An estimated 2,500 car enthusiasts and Cobra fans converged on LegacyTexas Bank at Preston Road and Legacy Drive on June 30 for the Texas stop of the Shelby American 50th Anniversary Tour.
The event celebrated 50 years of the Cobra performance vehicles and also served as a tribute to the memory of the late auto icon Carroll Shelby.
The Plano celebration represented the sole Texas stop for the national Shelby American Tour, a 13-city car show honoring 50 years of the Shelby Cobra. The large crowd that participated in the local event was treated to an eye-popping display of vintage and anniversary models including the Shelby 1000 and the GT500 Super Snake. In all, more than 125 cars were on display, including rare editions from the Shelby family’s private collection.
Perhaps the most poignant moment of the event occurred when the engines of dozens of Shelby classics were revved in unison in tribute to Carroll Shelby, the auto line’s namesake who died in May in a Dallas hospital at the age of 89.
LegacyTexas Executive Vice President Aaron Shelby says the activities were a fitting celebration of his grandfather’s life.
“The turnout for the Shelby American Tour is testimony to the appreciation and loyalty people have for Carroll Shelby,” Aaron Shelby said in a news release. “As a bank, we were proud to be a part of this unique event and as a family, we were grateful for the opportunity to share in this celebration.”
Plano Mayor and LegacyTexas President Phil Dyer said hosting the event was an honor for Plano and for the bank.
“We are delighted and appreciative that Shelby American selected Plano as the Texas stop for the 50th Anniversary Tour,” Dyer said in the news release. “Because of the bank’s long relationship with the Shelby family, it was especially meaningful for us to host this celebration for our state and for our community.”
Shelby American is headquartered in Las Vegas and is in the midst of a tour that will include stops in Los Angeles and New York.
This year’s event marked the third year the bank has hosted a Shelby event. The Shelby family of North Texas is majority owner of the local bank.
As a community service of LegacyTexas Bank, the Plano celebration was open to the public. In conjunction with the event, the bank also hosted a blood drive for the American Red Cross, helping to replenish critically low blood reserves.