Why Carroll Shelby was more than just a race car constructor
With the sad news of motoring legend Carroll Shelby's death last week, the chat and tributes to the great man have - probably rightly - focussed on his work with Cobras and Mustangs.
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.
Blue with white stripes, I wonder if that's where he got the idea from.
zebedee18 May 2012
nice pic, article doesn't mention he did win Le Mans for Aston Martin, which backs his credentials up somewhat. RIP Mr Shelby and thank you for your contribution to the petrolhead world. Shame he couldn't have enjoyed the 50th anniversary of the Cobra.
Mark-C18 May 2012
The man was the very definition of the phrase "Piston Head" ..... backdrop set
Dangermouse7818 May 2012
He also drove the Aston Martin F1 car, as well as outright winning LeMans in 1959... a true legend