Southwestern Historical Quarterly July created the Terlingua chili cook-off. Shelby died in Dallas in May 2012, shortly after the release of this authorized biography by automotive writer Rinsey Mills. Carroll Shelby chronicles its subject's career in exhausting detail. The author apparently had substantial access to Shelby and his records, and it shows. The bulk of the 552-page volume is detailed accounts of races in which Shelby participated as a driver (up until 1959) or as an automotive developer or sponsor (for the remainder of his life). His most celebrated accomplishment as a driver was winning the 1959 "24 Hours of LeMans" while driving an Aston Martin. After that win, the thirty-seven year old Shelby gave up racing. Between recounting Shelby's victories, losses, crashes and narrow escapes, which took place across Europe, the United States, and Latin America, the author covers Shelby's prodigious appetite for risk taking, attractive women, alcohol, flying, Texas chili, and new business ventures. Mills writes in great technical detail, and with apparent expertise, about the design, engine specifications, and performance characteristics of cars that Shelby drove, designed, or built. The author's passion for his subject matter will likely exceed that of all but the most
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jul 3, 2013
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