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The son of a movie producer and silent film actress, Dave Friedman spent most of his professional career as a still photographer on many well-known film productions. After service in the U.S. Navy, Friedman attended and photographed local amateur sports car races around his native Los Angeles. In 1962, the then 23-year-old Friedman was hired as staff photographer for Shelby-American Inc., the racing design and construction shop owned by former driver Carroll Shelby. Here, Friedman had the unique opportunity to document the development of one of racing’s iconic cars, the Shelby Cobra. In 1966 and 1967, Friedman was hired by Ford Motor Company to document the company’s racing program. Friedman captured the final development of the first American-designed and built racecars that dominated the grueling 24-Hours of Le Mans race between 1966 and 1969. After moving into the film industry, Friedman continued to pursue his passion for motor sports into the 1990s, when he refocused his lens on a different art form – classical ballet.

The Dave Friedman collection documents over 60 years of various automobile races and racecars and includes photographs, slides, negatives and contact sheets. Many of the images were taken by Dave Friedman himself, but the collection also contains images acquired by Friedman from other photographers, both in the United States and Europe, such as Jack Brady and Eric De Faile. In addition, the collection includes files that detail specific races, including such information as entrant lists, car details, programs, press kits, and published materials. The collection also includes material related to racing teams and manufacturers including Ford Motor Company, Shelby-American International, Dan Gurney's All-American Racing, Jim Hall's Chaparral Racing, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche. Material in this collection was used by Dave Friedman to illustrate over 30 books about automobile racing.

The digital images shown here represent a portion of the complete collection, and are presented as we received them, with minimal archival processing. Some images may have been incorrectly identified as to location, race, or date. We will work to resolve those issues as we become aware of them. Please help us by providing comments, corrections or other information either directly with the images, or via email using the address given below. We appreciate your feedback.

Additional images from the Friedman collection can be viewed here: collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?keywords=&qu....

For more information about the Friedman collection contact the Benson Ford Research Center at research.center@thehenryford.org.

Shelby American

Shelby American

5 albums

1972

1972

1 album

1971

1971

2 albums

1970

1970

6 albums

1969

1969

7 albums

1967

1967

16 albums

1968

1968

5 albums

1966

1966

11 albums

1965

1965

10 albums

1964

1964

11 albums

1963

1963

17 albums

1962

1962

7 albums

1961

1961

2 albums

1960

1960

9 albums

1959

1959

2 albums

1958

1958

4 albums