Carroll Hall Shelby, Dies today at age 89


DBK

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RIP

I definitely consider it a great honor that because of this website I had the chance to meet and talk with Carroll a number of times. He was an automotive legend, and is our Enzo. What a life! His legacy will carry on.
 

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Beautiful post Geno, thank you, love you my Brother. Everyone on the forum will understand and love your words. Tomy
 

KJRGT

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Thank you for sharing that post with us Gino.
I met Mr. Shelby one time, at the Bel Air Country Club.
I was sitting at the large round table in the corner. My buddy who is a long time member there was to my left and the seat to my right was empty. I was turned to my left when I felt someone sitting down to my right. I turned to introduce myself and it was Carroll Shelby! I could barely get my name out and say "It's a pleasure and honor to meet you Mr. Shelby". "Call me Carroll! he barked."
My buddy told him I was a FORD guy and owned a 1970 BOSS 302 and a Ford GT. Like so many others have said here, you would have thought I was one of his long lost kin.
He made me feel like the most important FORD performance junkie in the world.
God bless his soul, Cleo and all of you very close friends of his.
Tomy, thank you for letting us know about the public memorial service at the Petersen, I will plan on attending.
 

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He was a heck of a guy who accomplished so much in his life. It was truly an honor to have met him. I'm taking the Shelby#18 home tonight.
 

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Great Memories That Will Last Forever. Dave, Carroll truly cherished the opportunity to meet you and to see first hand the Ford GT community you introduced him to. Additional pictures.
 

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twobjshelbys

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Carroll shelby’s extraordinary life to be celebrated in southern california

CARROLL SHELBY’S EXTRAORDINARY LIFE TO BE CELEBRATED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Carroll Shelby International and Ford Motor Company to Host Public Event

TEAM SHELBY – Carroll Shelby International, Inc., and Ford Motor Company will celebrate the incredible life of Carroll Hall Shelby at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on May 30, 2012. The two day event will feature a display of significant cars, an opportunity for fans to film a message about Mr. Shelby, a special ceremony and other activities. Carroll Shelby passed away on May 10, 2012, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

“Carroll Shelby changed the course of history and touched the lives of millions through his racing, his companies and his charity,” said Joe Conway, president of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. and board member. “He challenged us and our friends at Ford Motor Company to honor his legacy by continuing this work. We wanted the first step to be a celebration of this exceptional man for everyone who shares his passion for performance.”

The champion racing driver, entrepreneur, pilot, philanthropist, manufacturer and race team owner embodied the American spirit. He founded Carroll Shelby International, Inc. a publicly held corporation that now owns car company Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc. Carroll Shelby’s relationship with Ford Motor Company beginning in the 1960s propelled Shelby and his cars into the hearts of people worldwide with iconic models like the Cobra, GT350 and GT500.

“Carroll Shelby was a legend in the history of Ford Motor Company,” said Edsel B. Ford II, member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company. “He was a close personal friend and I will miss him very much. We’re honored to be part of this important tribute celebrating the many contributions and achievements of a true innovator.”

Shelby’s favorite organization was the Carroll Shelby Foundation™, which provides medical assistance for those in need, including children, as well as educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs. It also benefits the Shelby Automotive Foundation. Donations to the Carroll Shelby Foundation are encouraged in lieu of flowers at www.carrollshelbyfoundation.org.

The museum will display the first Shelby Cobra, a 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, a selection of Shelby American’s 50th Anniversary vehicles, a Series 1 and other significant Shelby cars from the past five decades. They will be exhibited throughout the facility and will be accessible for viewing as part of general ticketed admission.

A guest list for the invitation-only service is being developed due to space limitations. People involved with Shelby’s interests, from chili cook-offs to aviation, autos, philanthropy and societal groups will be invited. Guest speakers will include Mr. Shelby’s close friends. More facts will be released on www.carrollshelbyfoundation.org and www.shelbynation.com. Details will not be available from the Petersen Museum or any Shelby organization.

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 www.shelbyamerican.com.

About Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc.
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. in 1986, which holds the exclusive right to license the Shelby trademarks and vehicle design rights for some of the most famous muscle cars and high-performance vehicles ever produced. 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 www.carrollshelby.com, www.shelbylicensing.com or www.carrollshelbyinternational.com.

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 CarrollShelbyFoundation.org.

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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.
 

t32b

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Sad sad news. We have so much for which to thank him. His contributions, style and tenacity will never be forgotten.
May he rest in peace.
Rich
 

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Sad day for America, Ford and all car lovers.

Thank you for all you have done. :usa
 

beckertb

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Godspeed to you, Sir. I am thankful you blessed us with your presence here. The world has been a better place because of you.
 

txviper

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Wow, I just put in a order this morning for a 2013 GT 500. That may end up being a keeper.
 

Fubar

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See how excited he was to meet me. Who could blame him?


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My 11 yr/old daughter just got done writing a report about him and Jim Hall called Great Inventors of Our Time." (she is mildly influenced by her old man).
 

Gene Cassone

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Huge loss:( I never met him. But I am a huge fan. What he did for american racing, sport cars and his charities. He stood up to Europe's best and was a winner. America's Enzo and then some. Felt like I lost a good friend. RIP
 

ChipBeck

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See how excited he was to meet me. Who could blame him?
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Mark,

You two look like brothers!!!

Chip
 

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Fascinating guy. Probably signed more than Richard Petty so you guys with all the visors and glove compartments don't get too excited .

Maybe the most amazing accomplishment was living 22 years post heart transplant . Also some pretty wives including actress Jan Harrison.

They broke the mold with old Shel.
 

twobjshelbys

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Fascinating guy. Probably signed more than Richard Petty so you guys with all the visors and glove compartments don't get too excited .

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Carroll's signatures were to support his foundation.

Note that his obit asks for donations to the foundation in lieu of flowers.

We did ours in 2009. We sold the Shelby GT Mustang that was full proceeds to the foundation. The night we had both cars (I had two) at the Shelby American Collection Christmas party and told him of our decision we met for about 10 minutes. He asked "Are you serious" and we told him that it was already in the block (that day, with lots of help from Gary Bennett) and that it was a done deal.

I am proud to have made that contribution and to have known him.

Our cars would not have existed without his contribution. He made "the GT40 work". The entire Cobra industry - the most copied kit car in the history of automobiles - would not exist without Carroll.

Gotta go now.
 
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pe2unia

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When I met him in 2007 all he wanted to do is talk about the GT. R.I.P Carroll
 

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Chris A.

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Because of him a lot of people have had a lot of fun......from spectators to owners to industry. Quite an impact for one guy.
 

twobjshelbys

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From the local media. The Shelby American Collection is about 10 miles from where I live and is my connection to Carroll. We met several times there over the past few years.

BOULDER - Carroll Shelby, the legenday car designer and champion auto racer, had plans to visit Colorado in September.

He passed away Thursday night in Dallas, Texas, after battling pneumonia. He was 89.

A large collection of some of the most famous cars bearing Shelby's name are housed in Boulder.

The Shelby American Collection has some of the most famous Shelby American cars every built. The display is through the generosity of many Shelby owners and collectors.

Among the rare cars that can be seen there include: a Daytona Coupe, a large collection of GT40's, Shelby Mustang GT500's and 289 and 427 Cobras.

This is the 50th anniversary of the Cobra and a special event was planned for Sept. 8 at the Shelby American Collection. Carroll Shelby was scheduled to attend, in addition to other notables, including Bob Bondurant, Jack Sears and other Shelby American team members.

The Shelby American Collection is a not-for-profit and open to the public on Saturdays. The address is 5020 Chapparal Court in Boulder. Admission is $5 and the collection is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
 

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Mark,

You two look like brothers!!!

Chip
That is officially my favorite 'Chip Beck Quote' now! Thanks
 

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I'm probably not qualified to post.. never met him.. but.. Every time I've seen him on TV I found myself paying close attention, even in the most commercial of events. I'll admit I don't know the details but it seems he has been in "bad" health for decades. Couldn't tell by listening to him, not an ounce of feeling sorry for himself. Always excited at the task at hand. Full life, no regrets. We all should be so endowed. RIP legend.
 
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