The One and Only: Carroll Shelby & the AC Cobra


I am, let’s say, an unusual choice for a piece extolling the virtues of a superlative American automotive achievement because, well, I hate American cars. Ok that is not entirely true, I mostly despise modern cars, up until the mid 1990’s if I was really pushed. For me, car manufacturing ended with the Mclaren F1 (1992-1998) and I am primarily nuts for the simplicity of line, design and reliability of early Porsche 911s from 1968 to 1973.

Pretty much, that’s it for me and cars altogether, other than being a fan of the quirky, unusual and the outright bizarre from the Wolseley Hornet to the Hillman Imp. But when it comes to heavy metal from the US of A, I was stumped, other than the one and only, Carroll Shelby that is. Carroll Shelby (1923 – May) was a racecar driver, car designer, manufacturer and all around automotive entrepreneur, who founded Shelby American Inc. in 1962, a company still active today. His greatest accomplishment behind the wheel was an outright win in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans for Aston Martin, but the Anglophile angle was to remain paramount in his career defining, paradigm shifting contribution to motorsport and car culture in general: The AC Cobra, derived from the Brit designed popular sports car, the AC Ace, of AC Motors of England.  ... weiterlesen

It’s called a Mini but the experience is maximum: The Mini Moke

Mini Moke
Mini Moke

True (baby) blue, British engineering at its best after all these years. A hoot to drive and a handy rental. It’s called a Mini but the experience is maximum. And it may not be a free lunch but it’s fast-food-cheap.

1960's Mini Moke: The Mini Moke is a vehicle based on the Mini designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) by Sir Alec Issigonis. The name comes from "Mini"—the car with which the Moke shares many parts—and "Moke", which is an archaic dialect term for donkey. The Moke has been marketed under various names including Austin Mini Moke, Morris Mini Moke and Leyland Moke.  ... weiterlesen

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