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Carroll Shelby takes final checkered flag @ 89. R.I.P. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carroll_Shelby
He still seemed so healthy too. he did a really nice interview with Hot Rod magazine last year.
May his Motors live on.
With better parts he would've made it to 127.
Ford should do something special to honor him--hopefully they will.
I think he'd already had a heart & liver transplant back in the 90's.
I think that is the new Mustang. I am sure it will sell.
He was a all time great.
In recognition of his other legendary notability, I'll have to make a pot of chili this weekend.
Goodbye sir, and thank you!
I honor of CS, going to speed like hell this weekend just for fun.
Damn, I'm really sorry to see him pass. He's one guy I always wanted to meet and never did, and now it's too late.
I had a ham friend in my youth who had a Shelby modified AC Cobra. That's a tiny lightweight British sports car with a 429 in it. At the time, it was the only street car ever produced that could go from zero to 100 mph back to zero again in less than ten seconds. That's probably been done a lot since then, but this was in the early 70s.
That's all she wrote for the Mustang. The only reason it's in production now is that Shelby saved it. Now Ford's about to screw it up again, and that'll be it.
I owned a new 1966 yellow Mustang GT fastback back in the day so I knew all about CS and his Shelby Mustang offerings. I think he was having heart problems even back in the late 60s. He was quite a marketing strong point for Ford at the time. Never met the man, but will morn his passing.
The world of FORD racing will never be the same without his guidance, I will mourn for some time, I had in fact met him at a SEMA show many years ago.
I have been and always will be a FORD builder, I have built more Mustangs and Full Size Bronco's than I can remember, the last stang I built (66 2+2 fastback) for the 1/4Mile would do 10.32 all day long and not ever break out...And my Bronco's would climb trees!
Yep. Got to sit down with Shel a few times and yack about cars. One of the benefits that came with scribbling for AutoWeek. Great guy.
I also remember talking to a Ford guy back in the '80s who summed up the Detroit experience with Shelby thusly:
"Shel? Hell, I love old Shel. I just wish that every time I talked to him it didn't cost me a million dollars."
Now, when it comes to Cobras (the real ones, not the Mustangs), the 289 was a much better car than the 427. The big block was faster in a straight line, but the small block would outhandle it like crazy. Of course, thanks to the basic shape of the AC Ace, the three pedals were all kind of stacked on top of each other, which required some fancy footwork.
And maybe the best of all (certainly the most valuable), were the Peter Brock-designed Daytona Coupes.
Great days. Great character. Nice man.
He had a heart and kidney transplant. Got the kidney from his son.
I beleive all Cobras were hand production. The Cobra that did that was a 427 0-100-0 in 13.1 seconds. They didn't care how they got it stop. At the time I had an oppitunity to ride in the last 427 produce so I was told and I can tell you it was fast.
I had both a big block and small block "ace".. got a ticket ging 160 in a 45 zone on my way up to palomar mt...
I will remember Shelby as the man who beat ferari at the 24 hours.. Not only did you need fancy footwork
in the Aces, your right leg would just burn right off in the bib block.. It was fast tho.. I agree, the small
block was a lot more fun.
Shelby also did a lot of work with Oldsmobile. But, they died before he did
RIP Mr Shelby,
I'm forever a Ford man and this man was an icon! He will be sadly missed by many! Thanks for all your dedication thought out the years.
Well, I never owned anything with the Shelby name on it, but knew some who did. I was envious.
I'm also sad he's a legend I never had the oppty to meet. I've met a few of my heroes and hope to meet a few more...they're on my Bucket List. But missed CS.
Hey, I did have the oppty to meet, several times, a guy who has caused engineering students fits for five decades or more now...Phil Smith, the guy who developed the Smith Chart. He used to visit the Labs (AT&T BTL) fairly often and give talks. What a geek.
I worked with a guy who had a `67 Mustang Shelby 289. I rode in it once. It sure sounded great too. The new ones are awlsome too.