Carroll Shelby Vs. His Fan Club
The Shelby American Automobile Club has been keeping the flame alive for Shelby-built and badged vehicles for 33 years. Now its namesake wants them out of the picture. As of January 1, Shelby's yanked their license to use the club's name (which Shelby trademarked), AND he wants all club's registry data going back to 1996, AND he wants to see the club's financial records. The automotive equivalent of Howard Beale, Peter DeLorenzo, sees the move as nothing but a logical extension of Carroll Shelby's long history of unbridled greed. "Shelby has once again confirmed for everyone what he's been about since Day One," the Autoextremist writes. "And it's not about the legacy of the Cobra or 'protecting' his name or anything like that. It's not about the championships or the men and women who helped him achieve racing history. No, it's about the money, pure and simple." As Autoblog reports, Shelby has fired back. In a press release, the Texas racer accuses the club's managers of selling loaned memorabilia, failing to provide financial reports or proof of liability insurance, licensing Shelby products without the old man's permission and, get this, not even paying the $1 per year licensing fee. It all sounds credible enough– until you remember the shambles that is Carroll Shelby's Childrens' Foundation. Do as I say, not as I do?
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