The latest addition to the Shelby Mustang
family, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 offers
a fitting legacy for its legendary namesake.
It boasts a 662hp V8 that propels it from
0-to- 60 in 3.5sec and is good for 200mph.
A winner as a racer,
team manager and
beat the odds.
involved in the
management of his
Foundation until his
death, even after
enduring heart and
in the last two
decades of his life.
A FORCE TO BE
Shelby’s oversight helped guide Ford’s GT40
program into a Ferrari-beater, including the
legendary success of this Mk IV version.
Ford Motor Company Archives
West Texas down-home bib overall
style had a huge emotional impact
on me. When he launched his now
legendary Ford-powered Cobra team,
I was a very willing volunteer to lend
my driving ability to his quest to take
on the established European teams
on their home turf.”
For all his automotive exploits, 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.
The Foundation also supports
educational opportunities for young
people through automotive and other
training programs and benefits the
Carroll Shelby Automotive Foundation.
The Shelby the family asks that
donations be made in his name to the
Carroll Shelby Foundation. More
information on the Foundation can be
Can you spot the American? Yep,
that’s Carroll behind the wheel after
winning Le Mans with Roy Salvadori.
Although best known as an
engineer and entrepreneur,
Carroll Shelby had a
promising career going as a
racer before his driving
career was cut short.
Shelby emerged as one of
the top-ranked American
road racers in the 1950s,
competing in a variety of
disciplines. He won three
national sports car
Land Speed Records at the
Bonneville Salt Flats and
won at a record pace in the
Mount Washington Hillclimb.
His successes prompted
Sports Illustrated to name
Carroll its driver of the year
in 1956 and ’ 57, and earned
him factory-drive offers from
a number of manufacturers.
Sharing with Roy Salvadori in
WHEELS OF FORTUNE
a factory Aston Martin DBR1
at Le Mans in 1959, Shelby
claimed victory in the
24 Hours, and went on to
more sports car successes
teamed with Stirling Moss.
But his racing aspirations
were stymied by a heart
condition that obliged him
to retire in 1960 at the
age of 36. Undaunted, and
with trademark pragmatism,
Shelby relaunched himself as
a designer and manufacturer.
The rest is history.
Bad luck forced Carroll Shelby from the cockpit at
an early age, but the Texan was just getting started
l As we closed for press,
we learned that Carroll’s
co-driver at Le Mans in ’ 59,
Roy Salvadori, also had
for an appreciation of this
accomplished Formula 1 and
sports car racer.
SHELBY IN F1
Carroll spent two
seasons in grand
prix racing, driving
for Maserati and
Aston Martin, He
had a best finish of
fourth in the Italian
Grand Prix in 1958.
Shelby’s brief F1 career was not
without promise. Here he manhandles
a Maserati 250F at Silverstone in ’ 58.