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 Post subject: Caroll Shelby RIP
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 4:18 pm 
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/legendary-race-driver-and-shelby-cobra-sports-car-designer-carroll-shelby-dies-at-age-89/2012/05/11/gIQALJBgIU_story.html


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 Post subject: Re: Caroll Shelby RIP
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 5:59 pm 
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Thanks for posting that...

Autoweek's write-up-- http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120511/CARNEWS/120519987?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

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 Post subject: Re: Caroll Shelby RIP
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 6:12 pm 
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No worries. I'm heading to the Goodwood Revival in September, and Cobra is the featured marque. Its a shame that he wont be there.


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 Post subject: Re: Caroll Shelby RIP
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 7:06 pm 
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We have lost a icon!

I remember as a youngster I lived down he street from the Goodyear Tire R&D "Skunkworx" and we'd drive by sometimes and see cars being loaded on monstrous (I was 6) manufacturers trailers. One time we stopped to get a longer look and were invited in to the yard to get a closer look by the gentleman supervising the loading of the cars!

He let us look, poke, point and ask questions about the sleek blue number 98, often getting right down on the ground with us and was genuinely interacting with me and my brother while my dad watched, trying to make sure we weren't being too big a pest. When some time had passed he excused himself as your grandfather would if he needed to get back to the field. I walked away busily chatting with my dad about the amazing racing things we had seen!

It wasn't till years later that I realized that we had spent those few minutes with a legend named Carroll Shelby. I often wish I had know who he was at that time, but I realize that it's special because I didn't and he was the genuine article for us. He would never had known the impact he made on me that day... it's strange how I remember it like it was yesterday.

Although I never had the chance to meet him again, I will miss him, knowing that future generations won't get the chance to know the man I met that sunny day.

RIP Mr. Shelby

Your forever fan,

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 Post subject: Re: Caroll Shelby RIP
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Considering his age one kind of expects news like this one day, still a big shock to hear it when it happens.

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 Post subject: Re: Caroll Shelby RIP
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 10:43 pm 
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I used to live less than 2 miles from Shelby's shop in Venice (Now, Marina Del Rey). Before I got my license in '65, I used to ride my bike down there and drool on the shiny new Cobras as they sat outside waiting to be taken to the dealerships. In '65, Shelby moved his operation to a couple of hangers at LAX where he started building the GT350's. That was about 7 miles from home, but I had my license by then so I could still go down and drool. Even got to meet the man once when he autographed my copy of "The Cobra Story". Wish I still had that book!

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 Post subject: Re: Caroll Shelby RIP
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 11:21 pm 
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While I take issue with a number of his chosen actions in more recent years, we have very much lost a pioneer and legend who has left an indelible mark on the automotive world and will certainly be remembered for all of the good/great things that he did throughout his life.

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 Post subject: Re: Caroll Shelby RIP
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a sad loss to the automotive industry

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 Post subject: Re: Caroll Shelby RIP
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A long time ago I met a guy at the track who had the hood of his 289 Cobra signed by Caroll Shelby in Magic Marker. If I recall correctly he got him to do that because it was the #2 serial number car?

Funny thing was he thought it was awesome at first then realized after awhile he could never paint the car again. That was maybe 30 years ago and I wonder if he ever painted it. I suppose it's much easier to get a spare hood and set that one aside now.

They were not quite so valuable then yet. I suppose nobody would actually track that car today.

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 Post subject: Re: Caroll Shelby RIP
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Hope I see my 90th year, I won't be complaining.

I like Shelby for the simple reason he took good old muscle to the Europeans and put them in their place - they even changed the rules because of him.


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