“I started in art, switched to writing and didn’t get back to art until 40 years later,” recalls automotive historian Wallace Alfred Wyss. Among his ten books are two on Ferrari, three on Corvette and three on Shelby. His most recent is SHELBY The Man The Car The Legend. But for this interview, we are catching up on his artwork. Q. You say you started in art but left it. Can you explain? Wyss: I went to Wayne … [Read more...]
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Review by Wallace Wyss Now that even the 1966 Shelby GT350 is worth over $150,000 it is more important than ever that there be a single source to carry around to "authenticate" Shelby Mustangs that come up for sale through private sales or public auctions. Greg Kolasa’s new book The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide: 1965-1970 by CarTech goes a long way toward being that one book you can carry around events. And … [Read more...]
Review by Wallace Wyss It was a long time coming; a near complete authorized biography of a giant in American sports car circles, Carroll Hall Shelby. The author is a surprising choice, British author Rinsey Mills, surprising only because in a couple of his earlier books on Shelby he seemed of the opinion that the British side of the AC Cobra story wasn't being given due credit, a common failing among … [Read more...]
Review by Wallace Wyss With John Bentley doing the ghostwriting, Carroll Shelby wrote his book The Cobra Story in 1965, at a point when the Cobra story wasn’t done yet — not by a long shot. So you could say he began building the legend of Shelby American even before he was done with the first phase of the Cobra and, remarkably, he is still building them 50 years later! There have been many books since, most … [Read more...]
In late January, 2011, the dynamic duo of the Scott brothers announced that they will be producing a TV series for international sales named 'The Drivers', a drama based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the 1950s and 1960s. Tony and Ridley Scott will join Headline Pictures and Sennet Entertainment to co-produce. The TV show will be based on a book by Sports Car Digest contributor Wallace A. Wyss, entitled SHELBY … [Read more...]
Barn Find Jag in Los Angeles By Wallace Wyss Photos by Bob Petricca and Francis de Pouqueville Bob Petricca, of West Hills, CA, a suburb in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, has been in the exotic car business for 40 years and has heard every "barn story" there is. You woulda thunk he'd be skeptical of each new story, as so many leads evaporate—Jag XK120s turn out to be Austin Healey … [Read more...]
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