Gary Patterson: President
Gary Patterson has been a key team member at Shelby from the birth of the continuation Cobra to the Series 1 program through the current Mustang and Raptor based vehicles. He joined Shelby in 1996 and was promoted to President of Shelby American in December of 2016.
Patterson manages a broad range of strategic sales and consumer initiatives and experiences around the globe. Leveraging his extensive background with Shelby, he oversees a variety of programs that interact directly with enthusiasts and the media. Gary manages the Cobra dealer network and all Shelby Mod Centers. Patterson also plays a key role in the oversight of Team Shelby for Shelby American.
When Gary is not leading strategic sales he is a key test and development driver for the company. He has been deeply involved in the creation of every Shelby vehicle since the company moved to Las Vegas. He has also served as a factory team driver for Shelby American in various events.
Gary is currently on the NADA advisory board and is an Optima Batteries Power Pro Ambassador for Motorsports. He also serves as chief technical advisor for the Ultimate Street Car Association competition held in Las Vegas annually.
Gary has always been involved in motor sports. He raced everything from tricycles to Sports cars. He has loved Mustangs from the very beginning when his dad brought home a Mustang convertible in 1964. Those early years led to his first car purchase, a 1969 Mach 1 Mustang with 428 CJ engine that he owns to this day. Gary drag raced that car while in high school and later became involved in autocross and competed in a modified Corvette. He currently owns several key Shelby development vehicles that he has helped to develop with the team over the years.
Gary began his Open Road Racing career in 1991 when he began helping with Technical inspections for the Silver State Classic challenge Open Road race in central Nevada. He served on the Board of Directors and was Race Director of the Silver State Classic Challenge Open Road race from 1998 to 2004. He also served as Chief of Tech inspections. Patterson has a proven track record of energizing large groups of people in volunteer organizations.
In 2001, Gary helped to start the Sandhills Open Road Challenge based in Nebraska. The event quickly established itself as a great venue for Motorsports enthusiasts. This event and others that Gary has been involved with give hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities.
Prior to joining Shelby in 1996 Gary was Operations Manager of the TJ Maxx distribution center. For 15 years in this field Patterson established himself as a leader of associate teams.
Gary has served as President of the Mustang Club of Las Vegas, Vice President of Competition for the Central Buckeye Corvette Association and was an NCRS judge. At the Mid America Shelby Ford event each year, Gary serves as a driving instructor for the road course event.
Gary graduated with a BSBA from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in 1982. His awards include one from Fort Findlay, his home town in Ohio, for achievements in his field.