2012 Shelby Bash - Nothing Bash-Ful About It
Shelby American's 50th anniversary
Although I did not traverse that leg, I did meet some of the caravan crew at the hotel. One of them was George Munsterman from New York. Readers may remember our feature about his '70 Twister Special Mach 1 drag car. Last fall, he bought a new GT 350. Munsterman told me about jumping into the throttle on a stretch of road outside of Vegas and snapping a photo of the speedometer at 160 mph.
Judging by the Wednesday night turnout for the cruise-in at the Guitar Center, the 2012 Shelby Bash appeared larger than previous Bashes, as hundreds of cars parked in a roped-off area at the Town Square Mall on the south end of the Vegas Strip.
On Thursday morning, entrants met at Spring Mountain Motor Speedway, 45 miles west of Vegas in Pahrump. One trademark of any Carroll Shelby car show is track action. The event is not technically a race, but instead an open track, where owners can enjoy their Shelbys in a no-pressure, non-competitive event.
On Friday, participants could go back for another day of club racing or opt for the Poker Run, where entrants pick up a card at five different stops to make a poker hand--the best hand wins. The route this year took the group about 115 scenic miles, consuming three hours from start to finish and edging into California at Shoshone. The final checkpoint was actually the track at Spring Mountain.
The Friday night banquet was not the finale, but it did cap off the event.
An event this long requires wisdom in pacing oneself because of the early morning starts and late evening get-togethers. The mixer Friday night was a must-go for just about everybody. Held in a relaxed atmosphere of the South Point's huge ballroom, this event allowed everyone the opportunity to eat from a variety of foods on five different buffets and even bid on signed Carroll Shelby memorabilia.
Helaina Semmler (Mt. Laurel, New Jersey) attends every Shelby Bash and said she saw people at the 50th she hadn't seen in years. Events like the 50th pull the enthusiasts from everywhere.
Fittingly, the sign-off to this event was, "See you at the 100th."