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Another Legend has left us

Post by DavidM » Fri May 11, 2012 5:14 pm

A great American icon is gone RIP Carroll Shelby

Carroll with Masten Gregory 1960 12 Hrs of Sebring.

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Post by supertc88 » Fri May 11, 2012 5:24 pm

RIP Carroll.

My condolences to the Family and Friends.
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RIP Billy Kimmel - Gone but not forgotten!

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Post by supertc88 » Fri May 11, 2012 5:29 pm

I just got this in an E-Mail from a friend in Texas:

Truly--- A-- ICON............ They don't make'm Like this Man--anymore............!!

Caroll Shelby:

Carroll Hall Shelby, the Texan who created the famous Shelby Cobra and uncounted other high-performance machines that turned the auto world on its ear, and made it a whole lot more fun for 50 years, died in Dallas Thursday night at age 89. He had been hospitalized for pneumonia. Shelby, who affected the aw-shucks demeanor of the chicken farmer he once was, said, "I never made a **** dime until I started doing what I wanted." What he wanted was, if you will, power for the people, automotively speaking. Beyond just his efforts in the small world of hot-rodding, Shelby influenced how Detroit automakers thought about high-performance, and he proved that hard work and bit of guile can make a hero. The litany of significant cars he created is long, running from the original 1962 AC Cobra - small British sports car with a big (for the times) Ford engine - through a sojourn at Chrysler and a stint with GM via a failed Oldsmobile-powered car, back to Ford. He was involved with development of Ford's GT 500 Mustang, the 2013 version of which is certified as the most-powerful regular-production car in the world. Rumors began circulating about a health problem when the affable auto man failed to appear as scheduled at the New York auto show in early April to promote his latest creations, the 950-horsepower Shelby 1000 and the 1,100-hp Shelby 1000 S/C. Shelby published an update on his Facebook page in late April to say, in the vein of Mark Twain's "the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated," that he had been hospitalized for pneumonia, but was "resting comfortably with family and working on getting better."(USA Today)(5-11-2012)
Central PA - Home of the PA POSSE and the Best Dirt Track Racin' in America!

SAVE Our Farmland, Forrests and Dirt Tracks!

Freedom Is NOT Free!

RIP Billy Kimmel - Gone but not forgotten!

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Post by supertc88 » Fri May 11, 2012 6:00 pm

Central PA - Home of the PA POSSE and the Best Dirt Track Racin' in America!

SAVE Our Farmland, Forrests and Dirt Tracks!

Freedom Is NOT Free!

RIP Billy Kimmel - Gone but not forgotten!

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Post by LarryJ » Fri May 11, 2012 6:31 pm

Shelby raced here in Maryland a few times at Marlboro Motor Raceway and Cumberland Airport where he won the National in 1957. He could drive them as well as build them. Quite a racer.

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Re: Another Legend has left us

Post by old racer » Fri May 11, 2012 9:15 pm

God Speed

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Post by Jim Nise » Mon May 14, 2012 10:19 am

Saw him race, of all places, Langhorne in 1958. A Formula Libre race. He only participated in the sports car heat race, and won.

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Post by Straight Shooter » Tue May 15, 2012 9:30 pm

He put Ole Enzo in his place. Shelby was the true American who just wanted to share his passion for speed with the public. That is why he built the Cobra & the Shelby Mustangs.
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