Pre-Mustang MilestonesJanuary 11, 1923: Carroll Hall Shelby is born to Warren Hall Shelby and Eloise Lawrence Shelby in Leesburg, Texas.
November 1941: Shelby begins training at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas. As a flight instructor, he did not leave the United States during WW II.
August 1945: Shelby leaves the Air Corps for civilian life and starts a dump truck business in Dallas.
1949: Shelby goes into the chicken business. His first batch of broilers nets a $5,000 profit, but he goes bankrupt when his second group of chickens die of Limberneck disease.
January 1952: Shelby drives in his first race, a quarter-mile drag meet, behind the wheel of a hot rod with a flathead Ford V-8.
May 1952: At Norman, Oklahoma, Shelby drives in his first road race behind the wheel of an MG-TC, taking First Place in competition.
August 1953: Shelby has to hurry to the track and wears his work overalls. When his odd attire nets him more publicity than his racing, Carroll sticks with the striped bib overalls, which become his trademark.