Carroll Shelby has died aged 89.
Although Shelby is best known by car fans for the Shelby Cobra and Shelby Mustang, he enjoyed several prolific careers, including chicken farming, racing cars, running race teams, operating a safari tour firm and, of course, tuning high performance cars.
Shelby initially tried chicken farming as a career, but after he failed to make money he tried his hand at racing. His domestic success in the 1950s earned him international recognition.
He started eight F1 races, taking a best finish of fourth in the 1958 Italian Grand Prix, and his reputation was cemented when he won the 24-hour Le Mans race with team-mate Ray Salvadori in 1959.
A serious heart condition curtailed his career behind the wheel soon afterwards, but led him into further successful careers running race teams and working on performance cars. Among the racing highlights was his role in helping develop the Le Mans winning Ford GT40.
The Shelby Cobra for which he is perhaps most famous, used a AC 260 roadster chassis and Ford engine, and was hailed as the fastest production model ever made when it was displayed at the New York motor show in 1962.