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RIP Carroll Shelby: Texan Developed Mustang, Cobra, Terlingua Chili Cook-Off

Racing and car legend Carroll Shelby died today in Dallas at the age of 89.

He'd been ill for some time, but it's still a sad day in the auto world. Not to mention the decadent Texas chili world.

Shelby played a role in developing both the Cobra and the Mustang, and he won races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans before he had to retire from the track and spend the rest of his days building cars.

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He also played a role in establishing the legendary Terlingua Chili Cook-Off, an annual bacchanal in West Texas that began in 1967.


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