Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Carroll Shelby

Carroll Shelby is best known as the man who put a 260 cu in (4260cc) Ford V8 engine into an Ac Ace to create the AC Cobra, but he also had a successful career as a racing driver, winning the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hour race with Roy Salvadori in a works Aston Martin DBR1. He also competed in Formula One races in 1958 with Centro Sud and Temple Buell Maserati 250Fs, and as a works Aston Martin driver in 1959 with the DBR4/250.
This is Carroll Shelby in the paddock at Aintree during practice for the 1959 British Grand Prix in July 1959 when he qualified the Aston Martin DBR4/250 in sixth place on the grid, but retired after 69 laps with a faulty magneto.
This is his car in the paddock during that practice session.

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