Sunday Matinee: Carroll Shelby

When Enzo Ferrari reneged on his agreement to sell Ferrari to Henry Ford II, Ford vowed to embarrass Ferrari–which he did.  In 1966 the Ford GT 40 took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at Le Mans, the 24hr European endurance race. Leading the team was former race car driver, and before that former chicken farmer, Carroll Shelby.  He loved the idea of a chicken farmer thrashing all those Euro-snobs. He went on to define the American muscle car– insanely big engines and fat tires on an anorexic chassis.  But you don’t need me to tell you about it when we have Bill Cosby…


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