RIP Carrol Shelby

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by menotyou, May 11, 2012.

  1. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

  2. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

    I can name so many accomplishments of this man.

    Perhaps a few pictures to commerate his automotive genius and impact:
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  3. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

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    texan Well-Known Member

  5. rod

    rod retired and happy

    RIP Mr. Shelby---you will always be considered one of the giants of the auto industry
     
  6. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

  7. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

    At work once and a while we have pot luck. I make Chili and they all say it is so good.
    I never tell them I use the below:
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  8. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    I just read this in FB. This is a sad day for the auto industry. What a giant of a man and such a great loss. There will never be another like him. RIP
     
  9. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

    Shelby was born on January 11, 1923, to Warren and Etoise Shelby, farmers in Leesburgh, Texas.
    Though many attribute his penchant for speed to a stint as an Air Force pilot in World War II, it actually
    seems to have emerged long before. In Rinsey Mills' authorized biography, Shelby recounts how, upon earning h
    is license at the age of 14, he was busted for traveling at 80 mph driving to work the next day.

    Read more: Carroll Shelby: Cobra Creator and American Racing Legend Dead at 89 - Automobile Magazine
     
  10. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

    In 1956 and '57, Sports Illustrated named Shelby Driver of the Year. Two years later, while co-driving with
    Roy Salvadori for the Aston Martin factory team, he won Le Mans. A diagnosis of angina ended his racing career in
    1960 (part of a lifelong battle with heart disease), but not before he won the USAC driving championship that year.
    By then racing had become his passion, and he kept his hat in the ring, picking up a Goodyear Racing Tires
    distributorship and opening a high-performance driving school with Peter Brock as an instructor - which, years
    later, would be passed on to ex-Shelby American driver Bob Bondurant, who continues to operate the school to this very day.

    Read more: Carroll Shelby: Cobra Creator and American Racing Legend Dead at 89 - Automobile Magazine
     
  11. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

    But Shelby longed to build his own car. His first attempt, which tried to marry an Italian body from Scaglietti with
    Chevrolet Corvette running gear, faltered when General Motors management nixed the deal. Several years later, the
    planets finally aligned-. In 1961, when AC Cars in England lost Bristol, its engine supplier, Shelby contacted the company
    and outlined a plan to use the chassis to build a V-8-powered sports car, which AC approved. Shelby's pal
    Dave Evans inside Ford helped him secure a deal to buy small-block V-8s, and he acquired fellow racer
    Lance Reventlow's race-car building enterprise, which was falling on hard times. Within a matter of months
    Shelby had a chassis, an engine (a 260 cubic-inch Ford V-8), a building to assemble them in, and the engineering
    brains behind Reventlow's operation, Phil Remmington.
    "Evans carried me into (then Ford president) Lee Iacocca's office in Detroit," Shelby recalled late last
    year. "I said I needed $25,000 to build two chassis that I thought could blow the doors off the Corvette.
    Iacocca said he'd think about it, but then he told (product engineer/ Mustang father) Don Frey
    'Maybe we should give him $25,000 before he bites somebody.'"


    Read more: Carroll Shelby: Cobra Creator and American Racing Legend Dead at 89 - Automobile Magazine
     
  12. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    The things I could do driving that car, in that car, on that car................... God, I love those cars.
     
  13. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    aaahhhh when cars did something and looked good doing it!!

    back when boys and girls could tinker with dad and the family car!!
    back when these names had meaning.
    • Harley Earl
    • George Hurst
    • Carrol Shelby
    • John DeLorean
     
  14. texan

    texan Well-Known Member