Carroll H. Shelby
The legendary father of the Cobra and the Shelby Mustang, Carroll was also one of the USA’s top racing drivers in the 1950’s. His first race was behind the wheel of a friend’s MGTC which he not only won, but defeated the bigger Jaguar XK120’s in the process. Moved up to racing a Cadillac Allard…winning nine out of nine races in 1953. Went on to race extensively in Europe… driving sports cars for Aston Martin, Ferrari and Maserati, winning the 1959 24 Hours of LeMans for Aston Martin. Raced F1 cars for Aston Martin and Scudaria Centro Sud. Won the USRRC Championship in 1960. Retired from driving in 1960 due to a heart problem…sold his first Cobra two years later. Shelby was a member of both the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He was posthumosly inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame in 2013.
Here’s Carroll Shelby in his own words.View full list of members