California Part 3 – Santa Barbara Wheels and Waves show

After LA, we jumped in the Camaro SS and headed north on Route One to our next destination Santa Barbara. Along the way, we had a fun brunch in Malibu where we bumped into Chuck Zito, aka. Frankie Diamonds from FX’s Sons of Anarchy TV series.

After filling our stomach’s with some amazing grub we attended Santa Barbara’s Wheels and Waves classic car show.  Well, it certainly lived up to its reputation as one of the better classic auto shows in the southern California area.  With the town’s main street packed with lines of all types of classic cars and trucks the show had everything to offer for the enthusiast.  The level of show cars was top-notch and the cars look so darn good in the California sun. Here’s a glimpse into the unreal rides we experienced and to what California dreaming is all about….

Hot rods:

hot rod

1957 Chevy

hot rod

50s Chevy

hot rod

Custom hot rod

hot rod

Three window Ford Coupe

hot rod

Custom hot rod

hot rod truck

Chevy 1950s truck

hot rod

Chevrolet Corvair

hot rod

Custom resto business coupe

custom wagon

Ford Surfer wagon

Ford hot rod

1930s Ford wagon

Ford hot rod

Ford custom hot rod

Ford hot rod

Blown out Ford hot rod

Classics:

Porsche Speedster

Porsche 356 Speedster

Shelby Cobra

Matte black Shelby Cobra

Chevrolet Chevelle

1970 Chevelle -454

Ford Bronco

Ford Bronco

Low riders:

Monte Carlo

Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Ford low rider

Ford LTD with Impala in background

Japanese classics:

Datsun hot rod

Classic Datsun truck

Japanese hot rod

Datsun Fairlady

SPOTTED: 1965 Shelby Cobra 427

In a new series here on RedlineNorth we’ll be bringing you brief posts on randomly spotted vehicles that are unique, rare, or interesting.  First up a 1965 Shelby Cobra.

Car: 1965 Shelby Cobra 427
Spotted:
Toronto, Canada

1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Front View

Shelby Cobra

1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Rear View

1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Interior

Vital Stats

Production: 1965-1967
Engine: 427 cu in (7.0 L) V8
Length: 156 in
Width: 68 in
Height: 49 in
Curb Weight: 2,355 lb (1,068 kg)
Purchase Price (in 1965): $7,000

Read the original 1965 Car and Driver road test of the 427

A legend is gone…

Yesterday, there was some very sad news in the automotive world as we learned of the passing of the  American automotive designer and racing driver Carroll Hall Shelby (January 11, 1923 – May 10, 2012).  Mr. Shelby passed yesterday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas at the age of 89.

Caroll Shelby was most well known for making the AC Motors-based Shelby American Cobra and later the Mustang-based performance cars for Ford Motor Company known as Mustang Cobras. His company, Shelby American Inc., founded in 1962, currently sells modified Ford vehicles, as well as performance parts.

The AC Cobra, also known as the Shelby Cobra in North America, is a legendary sports car that was produced during the 1960s. With it’s amazing horsepower to weight ratio the Cobra had the title of fastest production car of the day during the 60’s. This trait stands out in a story I read many years ago about comedian Bill Cosby, who while rising to fame bought an original Shelby Cobra but had to sell it soon after, as he was too afraid of the immense power from the epic roadster.

Today, there are many companies that build replica Shelby Cobras around the globe.  One of the biggest names in the replica business is California based, Superperformance which sells three different body styles of replica Cobras.

Replica or the real thing, most people will never have the chance to experience the ultimate visceral thrill of the Shelby Cobra on the road or the track so take a minute to listen to one in action.  Here is a video that provides a little taste of the raw power of the AC Shelby Cobra.

There are already many tributes appearing online from all over the globe and there will be many more to come in both the mainstream press and the automotive press about the man who stood for so much in the automotive world.  He will be dearly missed and hopefully his spirit will continue to inspire others to push the boundaries in the automotive industry. We will miss you Carroll Shelby.