Shelby Cobra at ChildHelp Benefit
Larry Jewett - December 27, 2013 02:40 PM
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and ChildHelp, the nation’s largest organization for abused and neglected children, announced that the 10th Annual ChildHelp Drive the Dream Gala will honor the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Shelby American Le Mans victory. The January 11, 2014, celebration included a panel discussion with a special cocktail, dinner and display.
All of the living ’64 Le Mans team members, including drivers Bondurant and Gurney; Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe-designer Peter Brock; engine-builder for the winning car, Jack Hoare; and mechanic Jean Stuki will attend the Drive the Dream gala. The original Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (CSX2299) that crossed the finish line for the historic ’64 finish were on hand next to the very Ferrari GTO (5575 GT) that came second in class, right behind it.
“We’re so excited to reunite our original Shelby team and Daytona Coupe in celebration of our historic Le Mans win 50 years ago,” said Bob Bondurant. “It’s especially fitting that this celebration will happen on the birthday of the man who led us to victory, the late Carroll Shelby. For auto enthusiasts this is rare chance to join this team of racing legends who may never have the opportunity to gather like this again.
“Shelby-American’s victory at the 1964 Le Mans showed the world that the Americans could successfully compete in sports car racing on the international stage,” said Edsel Ford. “With a Ford engine, managed by Carroll Shelby and driven by my friends Bob Bondurant and Dan Gurney, the Cobra Daytona Coupe went on to win its class that year. With this victory, we became bolder with our goals.”
Proceeds from the Drive the Dream gala will help support ChildHelp. Information can be found at www.childhelp.org