Not sure that any man other than my Father had more of an influence on me then Carrol Shelby. My artwork as a young buck consisted of either a Mustang Fastback or his Cobra.
Digging through the archives of my childhood and one would find many a pic of me, my Pa and one of his many Mustangs. The one I remember the most was his Ocean Blue Fastback...it was a fucking animal! My Pa tells me the story of when I was about 5 yrs old and sitting on the console between the two front seats when he hammered down on that fastback....I was to be found in the trunk as he had removed the back bench seat for some all important weight savings. I wont go into detail on his "state of mind" in those days but lets just say he probably thought it was a good idea for me to sit with no seatbelt ontop of the console while he demonstrated how well the traction bars worked.
Rest In Peace Mr. Shelby.