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Shelby Supercars Drops The 'Shelby'

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On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Shelby Supercars Drops The 'Shelby'

Isn't it confusing when two or more people with the same last name share a profession or passion closely? In the world of exotic cars, there are surnames that transcend family lineage. One of the most confusing exists between Carroll Shelby and Jerod Shelby. The former is an icon known for decades of automotive experience that includes the Cobra and many a high-performance Mustang. The latter is the namesake of Shelby Supercars or SSC, which has owned the production world speed record and hopes to earn it again with its new Tuatara. If indeed it does earn that record, it will be held by "SSC" not Shelby Supercars.

It's not surprising that people would confuse Carroll Shelby and Jerod Shelby, given their similar occupations. Apparently this was becoming a growing nuisance to Carroll because Carroll Shelby Licensing and its corporate parent Carroll Shelby International appear to have forced Shelby Supercars into officially dropping the 'Shelby'.

Inside Line reports Shelby Supercars will officially change its name to SSC North America, as per an agreement between the parties. The move should help stave off confusion for both men and both brands.

While it's interesting that the surname led to the dispute, it shouldn't affect Shelby Supercars too much. It's long gone by the name SSC unofficially, and I'd be willing to bet that SSC is more identifiable for consumers and car fans than Shelby Supercars. It took a while before we even realized the SSC stood for something.

So there you have it: If you want a suped-up Mustang, you go to Shelby. If you want a world-record-level supercar, you go to SSC.



dwalter | 5:30PM (Mon, Feb 6, 2012)

I assumed they were father and son for a while


Stephy21 | 10:06AM (Tue, Feb 7, 2012)

Its crazy how alot of people in the same profession have the same last name and it always becomes a problem because they usually have similar or the same name. So this isn't a big surprise to me.


Sami18 | 10:10AM (Tue, Feb 7, 2012)

I have never even heard of this racing team until now. But i would defiantly see why they would come to a mutual agreement on the whole name thing since their last name's are the same.

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