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Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street by [Leffingwell, Randy]
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Hemmings Muscle Machines, May 2006
“[Leffingwell and Newhardt] have collaborated several times before, and this is a very strong effort from both of them, with loads of excellent details, interviews and detailed original photography. There’s also quite a lot of history to set the tone, with extensive coverage of the GT40 and AC Cobra – which aren’t exactly Mustangs, but are useful for context. It’s even got a useable index, thank God.”


SpeedTV.com, Dec. 14, 2005
“Randy Leffingwell’s 186-page work is a quick read due in large part to David Newhardt’s fabulous photographs of some of the rarest Shelby Mustangs in existence, some from Carroll Shelby’s personal collection. You’ll probably want to put a clear plastic sheet over the book as you read, so you don’t get drool spots on the pages.”
 


The Shelby American, No. 75

“You can never get enough photos – especially rich, color shots spread across a full page (and sometimes a page and a half) in a large format book. Or close-up detail shots of things you miss when looking at the overall car … This is where the book shines. To sum it up, this book deserves a place on your book shelf. After you have read the text and thumbed through the photos, you’ll put this book away, and then you will find yourself bringing it out six months later to have another look. And you know what? You won’t be bored.”

 

 

About the Author

Randy Leffingwell has blended his fascination with all things mechanical and his gift for writing to create several best-selling, award-winning books including Corvette: Fifty Years, Mustang: Forty Years, Porsche 911: Perfection by Design, and many others. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

 

Acclaimed photographer and frequent Leffingwell collaborator David Newhardt lives in Pasadena, California. His work includes writing and photography for books, such as Mustang: 1964½–1973 and Firebird Trans Am, and photography for GTO: Pontiac’s Great One and many other Motorbooks titles.


Product Details

  • File Size: 19164 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; New Edition edition (February 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00552JU2C
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By Ronald Stephano on November 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Eagerly awaited - terribly disappointed when received! this is my short summary on this book!

The only positive thing about the book is the Amazon-price!

The text deals with Shelby's history, and that is quite acceptable for this kind of publication - but the pictures are a waste!. However, a book like this one should be all about pictures, I would guess.

David Newhard could have done better than taking about every second picture from the frog's (or dog's) view, or late in the afternoon with harsh contrast and mile long shadows, everything bathed in a yellowish light (didn't know there was a "wimbledon yellow" option in 1965!)

Not a single good shot of a cockpit interior or engine bay - instead superfluous details spread like a puzzle over the pages.

that brings me to the page layout - seems they tried to imitate current magazine layouts where everything looks busy and confusing with overlapping pictures. Most pictures are so small that one can barely recognize details that would identify different models - I have downloaded better quality pictures from the internet! Some shots have such a terrible contrast, that I question the quality of film or camera used. Several shots made me question whethere this was a book about the American West, showing large empy spaces with infinite skies, featuring minuscule cars at great distances..

With the jewels the authors had at their disposal - it is a shame what resulted, or at least what made it into this book.

The preceding publication (same authors)- 40 Years of Mustang actually has better Shelby shots than this dedicated volume!
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's truly a book for Shelby loving folk. I have shown it to friends and family and they can't put it down. They seem mesmerized by the photographs.

I like that it follows Carroll Shelby and his car building from the beginning, up to the soon to be released 2007 GT500. The many quotes from those involved, coupled with the great story telling, has given me a good sense of how these cars came about.

The gorgeous photography does a great job of covering these cars in phenomenal detail. I enjoy seeing the one-of-a-kind cars and classics in loving detail with great settings, lighting and color. It's a feast for the eyes.
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This book contains interesting and sometimes unique information regarding the early Cobra and Shelby Mustangs. The quality of the pictures is excellent but many are taken from a long distance away and reveal little detail of the drivetrain and/or interior of the various cars. That said, the book is still well worth the read for the true Shelby fan.
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This book really captures the spirit of Carroll Shelby, his business, and his cars. The photos of everything from the early British racers to the new Shelby Mustangs are really shot beautifully...from interesting angles and perspectives, great lighting, great color.

The text is superb. If you've read Leffingwell's Mustang: Forty Years and Corvette: Fifty Years gift books, you know he has a knack for pinning down quotes from the people involved in a car's development, and everything from corporate memos and meeting minutes shed light on each vehicle's development and the obstacles overcome.

Carroll Shelby is one of the real characters of postwar American engineering. And the Shelby Mustangs are simply classic.

Really, pick up this book if you're a Mustang lover. I guarantee there's something new to discover.
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Mustang and Shelby fan for two decades and this is a must have for your library. Excellent reference book on the different models.
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a Highly detailed book that chronicles the Shelby automobiles and the history that surrounds them. great photos .well worth it
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