Shelby American Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., has announced Jim Labadie of Dexter, Mich., as the winner of a charity car raffle program benefiting JDRF, an organization funding type 1 diabetes research.
On June 19, Jim was presented with a 2014 Shelby Focus ST, complete with a Shelby performance package upgrade, at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas.
“We were honored when Ford Motor Co. invited us to support the charity,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “This is an important charity for Ford and we’re happy to help move the needle forward in this endeavor.”
The drawing was held at the Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., and raised $47,000 for JDRF. Since 1998, Ford Motor Co. has raised more than $45 million for JDRF through a variety of programs and events, including this campaign, according to a press release.
“Ford is proud of its ongoing partnership with JDRF in the fight to cure type 1 diabetes,” said Edsel B. Ford II, board director, Ford Motor Co. “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.”
The Shelby Focus ST has a custom leather interior, a Shelby short-throw shifter and is finished with a unique Shelby CSM badge. The Shelby performance package sports a Ford Racing suspension that drops the car 1 inch, bigger brakes, new Shelby wheels and performance tires. Shelby also installed a cold air intake, a Borla exhaust and a performance engine tune.
The vehicle was documented in the official Shelby registry and is one of only 500 vehicles built for the model year. The post-title package for the Shelby Focus ST begins at $14,995, not including the base car.
Labadie drove the vehicle back home to Dexter with his two children, the release noted.