The body of legendary car designer and auto racer Carroll Shelby remains unburied, more than a month after his death. His remains have become the focal point of a family tug-of-war. On the other hand, Shelby is also being honored by EyesOn Design, so that’s nice.
Shelby’s body remains at the Dallas County Morgue, where it was taken following his May 10 death at the age of 89. Shelby’s children contend that his eldest son Michael was given written instructions from his father on February 8, requesting to have his remains created.
Shelby allegedly wrote:
“[My ashes are to be] divided equally among and given to each of my then living children and one additional equal share to be buried in my parents’ family plot in Leesburg, Texas.”
Shelby’s seventh and final wife Cleo, however, maintains that the document was forged. She contends that Shelby gave her power of attorney in 2010.
According to AOL Autos, the remains of actress Anna Nicole Smith and of blues legend James Brown were also the subjects of family disputes.
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Meanwhile, Shelby the designer was honored in a showing of his vehicles by EyesOn Design. The organization honors automotive design, and is a benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. For its 25th anniversary show, held in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., EyesOn Design assembled 30 cars associated with Shelby, as well as a Titan motorcycle.
The life of Shelby
Shelby was born on Jan. 11, 1923, in Leesburg, Texas. He had a passion for cars, motorcycles and airplanes from a young age. He enrolled in the Army Air Force during World War II, and was assigned to train bomber pilots at a Texas air base. After the war, he divided his time between his chicken farm and auto racing. Winning his very first race in 1952, he quickly became the country’s top race car driver.
Shelby was named Sports Illustrated’s Driver of the Year on two occasions.
In 1959, after accepting a spot on the Aston Martin factory team, he won the Le Mans 24 hour road race in the British automaker’s DBR1. It was his crowning achievement as a race car driver.
Forced to retire from racing in 1960 because of a heart condition, Shelby turned his attention to automotive design, creating the legendary Shelby Cobra. Of it, famed auto exec Lee Iacoca once said:
“In my opinion, Shelby invented the muscle car in this country.”