It’s a sad day in the automotive world as news that Carroll Hal Shelby, a man whose vision for performance transformed the automobile industry, has died at age 89, passing away yesterday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas with the cause of death not disclosed. Shelby was a championship-winning racecar driver, “flying sergeant” wartime pilot, philanthropist, entrepreneur, car manufacturer and racing team owner, and is better known in the car world for his line of muscle cars, including the Shelby GT500 Super Snake, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GTS from his Shelby American company. The Las Vegas-based company also manufactures a limited number of the 1960s Shelby 289 “street,” 289 FIA, 427 S/C and Daytona Coupe Cobras. He also founded the Carroll Shelby Foundation back in 1992, which is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and benefitting the Carroll Shelby Automotive Foundation. Shelby is survived by his three children Patrick, Michael and Sharon, his sister Anne Shelby Ellison of Fort Worth and his wife Cleo.