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Carroll Shelby Passes

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A legendary icon is mourned.

It was announced today that Carroll Shelby had passed away Thursday night in Dallas, Texas. It was only a few weeks ago that Carroll had attempted to put his fans at ease by posting on his Facebook page that he was doing well and resting. Sadly we have now learned that the opposite was true. Carroll had been in mixed health over the last few years but he never gave up his passion for motorsports. He was quoted several years ago saying "I love what I do. Why else would I be doing it at 85 when it’s a full-time job tough enough to wear-out somebody half my age?" That is the kind of guy Carroll was.


Along with being a highly talented racer and car builder, Carroll was a great story teller. Here are a few columns Carroll wrote over the years that we think shed a little light on the kind of person he was. He will be dearly missed.


Carroll Shelby's Column: The Legend
Nothing beats loving what you do in life...

Carroll Shelby's Column: The Legend
Talking about All American Racers...

Carroll Shelby's Column: The Legend
Memories of Joe Landaker - a horsepower loving hero...

Carroll Shelby's Column: The Legend
Recalling some of the wildest parties....

Carroll Shelby's Column: The Legend
When I was driving in those years before the Cobra and all that came after, the races were where I’d find them.

Carroll Shelby's Column: The Legend
‘When did YOU start driving?’ People used to ask me that a lot – and still do.

Carroll Shelby's Column: The Legend
Peter Collins introduced me to John Wyer down in Argentina in January 1954...

Carroll Shelby's Column: The Legend
This year’s Barrett-Jackson sale, presented by Ford, was the best-ever auction of Shelby Mustangs.

Carroll Shelby's Column: The Legend
Lance Reventlow beat me to the punch back in 1958 when he launched his American-built Scarab sport car while the Cobra was still just an idea in my head.

Carroll Shelby's Column: The Legend
When we lost Bob Petersen last March, everybody in the automobile world lost one of its finest – and one of my closest – friends.

Carroll Shelby's Column: The Legend
Years ago Donald Healey called me to ask if I’d help him set some speed records on the Bonneville Salt flats in Utah.

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