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.
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.
Since our event began, we have become famous for our wonderful family atmosphere and our legendary hospitality. We are proud that what was once known as Shelbyfest, has now come to be called the Ford Enthusiast Nationals and Shelbyfest Rally attracting as many as 800 cars from 29 states.
We look forward to seeing you, your family, and your car at our next event.