Snapshot, 1955: Carroll Shelby in Palm Springs

It is the 3rd of December 1955 in Palm Springs, where the sun always seems to shine - and Carroll Shelby in a good mood. No wonder, when you take a look at the Ferrari 375 Plus he's piloting...

Team owner Tony Parravano, standing third from the left, appears less cheerful. Perhaps he suspects that Shelby will crash the Ferrari? 

For those with an interest in the subject, we recommend the book 'American Sports Car Racing in the 1950s', edited by John Parravano, although it's out of print and only available on the  secondhand market.