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  1. rshelby

    rshelby ShelbyForums Admin Staff Member

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    Carroll has always had a way with words. Whether they are words of wisdom, humor, or otherwise, he has always had a vernacular all his own so I ask you:

    What are some of your favorite Carroll Shelby Quotes???

    I'll start things off with the infamous...

     
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    "Its a massive motor in a tiny, lightweight car!"
    Thanks alot Randall...a good fun thread.
    Vern
     
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    67GT500#2100 Shelby Forums Pit Crew

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    It's a secretary's car!
     
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    Well it didn't take long for this post to go south

    :mad:

    "I'm tired of them," Shelby says. "I want the registrations and the records under my control. They've made a lot of money but never counted me in on anything. I don't want my legacy to go down under their thumbprints."
     
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  5. rshelby

    rshelby ShelbyForums Admin Staff Member

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    Hmmm, I wouldn't think that is one of your favorite quotes.

    Thanks for your participation Pete. :rolleyes:
    Randall
     
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    Coralsnake Well-Known Member

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    I didn't have a favorite, so I took the most memorable. I am horrible at following rules....

    :cigar:
     
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    Sept. 94. While being interviewed for the Jan. 95 Mustang Monthly " All painters are just drunks" I took it kinda personal since after the interview we went down and photogaphed Shelby in two cars that I painted. Might have been funny if I had been drinking! Damn I need a Beer now.

    Larry
     
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    Since those words are in quotes, may I ask when by-whom, how were they recorded? Are they from someone's recollection?

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    One of my favorite Shelby quotes is:

    "I'm not going to take this defeatist attitude and listen to all this crap any more from all these people who have nothing except doomsday to predict." <brainyquote.com>

    Of course my fave is "Ferrari's ass is mine." ;-)

    What guy! ;-)
     
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    Thanks, Ron.

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    Here's another Shelby quote that gives some insight into CS beyond cars...

    “My business is automobiles, really. What I love are [classic] airplanes, steam locomotives, and dirt.” <autoexecmag.com>
     
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    "Let's call the little car the GT350. If the car's good, the name won't matter, and if it's no good, the name won't matter."


    "I'm not particularly good at anything, I just like to bring people with great talents together and see what's going to happen."


    "... we might build cars with a warranty that lasts till you drive through the gate."


    "I don't think you can put a plaque on the dash saying, "only to be driven by a competent driver"."
     
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    my favorite...

    "ain't no use, using your eyes in your arse"

    lol


    Amy
     
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    How about this one, "I'll make two less then the public wants"
    Ranger Jerry
     
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    "I'll make my own damn replicas." :thumbup:
     
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    I think I saw this someplace from him.-- If a little is good, more is better , too much is just enough.---S.
     
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    That quote reminded me of one...
    "There is never enough horsepower......just not enough traction."
    Best Regards,
    Vern
     
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    To Enzo Ferrari (around 1957?)

    Supposedly Enzo made three offers to Shelby to be a member of the factory team. At one of them, in Enzo's office, Shelby was so insulted at the lowball offer (it might have been $40 wk/mo?) plus Enzo's insistance on taking some of the prize money if he won, Shelby stormed out saying "Someday ah-am gonna come back here and beat your ass...."

    Ferrari's translator probably softened the words but Shelby's expression probably made it clear he was ticked.
     
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    "Ferrari's ass is mine!" :thumbup:
     
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    Just saw this on an add for sale on ebay......my new fav pertaining to shelby.

    "His parents named him Carroll"........

    "Nobody is laughing now!"

    (The add has a pic of a red 07 gt500 under the quote

    Best Regards,
    Vern
     
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    I've always wanted to know the significance of the #98. As a driver Carroll's used it on his bird cage Masaritti, his Ferrari, the Cobra's and the GT350's. So when I got the chance yesterday to ask him he replied, "Hell it's just a number. Sometimes I used 11, sometimes 7, sometimes 7-11. I won a couple of races in a row using 98 so I kept using it".
     

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