Shelby Cobras at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Last year, the Monterey Motorsports Reunion announced that the Shelby Cobra would be the featured marque for 2012 in honor of the company's 50th anniversary. It's shaping up to be quite the celebration. Earlier this month it was announced that no fewer than 45 competition Cobras will be racing on the track come August, with owners from across the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Canada in attendance. In fact, demand to participate was so high that several entrants actually had to be turned away.

Shelby Cobras won't just be on the track, though. The event expects at least 200 Cobras, real and replica, to gather in the infield car corral. Shelby and Ford Motor Company will also bring a collection of historic Cobras to display in the paddock. In other words, if you're a Shelby Cobra fan then start making plans to attend right away.

You can read the official announcement from the Monterey Motorsports Reunion below.
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MONTEREY, Calif. - When Carroll Shelby, along with chief engineer Phil Remington, finished the very first Cobra, neither imagined that history was being written. Shelby just wanted to go race and win...right away, but Shelby American's incredible efforts between 1962 and 1967 resulted in 998 Shelby Cobras being constructed. It's estimated that 120 of these Shelby Cobras were competition cars, and they forever changed sports car racing.

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-19 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, honors the 50th anniversary of the iconic Shelby Cobra with a variety of activities, but none as spirited as the dedicated Shelby Cobra race. An impressive grid of 45 authentic series CSX 2000 and 3000 Shelby Cobras will take the green flag for their gentlemanly race, where winning is not necessarily the objective for each driver; however, "being there" is everything.

The Shelby Cobras will be arriving from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada and across the U.S. to participate in this special occasion. Each car that has been accepted is based on its exceptional racing provenance, mechanical authenticity and period-correctness in appearance. The Governing Committee pored over nearly 60 entries before shaving the list to 45, the maximum number safely allowed in any one group.

But the Cobra celebration doesn't end with the checkered flag. More than 200 Shelby Cobras are expected to arrive in the Cobra Corral. There will be areas for CSX 2000/3000 cars and Shelby American continuation cars. Being the most replicated car of all time, replica Cobras are also welcome in the Cobra Corral for display and camaraderie among automotive enthusiasts.

The Shelby Cobra group is one of 17 race groups highlighted this year. Nearly every era of race car will be represented, from a 1907 Renault Vanderbilt Cup car in Group 1A's pre-1940 sports and racing cars to a 1990 Ford Thunderbird running in Group 8B's 1974-1990 Stock Cars with disc brakes, which is a new group this year.

A longtime partner of Carroll Shelby, Ford Motor Company is fully engaged to present fans with a heritage display that celebrates the iconic Shelby Cobra. The display will be the highly anticipated centerpiece of the race paddock.

Advance general admission tickets start at $50 with a three day pass for only $130 that includes a complimentary souvenir magazine. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Hospitality options begin at $200 per person.

For more information on the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion or to purchase tickets, call 800-327-7322 or visit www.MazdaRaceway.com.