David Friedman Shelby Book
Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
September 22, 2017
Photos By: Motorbooks

We never tire of expanding our classic Mustang and Shelby knowledge with new reading material, such as David Friedman’s latest—Shelby American Up Close and Behind the Scenes. Friedman, known for his wonderful period Shelby imagery, has put together a book on the early Shelby years (1962-1965) when Carroll operated out of his Venice, California location at 1042 Princeton Drive and where the Original Venice Crew gets their name from. Friedman, an original Venice employee himself (though he technically worked at the 3221 Carter Street offices across from the Princeton location), has spent many of his later years interviewing former Venice employees and sourcing original photos that, sadly, he no longer has the negatives for.

The book is heavy on Cobra of course, because those early years Mustang was just a concept and production hadn’t started. But when Ford asked Carroll to help out on its “secretary’s car” as Carroll originally called it, the Venice shop was where the first Shelby G.T. 350 Mustangs were built. So there’s quite a bit of Mustang history and imagery there to enjoy as well (and what Mustang/Shelby enthusiast doesn’t dream of owning a Cobra, right?).

The book covers these early years incredibly well with interviews of original employees, and many never before seen or used Friedman images of Cobra, Daytona Coupes, and of course Shelby Mustangs with a touch of GT40 as well. It is an engaging read for any car or motorsports enthusiasts (as it covers many of the racing exploits of the Cobras and early Mustangs). Besides the first-hand knowledge Friedman had as an employee, the book’s early Venice story line is one that keeps the reader engaged and tells a great “where it all began” with B&W and color photography of some of the greatest drivers, vehicles, and events known to Shelby fans. A great bonus is the appendix of the Shelby American/Ford racing records from 1962-1967 as well. Get yours now because you can’t borrow ours! Visit www.quartoknows.com/Quarto-Drives/Marque-Model/Cars/Shelby to see all of Motorbooks’ Shelby offerings and to order yours or find your nearest retailer.

Shelby American Up Close and Behind the Scenes
Author: David Friedman
Format: Hardcover, 240 pages, 12x9.75 inches
Photos: B&W and Color
ISBN: 9780760351987
Publisher: Motorbooks
Price: $50