Carroll Shelby lived a very full life. Racing, making cars, and generally being a legend was a daily norm – and all that before breakfast. Unfortunately, I awoke to the horrible news that he had passed on at age 89 on Thursday of this week. He made a splash in the automotive world by, and is probably best known for, making the Shelby Cobra. We all know the story – he took a light British car, the AC Ace, and stuck a giant Ford engine in it, and went on to beat Ferraris and generally cause mayhem.
In our tribute to Shelby, I created this ride with cues from many of our most cherished Shelby machines. Based off a Dodge Viper, which is basically a modern Cobra anyway, the rims, exhaust, lights, and bumpers are Cobra-inspired. The roof-line is pulled from the GT350. Shelby made his mark on so many more machines – even Dodge Chargers and Omnis – but the Cobra, Viper, and GT350 are arguably his most successful.
Shelby made a career out of taking manufacture’s vehicles and making them go fast. While I wouldn’t call it a career, we like to take manufacturer’s vehicles and make them look awesome. We don’t yet hold legendary status, but I would like to think that Shelby would appreciate our work.
Here’s to a legend. Rest in peace, Carroll Shelby.