Carroll Shelby before the Cobra and all that chili

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The cover of the Mar. 25, 1957 issue of Sports Illustrated featured a former chicken farmer, the magazine’s choice for “driver of the year” for the second year in a row. Nowadays most people associate Carroll Shelby with the classic “muscle cars” he created or the chili concoction that bears his name. But half a century ago he was the American race-car king who had the audacity to win Europe’s most grueling road race.

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