At 6:55PM PST on Wednesday, engines across the world were revved in unison to honor the late Carroll Shelby, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 89. The raucous tribute was organized by the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which followed up the synchronized salute of RPMs with an evening of remembrance hosted by Jay Leno and attended by a litany of the auto world's most revered members, including Parnelli Jones, Phil Remington, Don Prudhomme, Linda Vaughn, Ed Pink, Edsel Ford II and Dan Gurney, among others both famous and just friends of Shelby.

The evening was called "Carroll Shelby A Life Remembered," and drew 1,200 to the Petersen Museum in LA. Autoweek was there and shares some nice anecdotes from a few of the evening's speakers here.

Outside of LA, though, many other gatherings were hosted around the world where teams of idling Shelby automobiles – Mustangs, Cobras, GT500s and more – waited for the clock to strike 6:55. Scroll down for some videos of the mass revving that occurred in Carroll's honor last night, as well as some other interesting tribute videos we found.











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      War Llama
      • 2 Years Ago
      Alright, who was the idiot with the squeaky fan belt at the moment of ignition?
      dvp83
      • 2 Years Ago
      Definately an American Original - with the spirit that made America great. Thanks for the great cars, fun times and wonderful memories..........
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dvp83
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          kburnson
          • 2 Years Ago
          A very economical car of that era (small block Mustang for example) would get about 17 mpg....larger cars got less than that with many in the 10-12 mpg range. The monster Shelby Cobra got about 10 mpg. If those Cobras rolled more than 1,000 miles per year I would be surprised. I'll bet that I use more gas in my Expedition each year (40,000+ miles) than collectively used by all the Cobras in existence. I think I'll drive 80,000 miles this year just to piss you off. You are the "ignorant" one. Do your own math on fuel economy....if you know how. You're a nasty jerk.
          irocker350
          • 2 Years Ago
          this is one of the top five most ignorant comments I've ever read
          yukonboonie
          • 2 Years Ago
          your a ******* idiot , nuff said
          lynette
          • 2 Years Ago
          You love the lies of the left. People like you are why many think America isn't so great anymore.
      Rampant
      • 2 Years Ago
      A group of Shelbys should do a lap around circuit de la sarthe in his honor.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      RIP, never knew him but who needs to, we've all seen, even touched a part of him in every rubber annihilating creation of his. So who will be the next Carrol Shelby? Or is he just to great to be replaced...
      babettekittie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing how much of an impact he had on this Country. I miss him already and love the Shelby's...beautiful machines by a wonderful man.
      Klingon on board
      • 2 Years Ago
      DAMN WHAT A GLORIOUS SOUND!!!!
      sugarcreekchile
      • 2 Years Ago
      I chose to mark his passing by cooking up a pot of chili using his chili kit. Love the cars and love his chili fixin's.
        switzarch
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sugarcreekchile
        Terlinqua Racing Team! Great Chili! He shall be missed.
      Linda
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here in San Jose, CA there was a Shelby Tribute. The Drifters sang the National Anthem. They also did a moment of noise. Lots of beautiful, expensive Shelby cars...many signed my Carrol Shelby himself.
      - v o c t u s -
      • 2 Years Ago
      moment of noise! perfect irony! :)
      kit11760
      • 2 Years Ago
      His casket was a modified car . . Does anybody know if it was his personal car ?
      jaguareyes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im from Pittsburg Texas, his hometown. I did not know him personally, but most of my family does and I have heard wonderful stories about him. He will truly be missed by so many all over the world, but especially by those of us in his old stomping grounds.
      tje4pnl
      • 2 Years Ago
      Met him in person once at Willow Springs, scared the hell out of me. Had a great idea though. I insist my neighbor Larry drive by the house quickly. Repop or not it makes this Ol guy smile. God love you Mr. Shelby, you made the world a lot quicker. TJE III Love note to LL, Go haunt another venue where someone gives a crap !
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