• Apr 26th 2012 at 5:29PM
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A few members of the Autoblog team have been grappling with the issue of our ages recently. Yes, some of us are feeling old. Given that a primary motivation for getting into this automotive journalism racket in the first place was a desire to avoid growing up by spending our whole lives playing with cars, it is frustrating to find out that having Peter Pan Syndrome does not prevent man from turning 40.

So how's this for some much needed perspective: Carroll Shelby will be 90 in January.

His exploits on the track made him an American hero and his success as a car designer and businessman only reinforced his status as one of the great ones. But it's no secret that the octogenarian racer and legend has not been in the best health lately. It's the sort of thing you have to expect when you start pushing nine decades on this planet, especially when you have lived the sort of life that Carroll Shelby has, pushing the limits in a way that most of us will never experience. He's even got his fair share of aftermarket parts, having had both heart and kidney transplants.

Shelby shared this message concerning his health on Facebook yesterday:

There have been some rumors about my health lately. So I wanted to clear them up.

I've been in the hospital over the last several months with pneumonia. But I'm resting comfortably with my family and working on getting better. My kids are taking good care of me.

I am sorry that I can't make any appearances right now. If you want someone from Shelby at an event in my place, contact Scott Black at TimePiece PR in Dallas. He'll give those requests to my team, who will determine the right person to represent me.

I also have asked them to post on my behalf to keep you up to date.

Thanks for the all good wishes and thoughts.

Here's another: Let's hope he has a great party on January 11, 2013.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      All the best Mr. Shelby, get well soon, sir! Absolute automotive legend. Father of the game changing Cobra. Inspiration for the game changing Viper. And one of the original "tuners" of other factory vehicles. Hope he gets well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish him the best. He is very lucky to have his family with him at this time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont mean to sound insensitive, but 89 is old, and any moderate to severe illness usually means trouble. Shelby is a legend, but he isnt immortal. I am deeply hoping that he recovers fully from this and lives to make (or commission) a modern day Cobra roadster with a GT500 (super snake?) engine. I dont even care if it looks exactly the same as the original, has kit car quality and costs $1 million. It would be a fitting finale for one of the automotive world's all time greats. Sort of like how the last Ferrari to see the light of day under Old Man Enzo before his death was the F40. Bittersweet, huh?
      • 3 Years Ago
      A classy way of dealing with the issue.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He's a self agrondizing individual. I am not doubting his skill set back in the 60's, but as of late I think he's an a-hole. His "Charity Foundation" has doled-out less than one percent of its $2.9m stash. (The money is supposed to help children who need organ transplants.) He's a modern scam artist utilizing his fame to dupe unwitty donators.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You shouldn't hold back. If it bothers you that much, you should pay him a visit. I am sure he would greatly appreciate your insight. Show some respect. The man's 9 decades old, and has done more for auto enthusiasts than anyone I can think of. I am pretty sure the Mustang would not be what it is today were it not for Carroll Shelby. Who knows? You might not even have an 07 Stang GT to call your own.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just give him so Z Max!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Multiple heart and then kidney transplants? Hes definitely a fighter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get well soon Carroll, and thanks for everything you've done in the auto industry so far!
      A. Harlan
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I'm his age (which isn't all that far down the road) I figure if I am still upright, mobile and know who and where I am...it will be a win, diapers and all. Oh, and pizza...I still want to be able to enjoy a good pizza.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the guy for what he has done for Autos. Love what he has done with FORD and Chrysler vehicles over the years!!! Two Thumbs up Carroll!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      At his age any kind of health so long as he's still breathing and conscious is good health! Amazing that given how much health trouble he's had since way back then, that he's still in such shape today! It's quite remarkable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Carroll Shelby has beaten the odds more than once. Here's hoping that he does it again and bounces back in time to enjoy some of the Cobra 50th anniversary events taking place throughout the year.
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