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Automotive Icon Carroll Shelby Dies at 89

Posted on May 14th, 2012

Last Friday morning I learned of the passing of Carroll Shelby. I immediately posted the news to our Factory Five Forums and community. For the first time in a long long time I was without words.

While I have fought Carroll for years, with all my effort in court over the shape of the Cobra, it was never personal and that fight is small compared to the human reality of his death. Bottom line is that after all the battles, I am left with only feelings of sadness and loss. Carroll Shelby and his amazingly talented team wrote perhaps the last great epic of American roadracing, and everything we do here at Factory Five started with what he did back then.

I hope Carroll died peacefully surrounded by his family and friends. On behalf of everyone here at Factory Five Racing, I extend our deepest sympathies to his family.

Thanks for the great ride Carroll.

Dave Smith


  • Ditto, nicely said Dave

  • You always take the highroad Dave – well done

  • douglas gauvreau


    You are a class act! After all you have been through legally with Carroll Shelby, your comments regarding his passing are appropriate and stated very eloquently.

    Doug Gauvreau
    FFR 6845RD

  • Luis Margheritis


    I want to express my thanks for showing so much class. Coming from you this means a lot and I hope that most of our extended FFR family will see it the same way.

    Bottom line, I would not be able to fulfill my dream of owning such an iconic race car without Carol Shelby or David Smith.

    I thank you both for believing in your dreams and helping me achieve mine.


    Very well said, very thoughtfull.

  • Thanks Dave,

    None of us could have said it as well or more meaningfully. I suspected that you were a man that knew about the effects of unforgiveness. God’s richest blessing upon you and your domain.

    I’m looking forward to doing business with you in the future.

  • Jeff Edwards


    Very well said.

    At the end of the day, each on one of us has only some many days here on this earth. It is what you do with those days and living the life God wants us to live,and the investment and relationships in people and families lives that makes a difference in this world. Life is too short.

    A man’s integrity is not judged by what he does when everybody is watching, but by what he does when nobody is around.

    Dave I appreciate your integrity.