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DNF’d: The Story Behind How Some of the First Shelby Cobras Got Built

Posted July 14, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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The story of Carroll Shelby’s success in building and racing Cobras is a legend. Hard work and a few lucky breaks along the way had helped him achieve his goal. Most stories written about Shelby were sourced from information almost entirely, and selectively, provided by Shelby himself, and a lot of his fame is also attributed to the hard working folks at Ford’s Public Relations Department. He certainly did not do it alone. Many people helped Shelby with his climb to success, yet few are remembered or even given their fair share of credit for creating the Cobra.

Ed Hugus was one of those people and perhaps the most deserving. He was also the single most important person responsible for the Cobra having ever been produced. Without him, Shelby’s dream may never have happened. Hugus’ story is based on interviews with the author during the last two years of his life from 2004 through 2006. He provided his own account of the Cobra’s creation, with supporting documents, personal mementos and never before published photographs from his personal collection.

Hugus's critical role in Shelby's innovation finally comes to light...

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Re: DNF’d: The Story Behind How Some of the First Shelby Cobras Got Built

07/14/2017 10:07 AM

Here's an interesting documentary, directed in part by Adam Corolla, about the 'war' between Ferrari and Ford, involving Shelby.

https://www.amazon.com/24-Hour-War-AJ-Baime/dp/B01MZWZ3N4

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