AIR Time interviews Mike Shelby


Recorded March 16, 2016 interviewing Mike Shelby, son of Carroll Shelby, Shelby Cobra fame

AIRTime featuring Michael Shelby
March 16, 2016
7:00 pm: Interview
7:45 pm: Movie “BULLITT” (1968)

This month’s AIRTime features Michael Shelby, the oldest son and middle child to automotive designer, racer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby and his first wife, Jeanne Fields Shelby. Growing up while Carroll was still in the midst of his racing career, Michael attended the 1958 European Circuit and LeMans in 1959 with his father. During his high school years, Michael spent time working at Shelby American from 1962-1965. Time spent with Carroll often meant spending time other celebrities of the day. Michael recalls spending time with Twiggy, Chuck Yeager, and Jay Leno among others. Today Michael credits his dad for giving him an appreciation for farming, classic cars and racing.

Vintage and new cars will be on display in front of Alamo from 5-8:00pm that evening including 2016 and 1968 Chargers and Mustangs. The 2016 Charger is compliments of Richardson Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and the 2016 Mustang is through Town East Ford. Both dealerships take pride in partnering with local organizations to help make a difference in their communities.

The film featured for this AIRTime will be 1968’s BULLITT (1 hr, 54 min), starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Vaughn. McQueen is BULLITT, the all guts, no glory San Francisco cop who is determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection. BULLITT is renowned for one of the greatest car chases in film history between a Mustang and a Dodge Charger. McQueen did all his own driving which included a reverse burnout which wasn’t in the script. He had actually mistakenly missed a turn but then it was kept in the footage.

Admission is FREE, but when reserving a seat online you must purchase a $5 food voucher which can be used at the event. Walk-ins are welcomed, but a reservation guarantees a seat.

This project is funded in part by the City of Richardson Cultural Arts Commission.

What is AIRTime?

AIRTime is an artist interview series presented by AIR4arts. The event was formerly held live on stage at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, Texas. In 2020 we shifted to provide a virtual experience.

Not able to tune in live with us? A recording of the interview will be made available shortly after the event. As always, each and every AIRTime interview can be listened to at your leisure as a podcast on Apple Podcasts or in your favorite podcast player.