SHELBY AMERICAN 60 YEARS OF HIGH PERFORMANCE

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Shelby American 60 Years of High Performance

Subtitle The Stories Behind the Cobra, Daytona, Mustang GT350 and GT500, Ford GT40 and More

Colin Comer, Richard J. Kopec
Price $60.00 / £45.00
Description Description Six Decades of Shelby performance—from the first Shelby AC Cobra to today’s Mustang Shelby GT500!

A bad heart forced Carroll Shelby, one of the top racing drivers of all time, to retire in 1960. But that didn’t stop the lanky Texan from continuing to make history. He launched Shelby American in 1962 with the creation of the brilliant Ford-powered AC Cobra, soon to dominate both U.S. and international sports car racing. Shelby’s winning ways soon led to Ford seeking Shelby’s team of “hot rodders” help to make the Ford GT program a success. It worked. Shelby and Ford soon stunned the motorsports world by winning Le Mans and dominating other venues from 1966 to 1969 with the GT40. Fifty-three years later the legendary first Le Mans win of 1966 would form the basis for the acclaimed film Ford Versus Ferrari. As if the Cobra, Daytona Coupe, and GT40 were not enough, this small team of hot rodders, fabricators, and race mechanics also created the Shelby Mustang GT350 in 1965, and the GT500 two years later. Shelby American was nothing short of lightning in a bottle from 1962-1970.

Shelby American 60 Years of High Performance covers all of these early triumphs, following the proceedings from a small shop in Venice, California, to sprawling digs at LAX all the while developing new road cars, running a top race team, and giving privateer racers the cars they needed to win. Get to know Shelby, as well as the innovators who surrounded him, including designer Peter Brock, genius engineer Phil Remington, “Mr. GT350” Chuck Cantwell, and a roster of top drivers that included Ken Miles, Bob Bondurant, Dan Gurney, Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and more.
 
Authors Colin Comer and Rick Kopec, leading Shelby historians, follow the Shelby story through Carroll’s post-Ford relationship with Dodge, including his roles in the giant-killing, pocket-rocket Shelby Charger, GLH (“Goes Like Hell”), and GLH-S cars along with a slew of other Shelby-ized machines including his role in the birth and development of the menacing Dodge Viper.
 
The story of the late Carroll Shelby and the company he founded is a classic tale of ingenuity, grit, and perseverance. Illustrated throughout with rare period imagery and modern color photography, Shelby American 60 Years of High Performance is the ultimate tribute to Shelby American and the team that made it all happen.
 
Format:
Format Hardcover + Jacket 224 Pages
ISBN:
ISBN 9780760376195
Size:
Size9.75 in x 12.00 in / 247.65 mm x 304.80 mm
Published:
Published Date January 3rd, 2023
Colin Comer
Colin Comer is a respected authority on collector cars and a noted champion for the cars, people, and history of Shelby American. Comer’s writing is well known from his many years as editor-at-large for Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines, an editor for Hagerty magazine, and a contributing editor for Road & Track magazine. Comer has appeared in such diverse publications as The New York Times, Business Week, and USA Today, among others. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books Million Dollar Muscle Cars, The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles, and Shelby Cobra Fifty Years, and co-author of The All-American Muscle Car. When not writing about cars, Comer enjoys maintaining his own eclectic collection of vintage cars and is an accomplished racer and pilot. He and his family live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or, in Comer’s words, “fifty-two miles from Road America.”
Richard J. Kopec
In 1966, Richard J. Kopec was crew chief for a 289 Cobra competition car that raced successfully in the Northeast and at the ARRC in Riverside, California. That experience was followed by three years in the Army including a year in Vietnam where he was a highly decorated combat infantry officer. After his military service, Richard attended college earning a degree in Special Education. In 1975 he was a founder of the Shelby American Automobile Club. Richard became editor of the club’s magazine in 1979, a position he still holds today. He has authored several books on Cobras and Shelby cars, edited ten Shelby/Cobra Registries, and written hundreds of articles on these legendary cars. Richard restored and vintage raced a GT350 R-Model for 18 consecutive years. He resides in Sharon, CT.
 
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