Read about The Renegades Who Built the Cars, Won the Races, and Lived the Legend in Preston Lerner’s SHELBY AMERICAN, THE BOOK! Carroll Shelby is an American hero and he’s been my personal hero since first meeting him in mid-1963. When he launched Shelby American and produced Ford V8-engined variants of the original British AC Ace, I was the editor of two hot rod and custom car magazines – CUSTOM RODDER and CAR, Speed & Style - and worked on the company’s flagship magazine, CARS, in...Read More
ULTIMATE CARGUY: CARROLL SHELBY!
High-performance automotive historian Scott Oldham blogs about the horsepower and heritage of Shelby American and America’s ULTIMATE CARGUY: CARROLL SHELBY! Photo: Mike Matune @ Laguna Seca With the possible exceptions of Henry Ford and Mario Andretti, Carroll Shelby is America’s most famous automotive personality. That was probably true before the movie Ford v Ferrari hit it big last year, and it’s certainly the case in its wake. He’s been called America’s Enzo Ferrari. It was meant as ...Read More
SARASOTA: EXOTIC CAR FESTIVAL 2020
In just four years, the Ferrari Drivers Group Sarasota continues to produce truly premier car shows in Florida. The 4th Annual show also celebrated Ford winning Le Mans in 1966 thru 1969 and the Oscar-winning Ford v Ferrari. Best of all, 100% of proceeds from its event weekend goes to charity. The SARASOTA: EXOTIC CAR FESTIVAL 2020 produced by Joe Brielmann and Jurgen Otto, principals of the Ferrari Drivers Group Sarasota and members of the Sarasota Café Racers, benefited The Flight To The North...Read More
MOVIE CARS: FORD V. FERRARI.
Ford GT40s and Shelby Cobras identical to those used in the making of the film are available from Le Mans Coupes Ltd. The story of Ford versus Ferrari is as compelling as any in motor racing history, and the much anticipated 20th Century Fox movie – FORD V. FERRARI - immortalizing it, and starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, hits UK screens this Friday (November 15). Aptly entitled Le Mans ‘66 it reputedly involved no less than 423 vehicles of multiple makes and origins, but the key cars, GT4...Read More
COBRA IN A BIRDCAGE!
Three American racing legends – Carroll Shelby, Briggs Cunningham and Al Momo – joined forces in 1963, resulting in an exotic Maserati sports racer powered by Ford. Transplanting American V8 engines into imported sports racers gained popularity in the early-mid 1960s. American V8s were often inexpensive, simple to modify and maintain, and in many cases lighter than imports. Most importantly, they produced maximum horsepower and torque at considerably lower and more useable rpm for improved perfo...Read More