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A Tribute to Carroll Shelby – Legendary Entrepreneur and Automotive Icon 14
May
Posted by Darryl in AC Cobra, Automotive, Carroll Shelby, Shelby, Shelby Cobra, video on 05 14th, 2012

On May 10, 2012 heaven received an Angel and the World lost an automotive legend, Carroll Hall Shelby.

Carroll Shelby was much more than just an automotive pioneer, he was an overcomer. During his childhood years, doctors took note of a heart valve leakage issue that would place Shelby in a bed for many years. Doctors even speculated that he would not get to see his teenage years. As time passed, a higher calling was upon Shelby as his health started to improve and by the age of 14 he was given a clean bill of health.

Starting off his working career as a chicken farmer, Shelby quickly made a change by joining the US Army Air Corps serving as a test pilot and instructor. As endearing as he was, Shelby became a racing driver for Allard, Aston Martin and even Maserati in the early 1950’s. Winning his first race in 1952 set-forth a motion in the Automotive world that could not be reckoned with. His love for cars stirred up a passion that would bring about a forward moving momentum that will live on in the automotive world forever.

Shelby may have been a race car driver for a very long time if it were not for health issues putting a stop to his new-found career during the end of the 1960’s. Shelby did not let that stop him one bit in carrying on with his love for the automobile. Out of Shelby’s high-performance driving school, started the very year after he stopped racing, came a project that would change our definition of a performance street vehicle.

The license to the import the AC Ace from England was later obtained by Shelby. Having a great handling car would not mean much if it didn’t have the power that Shelby wanted.  From this, the AC Cobra was born using a Ford V8 engine, the replacement for the AC Ace’s straight 6-cylinder.

The original Cobra had a 289 cubic-inch engine and then later received a 428 cubic-inch engine to be one of the fastest production cars. Today his legacy lives on strong in old and new vehicles obtained by all types of Automotive enthusiasts around the world. Many Shelby Cobra vehicles have been valued in tens of millions of dollars.

Carroll Shelby’s performance vehicle formula will live on as will his legacy. We pay tribute to Carroll Shelby who crossed that river on May 10, 2012 at the age of 89. God Speed!

LEGENDARY ENTREPRENEUR CARROLL SHELBY PASSES AWAY

Dallas – May 11, 2012 – Carroll Shelby International, Inc., (OTC: CSBI.PK) announced today that Carroll Hall Shelby, a man whose vision for performance transformed the automobile industry, has died at age 89. Mr. Shelby passed away yesterday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Born on Jan. 11, 1923, Carroll Shelby was one of America’s greatest success stories. Championship-winning racecar driver, “flying sergeant” wartime pilot, philanthropist, entrepreneur, car manufacturer and racing team owner, he embodied the ingenuity, tenacity and grit to overcome any obstacle. He is perhaps the only person to have worked at a visible level with all three major American automobile manufacturers.
Carroll Shelby founded Carroll Shelby International, a publicly held corporation involved in many industries. His licensing arm has agreements with industry giants, such as Mattel, Sony, Ford Motor Company and Electronic Arts. His car company, Shelby American, has a thriving parts business as well as a line of muscle cars including the Shelby GT500 Super Snake, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GTS. The Las Vegas-based company also manufactures a limited number of the 1960s Shelby 289 “street,” 289 FIA, 427 S/C and Daytona Coupe Cobras.

Shelby considered his greatest achievement to be the establishment of the Carroll Shelby FoundationTM. Created in 1992 while Shelby was waiting for a heart transplant, the charity is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and benefitting the Carroll Shelby Automotive Foundation.

Shelby remained active in the management of each of his companies and the Foundation until his death, even though he endured both heart and kidney transplants in the last two decades of his life.

“We are all deeply saddened, and feel a tremendous sense of loss for Carroll’s family, ourselves and the entire automotive industry,” said Joe Conway, president of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. and board member. “There has been no one like Carroll Shelby and never will be. However, we promised Carroll we would carry on, and he put the team, the products and the vision in place to do just that.”

Shelby is survived by his three children Patrick, Michael and Sharon, his sister Anne Shelby Ellison of Fort Worth and his wife Cleo. Funeral plans are not currently available. Donations to the Carroll Shelby Foundation are encouraged in lieu of flowers. Information about the Carroll Shelby Foundation is available at www.carrollshelbyfoundation.org.

 



Tokyo Drift In The Living Room 9
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, drifting, Kurt, Shelby, Shelby Cobra, video on 08 9th, 2011

The rich, it’s said, are different than you and I. What seems seems illogical or destructive to us just seems like good fun to those with large bank accounts. Keith Moon, the original drummer for The Who, had a penchant for destroying hotel rooms simply because he could. The owner of this Cobra replica, on the other hand, has a penchant for destroying hardwood floors.

There’s no backstory to accompany the video, so we don’t know what prompted the driver to serve up fresh donuts in his living room. Laying rubber in such tight confines takes some skill, so we’ll give the driver props for only destroying the floors and not the drywall. Enjoy the video below, and we strongly discourage you from trying this at home.

Source: YouTube, via Autoblog



Shelby Commemorates 50 Years Of Cobras 25
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, News, Shelby, Shelby American, Shelby Cobra on 01 25th, 2011

The 50th Anniversary Cobra. Image: Shelby American

It’s hard to imagine, but it’s been fifty years since mad genius Carroll Shelby first blended the chocolate of the A.C. Ace body with the peanut butter of the Ford V8. The result was the Shelby Cobra, which would go on to be perhaps the most iconic automobile of all time. It’s certainly the most recreated, with aftermarket companies ready, willing and able to sell you anything from cheesy fiberglass over unibody kits to hand-hammered aluminum bodies over steel space frames. All those options have one thing in common: they may look like a Cobra, but they don’t come from Shelby.

Shelby American still builds Cobras as part of their continuation series. They’re sold as rollers, which allows Shelby American to bypass a whole lot of issues they’d rather not have to deal with (emission control, for example). Customers can add the engine and transmission of their choice, depending upon their budget and willingness to cheat death on a regular basis. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cobra, Shelby American has announced a limited production run of 50th Anniversary cars, all done in Shelby black with a wine colored leather interior and wire wheels. The cars get special Wilton Wool carpeting and 50th Anniversary commemorative badging, and each will get a serial number ranging from CSX8950 through CSX8999.

As you’d expect, the anniversary Cobras won’t come cheap. Prices (for a rolling body, sans engine and transmission) start at $69,995 for fiberglass bodied car and jump to $134,995 if you want one made from aluminum. There’s a good chance that these cars will appreciate, but buyer beware: in a lot of collectors eyes, these really aren’t the same thing as an “original” Cobra. Of course an original Cobra is so valuable that it can’t be driven on the street with any regularity, so maybe the best reason to buy a continuation Cobra isn’t for an investment. Interested? Check out the Shelby American website for details on ordering.

Source: Shelby American







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