I've got cattle on 4,000 acres about 100 miles east of Dallas, but I've also got another 65-acre ranch where I raise American miniature horses.
I don't think I'm a celebrity. I'm just a guy from east Texas who loves cars and airplanes.
Porsche and BMW drivers are arrogant.
What I wanted to do was build an automobile.
Driving race cars was an avenue for me to learn how to build my own car, and that was my ambition all along.
My proudest moments are beating Ferrari for the World Championship in 1965, and working with Ford to win Le Mans in 1966 and 1967.
I never had ambitions to see how rich I could get. I got a lot of contemporaries that that's their ambition, and I don't know very many of them that are happy.
I'm not going to take this defeatist attitude and listen to all this crap any more from all these people who have nothing except doomsday to predict.
The first time I walked by a crap table, I felt kind of funny.
I don't design cars. I'm not a designer. I know what I desire to be built, I know what the end result is, the horsepower, the competition we'll be working against - but I leave it to the people who work with me to put it all together. I don't do anything.
I never made a damn dime until I started doing what I wanted.
Racing has reached the point where it is pricing the young driver, no matter his talent, out of the game.
The reason I moved to California the first time was to build the Cobra. I thought it was stupid to have a 1918 taxicab engine in what Europeans like to call a performance car when a little American V-8 could do the job better.
In 1964, when Lee Iacocca said, 'Shelby, I want you to make a sports car out of the Mustang,' the first thing I said was, 'Lee, you can't make a race horse out of a mule. I don't want to do it.' He said, 'I didn't ask you to make it; you work for me.'
I didn't have time for my children much. I wasn't a very good parent; I had a pretty unhappy home life.
It's a massive motor in a tiny, lightweight car.
Every morning I wake up with new ideas.
I had a lot of fun driving race cars, but it wasn't my No. 1 priority.