16th Annual Tony Sousa Memorial Car Show

Held by the Los Angeles Shelby American Auto Club (LASAAC), the 16th Annual Tony Sousa Memorial Car Show. The show honors one of the club’s great members, who passed away in 2005, and every year since (minus 2020), they have held a car show in his memory. 

This year’s event was held at the Zimmerman Automotive Museum in El Segundo, CA on September 18, 2021.

The turnout was amazing and with the inclusion of many of Shelby’s original crew, the car show morphed into another semi-Shelby American reunion. The Shelby greats held a discussion on stage and signed autographs. 

CAPTION: 1965-1966 Shelby GT350s lined the boardway of the museum. They were all in the iconic Wimbelton White and Guardsman Blue livery.

Two years after the movie Ford v. Ferrari, the Shelby furor has yet to cease—in fact, it has only increased. The film infused a new excitement about Shelby American and Ford history. With the increased attention in the two brands, it is perfect that two modern-day Shelby cars exist in the 2015-2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350/GT350R and the 2020 and 2021 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500. People flocked to the LA event to meet the real people behind the legend.  

A mix of old with new, you had original Shelby vehicles from 1965-1971 in both GT350, GT500, and special editions like the 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby-GT350H, Hertz edition. Parked on the walking path of the museum was a phalanx of 1965 and 1966 GT350s—all in Wimbledon White, with most also having painted Guardsman Blue stripes. Shelby GT500s and other colorful Shelby GT350s were positioned to the right. A row of the brand new second-generation Shelby’s lined the street in front of the Museum. The line of 2015-2021 Shelby GT350s and GT500s stretched down the street. 

The new generation of Shelby GT350s lined the street—they made their presence shown by the number of modern 350s that were at the show. 

Other Mustangs, Ford GTs, Ford GT40s, Ford Torinos, Fox bodies, Saleens, Mach 1s, and a DeTomaso Pantera filled the rest of the museum grounds. 

People walked around with order forms, judging each car, scrutinizing them for accuracy, and then those forms were turned in to decide the winners of each category. 

Inside the museum, sat the original Shelby crew, the real men depicted in both books and the movie. People queued in a line, waiting to get autographs, and after a speaker went down the line asking the Shelby greats what it was like in those magical years of 1965-1968. 

Twelve of Carroll Shelby’s original crew were joined by Rick Titus, son of Jerry Titus, and Peter Miles, son of Ken Miles, as they answered questions and signed autographs.

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