Carroll Hall Shelby, Dies today at age 89


GT Owner
Jul 26, 2010
Las Vegas, NV
Carroll Shelby passes away

I just got the email. Here is the press release

Dallas – May 11, 2012 – Carroll Shelby International, Inc., (OTC: CSBI.PK) announced today that Carroll Hall Shelby, a man whose vision for performance transformed the automobile industry, has died at age 89. Mr. Shelby passed away yesterday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Born on Jan. 11, 1923, Carroll Shelby was one of America’s greatest success stories. Championship-winning racecar driver, “flying sergeant” wartime pilot, philanthropist, entrepreneur, car manufacturer and racing team owner, he embodied the ingenuity, tenacity and grit to overcome any obstacle. He is perhaps the only person to have worked at a visible level with all three major American automobile manufacturers.

Carroll Shelby founded Carroll Shelby International, a publicly held corporation involved in many industries. His licensing arm has agreements with industry giants, such as Mattel, Sony, Ford Motor Company and Electronic Arts. His car company, Shelby American, has a thriving parts business as well as a line of muscle cars including the Shelby GT500 Super Snake, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GTS. The Las Vegas-based company also manufactures a limited number of the 1960s Shelby 289 “street,” 289 FIA, 427 S/C and Daytona Coupe Cobras.

Shelby considered his greatest achievement to be the establishment of the Carroll Shelby Foundation™. Created in 1992 while Shelby was waiting for a heart transplant, the charity is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and benefitting the Carroll Shelby Automotive Foundation.

Shelby remained active in the management of each of his companies and the Foundation until his death, even though he endured both heart and kidney transplants in the last two decades of his life.

“We are all deeply saddened, and feel a tremendous sense of loss for Carroll’s family, ourselves and the entire automotive industry,” said Joe Conway, president of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. and board member. “There has been no one like Carroll Shelby and never will be. However, we promised Carroll we would carry on, and he put the team, the products and the vision in place to do just that.”

Shelby is survived by his three children Patrick, Michael and Sharon, his sister Anne Shelby Ellison of Fort Worth and his wife Cleo. Funeral plans are not currently available. Donations to the Carroll Shelby Foundation are encouraged in lieu of flowers. Information about the Carroll Shelby Foundation is available at

About Shelby American, Inc.

Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. Now a subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International, Inc., the company manufactures authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles. The company offers the GT350, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang. For more information, visit

About Carroll Shelby Licensing

Automotive manufacturer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby is one of the most famous and successful high performance visionaries in the world, and he has spent the last 50 years establishing and protecting his name, trademarks and car design rights. He founded Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., which has the exclusive right to license the Shelby trademarks and vehicle design rights for some of the most famous muscle cars and high-performance vehicles. CSL also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. For more information about the company or licensing opportunities, call (310) 914-1843, or fax (310) 538-8189 or write to Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., 19021 S Figueroa St., Gardena, CA, 90248, or visit, or

About The Carroll Shelby Foundation

The Carroll Shelby Foundation was created by legendary racer and automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby. Headquartered in Gardena, Calif., the Foundation is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and benefitting the Shelby Automotive Foundation. For more information visit

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This release may contain forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future events or results to differ materially and adversely from those described in the forward-looking statements. CSI disclaims any obligation to revise or update any forward- looking statement that may be made from time to time by or on its behalf.

Empty Pockets

ex-GT Owner
Mark IV Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Oct 18, 2006
Washington State
Carrol Shelby is gone...

'Truly the end of an era.

May he R.I.P.
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GT Owner
Aug 30, 2011
A man that had so much to do with Ford history has left us today...

We have all lost something today.


GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
May 4, 2006
What an incredible example of an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. To say he was a legend seems too simplistic for Mr. Shelby.
We all need to go out and take a romp in our GTs and other Ford performance cars this weekend.
Prayers go out to his family and close friends.

red gt 1442

GT Owner
Mark IV Lifetime
Dec 23, 2005
NY Metro Area
I have been away from the Forum for a while now because of my commitments with the racing team. I wanted to share a moment with all of you Forum Members. Tomy is probably one of the closest people with CS that we know on this forum and he will probably understand better than most what I am about to say.
When I decided to put my race team together, I reached out to CS and asked him if he would honor me with his Carroll Shelby Foundation Logo on my race car. The answer came quickly the next day from the President of the foundation Jenni Shreeves who contacted me based on CS's approval. Between hospital stays, CS could always be found at the Belair Country Club in LA. I had been there many times, and I can tell you that he was LOVED by everyone. One day a couple of months ago, CS was in poor health and was being wheeled around by Cleo and a friend at the Country Club. One of my dear friends stopped to say hello. He called me that afternoon to let me know CS was yelling at the top of his weakened voice that Gino had put his foundation Logo on his race car. When I was told this, I got a lump in my throat. I wished I could be there, being hugged by him, as he had done so many times before. Yes I know that many loved him, but knowing the man will always be something I could not fathom in my lifetime. With the little time I had been in his company I could tell how warm of a human being he was. Yes, he loved people, and most of all he was very appreciative of those people that loved him. Yes, 89 years young and still going like a freight train. We always joked when I would tell him that I was going to set up an auction and buy him 20 more years to continue his life and contributions. He would smile, and that was my intent for him to be happy.

