REFLECTING ON THE 2015 CILIP CONFERENCE
Written by Martin Mullin, Head of UK Acquisitions. CILIP is the Chartered […]
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When Ford wanted to add some spice to it's newly introduced Mustang, it turned to former racer Texan Carroll Shelby. The resulting cars proved to be the definitive performance Mustangs of the muscle-car era. The choice made sense. Shelby had proven himself a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack, in the tuning shop, and in the auto industry. By the time Ford hired Shelby to create a high-performance version of its Mustang, the man was already an automotive legend. Early in his career, Shelby's accomplishments as a race car driver included breaking land speed records at Bonneville in 1954 for Austin-Healey and winning Le Mans in 1959 alongside teammate Roy Salvadori. As a team manager, Carroll was a part of the FIA World Grand Touring Championship as well as the Ford GT victories at Le Mans. When his health forced him to give up racing in 1960, Carroll turned his attention to design. He had a vision of creating a race car mating a lightweight European chassis with American V-8 power. The result was what is considered perhaps the greatest sports car and one of the fastest road cars ever constructed--the Shelby Cobra. The Shelby Mustangs he built for Ford in concert with his own Cobras made Carroll Shelby a household name in the 1960s. Throughout the decades, Shelby has remained at the leading edge of automotive performance. After undergoing successful heart transplant surgery, a grateful Carroll decided to use his reputable name for a good cause. In October 1991, he created the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation, dedicated to providing assistance for acute coronary and kidney care for children in need. In 1992, Carroll Shelby was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Shelby continues to impact the world of racing and automobile design. He is likely the only person to have worked at a visible level with all three American automobile manufacturers. His charisma, vision, and ability to know the best person for the job have made him a master organizer and team leader able to produce consistently impressive results. Even today, Ford's premier Mustang carries the Shelby name and iconic snake logo. This book is the complete, authorized biography of Carroll Shelby, the story every enthusiast has always wanted to read. Shelby website: www.shelbyautos.com
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