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Old 05-11-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default Auto Legend Carroll Shelby dead at 89...

Carroll Shelby, the charismatic Texan who parlayed a short-lived racing career into a specialized business building high-performance, street-legal cars, died Thursday. He was 89.

Shelby died at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, according to an announcement by his company, Carroll Shelby Licensing. A cause was not disclosed.

He led a colorful, outsized life that touched virtually every corner of the automotive world, said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

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Old 05-11-2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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does this count towards the "Celebrities Die in Threes Thread"?

He had a pretty big impact on the automotive industry, and was a genius when it came to building cars. Sad story. RIP
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One of my favorite cars of all time:

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Wow...what a life and career. Not to mention the legacy you leave behind. Last years Super Snake came with an 800 HP option...God Bless Carroll Shelby...
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The GT 40 and the Mid 60s Cobras were his greatest achievements. True legend.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:41 PM   #6
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Very sad, I saw him recently at the auction for his Daytona coupe that won LeMans. I think they wanted $10mill for the car, I think it ended up selling for $6.5 but I could be wrong about that.

I also saw him on Powerblock. Didn't realize he had a heart condition since the mid 1950's!

One of auto's genius's.
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Nothing to be sad about! What a life! RIP!
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The GT 40 and the Mid 60s Cobras were his greatest achievements. True legend.
pretty sure Shelby had nothing to do with the original GT40, that was a Ford project built to beat Farrari and win LeMans.

Ford had tried to buy Farrari and they said no, so Ford said, we will beat you racing...
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pretty sure Shelby had nothing to do with the original GT40, that was a Ford project built to beat Farrari and win LeMans.

Ford had tried to buy Farrari and they said no, so Ford said, we will beat you racing...
Shelby ran the GT 40 project from 1964 onwards including making tuning, suspension and engine changes and lead them to their first wins which helped them win the Le Mans later with Shelbys help and advice.
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Shelby ran the GT 40 project from 1964 onwards including making tuning, suspension and engine changes and lead them to their first wins which helped them win the Le Mans later with Shelbys help and advice.
Quick wiki and this is all I can find on shelby and the GT40:

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Ford GT40 Mk IVThe Mk IV was built around a reinforced J chassis powered by the same 7.0 L engine as the Mk II. Excluding the engine, the Mk IV was totally different from other GT40s, using a specific chassis and specific bodywork. As a direct result of the Miles accident, the team installed a NASCAR-style steel-tube roll cage in the Mk. IV, which made it much safer but negated most of the weight saving of the honeycomb-panel construction. Dan Gurney often complained about the weight of the Mk IV, since the car was 600 pounds (270 kg) heavier than the Ferraris he raced. During practice at Le Mans in 1967, in an effort to preserve the highly-stressed brakes, Gurney developed a strategy (also adopted by co-driver A.J. Foyt) of backing completely off the throttle several hundred yards before the approach to the Mulsanne hairpin and virtually coasting into the braking area. This technique saved the brakes, but the resulting increase in the car's recorded lap times during practice led to speculation within the Ford team that Gurney and Foyt, in an effort to compromise on chassis settings, had hopelessly "dialed out" their car.

The Mk. IV ran in only two races, the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring and the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans and won both events.[8] The installation of the roll cage was ultimately credited by many with saving the life of Mario Andretti, who crashed violently in a Mk. IV during the 1967 Le Mans, but escaped with minor injuries. Unlike the earlier Mk.I and III cars, which were entirely British, the Mk.IIs & IVs were built in America, the latter by Shelby. Le Mans 1967 remains the only truly all-American victory in Le Mans history. A total of 6 Mk IVs were constructed.[1]


So he had a little to do with the project but pretty insignificant compared to his other Ford powered cars, but whatever, it's not like wiki is the end all be all of information...
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Shelby was an innovative, outside the box kind of guy. The kind of guy that Detroit bureaucrats generally couldn't stand to have around. The American auto industry is littered with engineers that wanted to build cars to compete with the European brands, but the brass wouldn't buy into it, or if they did it was for a short time. Hell, if Ford or Lincoln would put a car on the market equipped like their Police Crown Vic, put a real 330+ HP engine in it, maybe they could sell it as competition for the Mercedes and BMW's.

