2012 Shelby Mustang Super Snake GT-500 Goes on Tour

2012 Ford Shelby GT500

Just last month, Monaco Ford hosted its inaugural show of cars which brought out a couple hundred dedicated fans. The idea here was to support the new tour which is traveling to almost all 50 states, showing off the elegant 2012 Shelby Mustang GT-500 Super Snake. The High Five Tour is brought to us by the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization and is meant to bring awareness to those who serve, and will be stopping at a Ford Dealership in each state to help raise awareness.

Former Marine Dave Monaco’s son Mike is one of the organizations founders and was at the stop in connecticut. “He called me and asked if we wanted to be the Ford dealer that sponsors them in Connecticut,” said Monaco. “Now it’s going to be an annual thing.”

For people who want to attend, you can make a donation to the organization which will get you admission to the event and some tasty beverages. Attendees get a chance to put their John Hancock on the Shelby Super Snake which will eventually go to auction. The proceeds will help build  anew house for Marine Lance Corporal Tyler Huffman with the assistance of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Huffman was wounded and paralyzed back in December.

This marks the 2nd year of the tour, with year one bringing in over a million dollars for the effort. ANd check out how this went down..the person who won the Mustang Shelby paid a whopping half a mill for the car, then gave it back to be auctioned off again! The second round brought in another half mill, totaling 1 million dollars!

On the tour, the 2012 Super Snake will have three drivers including Lt. Gen. John B. Sylvester, Major Gen. Arnie Fields (Ret.) and Folsom. Sylvester was asked who would be able to slap their signature on the car, his response: “Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, and people who love soldiers, sailors airmen and Marines. It’s America’s car.” He also mentioned that the event at Monaco was the biggest of the tour so far.

The Wounded Warriors Family Support organization helps to sponsor trips for families with wounded veterans. The idea is to help them enjoy life without stress and support them at a difficult time. You never know how  a wounded soldier is going to deal with returning to society, so its imperative that their be ample support for them.

also sponsors family trips for wounded veterans, in order to give them stress-free time and any family support they may need. “It’s all about the family coming back into whatever it’s going to morph into whenever a [wounded] soldier comes back,” he said.

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Shelby 50th Anniversary Car Show at Galpin Ford

Galpin Ford Shelby 50th Anniversary Car Show

This year is the 50th anniversary of Shelby American, marking half a century since the first Cobras rolled out of the a modest assembly plant in Los Angeles. To celebrate there have been several events held throughout the past year including the debut of the Shelby 1000 at the New York Auto Show in April and a Cobra reunion held at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, CA. Shelby was also the featured marque at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion earlier this month where the company unveiled the 2013 GT500 Cobra, 2013 GT350 and 2013 GT500 Super Snake.

Adding to the celebrations, Galpin Ford, the decided to hold an all-Shelby car show this past weekend at their property in Van Nuys, CA. We weren’t sure what to expect from the show, but the largest Mustang dealer in the country didn’t disappoint. Upon arriving at the show we were greeted with the largest gathering of Shelby Mustangs we’ve ever seen. Just about every year and variant were well represented, from original GT350s to modern days Super Snakes. Shelby American had their own display of cars, highlighted by the Shelby 1000, the 2013 GT500 Super Snake and several 2013 GT350s in a variety of color combinations.

Perhaps the most impressive assemblage of cars, however, came from Galpin. The dealership’s own collection of Shelby Mustangs on display was nothing short of incredible, featuring vintage models in immaculate condition and important late model cars like the first production 2011 Shelby GT500, the third 2008 Shelby GT500KR ever built and the 2007 Shelby GT500 Super Snake prototype. One of their most recent acquisitions, the 1965 Shelby GT350 barn find purchased at Barrett-Jackson earlier this year, was also prominently on display, as were several custom Shelby Mustangs built in-house by Galpin Auto Sports.

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Shelby 1,000 HP Mustang Super Snake to be Revealed at NY Auto Show

For the good people over at Shelby American, you can never have too much horsepower! Just last year, we saw the unveiling of the 2012 Mustang GT500 Super Snake that had a whopping 800hp. But this year, the New York Auto Show will have on display the brand new 2013 Shelby Mustang Super Snake weighing in at an astounding 1000hp! To get a bit more technical, the street legal version of the SHelby 1000 will actually have 950hp, while the track-only model will boast 1,100 hp.

How does the new Shelby Mustang pack such a punch? Well, Ford decided to load it with it’s 5.4-liter V8 engine, including new pistons, rods and crank. In addition to some Shelby Mustang secret sauce, the crew upgraded the cooling and exhaust systems and changed out the supercharger. And naturally, with all this new vroom, the team improved upon its stopping and handling capabilities. Just how did they accomplish this? By adding 4 pistons in the rear and 6 in the front, along with new struts on the suspension, bushings and sway bars. The new Mustang also has a solid driveshaft which is connect to a nine inch rear end.

Clearly the new Shelby 1000 is shaping up to be the speediest, most powerful Mustang ever built. So, how much does it cost you ask? The 950hp street legal Shelby Mustang comes in at a whopping $150,000…and thats for the base model. If you want to the track only 1100hp with all the fixin’s, you’ll be shelling out $200,000 for that bad boy! And as usual, make sure to get one ASAP as they are limited and officially numbered by Shelby America.

Finally, the 2013 Shelby Mustang 1000 has some new style features like its rear panel & splitter and a sleek, aerodynamic hood.

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