"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.
"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 "
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 "
"Words: Charles Bamber
If you had been an American MG owner in the early to mid sixties, you would have been pretty smug and self satisfied with your exotic, excitingly nippy little English runabout.
But imagine the day you first "
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 "
"This is a one-off Lamborghini-Zagato collab.
And don't let anyone tell you it's not a result of the oneupmanship that was riddled through the relationship between Ferruccio and il commendatore.
You've heard the story. The Lambo boss was upset at "
"English Electric is Britain’s go-to retail and service centre for the emerging culture of electric motorcycles. With a background in the custom bike scene having founded Old Empire motorcycles in 2011, founder Alec Sharp made a bold move in 2017 when "
"If you're a devotee of the BTCC, BSB or a fan of the Kaiser Chiefs (we'll return to that) then you'll be familiar with Knockhill, the highest (at around 800 feet above sea level) and most northerly permanent racing circuit in "