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Shelby Convention at VIR a Big Hit

Alton, Va. (July 3) – The Shelby American Automobile Club 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 the legendary Carroll Shelby were on hand for the event, including both 289ci and 427ci Shelby Cobras, Shelby Mustangs, Boss Mustangs and Ford GT40s. The weekend included vintage races, a concours d’elegance, 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.”

The SAAC annual convention is one of the most prestigious events of its type in the United States, and the weekend at VIR attracted media coverage from Car and Driver magazine and Speed Channel’s “Dream Car Garage” television series as well as various Ford–related publications and local news outlets.

“It was a honor for VIR to be selected as the site for the 2006 SAAC Annual Convention,” said VIR general manager Josh Lief, “and we very much enjoyed being able to host such a great group of enthusiasts. All of us at VIR were just as much in awe of the spectacular Shelby cars as were the fans who showed up over the weekend. We hope to have the SAAC group back again soon, and often.”

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi–purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Va., just north of historic Milton, N.C. In addition to its 3.27–mile natural–terrain road racing circuit, VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America’s first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park; the VIR Gallery, a sales showroom for high–end collector and racing cars; Plantation Valley Kart Track, a 5/8–mile paved karting circuit; The Lodge at VIR, a 27–room trackside hotel; the new VIR Paddock Suites and Garages, with 18 dual–purpose hospitality/ lodging units and garages; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the circa–1840 Plantation Clubhouse.

For more information, visit the track’s website at www.virclub.com or contact VIR at 434–822–7700. For more information on the Shelby American Automobile Club, visit their website at www.saac.com.

Image: One of the largest–ever gatherings of authentic Shelby Cobras in the eastern United States was assembled at VIRginia International Raceway during the 31st annual convention of the Shelby American Automobile Club on July 2, 2007. (Photo courtesy VIR/Victor Newman)

John Gardner
Director, Public Relations
VIRginia International Raceway
1245 Pine Tree Road
Alton, VA 24520
Work: 434.822.7700 x112
Cell: 704.467.1424
Web: www.virclub.com