A Brief History on Shelbyfest:
In 2006, six men that had just gotten their 2007 Shelby GT500 Mustangs met in Creve Couer Park to get to know each other and show off their cars. Essentially dubbed the "St Louis Seven" since they were joined by another who's GT500 had not arrived at the dealership yet, the display caused quite a spectacle attracting passers by who stopped for a chance to see the most exciting addition to the automotive world in a long time.
Many pictures were taken and then posted on what is now the Team Shelby website. Talk of another gathering lead one of the attendees to suggest a picturesque farm setting in the heart of Missouri's wine country.
The first Shelbyfest took place in Hermann Missouri and attracted an amazing 26 cars (amazing since the GT500's were still barely crawling off the lines). Owners came from 5 states to participate and once again drew quite a crowd at Hermann Ford, where the event was held. After the "show", the cars "idled" to the Carlton Young farm outside of town for a photo shoot. Pictures made the rounds on the internet and created a lasting reputation for the uniqueness of the event.
Shelbyfest 2008 grew beyond our wildest dreams. We attracted just shy of 160 cars from 10 states. Shelby owners traveled from as far as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to be a part of what is rapidly becoming the premier show of it's kind.
Shelbyfest 2009 set new attendance records with cars coming from 15 states as far away as Texas, Ohio, and Colorado. We grew to 260 cars and filled the city streets providing visitors and residents alike the opportunity to feast their eyes on some of the finest mustangs that exist today. Representing all ends of the mustang world, all vintages were present including a strong contingency of vintage Shelby's and mustangs. Some of the finest AC Cobras in the region were even present thanks to the Mid America Cobra Club. We were even graced with the presence of a couple of Ford GT's as well as a Sunbeam Tiger or two.
Shelbyfest 2010 saw cars from 23 states and proved that it is truly one of the nation's most unique Shelby and mustang experiences. We had the editors from Mustang Monthly, The Mustang Times, and Mustang Magazine on hand and they all had a blast. Their attendance to Shelbyfest inspired them to feature the show in their publications, one of which even gave us a 4 page feature!
2011-2014 Brought us continued growth and ever more folks decided to become part of the Shelbyfest family. We have drawn people from 28 states and Canada. We have been very fortunate to have received recognition of our great event via numerous feature articles in multiple publications and we look forward to continually creating the unique, exciting atmosphere that has made Shelbyfest what it is today. Bring the whole family and come see us.
2015 - Our expansion to Jefferson City brought expanded activities and an even bigger footprint to welcome visitors from all over the United States. Voted "Most Beautiful Small Town in America" 2013 by Rand Mcnally, historical downtown Jefferson City made the perfect backdrop to welcome 660 cars from 28 states and 15,000 spectators.with great support from folks like Ford, Dynacorn, Carroll Shelby Wheels, and several others, we rocked the heartland. The appearance of the GT350 prototype, our first ever Shelbyfest autocross, and charity cruise in made it a year for the record books.
2016 marks our 10th Anniversary. It's hard to believe we have come this far and humbling to think that so many mustang enthusiasts have chosen our "family reunion style event" as one of their annual destinations. We look forward to seeing you all for years to come.
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