Last month I mentioned the new movie ‘Ford vs Ferrari’ which I hope you’ve had the opportunity to see, because it’s a great insight into motor racing times in the 60’s and the immense rivalry between Ford and Ferrari around the annual Le Mans car race.
In the movie Matt Damon plays the role of legendary automotive designer, racing driver, entrepreneur and author Carroll Shelby. Prior to his death in May 2012 at age 89, Shelby had an amazing career, starting his racing life in the back blocks of Texas in a Willy’s Jeep and progressing to racing Formula 1 in 1958 and 59, to ultimately winning the 1959 24 Hours of Le Man.
But it’s Carroll Shelby’s endeavors as a constructor that he’s most famous. His development of the AC Shelby Cobra, the Ford Shelby Mustangs, the Dodge Shelby Daytona Coupe and Shelby Charger along with his involvement with the Ford GT40 racing project made him one of America’s most influential motoring names.
Five years before his passing he sat down for the following raw and uncut interview, where he talks about his childhood, early race career, he comments on some of the industries biggest names and also mentions Peter Brock. Classic Car TV recently released the interview and I hope you enjoy this riveting insight into an amazing man.