Carroll Shelby Released From Hospital, Dispels Rumors of Ill Health

May 2, 2012

Shelby American founder Carroll Shelby was released from the hospital recently, following a battle with pneumonia.

The 89-year-old sent the following message to his fans via his Facebook page Tuesday: “I’m feeling better now that I’m out of the hospital. My kids arranged for a physical therapist to get my muscles stronger from being in bed. My executive team is doing a fine job, but I’m ready to get back to work. My mind keeps racing with new ideas.”

Last week, rumors spread of Shelby’s failing health after he cancelled a scheduled appearance at the New York International Auto Show. He was set to debut the new 950-horsepower Shelby 1000 and 1,100-horsepower Shelby 1000 S/C.

He later tried to assure fans by posting this message on his Facebook page: “There have been some rumors about my health lately. So I wanted to clear them up,” Shelby wrote on April 25. “I’ve been in the hospital over the last several months with pneumonia. But I’m resting comfortably with my family and working on getting better. My kids are taking good care of me.”

Fans from all over the world responded to Shelby’s Facebook posts, sending well wishes for a speedy recovery.

Shelby was presented with the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2003 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show.