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Carrol Shelby: A Legend of Motoring


Throughout a life full of experiences, such as for example, training pilot in the US Air Force at World War II or chickens farmer, Shelby entered in the American automobile competition, where would become a strong name whose projection would take him to Europe and to F1 in 1958, by the invitation of the Scuderia Centro Sud. In this team he raced a Maserati with colours that would later become his brand image with AC Cobra.
He joined Aston Martin (David Brown Corporation team) in 1959 but car reliability was not as good as expected. However, it was the same Aston Martin, which allow him to reach the victory in the 24 hours of Le Mans, sharing the car with his F1 teammate Roy Salvadori.
It was also during that race that his attention focused on the sports cars of the English construction company AC, to whom he would later joined to produce the famous AC Cobra and successor Shelby AC Cobra, which so fast as it was, gained the reputation of causing the fixation of the maximum speed limit, of 70 mph (110 km/h) on the English Motorways, after being driven at 196 mph (315 km/h) during test runs.
Then, emerge an invitation of Henry Ford II, to collaborate in the preparation of a car capable of breaking Ferrari's hegemony in Le Mans. And so, arose the Ford GT40 in Shelby colours, which would beat Ferrari and would allow Ford to achieve the so-much-desired victory at 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 1966, conquering the all podium places.
It turned out, perhaps like this, the American interpretation of the myth created around Enzo Ferrari, now as a legend built around a popular entrepreneur called Carrol Shelby.

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