Carroll Shelby Racing In 1960s Factory Film

Carroll Shelby Racing In 1960s Factory Film

Anybody with even a passing interest in Ford racing from the 60s onwards will be familiar with the Carroll Shelby name. This film shot in the 1960s gives you an insight into Ford, Shelby America and some of his classics from the era, including the Ford GT and GT350 being built.

You don’t just get Mr Shelby himself in the film but also the likes of Dan Gurney, Ken Miles and Pete Brock testing at Willow Springs, California. There are other snippets within the 15 minute film, which include the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Also, this video bring some piece of automotive history and nostalgia. Let’s remember for a moment:

Ford provided Carroll Shelby with an engine for his start up sports car company and AC supplied the bodies. Shelby hired a bunch of hot rod builders in California and they created the Cobra.

Soon Ford turned to Shelby to beef up the Mustang and turn it into a Corvette beater. The GT 350 was born.

But there was more. Henry Ford II had tried to buy Ferrari and was spurned. Not one who was used to losing he decided to beat Enzo Ferrari on the track. After Ford’s first forays stalled they turned to Shelby to beef up the GT 40s and take on Ferrari.

This film in itself is a rare gem and gives you a fantastic close-up I’m not just the man himself, but a close and personal view of his life at the time. Definitely worth checking out.

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