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Continuing the Dream But Carroll Shelby could cheat death only so long ~ even when you’re a la r ger -t ha n-l i fe Tex a s legend. It was true; he’d given the Grim Reaper one hell of a run for the money throughout a lifetime filled with many close calls and near misses. Yet when the inexorable specter of his earthly demise came calling for that final reckoning, it was not in the place or manner that most had expected. No, the man’s ghost did not rise from a smoldering pile of twisted wreckage on the hairpin turn of some winding ribbon of famous asphalt where men hurl themselves and their machines against the laws of physics. It rose

silently into a western sky ablaze with shooting stars when the man’s transplanted heart locked up after a long illness in the still quiet of his hospital bed near the humble place of his birth on the windblown f lats of Texas. Carroll Shelby died on May 10, 2012 at the age of 89. And when he did, more than a few wondered what would become of his legendary creation. Or, if you prefer, where would the spirit of Carroll Shelby go, and to whom would it whisper? In my sometimes magical way of thinking, I’ve concluded that it soared high, hovered a bit, and then drifted northeast to a town in Maryland, where it found a restless kindred spirit of the f lesh and blood kind. Which is where Annapolis resi-

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