The true story of Carroll Shelby's war against Enzo Ferrari and the cars and the men who made racing history. "Absolutely fascinating" -- Sir John Whitmore. "A beautiful job" -- Carroll Shelby. 368 pages and 85,000 words, based on interviews of 51 of the original participants, conducted over 18 years. Over 530 original photos, drawings, blueprints and documents, including 57 large-format color photos.Personal recollections range from Shelby's lowest mechanic to Ferrari's chief engineer, from forgotten privateers to world-class drivers. Acclaimed by Ferrari and Cobra enthusiasts alike, this is the definitive history of the epic struggle that changed sports car racing forever. SIGNED BY CARROLL SHELBY IN 2007 IN BLACK INK. I will provide a letter of authentication for Shelby's signature. Also signed by myself, the author, Michael L.
Shoen in black ink on the title page. This is the second edition. Winner of the Society of Automotive Historian's Cugnot Award for Best Book in the Field of Automotive History and Classic and Sportscar's Book of the Year 1990.
Al Dowd smuggled a first edition copy of this book into Shelby's ICU room while he was recovering from his heart transplant in 1990. "This book is magnificent" -- Charlie Hayes.
"A really first-class job" -- Steele Thurkleson. "I felt a quarter-century younger after reading it" -- Tommy Hitchcock. "Without a doubt the best publication I have ever read on the Shelby cars" -- Al Dowd. " "I'll treasure it -- Lew Spencer."A wonderful gift to the history of motor racing" -- Fred Gamble. But Ferrari would never discuss the competitors' cars. He felt he gave to his drivers the car to win, and he was not concerned about the competition. When I left the pits, the Cobra right away felt big and clumsy. As it accelerated through the gears it felt very fast, but it also felt like a piece of junk, a scary kind of combination. We were running neck and neck with the Daytona Cobra -- around 180 mph.
So every time I would see a red car coming up, I'd think,'Oh shit. Now they are going to go by us. He (Ken Miles) was the best racing driver I ever worked for.
We used to go to races with that man and I knew we were going to win. Have you ever had the feeling? I've never had that feeling since. The GTO had perfect balance, absolutely perfect -- the ballet dancer of motor cars.There was never another car like the GTO. We knew, plus or minus, what the capabilities of the Ferrari were, and we knew we could beat it. I knew that, if I could get the Daytona coupe, Ferrari wouldn't be in business. The item "THE COBRA-FERRARI WARS 1963-1965, SIGNED BY CARROLL SHELBY, Le Mans, Road Racing" is in sale since Tuesday, April 28, 2015. This item is in the category "Books\Nonfiction". The seller is "mlsthink" and is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona. This item can be shipped worldwide.