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Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s.

Mr. John Morton will be a featured speaker at the 2017 London Cobra Show and will have signed copies of his book for sale. The book is titled - Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s.


In the late 1950s, a young John Morton was transfixed with sports car racing. His dreams of competition eventually led him to enroll, in 1962, in the Shelby School of High-Performance Driving. In a bold moment after the last class, Morton asked Carroll Shelby if he might come to work for the newly formed Shelby American. The answer was “Yes, here's a broom.” Thus ended Morton's college career and began his long racing career.


Over the next three years, Morton would be a firsthand witness to the evolution of one of the most iconic sports car builders and racing teams of the 1960s. Inside Shelby American is his personal account of a company overflowing with talent, from designer Pete Brock to fabricator extraordinaire Phil Remington to drivers like Dan Gurney, Ken Miles, Bob Bondurant, and Phil Hill. The cars were equally captivating: AC Cobra, Mustang GT350, Ford GT, Daytona Coupe.


In this book, Morton’s story is intertwined with the memories of other Shelby staffers of the period, revealing through historic photography and an untold perspective the rousing story of America’s most legendary racer and car builder.



Mr. John Morton will be a featured speaker at the 2017 London Cobra Show and will have signed copies of his book for sale. The book is titled - Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s.

First Club Meeting of 2017

The first club meeting of 2017 was held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in the Backdraft showroom of The Toy Barn, in Dublin, OH.


The meeting was called to order at 10:36 am by President George Daulton. Twenty five members and guests were in attendance for the meeting, and were: George and Becky Daulton, Roy Edgar, Gordon and Dawn Gross, Mike W., Jim Ross, Shawn and Lauren Jones, Mark and Lisa McKimmins, Tom and Cathie Mealie, Mark Kirkman, Matt Kirkman, Dave and Pam Beck, Stan and Sharon Ream, Dirk and Terri VanVeen, Chris Relyea, Larry Hoboken, Richard Remington and Dave Hechler.


George began the meeting by asking everyone to introduce themselves. Next, he stated that after the meeting we would be given a tour of the Toy Barn facilities, including their dynometer shop. George discussed recent car shows and the lack of “big ticket” purchasers from years past. He mentioned how much help the Lake Snakes Club gave at the 10 day Cleveland New Car Show, where 760 tickets were sold. However, this was down from the 850 sold last year. He said the Great Lakes Club had 2 people there at all times. George said that at the Cleveland show, women did the best job of selling tickets.



The Hoosier Cobra Club manned the 3 day Indy World of Wheels Show and sold 154 tickets. This was a new show for us.



The Pittsburgh new car show was a 5 day show and we sold right at 500 tickets, which were down from last year's 560 tickets sold.



The Columbus new car show is coming up and we need help setting up the display, as well as selling tickets. Dave Beck is the Chairman.



Dave Beck, Club Treasurer gave a financial report. So far we have sold right at 3,200 tickets for our 2017 raffle car.



Dave said this year; we have an LCS budget of $33,000.00. Mark McKimmins has most of our show vendors signed up.



John Morton is 90% certain to be one of our speakers for our 2017 LCS and Steve Temple is another one.



Discussion on new ideas for club activities – 1) an overnight cruise to the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum, continuing on to the Stahls' Auto Museum or other places in the Detroit area, such as Roush and 2) Old Timers Day, on Saturday, August 8, 2017, at the Winchester Speedway north of Richmond, IN. Also, several people had fun with they joined the Buckeye Miata cruise last year and we may do that this year.



Mid-Ohio contact has been signed for the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to LCS.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:57.



At the conclusion of the meeting, a tour was conducted of The Toy Barn, which is a five-building complex that specializes in previously owned, high-end automobiles, such as a 2017 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder for $289,876.00, a 2015 Ferrari 458 Italiaor for $277,799.00 or a 2016 McLaren 675LT which had a sticker price of $342,996.00. A Backdraft Cobra was on the dyno, and it was used to demonstration their dyno capabilities. They offered our club members, a one-time special of one dyno pull for $60.00 this spring and summer.



At the completion of the almost hour long tour, most attendees went to Jason's Deli for lunch which was located a short distance from the Toy Barn.


The first club meeting of 2017 was held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in the Backdraft showroom of The Toy Barn, in Dublin, OH.

Updated information - “COBRA PILOTE: THE Ed Hugus Story” written by Robert Walker

Dalton Watson Fine Books is in the process of releasing a new book titled “Cobra Pilote: The Ed Hugus Story” by Robert Walker. 

The life story of James Edward (Ed) Hugus, a racing driver and car dealer, with special emphasis on his relationship with Carroll Shelby and the development of the first Shelby Cobra racing cars in the early 1960s. Hugus provided the funding to jump-start the project and in his capacity as a driver, piloted the first racing Cobra (CSX 2001) in competition, and in 1963, the first Cobra (CSX 2142) to appear at Le Mans. 

Hugus was a remarkable man of great integrity. He was a hero and survivor of World War II, a successful businessman and at the height of his career, he operated three auto dealerships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As an amateur racer, he actively competed alongside some of the world’s greatest professional drivers during the 1950s and 1960s and often finished well ahead. He was a founding father of the Steel Cities Region of the Sports Car Club of America and went on to participate at Le Mans for ten consecutive years from 1956 to 1965. One of his most important accomplishments was his involvement with Carroll Shelby in creating the Cobra, without Hugus, Shelby’s dream may never have seen the light of day. This book explains Hugus’ version of the beginnings of this famous car.  

