Jim Labadie of Dexter, MI is now the proud owner of a 2014 Shelby Focus, after winning Shelby America Inc.’s raffle benefiting JDRF, an organization devoting to supporting type 1 diabetes research. The drawing was held at the Ford headquarters in Dearborn, and raised $47,000 for JDRF. The car came complete with a Shelby performance package upgrade including a custom leather interior, a Shelby short-throw shifter, a Ford Racing suspension that “drops the car 1 inch, bigger brakes,” new Shelby wheels and performance tires. In addition, the car features a cold air intake, a Borla exhaust and a performance engine tune.
“We were honored when Ford Motor Co. invited us to support the charity,” stated Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “This is an important charity for Ford, which has raised more than $45 million for the organization through a variety of events and programs since 1998, and we are happy to help move the needle forward in this endeavor.”
In addition Edsel B. Ford II, Ford MotorCo. Board director added that, “Ford is proud of its ongoing partnership with JDRF in the fight to cure type 1 diabetes. Our collaboration with Shelby has also been very important to Ford and we were thrilled that they chose to join us in support of JDRF.”
Labade’s new car has been documented in the official Shelby registry and is one of only 500 vehicles built for the model year. Post-title package for the Shelby Focus ST begins at $14,995, not including the base car.
The car was named in honor of the late, great Carroll Hall Shelby (1923-2012), American automotive icon, race car driver, entrpeneur and creator of the AC Cobra and Mustang performance cars (known as Shelby Mustangs since 1965) for Ford Motor Company. His company, Shelby American Inc., founded in 1962, currently sells modified Ford vehicles, as well as performance parts.