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Old 05-11-2012, 02:16 PM
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Just saw this on Speedchannel. He was 89 and one of the longest survivors of a heart transplant.

I'm a car guy. Especially sports cars. I can vividly remember the blue 1964 Cobra I saw at the Jerry's restaurant on Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa.

I was there in an MGA...and drooled all over the guys car.

He was a lieutenant stationed at McDill AFB...and agreed to meet at the next McDill Sports Car Club autocross at the Schlitz brewery parking lot on the second Sunday of the month.

He did show up, and raced in A production....and altho a novice, promptly kicked ass and took FTD....no, not flowers.

And all through the 60's Shelby continued to build and improve his cars...then called away by Ford to kick the Italians ass...and take the world championship in 66 and 67 with the GT 40's...

OK..who knows what the 40 stands for??

He will be missed in the sports car community. He was a legend who's fame and skill will be missed forever.

Now...if he just didn't do those cheesy oil/gas additive commercials of late...

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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
Just saw this on Speedchannel. He was 89 and one of the longest survivors of a heart transplant.

I'm a car guy. Especially sports cars. I can vividly remember the blue 1964 Cobra I saw at the Jerry's restaurant on Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa.

I was there in an MGA...and drooled all over the guys car.

He was a lieutenant stationed at McDill AFB...and agreed to meet at the next McDill Sports Car Club autocross at the Schlitz brewery parking lot on the second Sunday of the month.

He did show up, and raced in A production....and altho a novice, promptly kicked ass and took FTD....no, not flowers.

And all through the 60's he continued to build and improve his cars...then called away by Ford to kick the Italians ass...and take the world championship in 66 and 67 with the GT 40's...

OK..who knows what the 40 stands for??

He will be missed in the sports car community. He was a legend who's fame and skill will be missed forever.

Now...if he just didn't do those cheesy oil additive commercials of late...
40 in the GT-40 was for its height IIRC.

RIP to one of the greats and a true legend, while on the younger side of most car guys, Im well aware of the legacy Carroll Shelby built.
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an absolute icon in the automotive world... He'll be missed...
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damn SC, you beat me...
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40 inches from the ground to the top of the roof line.

He will be missed.
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RIP Carroll Shelby.
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I just saw this thread...... Now that really sucks.... I have always loved his cars and he was a legend....

Sad .... RIP

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Well, IMO any vehicle he put his name to the value just went up; the real question is, by how much?

RIP Carroll
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RIP, Carroll, and happy motoring.....!!!!!
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He was and still will be an American Icon........

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I'm a car guy. Especially sports cars. I can vividly remember the blue 1964 Cobra I saw at the Jerry's restaurant on Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa.

I was there in an MGA...and drooled all over the guys car.

He was a lieutenant stationed at McDill AFB...and agreed to meet at the next McDill Sports Car Club autocross at the Schlitz brewery parking lot on the second Sunday of the month. {Quote}


Wow what memories, my brother worked at Jerry's Restaurant - Donald Brown RIP Brother
and we lived right outside the gates of McDill by Interbay LL and the old Schilz Plant on
30th St.
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Someone needs to find the roadtest of a 427 Cobra. He was testing the fabled 0-100-0 run that the car was famous for. Making the run quicker than any other car had previously.

I read about it in a book at a friends house. I think the whole book was on Cobras.

This is my best recollection of what I remember reading..

The writer put you in the seat...and you literally felt the car shake as the motor was started. The sound of the big block thru the side exhausts just feet away from your head was described. The din was unlike anything else he had heard while driving a car.

A blip of the throttle raised that din to something near ear-splitting.

The shifter on those Ford toploaders was strange...angled forward..and at first finding a gear took some getting used to. The clutch was massive...taking a strong left leg to engage it. First gear was found and the excitement raised..

The test was on a deserted back road. Both lanes were used. The throttle was punched, the clutch released and the launch pulled the muscles on your face back as the snarling exhaust reached a crescendo...

Quickly the car sped away, pinning you firmly into the scalloped bucket seat.

Jabbing the clutch and finding second with the throttle open caused the rear end to twist violently...sending the car almost sideways...but no letting up now. Shortly, quickly third gear was made with very little drop in rpms. 100 miles an hour raced up on the big speedometer.

Jumping on the brakes brought the front end low...and the big Goodyears tearing at the pavement, shedding rubber as the car slowed and stopped.

Immmediately, the smell of burning rubber and hot exhaust hit the drivers face..

His ears were still ringing from the rumbling of the big 427.


As it was professionally written, you were given a front row seat to the ride. I actually felt my pulse picking up as I read on. I have sat in one, but never experienced a ride...


There is a hell of a legacy surrounding his cars. The ultimate big block, tight chassis cars engineered by seat of your pants feel and an uncanny knowledge of motor racing.

RIP 'ol Shel...
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That's a test of the original..and had the smaller 260 in it...

The test I remember was of one of the wide body cars with a 427.
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Originally Posted by Gator56 View Post
I'm a car guy. Especially sports cars. I can vividly remember the blue 1964 Cobra I saw at the Jerry's restaurant on Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa.

I was there in an MGA...and drooled all over the guys car.

He was a lieutenant stationed at McDill AFB...and agreed to meet at the next McDill Sports Car Club autocross at the Schlitz brewery parking lot on the second Sunday of the month. {Quote}


Wow what memories, my brother worked at Jerry's Restaurant - Donald Brown RIP Brother
and we lived right outside the gates of McDill by Interbay LL and the old Schilz Plant on
30th St.
We have talked about those memories before..Port Tampa, Sam Guess garage and body shop...Dale Mabry drive-in theatre..Britton plaza..

Tampa was quite a town back in the 60's. Fun place to grow up and lots to do. Loved the bay...and all the fishing I did at the Gandy bridge.

We lived near the base..the ol man was stationed there and retired there. We also lived in the Interbay area.

Really worked on my motoring skills on those old autocross tracks. One of them was at the Westshore plaza. Back then, they were shut down on Sundays. All we had to do was make sure we didn't hit a lightpost...
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theres a guy who knew how to build a car everyone wanted.

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RIP Carroll. You are an icon in the car industry and will be missed.
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