"Salt and pepper. Gin and tonic. Twin-stripes and 1960s US muscle cars. OK, while the third pairing might not be quite as fabled as the first and second, it was created by a legend. In most automotive circles at least, "
Looking at publicity shots of Carroll Shelby from the 1950s, with Stetson and crooked smile in place, you could be forgiven for thinking him the lead man in a classic John Ford Western.
In fact Shelby’s story plays out like a movie, albeit with a different Ford behind the scenes. Full of adventure, pioneering spirit and enterprise this modern day Texan roustabout turned trail boss chased thrills and dollars wherever he could.
By the time Shelby had finished racing in 1960 he had been military pilot and engineer, run a haulage business, been a chicken farmer and set up a number of sports car and racing tyre operations. As well as driving for Aston Martin, Austin-Healy, winning Le Mans and in his final year of racing winning the USAC driving championships.
We're always amazed, here at Influx towers, how creative photography can tease out unexpected perspectives for cars that we believe we know intimately.
Take the shot of the GT40 MK 11, for example, taken by the very talented Boyd Jaynes.
"The story of the birth of the GT40 is legendary. Henry Ford II, outraged at Enzo Ferrari for pulling out of a deal to sell up his company to the Americans, ordered his engineers to come up with a car "
"The Shelby badge isn't all about the Mustang and the Cobra. Here are five lesser known cars from the stable of the cowboy himself.
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1968 Shelby EXP500 CSS 'Black Hornet' Mustang
Known for his penchant for the "
Carroll Shelby always aspired to cross the pulchritude of nimble, European sports cars with the straight line power and muscle of American hot rods.
So, in 1959 Shelby bought three Corvettes from Chevrolet, shipped them to Italy where Senor Scaglietti clothed "
"Few have heard of it.
Even fewer have seen it.
But it hasn’t stopped many claiming to have spotted the rarest of motoring unicorns that has become the stuff of legend.
Sightings of the unmistakably long blue mythical creature "
"When we think of motorcycle helmets we generally name Arai, Shoei, AGV, Shark, Nolan et Al. Not many motorcyclists globally would name Davida helmets, a small family-run business in Birkenhead, Merseyside. But this will soon be changing as the company "
"In the mid-'90s Lotus launched a car that turned the company around.
A modestly-powered K-series sat behind the driver's seat in a sub-tonne sports car, with a manual ‘box and rear wheel drive, all supported by a sublime aluminium "
"When planning a road trip through Germany and Austria (as well as the Czech Republic and Poland), I knew I’d be silly to miss out on driving some amazing Alpine roads.
Choosing which roads to drive along the length "