The Appeal of Carroll Shelby & the Fastback GT



After spending some time at the vintage races at Road America this weekend and watching Mustang GT 500s drift around turn three, something tweaked in my European focused paradigm.

Later that evening while in the small private racers bar in Siebkens dining room, there was that autographed picture I always see of Carroll Shelby above the bar. Again, a little voice was calling.

As we cocktailed around the world-class concours just outside Siebkens, I kept gravitating towards the white GT 350. Something about the fastback became very appealing, as if I just discovered the car for the first time…or had I?

Was it the spirit of Carroll gently guiding me or the Joe Oros and L. David Ash design? Or perhaps the fact that my first childhood Matchbox car was a white/blue GT 350?

Maybe I need to drive one…then again…no, I don’t want to dampen my new found curiousity.


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The Future Is Papier Mâché

The Illustrated Man (for and of Leon Hart), 2012

One of the things I love about running this blog is how much it forces me to come into contact with people. I had it in my head that I would do a post for The Illustrated Man – not exactly a stretch finding someone with a decent set of tattoos. By chance I ran into Leon Hart, who very generously let me take his picture and agreed to me publishing it here. As is customary for me now, I gave Leon my card and he later got in touch. And here is the killer: Leon is an exceptional painter and artist. His work’s great and you can see a selection of it here: Thanks, Leon.

The Illustrated Man was (gasp!) not a novel, but a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury. Another self-imposed rule broken. Although, the…

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