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Carroll Shelby: The Life of a Legend

At this point, nearly a month after his death , we all assumed that Carroll Shelby was peacefully laid to rest in a plot of land or cremated, so his ashes may stay with his family or spread as he saw fit. According to a report by TMZ, neither of these scenarios are true, as his family is now fighting over who has control over his deceased body.

On one side we have Shelby’s children that are claiming that their father signed paperwork leaving the eldest son in control of the deceased former racecar driver’s body. It looks as if Shelby’s long estranged wife, Cleo, is fighting the children stating that being his wife, she has full rights to his remains. She is fighting this despite the fact that Carroll was in the midst of annulling their 14-year-long marriage citing her lying about numerous personal things, such as her assets and even her real name.

She is also arguing that there is no way that Mr. Shelby could have signed any papers giving his son control, as he did not have the “physical capacity or eyesight” to read, understand, and sign off on the papers.

Until this is all sorted out, Mr. Shelby’s body is stuck at the medical examiner’s office in a freezer, which is not the place for this automotive hero. He needs to be laid to rest in the place that he made clear he wanted to be prior to his death. If his estranged wife truly does care, she would allow him that right.

There is a silver lining to this whole thing and that’s that the annulment Shelby filed for in April is still pending and a judge does have the right to approve an annulment even after death. So in the end this could all be resolved with one tap of a gavel from a judge and Mr. Shelby can rest peacefully.

Source: TMZ

If we were to compare the official numbers provided by Ford and Chevrolet , the horse power difference between a 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 and a Camaro ZL1 would be off by about 82 HP (662 HP for the Mustang and 580 HP for the Camaro). However, a recent dyno test provided by Inside Line with the two cars side by side, revealed a difference of close to 100 HP: 595 HP at 6600 HP for the Mustang and 497 HP at 6000 rpm for the Camaro.

Either way, the result is the same: the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the victor, as well as the meaner sounding vehicle, of the two. Does this mean that Ford automatically wins the muscle car war? Well, that depends on what Chevrolet has up their sleeve. Make your move, Chevrolet!

The name Carroll Shelby spans across three makes – Ford, Chrysler, and Dodge – and is arguably the most recognized name by any true automotive buff. Unfortunately, we lost this remarkable man just weeks ago following a fight with pneumonia, but he is far from forgotten.

This past Wednesday, Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles decided that it was time to give Mr. Shelby a proper send off. Unlike many folks, a moment of silence just wouldn’t be a good fit for a man notorious for filling the streets with cars boasting awesome-sounding exhaust systems and cams that lobe so hard it feels like the earth is moving.

In lieu of the typical moment of silence, PAM chose to honor Mr. Shelby with a “Moment of Noise” at precisely 6:55 p.m. PST on May 30th. Over 1,200 cars bearing the “Shelby” name showed up at PAM to let their pistons and dual exhaust give this legend a proper send off. But it was not all about the noise, as there was a series of speakers that followed the roaring of these Shelby-designed machines in an event named “Carroll Shelby a Life Remembered,” which Jay Leno hosted.

The event was not limited to just L.A., as Shelby cars around the world fired up and paid tribute to this great man. Fortunately, the wide world web has come in handy again, as a plethora of videos of the various synchronized revving around the world have popped up online and we have them for you. There is also an awesome tribute done up by the folks at Forza Motorsport of all Mr. Shelby’s creations running side-by-side around a track.

In all, it was a spectacular showing and our hats go off to the participants and to the man that made this all possible, Mr. Carroll Shelby…

Click past the jump to see the other four videos.

The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by a 5.8 liter V-8 engine with 662 HP, making it the most powerful, factory made Mustang ever. That being said, the classic Mustang is still better and many car enthusiasts prefer it over any other model, no matter how powerful that other model may be. In a situation like this - let’s face it, there aren’t many classic models ready to be scooped up - many tuners will try to convert existing models into the legendary 1969 models. Retrobuilt is one of those tuners that has a big passion for the 1969 Shelby GT500 and is ready to make one at all costs.

Their new retro package is based on a 2005 Mustang Convertible , but customers can bring in any Mustang from 2005 up to 2012, including the GT500. If the customer has the nerve to retro-fit their new Mustang, then this conversion is for them. It includes new fiberglass body panels; retro chrome trim, door handles, and taillight covers; custom HID headlights; vinyl striping; and a Shelby wheel and tire package. For clients with a racing spirit, Retrobuilt is also offering a supercharger system, Baer brakes, and a lowered suspension.

One of the latest models created by Carroll Shelby is the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 , so it’s not a surprise that this was the model featured in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.

Next to Leno, Jamal Hameedi, SVT Chief Engineer, was also present providing all of us the best details on the new Mustang GT500. A very interesting thing to know is that Jay was the first guy outside of Ford to drive this 2013 high-performance model, but with a reputation like the one he has, that’s not surprising either!

As a reminder, the 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 is powered by a 5.8-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 650 HP. Its top speed may reach up to 200 mph, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world! Check out the video to learn more about the amazing Shelby GT500!

Recently deceased automotive master and all-around great person, Carroll Shelby , has a history that few can compete with. Not only was he one of the best American road racers, but was also a legendary car designer. But his legend is seemingly endless in the automotive field, as even racers in drift series races are influenced by him.

