At least that’s what some guy convinced his buddy a few year’s back when he saw Al DeBonis’ ’62 Corvette parked amongst a bunch of snakes at a race weekend. Watching this unfold, the Shelby guys waited until Al and his wife went for lunch and out came the vinyl lettering. The legend of the Shelby Corvette was born. When DeBonis sold that car and began work on a later model Vette, it just seemed natural that it should be christened “Shelby Corvette 002”.
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Shelby Corvette 002 began life with a conversion to race trim some time in 69/70, then began a long career of road racing. The car was originally campaigned in the 70’s in the Atlanta area wearing 7-11 colors. Today, it is still powered by a thundering great 427 that sounds oh so sweet out on the track. Al has so much fun driving this pumpkin that he swears it will be his last race car.
On another note, Al was taken by how friendly all the Canadian racers and organizers had been. This first visit to Mosport will hopefully entice Al & his wife and the Shelby Corvette back to Ontario for years to come!