TRIBUTE | Carroll Shelby 1923-2012

I just received the sad news that Carroll Shelby has passed away at the age of 89.
I was very fortunate to meet and work with Mr. Shelby during the development of the 2010 Shelby GT500 and SR-71 EAA Auction Mustang at Ford. He was always very kind and complimentary to the work were doing as curators of the great legendary icons he built. Not a designer himself, he was always able to recognize when it was good. The list of cars his name is associated with is nothing short of miraculous. We’ll update this post with a full tribute soon, but for now we’ll just pay our respects to man who certainly changed the automotive world.

Citroën shows how a shooting brake can be modern, luxurious and sexy all at once.

PERSPECTIVE | Racing on Belle Isle

After a three year absence, the sweet sound of racing cars has returned to Belle Isle in Detroit.   For the local car designers and CCS students,  this is a weekend of fun and inspiration.  For Detroit area businesses, it’s a weekend to make money.  And for the IndyCar Series, it’s round six in a season that has seen some dramatic changes — then again, maybe not dramatic enough… [..]

ON THE STREET | Gratiot Cruise 2012

We kick off the summer cruising season in Eastpointe (formerly East Detroit) on a two mile stretch of Gratiot Avenue.  Like the Downriver Cruise, Gratiot attracts all manner of vehicles — many of them misfits.  Not everything is “concours” material, which is a big part of the appeal.  See the items that caught our attention after the jump. [..]

INSPIRATION | Mid-Ohio Continental Series Race

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine and I traveled down to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to check out the Continental Series race. If you’re a car designer, you love racing ( or you should. ) Its the ultimate speed and movement which injected the emotion into our vocation and frankly the genesis of the reason it still exists. And if you love racing, you love good circuits. Mid-Ohio is one of them. [..]

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