Carroll Hall Shelby, born in Leesburg, Texas, on January 11, 1923, was a man who devoted not only his career, but his entire life to automobiles. It is no secret that Shelby lived and breathed cars—“I love horsepower,” he was known to say. Shelby exemplified the term “a man of many trades,” rising from humble beginnings as a chicken farmer to gaining rank as a staff sergeant pilot during WWII, to becoming a world-renowned racecar driver, all the way up to his grand finish as the automotive entrepreneur he is most notably known for today. Shelby rose to fame as father of many automotive exploits resulting in such wonders as the Cobra and Shelby Mustang, the powerful sports cars which remain his legacy to this day.
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