Monday, August 13, 2012

Carroll Shelby said this about the evolution of racing from the Cobra to the Shelby GT 500's and the end of Ford racing

"When you get tied up with any big company, it has the tendency to change your perspective.

Getting involved with Ford was kinda like asking a big gorilla to dance. You start off leading, but before very long, you're being swung all over the floor, and pretty soon you lose sight of the fact that all you wanted to do in the first place was dance.

The Cobra led to the Mustang GT350, and that led to the GT40, and before and before I knew it, our goals had changed.

Ford didn't want us to race the Cobra because they were afraid it would beat their GT40.

By the end of the 1960's we weren't building Cobras at all, we weren't racing GT40s anymore, and our biggest competitor was in the Mustang business was Ford itself.

You didn't have to be Einstein to know it was time to pack it in."

Carroll Shelby, in his own words, interviewed by Gary Witzenburg

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