The Seventh Annual Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club Car Show will be held on the historic Santa Monica Pier from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.
Spectator admission is free. The car show is dedicated to the memory of the late car club member Tony Sousa, a longtime Mustang and Shelby enthusiast who passed away in 2005. Sousa, who owned a 1965 Shelby GT350 and FIA Cobra, was an active member of the National Shelby American Automobile Club and secretary of the local Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club (LASAAC).
Randy Richardson, club president, said the Santa Monica Pier is an exceptional location for a car show, especially an event featuring cars developed by Carroll Shelby.
“In 1962 the birth of the Shelby Cobra was on Princeton Drive in Marina del Rey,” he noted. “The Santa Monica Pier is the perfect venue to honor some of the most iconic vehicles ever produced. What better place to view some of these cars than the end of Route 66, the Santa Monica Pier.”
Shelby, a former champion professional racecar driver, specially modified the limited edition series of Shelby muscle cars. His company, Shelby American, operated out of a small shop on Princeton Drive from 1962 to 1964, and later relocated to a facility on Imperial Highway adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport.
The Shelby American Automobile Club formed in 1975 with the mission of preserving, caring for and collecting information about Shelby automobiles. The local Los Angeles chapter was founded 20 years ago with a core group of Shelby owners, each of whom is still active in the club.
The group meets once a month to organize events such as racing at Willow Springs International Raceway, a charity fundraiser for the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific division for its toy giveaway each Christmas and the annual Tony Sousa Car Show.
“Our car show on the pier has developed into one of the best Shelby, Cobra, Mustang and Ford car shows on the West Coast,” Richardson said. “We have some high quality vehicles and some with a distinctive history or race heritage that makes our show unique.
“The location is incredible with the pier’s historic significance with lots of entertainment and eateries for the entire family’s enjoyment.”
This year’s guest of honor is world renowned race car driver Bob Bondurant, with special guest Tim Considine, the former child and young adult actor in the late 1950s and 60s who later became a writer, photographer and automotive historian, in addition to some surprise guests.
Among the classic cars on display will be jazz legend Herbie Hancock’s 1963 Cobra, the sixth Cobra built which Hancock purchased new in New York, several original 1965 Shelby GT-350s and 289 and 427 Cobras.