"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 "
"The Ford Mustang is an iconic piece of American muscle that is loved the world over for its good looks, raw-sounding engine note and RWD lairiness.
When the new Mustang launched in the UK, it came with a noisy 5.0l "
"On Thursday 22nd November Influx went Underground.
We didn’t go alone, of course. We were joined by a flood of Influxy types, from car designers and journalists, to design students, insurance personnel and – of course – passionate motoring enthusiasts, we "
"When Ivano Beggio passed away at the age of 73 earlier this year, the residents of the town of Noale mourned greatly.
Ivano was the mastermind behind the rise of Aprilia, a small bicycle company based in the town that his "
"Here in the UK, we are pretty lucky to be blessed with some awesome pockets of custom bike enthusiasts scattered across our beautiful country, but we’re not so blessed in the way of bike shows and I can’t "