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March 26, 2013

The Sports Car Club of America inducted Carroll Shelby into the SCCA Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony on March 2.

Shelby was involved with the SCCA for over 50 years. As a driver, he took home the SCCA National Championship in 1956. When he turned professional, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 and competed in eight Formula One races before his career was cut short with a heart ailment.

Shelby’s involvement with the SCCA continued in the 1960s through his Cobra sports car and then his efforts turned the Ford GT40 into a winner that defeated Ferrari. Shelby also turned the Mustang into a “sport car” for SCCA competition, where the Shelby G.T. 350 won the SCCA B-Production National Championships in 1965, 1966, and 1967.

“Carroll Shelby is an icon in the automotive performance industry,” said SCCA president and CEO, Jeff Dahnert. “He impacted the SCCA as a competitor, as an automotive designer and builder, and his influence within the motorsports world elevated the SCCA. We are very proud to have had him as a member of the SCCA and now as a member of the SCCA Hall of Fame.”

Fellow legends “Skip” Barber, Bill Noble, Bobby Rahal, and Andy Porterfield accompanied Shelby into the SCCA Hall of Fame, which was created to pay tribute to members who made a significant impact on the development of the SCCA throughout history. With only five inductees this year, initiation into the Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors given in the world of automotive racing.

Shelby’s award will reside with the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust and eventually the Carroll Shelby Foundation, established by the automotive legend in 1991 after his successful heart transplant.

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