9th Annual Tony Sousa Memorial Car Show
September 8, 2013
This year's car show will once again be held on the historic Santa Monica Pier. Show will be held 10am to 3pm, rain or shine. Net proceeds will benefit the LAPD Pacific Division's Winter Wonderland toy give away this holiday season. Please click here for the registration form and additional information. Space is limited to around 100 cars so sign up early.
Our annual holiday party will be held December 1st at Check Point Automotive (3906 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles 90066). As usual, we will be providing copious amounts of food and drink. All you need to do is show up, preferrably in a cool car, and bring along an unwrapped toy (or two or three) for our annual toy drive to benefit LAPD Pacific Division's Winter Wonderland toy giveaway. Party starts around noon and runs til 4 or 5 or whenever. Always a fun time and a great way to kick off the holiday season.
8th Annual Tony Sousa Car Show
September 15, 2012
We're once again holding our annual car show in the historic Santa Monica Pier. Show will be held 10am to 3pm, rain or shine. Net proceeds will benefit the LAPD Pacific Division's Winter Wonderland toy give away this holiday season. Please click here for the registration form and additional information.
1923 - 2012
On behalf of the Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club I would like to offer our condolences to the Shelby family and friends.
Over twenty years ago a small group of Shelby enthusiasts got together and formed the Los Angeles Region of the Shelby American Automobile Club. Our goal was to honor world championship cars built by Shelby American and to preserve the history of these iconic cars. Our membership grew as more and more admirers embraced the legend that Carroll Shelby established 50 years ago. In a short five year period Shelby American, under the leadership of Carroll Shelby, had enormous success on both foreign and domestic racing circuits with some of the most talented drivers in the world. That was an incredible period of American domination of the racing world by Shelby American and Ford Motor Company.
As a visionary and manufacturer Carroll Shelby once again paired up with Ford Motor Company in 2006 to develop the Shelby Mustang GT that was offered to the public in addition to the Shelby GT500. In 2010 Carroll asked me if the Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club embraced his late model version of a Shelby Mustang and I assured Carroll that as a club filled with fundamental Shelby American enthusiasts we welcomed his latest automotive creation.
Even with Carroll’s passing the enthusiasm, allegiance, commitment and dedication to the Legend of Shelby American and Carroll Shelby thru the Los Angles Shelby American Automobile Club will persevere.
God speed, you will not be forgotten.
Randy Richardson, President LASAAC
7TH ANNUAL TONY SOUSA CAR SHOW
SEPTEMBER 17, 2011
Thanks to all who came out to the show and helped make this year's show another huge success. We had a great panel of speakers, including this year's special guests, Bob Bondurant and Tim Considine, along with John Morton and Charlie Agapiou. It was a real treat having the opportunity to listen to these guys share how it was back in the hey day of Shelby American.
Bob's resume is long and storied but he's best known in Shelby-circles for his accomplishments behind the wheel of Shelby's Cobras and Daytona Coupes. His first victory in a Cobra was in 1963 in the LA Times Grand Prix at Riverside Raceway in CSX 2137. The following year he teamed up with Dan Gurney to win the GT class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving Daytona Coupe #CSX 2299. Then of course in 1965, Bob and co-driver Jo Schlesser captured the FIA Manufacturers' World Championship on July 4th for Shelby American and Ford in Daytona Coupe #CSX 2601. In 1968, Bob opened his School of High Performance Driving, which of course is still going strong today.
Tim Considine rose to fame in the mid-50s, co-starring in The Adventures of Spin and Marty, playing Spin Evans. Several other Disney-related projects solidified Tim as a fan favorite (or what we'd call a teen idol today). In 1960, he landed his longest running role as Mike Douglas, the eldest son in the My Three Sons series. Tim is also an accomplished writer and photographer, interests which permit him to pursue his love of automobiles and racing. His award-winning book, American Grand Prix Racing: A Century of Drivers and Cars, is the definitive account of American participation in Grand Prix racing back to 1906.
OPEN TRACK UPDATE
Thanks to all who came out and supported the club's spring open track weekend. Plenty of wide-open track time the entire weekend and as usual, by Sunday afternoon, everyone had had their fill so we closed up shop early. A big thanks to Jim Clark for sending along a bunch of pics from the weekend. You can view them by clicking here.
2010 HOLIDAY PARTY RECAP
Our annual holiday party was an unmitigated success. Through a combination of auction proceeds, donations and a contribution from the Club's treasury, we were able to contribute $1,500 to the LAPD Pacific Division in support of their annual holiday toy drive. We also collected and donated a van-full of toys to the cause as well. Thanks to all who helped make a lot of kids very happy this holiday season.
6TH ANNUAL TONY SOUSA SHOW RECAP
SEPTEMBER 11, 2010
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make this year's show our best one yet. The Santa Monica pier is an awesome setting for a show and we truly appreciate everyone who brought their cars to this wonderful venue. We'd also like to that the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Committee for inviting us back this year. Again, what a great place for a car show.
This year's best of show award went to Bruce Kawaguchi for his 1965 Shelby Mustang, 5S029, one of the three "Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving" cars. Bruce has owned the car since the early 70's and earlier this year completed a multi-year restoration effort. What a fantastic car!
This year's special guest was former Shelby employee, Bernie Kretzschmar. Bernie was an employee during the Shelby heydays of 1965 to 1967. Bernie brought out his GT350 Hertz car.
Again, thanks to everyone who helped make this year's show another success. For more pics of the show, please click here.
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