A legend was lost on Thursday, May 9th. The great Carroll Shelby passed from this earth at the age of 89. I thought it fitting to list a few of his many accomplishments here as a tribute to the storied career of man who changed the definition of American automotive performance. Rest in Peace Mr. Shelby.
Carroll Shelby (1923-2012)
Veteran pilot, husband, and father
24 of Le Mans champion driver
Set over 70 records on the Bonneville Salt Flats
1956 and 1957 Sports Illustrated Driver of the Year
1960 United States Auto Club Champion
Started one of the first high performance driving schools in the United States
Founded his own car company, Shelby American Inc.
Created the infamously powerful Shelby Cobra roadsters with AC Cars of England
Helped to re-engineer to the Ford GT40 to help Henry Ford II crush Ferrari at Le Mans
Created (with Ford) the rare and desirable 1965-1970 GT350 and GT500 Shelby Mustangs
Champion drag racing team owner
Created a Chili Mix company which was later purchased by Kraft Foods!!!
Created "performance" versions of Chrysler economy cars in the smoggy 1980's (just because he could)
Inducted into the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1992
The only person to win Le Mans as a driver, a team owner, and a manufacturer (these were all separate races)
Founder of the Carroll Shelby Foundation http://www.cscf.org/
I sourced most of this information from his official site www.carrollshelby.com. Check it out for yourself!