Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography

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Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography

Format:  Hardcover,

552 pages

Publisher: Motorbooks Intl

Publish Date: Apr 2012

ISBN-13: 9780760340561

ISBN-10: 0760340560

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When Ford wanted to add some spice to its newly introduced Mustang pony car, it turned to former racer Carroll Shelby. The resulting cars proved to be the definitive performance Mustangs of the muscle-car era. The choice made sense. Shelby had proven himself a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack, in the tuning shop, and in the auto industry. By the time Ford hired Shelby to create a racer from its Mustang, the man was already an automotive legend. Early in his career, Shelby's accomplishments as a racecar driver included breaking land speed records at Bonneville and winning Le Mans in 1959 with teammate Roy Salvadori. As a team manager, Carroll was part of the FIA World Grand Touring Championship as well as the Ford GT victories at Le Mans. When his health forced him to give up racing in 1960, Carroll turned his attention to design. He had a vision of a racecar made from a lightweight European chassis with American V-8 power. The result is what is considered to be perhaps the greatest sports car and one of the fastest road cars ever constructed: the Shelby Cobra. The aluminum-bodied 289 and 427 Cobra models and the subsequent Shelby Mustangs made Shelby a household name in the 1960s. Shelby continues to impact the world of racing and automobile design. His charisma, vision, and ability to know the best person for the job have made him a master organizer and team leader able to produce consistently impressive results. Even today, Ford's premier Mustang carries the Shelby name and iconic snake logo. This book is the complete, authorized biography of Carroll Shelby including images from Shelby's personal collection. It's the story every enthusiast has always wanted to read. Shelby website: www.shelbyautos.com

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Publisher: Motorbooks Intl
Publish Date: Apr 2012
ISBN-13: 9780760340561
ISBN-10: 0760340560
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 552
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.75 x 1.75
Walmart No.: 9780760340561

Chapter outline

Forewordp. 7
The Boy from East Texasp. 9
The Army Air Forcep. 19
Children, Trucks, and Chickenp. 27
Racing for Realp. 35
Foreign Representativep. 47
Record-Breaking and the Mexican Road Racep. 55
Guiberson's Ferrarisp. 61
Italian Summerp. 66
Moving Onp. 77
Unrestricted National Championp. 82
In Hemingway's Footstepsp. 96
Carroll Shelby Sport Carsp. 100
Mainly Maseratisp. 106
Looking to the Futurep. 113
Back to The Bahamas and a Kidnapping in Cubap. 122
A Season in Europep. 140
The Writing on the Wallp. 153
Works Driverp. 158
Victory at Le Mansp. 167
Aston Takes the Championshipp. 177
El Paso by Sundown, Nassau by Nightp. 187
Lucky" Experiencesp. 192
The Last Lapsp. 200
Starting Afreshp. 208
Out into the Sunshinep. 215
The Cobra is Bornp. 225
Let the Racing Beginp. 236
The Watershed Yearp. 244
Further Ambitionsp. 269
World Championship Bidp. 292
Over to Europep. 305
ANew Erap. 340
Upping the Antep. 362
Getting the Job Donep. 387
Trials and Tribulationsp. 402
The Price of Successp. 418
One More Timep. 443
Fresh Horizonsp. 463
Off to Africap. 486
Dodging Aroundp. 504
Rejuvenationp. 510
The First Onep. 515
Millennium Manp. 530
Author's Acknowledgementsp. 536
Indexp. 540

Book description

When Ford wanted to add some spice to its newly introduced Mustang pony car, it turned to former racer Carroll Shelby. The resulting cars proved to be the definitive performance Mustangs of the muscle-car era.
The choice made sense. Shelby had proven himself a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack, in the tuning shop, and in the auto industry. By the time Ford hired Shelby to create a racer from its Mustang, the man was already an automotive legend.
Early in his career, Shelby's accomplishments as a racecar driver included breaking land speed records at Bonneville and winning Le Mans in 1959 with teammate Roy Salvadori.

As a team manager, Carroll was part of the FIA World Grand Touring Championship as well as the Ford GT victories at Le Mans.

When his health forced him to give up racing in 1960, Carroll turned his attention to design. He had a vision of a racecar made from a lightweight European chassis with American V-8 power.
The result is what is considered to be perhaps the greatest sports car and one of the fastest road cars ever constructed: the Shelby Cobra.

The aluminum-bodied 289 and 427 Cobra models and the subsequent Shelby Mustangs made Shelby a household name in the 1960s.

Shelby continues to impact the world of racing and automobile design. His charisma, vision, and ability to know the best person for the job have made him a master organizer and team leader able to produce consistently impressive results. Even today, Ford's premier Mustang carries the Shelby name and iconic snake logo.
This book is the complete, authorized biography of Carroll Shelby including images from Shelby's personal collection. It's the story every enthusiast has always wanted to read.
Shelby website: www.shelbyautos.com

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