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An amazing evening of Firsts for Bob Bondurant!

The energy and excitement of octane filled the air at the Shelby American Headquarters this past spring in Las Vegas. Legendary racecar driver Bob Bondurant was honored at the 8th Annual Shelby Bash for winning the 1965 FIA World Manufacturers’ Championship. To celebrate this monumental victory, Alain Zimmerman, the CEO of Baume & Mercier Luxury Timepieces, presented Bondurant with the very first Capeland Shelby® Cobra Steel Chronograph Watch, serial number 0001. This extraordinary Limited Edition watch will be a collectors’ item, as only 1,965 timepieces will be created. Detailed information can be found at

As the night progressed, Carol Anne Conway (Carroll Shelby’s niece) presented Bondurant with the first Carroll Shelby Spirit Award. Carroll Shelby International stated, “the ‘Carroll Shelby Spirit’ award was designed to kindle a desire for excellence by recognizing people and their achievements. Working with organizers of events that cater to Mr. Shelby’s interests, it will always be awarded to someone who displays exuberance, character and most importantly, enjoys a high-octane lifestyle. Rick Hadley designed this 60-pound bronze statue of a stunning Shelby Cobra. Carroll Shelby International plans to bestow the award annually.”

“Presenting the award to Bob Bondurant in the home of Carroll Shelby was a special moment,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American.

Pat Bondurant sat proudly next to her husband, World Champion Bob Bondurant, while experiencing the honorary night of Firsts. Both Pat and Bob Bondurant were overwhelmed with emotion, as this night would be an evening they will always remember.


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