Carroll Shelby

Defgrip reader Reed Avery tipped us off to this amazing interview with Carroll Shelby. In all honesty I’m an auto enthusiast but have never been extremely bowled over by any Shelby automobile, as fast and notable as they are, they just seemed lacking in personality and class when compared to European cars. Not that I haven’t been impressed by them; I’ve just never worked them into my future budget the way I would a, say, Mercedes 300SL Gullwing or even a Ferrari 400i.

One thing Carroll Shelby is not lacking, I came to find, is personality and class. Whether you’re a Shelby fan or have never heard of him, I guarantee that if you watch this interview you will be blown away by the heart and soul that Carroll Shelby has put into his career, as well as the standards by which he lives his life and runs his business.

It’s an overdose of one-liners and inspiration and wise words to live by, from a dude that is days away from being 88 years old, and is still at the top of his game. Click here for the interview.

C’etait un Redezvous

A good quote from John Dillinger in Pubic Enemies: “I like baseball, movies, good clothes, fast cars, whiskey, and you… what else you need to know?” I’ve got 2 of those 6 for you right here: The famous 9-minute movie C’etait un Redezvous is back online.

For those not familiar here’s the long story short: Mercedes blurred the lines between comfort saloon and sportscar back in 1974 with the 6.9, which is widely revered as the baddest Mercedes of all time. In 1976, French filmmaker Claude LeLouch strapped a camera to the front of his 6.9 and drove it full speed through the streets of Paris to make this film — the story of a gentleman who was apparently just in a hurry to meet his lady. Later he did the same drive in his V12 Ferrari and dubbed that soundtrack into the movie.

Click below to see the movie and waayyy more.

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Lamborghini Miura

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Ever since Mike posted the article about the Maserati garage contest the other day, I’ve been spending a bit of time googling old sports cars. The Ferrari 512 BBi that was parked in the garage got me going and after googling around for some images of a 1950 Abarth 205 Vignale Berlinetta, I came across an amazing photo of the 205 on a site called The Chicane which had a post featuring an episode of Top Gear about the Lamborghini Miura.

My level of car knowledge is pretty low compared to some people I know, but I love cars and really appreciate the design and engineering aspect that goes into them. What sparked this post was the design history of the Miura that was covered in the Top Gear episode. Apparently the Miura, which was designed in 1966 is credited to be the beginning of the modern super car and Marcello Gandini, who designed the body, was only 22! The engineers who worked on the car were also in their 20’s… I love hearing stories about people who at such young ages create defining pieces of design and it gets me thinking what would happen if more young people were given creative freedom on high profile projects. It also gets me thinking about how many young people have designed very innovative projects and we just don’t know about their age…

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Ferrari California

Here’s the official short film by Michael Mann for the new Ferrari California. Not the illest Ferrari out, or the illest Michael Mann film out, but it’s a Michael Mann film featuring a Ferrari and it’s only a couple minutes long so check it.