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How Carroll Shelby shaped the original Ford Mustang

In another documentary video release from Ford, in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang, we get another glimpse into the brain trust behind the sporting-up of the original pony car.  The senior leadership (Lee Iacocca, et al) of Ford Motor Company put up the task to make something meager into a serious performance monster.  And as you had better know already, it was Carroll Shelby and his team who were tapped to get the job done.

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50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra now held by McQueen

There is not (or at least there better not be) a single Ford Mustang fanatic that doesn’t know who Steve McQueen is, let alone his amazing car chase scene in Bullitt.  This month, there’s another McQueen making a news bit here recently by landing himself an extremely rare 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra.  Ronald McQueen was chosen as the 2012 Win-A-Shelby raffle winner by the (late) Carroll Shelby Foundation, and is now the lucky owner of one of Shelby American’s greatest tribute achievements.  These modern-day equivalent Cobras are fabricated with the same attention to detail and performance as they were in the 1960s, and Shelby himself was happy knowing this sweeps would result in not just someone driving one of his works of art…but taking it home has his or her own.

Keep reading to get the full story in the Press Release for more on this one!

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StangNet’s ‘Ultimate Mustang Bookshelf’ giveaway

It’s that time of year, Ford Mustang fans–when the season of thanks AND giving are upon us all.  We’ve teamed up with some of our long-term partners in the Mustang realm in the past to bring you freebies and sweepstakes prizes throughout the years, and now, we’re here to let you in upon yet another!

So what does this next one entail?  One lucky sweeps winner, chosen at random from our facebook sweepstakes page entries, will get their very own “Ultimate Mustang Bookshelf” containing several featured Mustang and other muscle car titles from MotorBooks .  These books are high quality, feature detailed & colorful imagery, and are sure to make nearly any Mustang or classic car fan grin for glory.

What?  No one likes “real” books anymore?  Well, there can’t be anything wrong with getting nearly $300 (retail value) in books, for FREE, can there?!?!

Keep reading to get a breakdown of just what’s involved in this awesome literary giveaway!

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One-off GT500 Ford Mustang pays homage to Carroll Shelby

On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang and recently losing a motorsports legend, Ford Racing and Shelby American have announced a 2013 Shelby GT500 that dispenses an incredible amount of power…850 horses under-hood, to be exact.  This 2013 GT500 is aimed at commemorating the legends of both the Ford Mustang as well as the man who had a dramatic influence in the pony car’s lineage.

The 2013 Shelby Cobra of concern achieves this awesome power feat by starting with the (already “healthy”) 662-horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 and jumps to an output of 850 horsepower via  a Ford Racing 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger.   There’s also its menacing stance, 345 wide rear rubber, upgraded braking, and a killer color (Guardsman Blue, striped with Wimbledon White) setting this Shelby GT500 above all the rest.

Keep reading to get the full scoop in the official PR from Shelby American.

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Carroll Shelby tribute – Ford Mustang style

Get your laptops, iPads, tablets, and smartphones ready, Ford Mustang fans–because tonight at 6pm Pacific Time, there’s going to be a Carroll Shelby Tribute Celebration at the Petersen Automotive Museum, broadcasted live & globally via webcast.  During this event, Shelby owners world-around are being asked to play their Mustang’s pipes with some spirited engine revving to pay homage to an American automotive keystone, Carroll Shelby.  This tribute is set to reach out to all of Shelby’s fans and let them get a final chance to send a trendsetter off with a tremendous roar and a wave of the glorious checkered flag.

Check out more details in the Press Release which follows…

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BREAKING: Ford Mustang legend Carroll Shelby dies

If you haven’t caught it yet on social media outlets, we’re here to share some sad news in the Ford Mustang world, everyone.  As the headline states, we’ve lost Carroll Shelby from this land and he’s no doubt headed to the 1320′ strip in the clouds for the hereafter.  Shelby passed away at age 89 yesterday, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.  As of this point, we know he was not doing well health-wise, but the official terminal cause has not been released.

The automotive magnate of all things Mustang, and other Detroit muscle, will be sorely missed as one of the legends…one of the greats…one who shaped the automotive industry AND aftermarket then, now, and the future.

Hats off from StangNet, Carroll Shelby.  Your presence will be sorely missed by many.

Keep reading to get more detail in the Press Release following…

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50th Anniversary of Shelby American Ford Mustang

If you are a Ford Mustang fan in the Las Vegas area, you’d better be sure to get up and around to catch the tail-end of the Shelby American 50th Anniversary celebration.  Crazy to think it’s been over 5 decades since Carroll Shelby & company took on the Mustang customization and today, Team Shelby is commemorating the occasion with a cruise, car show, banquet, and two days of track action.

Today’s events will mark the official “Shelby 50th Anniversary Tribute” and every guest in attendance will have access to all things Shelby Mustang at the Shelby American headquarters, right there in Las Vegas.

Keep reading to get the full scoop on this event…

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Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang pool table

What do you get the Ford Mustang fan that seems to have it all?  Something big.  Something unique.  Something that, quite frankly, makes a statement no other piece on the aftermarket novelty scene can remotely touch.  So how about a billiards table resembling a 1965 Shelby GT350 Mustang?  Yeah, that’s the ticket.

The pool table itself isn’t just a flowery rendition of the class Ford Mustang–nor is it some cheap knock-off from a tissue paper catalog.  This game platform is the real deal, produced in limited number, and each is autographed by Carroll Shelby, also.

Keep reading to get the rest of the scoop on this off-beat, but still pretty dang cool, Ford Mustang pool table.

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[Books] Carroll Shelby, the Race Driver

SHELBY, the Race Driver With Remembrances by Carroll Shelby

Following all the images and videos of the 2010 Mustang StangNet has brought to the table, we thought it might be a good change of pace to remind Mustang fans there are lots of great literary works out there surrounding the legend and its tale of followers & founders. Carroll Shelby is just one of the many in history that helped shape the Ford Mustang in its earlier stages and has a strong impact on the car even today, on the eve of the 2010 Mustang. We are happy to share with you a book review on Carroll Shelby, the Race Driver by Art Evans. It might just encourage you to pick this one up for that special Mustang fan you know this Christmas season. Continue Reading →