Far afield of a normal post for me, but Carrol Shelby has passed.

I am not one to be starstruck, having spent two decades covering politicians, star athletes and celebrities at varying levels. But the January day I met Mr. Shelby and got to shake his hand is one I shall never forget. Few people are truly unique, he was to the core.

Carrol Shelby accepts an award at the 2004 AutoWeek Design Forum. (Photo/Mark E. Johnson)