SHELBY AMERICAN tells the story of automotive icon Carroll Shelby. Shelby started as a chicken farmer in East Texas and went on to become one of the winningest racing drivers in the history of American motorsports. When a tragic heart condition sidelined his racing career, Shelby reinvented himself as a manufacturer, creating the Shelby Cobra. The Cobra dominated American sports car racing from its inception, but Shelby’s goal was always to win internationally and beat Enzo Ferrari, who he had a personal vendetta against.
Henry Ford II noticed Shelby’s success and hired him to not only run Ford’s GT40 program, but also to beat Ferrari at the biggest race in the world — The 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Ford/Ferrari wars at Le Mans would become the most storied racing battles in automotive history, and Carroll Shelby was always center stage. To this day, Carroll Shelby is the only man in history to win in Le Mans as both a driver and a manufacturer.