The most recent evidence was when American driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. took home 1st place in round 1 of the World Drift Series in China while driving his Mustang RTR. Though Mr. Shelby never had a hand in drifting, it is obvious that he had a huge influence on Gittin, as he dedicated this victory to the memory of Mr. Carroll Shelby.

After being declared the winner, Gittin was quoted saying “I would like to dedicate this to win to a very special man that we lost recently, someone I had the opportunity to meet just a few times, and someone that was a true inspiration to me personally and to the automotive world as a whole. That man is Carroll Shelby. He is someone that always did what he wanted to do no matter what anyone thought and I know he would be proud to know we are drifting Mustangs in Olympic stadiums here in China and bringing home a huge first place trophy back to the USA!”

Our congratulations have to go out to Gittin for his victory, but the victory pales in comparison to his heartfelt dedication to the man that helped make the Mustang that won the race what it is today. To say that Gittin has our support throughout the rest of the WDS is an understatement.

Somewhere, Mr. Shelby was smiling as this Ford Mustang slid its way around imports and into first place…

Click past the jump to read the full press release.

The name Carroll Shelby may not be quite as familiar to new automotive enthusiasts as it is for older generations, but his creations are no stranger to anyone that follows and loves performance automobiles. Mr. Shelby was not only a genius when it came to building high-performance American muscle, but he was also an accomplished racecar driver.

Carroll managed to parlay his racing roots into a partnership with Ford that spanned over 50 years. However, that partnership almost never happened, as his first choice in partners was Chevrolet. Imagine that, a “Shelby Camaro ” or “Shelby Corvette,” it just doesn’t quite sound as good as "Shelby Mustang ,” does it?

Carroll Shelby lived a full life, as he graced this world with 89 years of his presence and nearly 60 of those years he was providing us gearheads with examples of his automotive skill, be it winning races or designing hot rods. Carroll Shelby will be missed dearly by everyone in the automotive world, but we are not here to mourn the passing of this legend. Nope, we feel that the right way to send off this legend is by celebrating his long and legendary life.

Click past the jump to read the complete life history of Mr. Carroll Shelby

Every automotive enthusiast has heard about Carroll Shelby and knows about his huge contribution to the automotive industry. He began his racing career as an amateur, and in 1959, won Europe’s prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1962, he tested his first Ford-powered AC 260 Roadster – the car that would become the Shelby Cobra . This was the beginning of his extremely impressive career, but unfortunately, on May 10, 2012, this legend died at the age of 89.

"Today, we have lost a legend in Ford Motor Company’s history, and my family and I have lost a dear friend. Carroll Shelby Shelby is one of the most recognized names in performance car history, and he’s been successful at everything he’s done. Whether helping Ford dominate the 1960s racing scene or building some of the most famous Mustangs, his enthusiasm and passion for great automobiles over six decades has truly inspired everyone who worked with him. He was a great innovator whose legend at Ford never will be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends," said Edsel B. Ford II, member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company and great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company.

RIP Carroll Shelby. The automotive industry has lost an inspiration and will surely miss you.

Hit the jump to read more about key moments in the history of Carroll Shelby.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The 2007 Shelby GT500 came out with a whopping total of 500 HP, before the power output jumped up to 540 HP in the 2010 model year . Both sets of numbers are rather significant, but with the 2013 Shelby GT500 pushing 650 HP upon its arrival, customers who own a 2007-2012 GT500 may feel as though they are at a disadvantage. Well, worry no more.

Shelby Performance Parts has announced a new supercharger kit for the 5.4-liter V8 engine that can add an impressive 300 HP to the GT500. This means, the total output can be increased to an amazing 840 HP!

The new kit will replace the stock roots-type supercharger and will add a new Competition Heat Exchanger and Shelby GT500 Competition Intercooler Tank to improve cooling performance. The new Competition Heat Exchanger will keep the intake charge cool, while the Competition Intercooler Tank can be filled with ice or dry ice to further reduce intake temperatures.

The bad part to all of this is that there are no pricing details associated with the package as of yet. We’re thinking an upgrade package of this caliber will run customers somewhere in the $5-6K area.

Source: MotorTrend

Carroll Shelby in cooperation with David Yurman have unveiled a very cool limited edition watch in order to commemorate the unveiling of the Shelby 1000 . The watch will be limited to only 300 units: 150 stainless steel and 150 black PVD versions.

The watch features a 43.5mm stainless steel and rubber case, which houses the Swiss automatic chronograph Valjoux 7753 movement. A tachymeter is engraved on the bezel, allowing the wearer to log lap times with ease and the iconic Shelby Cobra insignia is hand-finished and applied to the multi-layer galvanic dial, which is accentuated by vertical, guilloche racing stripes. The watch is also featuring a highly textured natural rubber strap inspired by the cobra snake.

"Shelby and David Yurman are among the most respected American brands in their industries," said Tracey Smith, president of Carroll Shelby Licensing. "Just like the cars that created the Shelby American legend, David Yurman creates handcrafted jewelry and timepieces that are equally valued by collectors and enthusiasts. The Yurman watch and eyewear perfectly complement the exclusive Shelby 1000 vehicle. It beautifully demonstrates the innovation of both brands that deliver unique and distinctive time-honored products."


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