Shelby is shown driving the first Cobra, accompanied by Shelby American’s first employee, his secretary Joan Sherman (who was Carroll’s live-in girl friend at the time). She went by the name Shelby, but they were never married.
Photo: Art Evans Collections
My column in the October 2006 edition of Vintage Racecar was titled, “Shelby, the Early Years.” For the most part, it was about Carroll Shelby’s racing career that culminated in winning Le Mans in 1959. I followed up on the column with the publication of my book, Shelby, the Race Driver in 2008, but, of course, there’s a lot more about Shelby than just the fifties and his racing. Last month I wrote about Shelby’s early constructor attempts with the…
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