O χαρισματικός ιδρυτής της AC Shelby Cobra, πρώην σχεδιαστής αυτοκινήτων και οδηγός αγώνων άφησε την τελευταία του πνοή εξαιτίας των επιπλοκών από ασθένεια που τον ταλαιπωρούσε στα 89 του χρόνια.

Το όνομα του έγινε γνωστό παγκοσμίως με τα αυτοκίνητα επιδόσεων που κατασκεύαζε για τον μέσο άνθρωπο και λάτρη της ταχύτητας. Η επιχείρησή του, Shelby American Inc, που ιδρύθηκε το 1962, πωλεί σήμερα τροποποιημένα οχήματα της Ford, καθώς και βελτιωτικά προϊόντα. Αρχικά έφτιαξε την στη βασισμένη AC Shelby American Cobra και αργότερα της γρήγορες εκδόσεις των Μustang, γνωστές ως Mustang Cobras από το 1965.

Ο Carroll Ηall Shelby γεννήθηκε στη μικρή πόλη Leesburg, Τέξας στις 11 Ιανουαρίου του 1923 και είχε προβλήματα με την υγεία του από μικρή ηλικία. Το ενδιαφέρον για την ταχύτητα ξεκίνησε όταν υπηρέτησε στο Β ‘Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο ως εκπαιδευτής πτήσεων και πιλότος.

Πριν από την κατασκευή των αγωνιστικών αυτοκινήτων όπου έγινε γνωστό και καθ όλη την δεκαετία του 1950, ο Shelby ήταν ο οδηγός αγώνες για διάφορες εταιρίες όπως των Allard, Aston Martin και η Maserati. Στην τελευταία του χρονιά, το 1959, κέρδισε τις 24 Ώρες του Le Mans για την Aston Martin.

Η προσωπικότητα του και η κληρονομιά που αφήνει πίσω ένα όνομα σαν τον θρυλικό Carrol Shelby σίγουρα θα λείψει από τον κόσμο των αυτοκινήτων.

[Πηγή: Wikipedia, Shelby American]

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Dallas – May 11, 2012 – Carroll Shelby International, Inc., (OTC: CSBI.PK) announced today that Carroll Hall Shelby, a man whose vision for performance transformed the automobile industry, has died at age 89. Mr. Shelby passed away yesterday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Born on Jan. 11, 1923, Carroll Shelby was one of America’s greatest success stories. Championship-winning racecar driver, “flying sergeant” wartime pilot, philanthropist, entrepreneur, car manufacturer and racing team owner, he embodied the ingenuity, tenacity and grit to overcome any obstacle. He is perhaps the only person to have worked at a visible level with all three major American automobile manufacturers.
Carroll Shelby founded Carroll Shelby International, a publicly held corporation involved in many industries. His licensing arm has agreements with industry giants, such as Mattel, Sony, Ford Motor Company and Electronic Arts. His car company, Shelby American, has a thriving parts business as well as a line of muscle cars including the Shelby GT500 Super Snake, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GTS. The Las Vegas-based company also manufactures a limited number of the 1960s Shelby 289 “street,” 289 FIA, 427 S/C and Daytona Coupe Cobras.

Shelby considered his greatest achievement to be the establishment of the Carroll Shelby FoundationTM. Created in 1992 while Shelby was waiting for a heart transplant, the charity is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and benefitting the Carroll Shelby Automotive Foundation.

Shelby remained active in the management of each of his companies and the Foundation until his death, even though he endured both heart and kidney transplants in the last two decades of his life.

“We are all deeply saddened, and feel a tremendous sense of loss for Carroll’s family, ourselves and the entire automotive industry,” said Joe Conway, president of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. and board member. “There has been no one like Carroll Shelby and never will be. However, we promised Carroll we would carry on, and he put the team, the products and the vision in place to do just that.”

Shelby is survived by his three children Patrick, Michael and Sharon, his sister Anne Shelby Ellison of Fort Worth and his wife Cleo. Funeral plans are not currently available. Donations to the Carroll Shelby Foundation are encouraged in lieu of flowers. Information about the Carroll Shelby Foundation is available at www.carrollshelbyfoundation.org.