A Legend Lost – RIP Carroll Shelby

It is a sad day in the automotive world as another legend has been lost. To some he was America’s racing hero, to others he was the Godfather of the American sports car, and to others he was a charismatic Texan that liked to go fast. On Thursday of this week at age 89, Carroll Shelby passed away at Baylor Hospital in Dalla, Texas, USA as per a formal announcement from his company representatives.

The iconic all-American car designer and racer was best known for his Shelby Cobra that hunted down Enzo Ferrari’s creations and put American motorsports on the map. Later in the years, Shelby created more powerful versions of Ford’s Mustang models like the GT350, GT500 and Cobra. Shelby’s racing career despite being short-lived made him a known name having raced for Aston Martin, Maserati, and Austin-Healey in the 1950s. By the late 50s, Shelby even competed in Formula One with a total of eight championship races.

Carroll Shelby will forever live on in the hearts and minds of not only Ford Motor Company, American muscle enthusiasts, but all gear heads alike.


More Articles

RE Amemiya: A Different Path to Victory

Isami Amemiya (Ama-san, as he’s known by in Japan) has always been a bit... different. His first car was a Subaru 360, yet in 1974 he founded the most famous rotary tuning shop on the planet: RE Amemiya. His all-time…
Read More

Power Struggle: American Baseball's Godzilla Complex

Having a tuned car does not necessarily mean it has been tuned correctly. Recently, an American friend lamented to me, his sad story about a certain 2013 VR38DETT GT-R engine that was created by a supposedly reputable Stateside tuner. The…
Read More

Budget Build: Ford F150

Yeah, I know we’re an aftermarket performance oriented magazine, and almost every article has something to do with making a tuner car faster, louder and generally more fun. But, as much as I love high performance cars, I realized another…
Read More

Mine's: Simple is Best

Classic, simple and understated. Mine's shop exterior isn't much different than the monster vehicles it produces within. Mine’s doesn’t do flashy. Its demo cars seem to have very few outward modifications. Yet they’re stupidly fast. Some kind of magic? Perhaps.…
Read More

Installer Institute: Gauge Install

As many of you are aware of the more equipment and upgrades you have in your vehicle the less space you have to fit it all in. Especially when most of the vehicles come from the factory with very little…
Read More