Of course, they'd have to retool it metric, because few people outside of the USA want to buy a whole new set of tools for an American car.
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Quick wiki and this is all I can find on shelby and the GT40:

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Ford GT40 Mk IVThe Mk IV was built around a reinforced J chassis powered by the same 7.0 L engine as the Mk II. Excluding the engine, the Mk IV was totally different from other GT40s, using a specific chassis and specific bodywork. As a direct result of the Miles accident, the team installed a NASCAR-style steel-tube roll cage in the Mk. IV, which made it much safer but negated most of the weight saving of the honeycomb-panel construction. Dan Gurney often complained about the weight of the Mk IV, since the car was 600 pounds (270 kg) heavier than the Ferraris he raced. During practice at Le Mans in 1967, in an effort to preserve the highly-stressed brakes, Gurney developed a strategy (also adopted by co-driver A.J. Foyt) of backing completely off the throttle several hundred yards before the approach to the Mulsanne hairpin and virtually coasting into the braking area. This technique saved the brakes, but the resulting increase in the car's recorded lap times during practice led to speculation within the Ford team that Gurney and Foyt, in an effort to compromise on chassis settings, had hopelessly "dialed out" their car.

The Mk. IV ran in only two races, the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring and the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans and won both events.[8] The installation of the roll cage was ultimately credited by many with saving the life of Mario Andretti, who crashed violently in a Mk. IV during the 1967 Le Mans, but escaped with minor injuries. Unlike the earlier Mk.I and III cars, which were entirely British, the Mk.IIs & IVs were built in America, the latter by Shelby. Le Mans 1967 remains the only truly all-American victory in Le Mans history. A total of 6 Mk IVs were constructed.[1]


So he had a little to do with the project but pretty insignificant compared to his other Ford powered cars, but whatever, it's not like wiki is the end all be all of information...
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The first chassis built by Abbey Panels of Coventry was delivered on March 16, 1963. The first "Ford GT" the GT/101 was unveiled in England on April 1 and soon after exhibited in New York.

It was powered by the 4.2 L Fairlane engine with a Colotti transaxle, the same power plant was used by the Lola GT and the single-seater Lotus 29 that came in a highly controversial second at the Indy 500 in 1963. (A DOHC head design was used in later years at Indy. It won in 1965 in the Lotus 38.)

The Ford GT40 was first raced in May 1964 at the Nürburgring 1000 km race where it retired with suspension failure after holding second place early in the event. Three weeks later at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, all three entries retired although the Ginther/Gregory car led the field from the second lap until its first pitstop. After a season-long series of dismal results under John Wyer in 1964, the program was handed over to Carroll Shelby after the 1964 Nassau race. The cars were sent directly to Shelby, still bearing the dirt and damage from the Nassau race. Carroll Shelby was noted for complaining that the cars were poorly maintained when he received them, but later information revealed the cars were packed up as soon as the race was over, and FAV never had a chance to clean, and organize the cars to be transported to Shelby.

Shelby's first victory came on their maiden race with the Ford program, with Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby taking a Shelby American-entered GT40 to victory in the Daytona 2000 in February 1965. The rest of the season, however, was a disaster.
From the GT 40 wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_GT40
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The GT 40 and the Mid 60s Cobras were his greatest achievements. True legend.
This. He was a hell of a man. One of a kind. I always lusted over the 427 Cobra Super Snake......Those aren't clouds up there in the sky tonight, that's actually Carroll Shelby doing smokey burnouts in heaven.
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This was the baddest of then all:

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Old 05-12-2012, 01:15 PM   #15
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Wow, that WAS the baddest of them all. Interesting it had a spare tire, did they put that in to balance the weight? I see they built only six of them, but it won a lot of big races. With a Ford 289 motor, is that correct?

I see it had Goodyear tires on it, Back then IIRC Goodyear didn't have radial tires, they had the bias-ply tires, if that was the case that was even a badder car if it had radials on it.

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Some of the most beautiful American cars ever created

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have fun in the great autobahn in the skies
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