View Full Version : carrol shelby passed away

05-11-2012, 06:19 PM
This may be the wrong section but I figured I would spread the word that Carroll Shelby passed away today at 89.

05-11-2012, 11:01 PM
This may be the wrong sectionNah, there is no wrong section when it comes to Shelby himself...this (horrible) news about the loss of such a HUGE and influential legend/icon/hero of the automotive performance world would even be appropriate in the 'detailing/appearance' section.
I was just talking about him and how sick he was lately to someone last week and I'd even said that we will probably be hearing about his passing inside of the next 6 months, I guess I fell a little short on that one. :nono:

R.I.P. Carroll :(

05-12-2012, 02:51 AM
I agree completely. Glad I'm not the only one who had a gut feeling something bad was going to happen. As bad as that sounds.

05-12-2012, 06:28 AM
Although most of his work was on the horrible blue oval division, a true automotive legend has left us. Maybe he saw the direction the new Mustang was going and knew he would have to be part of it.

05-12-2012, 06:51 AM
He was on his third heart & lived 50 yrs after receiving the first. @ 89, he had his time & lived a better life than most.

IMO, Shelby branding is overrated. In the 60's the Shelby stuff had merit. Now a days, it's just more trinkets on an already over sold model.

05-12-2012, 08:08 AM
I hate Ford and the GT Mudstain as well as every other Ford product;
Shelby is, was a Motorsports Icon and inovator. My condolences and respect to him and his family. Well done Carrol, well done.

Can you imagine the impact he would have had on the Red Bowtie had he went in that direction? Incomprehensible!!


05-12-2012, 08:32 AM
What a legend. And a WWII veteran also! Carroll Shelby did it all!

05-12-2012, 08:40 AM
He will be greatly missed, a true automotive legend.

05-12-2012, 09:59 AM
That's sucks. He lived a awesome life.....kinda the Hugh Hefner of the automotive world.

05-12-2012, 11:29 AM
Well the way I see it he may have worked for company's I never cared for but I think we would all agree that his work on making the blue oval better had an indirect improvement in some of our bow ties to compete. Like his work with the viper that caused the step up in vettes over the years. Of course he wasnt the only competition for us to improve our rides for.

05-13-2012, 03:17 AM
.....kinda the Hugh Hefner of the automotive world.Yes, that's probably a good analogy. :nod:

06-22-2012, 12:11 AM
So over a month later and the poor guy is still stuck in a freezer while the family fights over the rights to put him to rest its sad the world has become that way.

06-22-2012, 12:30 AM
Yes he was at Ford for most of his (early on and then again in his final years) career as many above had mentioned. But let's not also forget the Chrysler/Dodge (FWD turbo cars) years as well as his influence/hand in the first generation Viper.
And of course he did dabble ever so lightly in the GM world when he used the Oldsmobile Aurora (aka: little Northstar) DOHC 32V V8s in his own ground up supercar (Shelby Series I). :nod:

06-22-2012, 12:53 AM
Don't forget the 1989 Shelby Dakota pickup.

Yeah Shelby was an automotive stud!!!!