotive titan. Even his John Hancock alone was sought after by countless admirers. The exhibit opened on April 21, 2012 in conjunction with the Museum's inaugural Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion. Thousands were on hand for the unveiling including some former Shelby racers Parnelli Jones, Bob Bondurant, Jerry Grant and Daytona Cobra Coupe designer Peter Brock, as well as hundreds of former Cobra employees and fans.
"We're extremely honored to be a part of this important exhibit,? said Michael Holmes, managing director of Racing Division. ?Using images from the Shelby Foundation archives we will attempt to briefly tell the Cobra story."
"The new Cobra exhibit is a celebration of Carroll Shelby's most legendary American race cars and the Museum is especially honored to have hosted such a successful event in honor of Carroll," said Museum Curator Greg Sharp. "The exhibit will remain on display for fans to witness his innovations and the lasting impression he branded on the automotive world."
Following his passing on May 11, the NHRA released this statement: "The automotive industry has lost a pioneer and the motorsports world a legend with the passing of Carroll Shelby," said NHRA President Tom Compton. "He and our founder Wally Parks were very good friends, and Carroll frequently attended events at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. On behalf of everyone at NHRA, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."