Many years ago I had the privilege of meeting Caroll Shelby. My next-door neighbor was the VP of Sales and then President of the Budweiser distributor in Orange County California. Consequently, he was well connected in the racing world and could get access to pretty much any event he wanted. Two racing people I was able to meet via his connections were Carrol Shelby and Paul Newman.
Paul Newman was actually a pretty quiet guy and didn’t talk much. Mr. Shelby, on the other hand, would talk your arm off and was the kind of guy you wish you had as a next-door neighbor. Anyway, we went to this chile cook-off in Newport Beach and I got to enjoy some Caroll Shelby chile and chat a bit.
What a great down-home guy he was. So if you take the time to watch this video you will see he was genuine and not phony in any way. This is the type of person whose handshake was as good and any contract a team of lawyers might draw up because he always delivered the goods.