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It’s not all Shelbys at Cars and Coffee Las Vegas

Shelby Heritage Center opens its parking lot to a variety of vehicles on Saturday mornings


Each Saturday morning, the parking lot of the Shelby Heritage Center, located just off The Strip in Las Vegas, serves as the site for Cars and Coffee Las Vegas. The show runs from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. 

As you would expect, the event draws a lot of Ford Mustangs, Shelbys and otherwise (this past week including a nifty and rare Roush P51).

But you can never be quite sure what to expect, and while the numbers may not be huge — after all, the weekly Car Show on Eastern takes place at the same time just a few miles away — the variety of vehicles on display in the Shelby lot can be downright delightful.

And it’s not just the cars in the lot that are worth seeing. This past weekend, it was well worth your time to take a stroll along West Teco Avenue to see the vehicles parked just outside the lot.

This gorgeous and classic hot rod was among the cars in the Shelby parking lot this past weekend
An early ’50s Pontiac with a straight-8 engine parks next to a Squire SS100 Jaguar clone
Yes, this Camaro was allowed
Local Datsun owners were going on a cruise and a couple early arrivals 280Zs took in the Cars and Coffee event before heading out for their drive
Rat rodders also parked out on the street
Sometimes, there’s simply not room in the parking lot for some vehicles
Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Larry,
    Thanks for coming out to the Cars & Coffee Las Vegas recently. I’m sorry I missed chatting cars with you, but it was a busy day getting ready for the ‘drifting’ event following.
    And many thanks for taking the photos of my 1973 Intermeccanica Squire SS-100. Not too out of place at Shelby factory as this recreation (#21 of 50 produced) of the Jag SS100 uses a Mustang 250 ci straight six.
    It’s currently for sale.
    Glad you stopped by.


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