Just before 7 p.m. PDT last Wednesday, May 30, the engines of several thousand Shelby Mustangs, Cobras, GT40s and even a few Series 1s cranked to life around the world and roared in tribute to racing great and design superstar Carroll Shelby, who died May 10 at age 89.
"I've got friends in South Africa who are firing theirs up right now," said a Shelby Mustang owner, standing amid a sea of barking beasts on the roof of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
While untold numbers of enthusiasts watched on the Internet, the museum was ground zero for the worldwide Shelby tribute. About 1,200 of the faithful gathered to remember Shelby and pay tribute to his legacy.
When the engines fell silent after 7 p.m., the crowd gathered in the museum's main hall for an evening of reminiscing hosted by car collector Jay Leno.
"People ask me why I don't have any Ferraris," Leno said. "Well, in all the pictures of him I never saw Enzo Ferrari smiling. And I never saw Carroll Shelby when he wasn't smiling."