This past weekend I was in Laguna Seca racing my Boss 302S in the World Challenge. On lap 14 we had a full course yellow, and someone tapped me on my shoulder to tell me the CS had passed. I felt like someone hit me on the head, but I had known he was very sick and it was not unexpected. All of my days spent with him and Cleo came rushing thru my mind...I felt sad for my friend CS. I set there on the pit wall and I looked up. I said Carroll, we are running in 5th position, I cannot do anything to help you now, but being up there and looking down at us, you can help me. Give my car a push. I know, whom am I kidding? Well, we were in 4 th position, the white flag was shown, 0ne lap to go chasing a Acura that was 2 seconds faster than us. Here they come, checker is out we were happy to take 4th....wait...wait....turn 5, we whent 4 off and passed the acura in 3rd ...we finished on the podium. I looked up and thanked the man. He surely did it. I am proud to have his foundation on my car, and I will make a donation to his charity, as he would of wished me to do. I hope that for you guys that think of how great the man was, please consider making a donation to the Carroll Shelby Foundation to honor him in death, as we did in Life. Rest in peace my friend.



GT Owner
Mark IV Lifetime
Nov 28, 2005
Very sad, just got news from a fellow Shelby owner friend, was a pleasure to have met him, and shake his hand because of this forum. May they have a great time whan he and Bony catch up.


GT Owner
Jul 13, 2006
A Pure Legend.


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GT Owner
Jun 30, 2009
Golden, Colorado
Carroll Shelby has passed away

Details to follow. Rest in peace.


GT Owner
Mark IV Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Aug 31, 2006
A lifetime of accomplishments. RIP


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Le Mans 2010 Supporter
What a tremendous loss to all. He passed away last night while with his family in Dallas, Texas. I was notified last night, and was asked to keep it to myself until its release. He was a close friend to my family for many years. My ford GT was the last GT he signed on the interior at Keels & Wheels some 4 years ago. We have all lost a great Automobile Man. Those of us who were at Rally 2 in Newport Beach at the Peterson museum and had our picture taken with him were very fortunate. He was in his element with his friends from the GT Forum, and he loved his friends very much. My heart is heavy but I know he is in a better place with his old raceing buddys including Daniel . May he rest in peace.



GTX1 Owner
Mar 25, 2006
A one of a kind true American legend.

He will be missed.


GT Owner
Mark IV Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Oct 1, 2006
Saddlebrooke, MO
A legend has passed on. I had the privilege of meeting him a number of times and got to spend an afternoon at his ranch in E Tx back in 2002. The thing that was amazing to me was his memory for people and events. I had met him once in 1998 when I was at a SCAT picnic and then saw him again at Lime Rock in 2000 and he remembered my name! (Dr. Frank, no remarks about anything I did to cause him to remember). He surely left a legacy with respect to racing, race cars, and even Chili....not many know he hosted the first ever chili cookoff and had his own brand of chili mix.
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GT Owner
Mark IV Lifetime
Nov 15, 2005
San Clemente, CA USA
This is very sad news. A true automotive hero who left behind many legends. RIP.


GT Owner
Mark IV Lifetime
Jul 10, 2006
Gardnerville, Nv.
An Icon, Godspeed.


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Staff member
Mark IV Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Feb 13, 2006
Scottsdale, Arizona
What a guy. I'm going to go out to the garage and drive my Shelby. RIP



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Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Aug 2, 2006
Dallas, TX
He was really the only person I have ever thought of as a personal hero. He took every risk he ever faced like Geronimo and feared no other man alive. I think we all knew this day was coming but for some reason, I thought he might just live forever. Sincerest condolences for those who were close to The Texas Gambler.
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GT Owner
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Mar 29, 2008
kilgore tx
Yep, Going to get the GT out this afternoon for a spin


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Mark IV Lifetime
Feb 14, 2006
North Carolina
here is a pic of him at the 50th anniversary of VIR (from USA Today) which he won the inagurral race in a Maserrati 450 just like in the pic...

RIP Carroll



Mark IV Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
May 25, 2006
Ft. Lauderdale
A legend and an Icon passes. God speed Mr. Shelby.. It was an honor to meet you !!



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Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Nov 3, 2005
Renton, Washington
A truly nice person that did Great things. He will be missed.

R.I.P. Mr. Shelby.