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The man behind one of motor racing’s most exciting and iconic cars, the Shelby Cobra, has died at the age of 89. Carroll Shelby first became

acquainted with high- performance machines during the Second World War, as a pilot in the US Army Air Force. He started racing in an MG TC in 1952, before going on to enjoy a very successful career as a racing driver throughout the 1950s. While he did race in Formula 1 – in eight grands prix with a best result of fourth place, albeit in a shared car – it’s in Sportscars that he was most successful, winning at Le Mans in 1959 in an Aston Martin he shared with Roy Salvadori. His driving career was cut short due to health reasons, but it was when he switched to designing racecars that he really made an impact, and it’s

for the cars that bore his name that he will surely be best remembered. The Shelby Cobra was

the result of a transatlantic liaison between British car manufacturer, AC, and Ford, with Shelby shoehorning a Ford V8 into a suitably modified AC Ace. The result was a Le Mans GT win in 1964, and the birth of a legend. Shelby’s association with

Shelby at Aintree, 1959

Ford continued throughout the ’60s with the creation of the Shelby Mustang and then when his company ran the GT40s to Le Mans victory in 1965 and ’66. No surprise, then, that he’s remembered fondly at the Blue Oval: ‘In the history of our company, there are a handful of men who have stamped their imprint on the heart and soul of what we do at Ford Racing and Carroll Shelby is definitely one of them,’ Ford Racing director, James Allison, said in a tribute to Shelby. More recently, Shelby managed his Shelby American companies, which include a hugely successful parts business. Yet it was not all cars for Shelby, he was also a philanthropist and successful entrepreneur, and even ran a hunting company in Africa for a decade. Carroll Shelby 1923 – 2012

Motorsport money men rank high in UK Rich List

Motorsport personalities and businessmen featured prominently on this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, which is billed as the definitive guide to wealth in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Unsurprisingly, a certain Bernie Ecclestone was the top motorsport earner, coming in at number 23 out of 1000 with an estimated wealth of £2.5bn, which is attributed to motor racing (interesting note; the £740m wealth of his ex-wife, Slavica, (ranked 106 and above all the other motorsport entries) is attributed to ‘divorce’).

Other motorsport people to

feature include Paddy McNally, the former boss of F1 trackside advertising business, Allsport, with £515m, which is down by £105m on last year, putting him 161st on the list. Team bosses have also done

well. Frank Williams is listed at 182 with £110m, while Mercedes boss, Ross Brawn, is at 751 with the £100m fortune he pocketed from selling Brawn GP to the German car manufacturer and the Abu Dhabi wealth fund. Other Rich Listers with motor racing connections include Martin Sorrel, the advertising

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IndyCar has fined Panther Racing boss, John Barnes, $25,000 and placed him on probation. The punishment is for remarks he made on Twitter, specifically criticisms of the way the turbo-parity issue has been handled. IndyCar deemed the comments to be damaging to the sport.

Heat management company, Zircotec, has expanded its sales support operations for its motorsport business. Karen Ilsley has joined the company, while Linda Dowdell has been promoted to sales manager.

Chelsea AutoLegends, the London- based automotive and motorsport show, has taken on Prova PR to help raise the profile of the September 2 event. Max Wakefield, director of Chelsea AutoLegends, said: ‘We’re delighted to have Prova alongside us this year, helping us to deliver a unique automotive social event in one of the most breathtaking urban surroundings in the world.’

Anatole ‘Tony’ Lapine, the former chief designer at Porsche, has died at the age of 81. Latvian-born Lapine will be remembered as one of the greatest car designers of all time, with the Porsche 924, 944 and 928 on his CV. Before joining the German firm he also teamed up with Larry Shinoda to pen the iconic 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Sponsorship expert, Brian Sims, tells us he’s interested in running bespoke courses on finding backing for race teams. Sims has recently run a series of courses for drivers

looking for sponsors, which were backed by the MSA. One of his courses has also been validated by Oxford Brookes University, which has made it a module for its Motorsport MBA programme.

John Barnes

Former 1950’s F3 ace Les Leston – a man who went on to become a major player in the race safety business and the aftermarket industry after he retired from driving – has died at the age of 91. Leston won 500cc F3 races driving his own

Leston Special and in Coopers during the 1950s, and also started two grands prix.

Dr Nandan Khokar, R and D manager and co-founder of composite fabric weaving company, Oxeon, has been made Professor of Textile Technology for Composite Materials at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Boras.

Brian Sims

Neil Semple is the new head of automotive at the UK Trade and Industry Advanced Manufacturing Directorate in the Strategic Trade Group, replacing Ian Lockhart in the position. Lockhart is moving to China to become head of Advanced Engineering and Transport at UKTI in Beijing.

Oxford Brookes University motorsport engineering graduates, Laura Shelley and Will Hannis, have joined Steve Durrant at his RPD Motorsport BARC Formula Renault outfit. The team was set up in 2007 as a privateer effort, but has been transformed into a full time professional team recently thanks to investment from Arcadius Sports.

mogul who is one of the non- executive directors of F1 Group parent company Delta Topco, listed at 438 with £174m. Former F1 driver, Eddie Irvine, also makes the List (908, £80m, ‘motor racing and property’), as does Lola boss – at the time the list was compiled – Martin Birrane (956, £77m, also ‘motor racing and property’).

Meanwhile, in the sister

publication to the Rich List, the Sport Rich List, motorsport accounts for 12 of the top 100 richest sportsmen and women. On a more sobering note, The Sunday Times Giving List, which ranks those who have made philanthropic contributions, does not contain one name from the world of motorsport.

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