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    Unhappy Carroll Shelby passes away




    Carroll Shelby passes away

    Here is the press release

    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 Foundation?. 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.



    About Shelby American, Inc.

    Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. Now a subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International, Inc., the company manufactures authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles. The company offers the GT350, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.



    About Carroll Shelby Licensing

    Automotive manufacturer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby is one of the most famous and successful high performance visionaries in the world, and he has spent the last 50 years establishing and protecting his name, trademarks and car design rights. He founded Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., which has the exclusive right to license the Shelby trademarks and vehicle design rights for some of the most famous muscle cars and high-performance vehicles. CSL also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. For more information about the company or licensing opportunities, call (310) 914-1843, or fax (310) 538-8189 or write to Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., 19021 S Figueroa St., Gardena, CA, 90248, or visit www.carrollshelby.com, www.shelbylicensing.com or www.carrollshelbyinternational.com.



    About The Carroll Shelby Foundation

    The Carroll Shelby Foundation was created by legendary racer and automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby. Headquartered in Gardena, Calif., the Foundation 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 Shelby Automotive Foundation. For more information visit CarrollShelbyFoundation.org.
    2000 Red over black
    heavily modified for performance. Although, not to the level of GM's car

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    I bleed Ford Blue and am proud of this American Patriot.

    He did alot for all of us Car lovers.
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    heavily modified for performance. Although, not to the level of GM's car

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    Very sad, but what a life well lived!!
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    My daughters name is Shelby... not a coincidence (My sons name is Morgan ). The Z8 would not be without him, no doubt. Creator of the European muscle car. RIP Carroll, and thank you!

    He was an amazing and inspiring American.

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    I guess it's a good time to re-run my Shelby story from Esquire from a few years back.
     
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    My love of cars was born though many family ties, and one of them was with an uncle who had a green 1968 GT500KR. I'm not a Shelby expert, but I believe this is one of the rarest and most sought after of the Shelby Mustangs. It was an amazing car in my young eyes. Loud, raw, and fast.

    The KR ignited my affinity for Mustangs and the Cobras. So, Mr. Shelby is the first name that I can associate with my car memory.

    He lived a great life.

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    I've always loved this set, Andrew. The polished Cobra is both amazing as a visual and in how tough it must have been to photograph.
    thegunguy

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    When I was a child my neighbor got a Cobra and it was the first sports car I ever saw in real life. It left a mark and when I saw the Z07 I immediately thought of the Cobra. RIP.

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    Shelby always had time to say hello and chat about cars. He was truly a beautiful speciman of a vanishing breed. RIP
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