Passing of an Automotive Legend…Carroll Shelby: 1923 – 2012

Legendary Automotive and Motorsports icon Carroll Shelby died Thursday night at Baylor Hospital in Dallas at the age of 89. He was one of my personal heroes.

During his unfortunately short career as a race driver, Carroll Shelby won three U.S. sports-car championships driving Ferraris and Maseratis, and won the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans co-driving an Aston Martin with British race driver Roy Salvadori.

Photos Copyright Autoweek – 2012

In the early 1960s he developed the Cobra, a somewhat crude Anglo-American hot rod that dominated the race tracks of NorthAmerica, and shocked the Automotive World by defeating powerhouse Ferrari to win a World’s Manufacturer’s title. He also transformed Ford’s popular Mustang into the ferocious Shelby GT350 street car, which won several Trans-Am racing titles. As a team owner, he presided over Ford’s epic 1966 and ’67 Le Mans victories, again beating the best that Ferrari (and the rest of the Motorsports World) could put on the starting grid.

Shelby is the only individual on record to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a driver (with Aston Martin), a manufacturer (class victory with the Cobra Daytona coupe) and a team owner (with Ford’s GT-40s). He made his mark in a hyper-competitive industry by doing it differently, by doing it better – and by finding the competitive edge in unexpected places. This short tribute to Carroll Shelby is a Cinegif that is fully 450 pixels wide and loaded with transitional special effects – yet the file size is only of 1.8 Megabytes! That’s small enough to open and play instantly in email, on web pages and in digital signage. Go to our website, sign up for a free trial, and discover your own competitive edge – the power of Quality Video Anywhere.

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