There's probably no one better than Carroll Shelby to talk about Carroll Shelby, and even better, a 1965-era Carroll Shelby. This video, Shelby Goes Racing With Ford, has lots of amazing old footage of Shelby talking about his early years, and actually driving and racing some spectacular old Shelby iron.

In the unlikely situation you read about Carroll Shelby dying and don't get what all the fuss is about, watch and learn.