Posted: 01/16/08 12:28 PM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - January 15, 2008 - Automotive icon Carroll Shelby
was honored by Barrett-Jackson officials during last night's Opening
Night Gala at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. The celebration honored
Mr. Shelby's 85th birthday where he was presented with a cake in the
shape of the new Barrett-Jackson Ford Shelby GT as well as a rousing
rendition of "Happy Birthday."
"We were honored to have Carroll as our special guest during our Monday
Night Gala," said Craig Jackson, Chairman/CEO of the Barrett-Jackson
Auction Company. "With his legendary muscle cars and his warm heart,
Carroll reaches across many demographics of design and performance
enthusiasts. We wish Carroll a happy birthday and look forward hosting
his 90th birthday party."
Barrett-Jackson reps in attendance for the birthday celebration included
Craig Jackson, Steve Davis, Gary Bennett and Ritchie Fliegler. Robert
Parker, car marketing manager for Ford division was also present and
extended his appreciation for the long time partnership between the two
companies. In addition to Carroll Shelby and his wife, Cleo, Shelby
Automobiles was represented by Amy Boylan, president of Shelby
Automobiles, Jim Owens, vice president of marketing and Gary Patterson,
vice president of manufacturing.
"The doctors told me I was supposed to be horizontal right now," Mr.
Shelby noted. "But I'm still moving and will fight to be here for my
90th birthday. I'm pleased to have worked so long with the
Barrett-Jackson team. They are such great friends. And of course, we
wouldn't be where we are if it weren't for our great partnership with
Ford Motor Company."