Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography

Author(s): Rinsey Mills


The definitive record of the twentieth century's preeminent car builder and racer is now available in an updated paperback edition. It was motoring author Rinsey Mills' passion for AC cars and motorsports history that led to his first meeting with Carroll Shelby. His suggestion that they should collaborate in order to create an accurate record of Shelby's life and achievements was at first rebuffed but later taken up with enthusiasm. This authorized biography is the result. "Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography" was a long time in the making, as Mills left no stone unturned in his quest to produce the complete study of a remarkable life. He carried out extensive research and conducted numerous interviews, fully capturing the narrative of Carroll Shelby within and outside of the automotive racing world: his childhood in Texas, wartime tenure with the Army Air Force, and postwar entrepreneurship; his earliest race wins in 1952 and his legendary 1959 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; his monumental release of the first Cobra and the formation of Shelby American in 1962; his historical partnership with Ford that would last for decades; all the way through to Shelby's personal hobbies, travels, and present-day legacy. Fascinating photographs from Shelby's personal collection complete a book whose original hardcover edition was published mere weeks before his passing, making "Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography" a magnificent and lasting tribute to one of the twentieth century's greatest automotive figures.


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Rinsey Mills, respected motoring historian and author of several automotive books--including two on Cobras--is in the unique position of having been able to call on the full cooperation of Carroll Shelby in the writing of this book. Mills lives in southwest England.Rinsey Mills, respected motoring historian and author of several automotive books, has owned both pre- and postwar AC sports cars for forty years. He has restored some and raced others, and he is the author of Motorbooks' "Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography," now available in both hardcover and paperback formats. He has also written three books about Cobras: "Original AC Ace & Cobra" (Bay View, 1990), "Essential AC Cobra" (Bay View, 1997), and "Great Cars: AC Cobra" (Haynes, 2003).

General Fields

  • : 9780760346464
  • : Quarto Publishing Group USA
  • : Motorbooks International
  • : February 2014
  • : 235mm X 159mm X 32mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rinsey Mills
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : English
  • : 552