The book is a hardcover with a dust jacket.The book has 304 pages with 328 black and white, and color photographs. Price is $89.00. 

If you would like a signed copy, go to www.Cobrapilote.com. This is this only way of obtaining a signed copy. Unsigned copies are available from the publisher:

Dalton Watson Fine Books

1730 Christopher Drive

Deerfield, Illinois 60015

Phone: 847 945 9603

 Note: Click on https://goo.gl/gbkuxd to read sample pages from the book.

Dalton Watson Fine Books is in the process of releasing a new book titled “Cobra Pilote: The Ed Hugus Story” by Robert Walker. The life story of James Edward (Ed) Hugus, a racing driver and car dealer, with special emphasis on his relationship with Carroll Shelby and the development of the first Shelby Cobra racing cars in the early 1960s. Hugus provided the funding to jump-start the project and in his capacity as a driver, piloted the first racing Cobra (CSX 2001) in competition, and in 1963, the first Cobra (CSX 2142) to appear at Le Mans.

Cobra Show

Membership renewal

It is now time to renew your Level 1 Ohio Cobra Club membership. 

Membership in this organization is open to all who have an interest in Cobras, replicas and other cars with similar historic origin and significance, and who wish to further promote the organization through involvement in events and activities. The club has two different levels of membership, both of which are described below. 

To renew or become a Level 1 club member, please mail $20.00 to the following address:

OHIO COBRA CLUB

P.O. Box 340498

Columbus, OH. 43234-0498 

According to the club's by-laws, dues shall be paid on or before February 28th of each calendar year.

LEVEL 1 MEMBERSHIP

Level 1 members pay dues of $20.00 per year which provide you with voting privileges in officer and board elections. Level 1 membership must be renewed each calendar year.

LEVEL 2 MEMBERSHIP

Level 2 members are non-dues paying and have all the privileges of Level 1 membership, except it does not have Level 1 voting privileges. Level 2 membership does not expire and does not require yearly renewal.


It is now time to renew your Level 1 Ohio Cobra Club membership.

Do dreams come true?

We hope so, at least as far as this young man goes.


On November 26th and 27th, the Ohio Cobra Club displayed and sold tickets for their 2017 London Cobra Show raffle car. Overall the weekend at the United Ford Owners Super Swap Meet was a success. We sold raffle tickets, met old friends, made several new friends and made one young man's day.


The young man in the photo stood and stared at the raffle car for quite some time. When asked if he would like to sit in the Cobra, he quickly shook his head yes. Perhaps, someday his dream will come true and he will be able to have his own Cobra.


We hope so, at least as far as this young man goes.

2017 Ohio Cobra Club Meeting Dates

The following are the dates for our scheduled 2017 Ohio Cobra Club meetings. All meetings are set to begin at 10:30 am on Saturdays. 


Additional details and information about the following meetings will be added as soon as it is available.


Club Meeting - June 10, 2017.

London Cobra Show - June 22, 23, 24, 2017


Please check back often for updates.


Note: Information on club cruises and dinners will be added to the NEWS section of the website as the information is developed.

The following are the dates for our scheduled 2017 Ohio Cobra Club meetings. All meetings are set to begin at 10:30 am on Saturdays. Additional details and information about the meeting locations will be added as soon as it is available..

Columbus Zoo Car Show - October 2, 2016

The 2016 Classic Car Show at the Columbus Zoo provided the opportunity to take our snakes to the zoo.

The show not only gave everyone a chance to display their Cobras at the zoo but another occasion to visit with friends.  In addition, we were able to see other classic cars and to visit the zoo's reptiles and animals.

The 2016 Classic Car Show at the Columbus Zoo provided the opportunity to take our snakes to the zoo.

Sunday September 11 Cruise

After some 2 plus fun-filled hours of cruising around central Ohio, in our Cobras, it was time to take a break for some food. So a stop at Leon's Garage in Marysville was in order.


In all 16 club members enjoyed friendship, some great barbecue, as well as Rick and his staff's hospitality at Leon's Garage. In all, it was worth the slightly cool drive home.


If you missed this cruise, be sure to get your Cobra out and join us on our next cruise as we cruise around central Ohio.

After some 2 plus fun-filled hours of cruising around central Ohio, in our Cobras, it was time to take a break for some food. So a stop at Leon's Garage in Marysville was in order.

Ohio Cobra Club Labor Day Picnic

Our Club's annual labor day picnic was a huge success, with 19 people and 9 Cobras in attendance. That is if you count the 3 Cobras that are in various stages of construction.


Dave Pohli, as usual, was in charge of the barbecuing and he did an excellent job on the hamburgers, hot dogs, and steak. As is normally the case, everyone brought their appetite, but there was still food left for later.


The only hiccup was the fact that no one thought to bring buns. So, our thanks go to Dave Beck and Josh Lau for making a run to the local market and saved the day for all of the hungry people.


For those of you that missed out on the picnic, please plan on attending next year.




Our Club's annual labor day picnic was a huge success, with 19 people and 9 Cobras in attendance. That is if you count the 3 Cobras that are in various stages of construction.

2017 LCS Raffle Car

The Ohio Cobra club is pleased to announce the 2017 London Cobra Show's raffle car is a Superformance Mark III, as seen on Velocity Television's All Girls Garage. This Cobra has a Roush Performance 427 cubic inch engine, rated at 510 HP/515 pound-feet torque mated to a Tremec TKO 600, 5-speed transmission.

The Ohio Cobra club is pleased to announce the 2017 London Cobra Show's raffle car is a Superformance Mark III, as seen on Velocity Television's All Girls Garage.

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