When I began my blog, I vowed never to write about cars on it even though they are a true passion of mine.  However, I received an email this afternoon from a friend who sent me a link to some very sad news. Vale Carroll Shelby sadly passed away on the 10th of May at the age of 89,  even though that’s quite old, it’s quite doleful to hear that a legend died.

You may be thinking at the moment, ‘Who the hell is Vale Carroll Shelby?’ or you may know who he is. Either way, his last name sort of gives him away, that is if you know what a Shelby is. In my opinion, Shelby’s are legendary cars, only truelly great Ford’s are given the title of ‘Shelby’. Such cars as the Ford Shelby Cobra, Shelby Mustangs and the Shelby GT500.

Above: Shelby Cobra

In commemoration of the great Vale Carroll Shelby, I think I may shed some history about him, his cars and his racing. Before he raced he was a chicken farmer, one day, he wore his farming overalls for his races because he didn’t have time to change. Those overalls became his trademark because he got more publicity from his overalls than his racing that day. Even when he won the Le Manns in 1959 he wore them.

From 1932 when Shelby had his first a race (A drag race) he continued to race and eventually led from drag racing to road racing. Shelby became very good at racing and when his chicken farming finished (his chooks all died from limberneck disease) he took racing on as his main career. He went on to become a well known racer and won titles such as the 24 hour Le Manns, 3 U.S.A national sport car championships, and in Bonneville salt flats set speed records (land by the way).

Above: Carroll Shelby with Shelby Mustang GT350

Carroll Shelby had heart conditions when he was at the height of his racing career, so he came to temporary halt. He decided to share his talent of automative manufactuaring and race car designing, first consulting with Chevrolet, who turned him down (how stupid of them.) After he talked with Ford who took on his ideas and created the first Shelby, the Shelby AC Cobra, or just Shelby Cobra. Shelby went on to design the Shelby mustang (see above) and the Shelby gt500 after that. He is an American and car legend and won’t be forgotten, until we start using helepods instead of cars.

Above: Ford Shelby GT500