JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – We’ve attended Shelbyfest several times, both before and after the event was moved from the sleepy little town of Hermann, Missouri, to the State Capital, Jefferson City. After going back this year we must admit this is one of those shows that just gets better and better every year. Longtime Mustang enthusiast and show promoter Kyle Caraway keeps expanding the Shelbyfest footprint, and this time around the showfield spilled over several blocks of Downtown Jefferson City with several hundred Shelbys, Mustangs and other Ford-powered rides of all kinds on display.
The extended-weekend celebration hosted a long list of activities for show participants. From charity cruise-ins to an autocross to a live music-filled welcome reception at the Capital Plaza Hotel on Friday, right on through the big Show & Shine on Saturday, the cars were the stars here. That is, unless, you count an appearance by actor Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster in the classic TV sitcom The Munsters. An annual Shelbyfest highlight is the now-famous “Moment of Horsepower” at high noon – a pause to remember those who are no longer with us, and to serve as a ‘Thank You’ to our police, fire, and military.
The Ford Performance Meet & Greet tent was a busy place during the show, handing out hundreds of 2017 Shelby GT350 full-color posters to visiting attendees and talking Mustangs all day. We took a break to walk the streets a bit and snap photos of some of the cars that caught our eye at Shelbyfest 17. Take a quick look at our gallery below to see why this show should be on your “must see” list for next year.
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY JOHN M. CLOR