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  • Quick tour of Shelby American, Inc

    I had an opportunity to visit Shelby American, Inc., including going through their factory. I did not realize that they were a full blown OEM, manufacturing both Shelby cars and trucks. Another surprise was that while in the past 80% of their business was cars, now it is 80% trucks (which they primarily do in another facility). On the floor they had the Shelby GT, Super Snake, Shelby F-150 Super Snake truck, Shelby F-150 and F-150 Raptor. In their factory, while certainly small by the 'big three' standards, they had everything from a paint shop, to upholstery, to fiberglass build up, etc. Everything in their factory was already sold, while much of what was in their tightly packed show room was for sale. Vince Laviolette explained a number of their projects and how they test and refine, for example, the cooling systems, aerodynamics, etc., both on the track at Las Vegas Motor SpeedWay and on the road and in the desert surrounding Las Vegas.

    I also had a couple of mini-hot laps with Gary Patterson, their President. All in all a great time.

    Here are a few shots from the visit (as always, clicking on an image will bring it to full size):

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    If you would like to see more from the visit, check out https://www.daumphotography.com/Even...-American-Inc/
    Last edited by [email protected]; 05-25-2019, 01:00 PM.
    'RedHot' Prod.Wk 7 Oct '13 Museum Del. 29 Oct '13- Sold Oct '21
    Contributing Member of the National Corvette Museum
    Web site: https://www.daumphotography.com/
    blog: https://insight.daumphotography.com/

  • #2
    Very cool. Great photos, thanks for sharing.
    There is a madness to my method!

    2015 Z06 Torch/adrenaline
    2001 coupe Torch/oak R8C
    79 coupe Silver/oyster
    All one owner
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    • #3
      Exciting day Jeff. What fun you must have had. Thanks for sharing your great pictures with us. I would happily “inherit” a couple of them.
      GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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      • #4
        Cool photos shelby always creates great variations of the mustang...

        expensive but good..

        i spotted a bullet mustang in green at the club today. Looked very nice although even that is about 48 grand..

        it does have 480 hp though which is more than the camaro ss and the corvette stingray.

        what Im actually surprised about is how strong the supra is with only 335 hp at 3400 lbs..

        i wonder if the pressed cars got a little tune for the launch..

        i look forward to your photographic skills on that weird vehicle...

        has lots of curves and angles....supposedly it looks much better in real life..

        i wonder if you with your excellent phtographic skills can capture the essense of the vehicle..

        like I mentioned suposedly the reviewers at the toyota launch all said it looks good in person...meanwhile many look at the photos so far and are not quite as impressed..l

        i think they land at toyota dealers in July...might make an interesting effort if you are so inclined..

        thanks for posting these.

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        • #5
          Thanks Jeff great photos as usual.
          2017 TR GS 2LT

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Plasboy View Post
            Very cool. Great photos, thanks for sharing.
            Thanks Plasboy! Hard to miss with some of those beauties.
            'RedHot' Prod.Wk 7 Oct '13 Museum Del. 29 Oct '13- Sold Oct '21
            Contributing Member of the National Corvette Museum
            Web site: https://www.daumphotography.com/
            blog: https://insight.daumphotography.com/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by John View Post
              Exciting day Jeff. What fun you must have had. Thanks for sharing your great pictures with us. I would happily “inherit” a couple of them.
              Appreciate it John. Next time I visit I'll check to see if they have an 'inherit' list and if so, I'll put you and Annie's names down
              'RedHot' Prod.Wk 7 Oct '13 Museum Del. 29 Oct '13- Sold Oct '21
              Contributing Member of the National Corvette Museum
              Web site: https://www.daumphotography.com/
              blog: https://insight.daumphotography.com/

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              • #8
                Thanks JB. I'll keep in mind the Supra getting to the dealers in July, though my schedule is pretty packed from the end of July through end of September at this point. It would certainly be fun to try a shoot.
                'RedHot' Prod.Wk 7 Oct '13 Museum Del. 29 Oct '13- Sold Oct '21
                Contributing Member of the National Corvette Museum
                Web site: https://www.daumphotography.com/
                blog: https://insight.daumphotography.com/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ateupjoe View Post
                  Thanks Jeff great photos as usual.
                  Much appreciated Ateupjoe.
                  'RedHot' Prod.Wk 7 Oct '13 Museum Del. 29 Oct '13- Sold Oct '21
                  Contributing Member of the National Corvette Museum
                  Web site: https://www.daumphotography.com/
                  blog: https://insight.daumphotography.com/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by [email protected] View Post

                    Appreciate it John. Next time I visit I'll check to see if they have an 'inherit' list and if so, I'll put you and Annie's names down
                    Oh I thought he wanted to inherit a couple of your photos. 😇
                    That would be cool enough.
                    There is a madness to my method!

                    2015 Z06 Torch/adrenaline
                    2001 coupe Torch/oak R8C
                    79 coupe Silver/oyster
                    All one owner
                    Museum lifetime members

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Plasboy View Post

                      Oh I thought he wanted to inherit a couple of your photos. 😇
                      That would be cool enough.
                      Too kind! Thank you.
                      'RedHot' Prod.Wk 7 Oct '13 Museum Del. 29 Oct '13- Sold Oct '21
                      Contributing Member of the National Corvette Museum
                      Web site: https://www.daumphotography.com/
                      blog: https://insight.daumphotography.com/

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                      • #12
                        Great pictures once again . ThanksJeff
                        My favorite is ..... Click image for larger version

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                        A thought if I might ...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ssscooter66 View Post
                          Great pictures once again . ThanksJeff
                          My favorite is ..... Click image for larger version

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                          Thanks! That 427 is a beauty. Love the detail in the engine bay (accompanying image on my site).
                          'RedHot' Prod.Wk 7 Oct '13 Museum Del. 29 Oct '13- Sold Oct '21
                          Contributing Member of the National Corvette Museum
                          Web site: https://www.daumphotography.com/
                          blog: https://insight.daumphotography.com/

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                          • #14
                            Click image for larger version  Name:	image_7020.jpg Views:	4 Size:	1.18 MB ID:	38079 Thanks Jeff for the photos.
                            I’ve owned a lot of old and current Shelby’s in the past. Here are my two favorites and a 09 KR. Click image for larger version  Name:	3009284D-3C0B-44A7-BF2F-0A181B81A45F.jpeg Views:	1 Size:	245.4 KB ID:	38080
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                            2020 Blade Silver 2LT Z51 front lift ,mag ride ,black trident wheels and carbon fiber dash

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                            • #15
                              Also a 07 Shelby GT sharing a garage with a 17 GS. Click image for larger version

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                              2020 Blade Silver 2LT Z51 front lift ,mag ride ,black trident wheels and carbon fiber dash

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