Shelby American raffle winner

Funds raised benefit Juvenile Diabetes foundation

eric Kaminsky - June 20, 2014 02:15 PM


This 2014 Shelby Focus ST was won by Jim Labadie.

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Jim Labadie accepts the keys at the Shelby American plant in Las Vegas.

Photo: TimePiece PR

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Jim Labadie of Dexter, Michigan, was chosen as the winner of the charity car raffle sponsored by Shelby American, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International. Proceeds benefited the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

On Friday, June 19, Labadie was presented with the keys to a 2014 Shelby Focus ST, complete with a Shelby performance package upgrade, at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas. Labadie was accompanied by his two children, who will join him as he drives his prize from Nevada back to Michigan.

The Shelby Focus ST has a custom leather interior, a Shelby short-throw shifter and is finished off with a unique Shelby CSM badge. The Shelby performance package features a Ford Racing suspension that drops the car an inch, bigger brakes, new Shelby wheels and sticky performance tires. Shelby also installed a cold air intake, a Borla exhaust and a performance engine tune. The car will be listed in the official Shelby registry and is one of only 500 vehicles built for the model year.

A total of $47,000 was raised through this raffle. Since 1998, Ford Motor Company has raised more than $45 million for JDRF through a variety of programs and events, including this campaign.

“We were honored when Ford Motor Company invited us to support the charity,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “This is an important charity for Ford and we’re happy to help move the needle forward in this endeavor.”

“Ford is proud of its ongoing partnership with JDRF in the fight to cure type 1 diabetes,” added Edsel B. Ford II, Board Director, Ford Motor Company.  “Our collaboration with Shelby has also been very important to Ford and we were thrilled that they chose to join us in support of JDRF.”