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RIP Carroll Shelby

One of America’s most famous car racers and designers passed away today at age 89.

You may have never heard of Carroll Shelby but I am more than certain that you have ogled some of the cars that he has designed because I know that I have. Shelby has been a trailblazer in the world of both automotive ingenuity and the culture that still surrounds racing today. How crazy is it to think that this man helped engineer a racing machine that would beat Enzo Ferrari’s mad racing streak.

This man was not only an automotive super hero but he was also a beacon of hope to those who needed a role model. Having a rough childhood riddled with sickness and again battling with illness and severe injuries from racing accidents Shelby has battled his way through on to the next project and he has been a key part of design even up till his death. But what made Shelby a true hero was that he even founded his own foundation in order to aid children who were in need of organ transplants. This was a man who gave back to his community and never forgot his roots as the son of a rural mail carrier.

The only thing I think people get confused on is what company Shelby designed cars for. For the younger generation they would most remember him for the Ford Mustang Shelby pictured below:

but Shelby was most popularly known for his AC (Auto Carriers) Motors based Shelby American Cobra:

and then after beating Enzo Ferrari at Le Mans in 1959, Henry Ford II eventually recruited him in hopes to build a car that would beat out Ferrari at future Le Mans competitions and Ford hired the right man. The Ford group had 4 consecutive Le Mans wins from 1966 through 1969 thanks to Shelby.

and most of you may have already forgotten or may have never made the connection in the first place but Carroll Shelby was also responsible for the Dodge Shelbys/ Shelby Dodges.

Why’d he start working with Dodge? because Lee Iacocca asked him to. Iacocca was responsible for getting Shelby to Ford so this time he had him work as a “Performance Consultant” on the Dodge Viper but he ended up helping to design and change previous designs for the new Dodges.

And Shelby didn’t stop here. Although there were a lot of ups and downs attached with it, he had also managed to take his original designs from paper to finished product to create the Shelby Series 1. But to keep a long story short his company (Shelby American) was bought up, then that company (Venture Corporation) went bankrupt but not because of their Shelby purchase and Shelby ended up buying his stock back for pennies on the dollar but his Vehicle Safety Standards certificate had expired so he sold his car without a motor or transmission as a “component car” but people still bought them and made their own Series 1 Shelbys at home.

Makes me just want to up and be a car designer! I WISH!

You will be missed and remembered. For every engine rev and street race won I know that you have contributed a big part of the ever growing love and passion of cars  in every true red blooded American and we will not forget it.

(Forgive the run on sentence).

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Ferrari 250

Look at this gorgeous Ferrari we saw at Jack in the Box when we went to go get a quick breakfast.

It’s a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti. God isn’t it gorgeous?

Who thought I would find one in the streets of Honolulu.

Oh, did I also mention that I live next to all the luxury car dealerships? So every walk around the neighborhood is filled with Lamborghini’s and BMWs a plenty. Yum Yum!

Here’s a full picture of the Ferrari since you can’t really tell from just the picture of the back end.

And since I haven’t had the opportunity to write about cars I thought this would be a perfect time.

I thought my car blog entry days would be few and numbered in between since I had left LA but I’m glad Hawaii is proving to be a different type of car mecca for me. I’ve seen some classics here that I haven’t had the chance of seeing in LA.

So let’s talk about the Ferrari 250. Ferrari manufactured the 250 series from 1953 to 1964 and it included a lot of different variants which ended up becoming Ferrari’s most successful early line. It eventually ended up being replaced by the 275 and the 330 which I will talk about another time.

A lot of the 250s had the same wheelbases. The small wheelbase cars would be 2,400mm where the long wheelbase models would be 2,600mm. Most cars not only had the SWB but also the same type of lightweight V12 engine that made the Ferrari much lighter than other competitors which made the Ferrari 250s a car to be reckoned with when it came to racing. These lightweight engines weren’t the fastest engines of their time but for the weight they had a pretty impressive output which has lead the 250 series to many victories in several different racing competitions.

As soon as they debuted this car they were selling like hot cakes as well as being used in races. The combination of low weight + high power  + well-sorted suspension = made this car a winner.

This car is, till this day, still seen as one of the top cars of the 1960s as well as one of the best Ferraris of all time.

I’m just lucky that there are people out there maintaining such classics so that I can enjoy them too.

Maybe I can just wait at Jack in the Box to see if it rolls by again…

A girl can dream can’t she?

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I don’t know if I’d drop that kind of dough for an Italia

The Black Masked Mamba just paid for this 458 Italia with one check.

It’s around $329,000.

Man if I had that kind of cash this is NOT the car I would be getting. I guess I’ve never been too crazy for Ferrari’s. To each his own right? Plus if I’m paying 6 digits I want a little more than a V8…

I mean Kobe has a deal with Mercedes so I would’ve gone with that something in that field but I’m biased about that so it can’t be helped.

But jesus christ! This car is supposed to retail for $230,000…someone got the wool pulled over his eyes or maybe he wore his mask to the dealership and all the numbers were skewed at an angle…whatever it is I would not pay another $100k for…what? Options? Hahahaha.

Weird. I guess the next time I see one of these I’ll know who’s behind the wheel. (A tool).

But Kobe already had a Ferrari F430 and the 458 Italia replaced that model so I guess it only fits that he HAS to have both.

The 459 Italia was released in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The engine has won multiple awards such as the Best Performance Engine in 2011 and it also gets the most power per liter for a naturally aspirated production car engine.

To be honest I don’t even want to write about the specifics of the car because it doesn’t interest me that much. What? I’m a German car girl. Hahaha. It is what it is.

But do you know what I will write about? The recalls they had for the 458 Italia in 2010.

Why were the being recalled? Because they were spontaneously catching on fire. HAHAHAHA.

What was the problem?

Apparently the adhesive that attaches the heat shield under the rear fenders would become flammable at high temperatures. And seeing how a lot of Ferrari owners are in California or high climate areas that is NOT a good thing. They ended up replacing the adhesive with rivets. What a sad waste of a car right?

Haha. How scary would that be? You go to Rodeo Drive for some shopping and you come back and your Ferrari has caught on fire. Lolz.

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