The Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) made its first visit to VIRginia International Raceway over the weekend of June 30–July 2 for its 31st annual convention, and the event was a big hit with participants and fans alike.
Hundreds of rare and desirable Ford-powered cars that sprang from the fertile imagination of Carroll Shelby were on hand for the event, including both 289 and 427 Shelby Cobras, Shelby Mustangs, Boss Mustangs and Ford GT40s. The weekend included vintage races, a concours d’elegance, a car show, touring laps, drivers’ schools, a swap meet and a literature/memorabilia auction. The event was very popular with fans, attracting one of the biggest crowds at VIR since it reopened in 2000.
“VIR is a wonderful facility,” said SAAC national director Ken Eber. “We had people from all over the world on hand for our convention, and we had a lot of good feedback. This was one of the best annual conventions we’ve ever had, and we look forward to coming back to VIR in the near future.”