Pic of the Week: Shelby beyond the Cobra
Why Carroll Shelby was more than just a race car constructor
But Shelby wasn't just a car constructor, he was also a racer. As this picture - taken during the 1958 British Grand Prix - proves, he had a fair bit of natural car control, too.
Shelby wasn't a hugely successful F1 driver - he only made eight GP starts, and this picture captures him on the way to ninth place in the non-works Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 250F (his best GP result was a fourth in Italy). But the very fact he was there, mixing it with the likes of Moss, von Trips et al, makes him even more of a legend to our minds.
I was at Silverstone in 1958 to watch Mr Shelby drift that 250F as shown in the photo - at Beckets or Stowe Corner by the look of it - I met him briefly in the Paddock and did the usual 'Autograph ' thing. The Race Colours are basically as stated by other contributors - back then, there was no real sponsorship, so Grand Prix cars raced in the National Colours of the drivers or Car Owners - Blue with 2 White stripes ( or reversed White with 2 Blue Stripes ) were, and still are the official Motor racing Colours for the USA - Red was Italy ( as still used by Ferrari ) Green for England, Silver for Germany, Solid Blue for France etc etc. Now we have all the glaring sponsor colours - I am a bit old fashioned I'm afraid !! Hope this helps. R