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Automotive legend passes

By magic8ball ·
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Carroll Shelby passed away Thursday (5/10), at age 89. From GT Mustangs and aptly named Shelby Cobras in the 60's to the Dodge Viper, racing accomplishments and more, the automotive world has truly lost a legend.

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Carroll Shelby...the man who helped Ford beat Ferrarri

by robo_dev In reply to Automotive legend passes

With Shelby in charge of Ford's GT-40 program, they finished 1-2-3 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1966. He was, by all accounts, both a brilliant engineer and a great person; he will be missed.

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Total bummer

by NickNielsen In reply to Automotive legend passes

I never got to meet him, but had the distinct pleasure of driving an AC Cobra at Riverside Raceway in the late 70s. It was most definitely one of my favorite experiences.

If only all cars handled like that one...

RIP.

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I never got to meet him either

by magic8ball In reply to Total bummer

But my long time project vehicle is a 66 Mustang coupe. I hope to get it back on the road sometime soon.

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RIP Carroll Shelby

by hippiekarl In reply to Automotive legend passes

When I was a kid in Huntington Beach c.1965, local hero Shelby sparked my interest in HO-scale slot cars (and DC electronics in general). The first car for which I bought a clear plastic body and painted the inside--for body-thickness clearcoat--was his Maserati 450S (here's the real one):
http://autos.yahoo.com/photos/the-legacy-of-carroll-shelby-slideshow/celebrating-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-opening-of-virginia-international-raceway-carroll-shelby-is-photo-1336768134.html
While living in Pahrump, NV a couple of years ago, I was able to visit Shelby International outside of LV, and drool over the Series One S/Cs they were still making there....I still see lots of ACs and 427s at the hill-climbs up by Banner Elk, NC.
There's no speed limit where you've gone, Carroll Shelby.

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