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PLANNING TO ATTEND LCS BUT NOT YET REGISTERED

If you are planning to attend the London Cobra Show and the Saturday evening dinner, this is to advise that we are limited to a maximum of 350 individuals that can be seated at tables in the ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Currently, we have less than 25% of that number left and once we have reached the 350 maximum, no more dinners will be available.

If you and your guests plan on attending the dinner and don’t want to be disappointed, please go here to register for the show and to and order your dinners right away. The dinner selections are as follows:

Grilled Sirloin Steak 

Oven Roasted Salmon 

Spinach and Mushroom Stuffed Chicken 

We have a special after-dinner speaker this year in Mr. Dave Friedman. Mr. Friedman was the official team photographer for the Shelby American organization and will offer fascinating first-hand, behind the scenes accounts of Carroll Shelby, the Shelby-American's factory personnel, racing drivers and crew members.

Looking forward to seeing you at our 2019 LCS and drive safe.

If you are planning to attend the London Cobra Show and the Saturday evening dinner, this is to advise that we are limited to a maximum of 350 individuals that can be seated at tables in the ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Currently, we have less than 25% of that number left and once we have reached the 350 maximum, no more dinners will be available.

MISS EMILY KERR GRADUATES

We are proud to announce that Emily recently graduated with Honors from the University of Dayton. Emily is the CF Fighter that we have watched grow up over the years, as she pulls the winning raffle ticket at our LCS Saturday evening dinners.

Emily is an example of how our efforts to raise money for cystic fibrosis research has worked to help those individuals, like Emily, that suffers from CF.

 Congratulations Emily – the Ohio Cobra Club is proud of you!

We are proud to announce that Emily recently graduated with Honors from the University of Dayton. Emily is the CF Fighter that we have watched grow up over the years, as she pulls the winning raffle ticket at our LCS Saturday evening dinners.

MAY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Our May BOD meeting has been rescheduled to meet as follows:

When: Monday, May 21ST at 5:00 pm. 

Where: CTL Steel, 375 East Fifth Avenue, Columbus, OH.

Please note this is a change from our normally scheduled date.

If you are planning to attend, please verify with a Club Officer on the day of the meeting that the meeting will take place.

Our May BOD meeting has been rescheduled to meet as follows:

Wright “B” Flyer Museum / OCC Meeting

Several OCC members enjoyed their visit to the Wright “B” Flyer Museum on Saturday, May 4th. The group listened to a presentation by Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. Lead Pilot and Chairman, Mr. Rich Stepler. Mr. Stepler spoke about how the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, worked to achieve the first powered and controlled flight and then continued working to develop and fly the Wright Flyer III, which was the first fully practical fixed-wing aircraft. Mr. Stepler also spoke about how the Wright’s were zealous in protecting their patents on the aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. He also discussed others, such as American, Glenn Curtiss, and German, Otto Lilienthal that at the time were also working on developing an airplane.


 In addition, the group was able to view various items of Wright memorabilia, get close to both of the museum’s Wright “B” replicas as well as speak with several of the museum officials. Several club members even set at the controls of the “B”. Due to weather conditions that caused a cloud low ceiling, the planned flights on the Wright “B” Flyer had to be canceled.


After the presentation, several club members stayed for a photograph with the replica of  the Wright “B” Flyer. Once the photograph was taken, the group left the museum and enjoyed lunch together. After lunch, a short club meeting was conducted.

 

Several OCC members enjoyed their visit to the Wright “B” Flyer Museum on Saturday, May 4th. The group listened to a presentation by Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. Lead Pilot and Chairman, Mr. Rich Stepler. Mr. Stepler spoke about how the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, worked to achieve the first powered and controlled flight and then continued working to develop and fly the Wright Flyer III, which was the first fully practical fixed-wing aircraft. Mr. Stepler also spoke about how the Wright’s were zealous in protecting their patents on the aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. He also discussed others, such as American, Glenn Curtiss, and German, Otto Lilienthal that at the time were also working on developing an airplane.

COLUMBUS AUTO SHOW

The recent Columbus International Auto Show was the last major new car show of the 2019 car show season where we are able to display our 2019 raffle car and sell raffle tickets. Ticket sales at this show were down almost 10% from last year.  

 Thanks to all of the club members that helped at this show. Your club could not display the raffle car and sell raffle tickets at shows such as this one without everyone’s help.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s mascot, Teddy Trooper, stopped by our booth. Teddy said his job was to promote the message that troopers are friendly, reliable and look out for the safety of everyone. He said all Ohio Patrol cars have a supply of teddy bears, each sporting a red tee-shirt and an OSHP Stetson. These teddy bears are used to provide some comfort to children who unfortunately find themselves involved in an automobile accident.

The recent Columbus International Auto Show was the last major new car show of the 2019 car show season where we are able to display our 2019 raffle car and sell raffle tickets. Ticket sales at this show were down almost 10% from last year.

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

The club’s 2019 LCS raffle car was on display at the recent Cleveland International Auto Show at the I-X Center and several club members sold raffle tickets. The ticket sales were quite disappointing, however, as they were down almost 40% from last year.

We would like to thank all club members that helped set up the display, sell tickets and take down the display and store it in the club trailer. Ticket sales from shows such as the Cleveland auto show make up a significate portion of our annual donation to CF. Your club could not display the raffle car and sell raffle tickets at these shows without the help of the local area club members.


The club’s 2019 LCS raffle car was on display at the recent Cleveland International Auto Show at the I-X Center and several club members sold raffle tickets. The ticket sales were quite disappointing, however, as they were down almost 40% from last year.

March OCC Meeting

Our March OCC meeting was held on Saturday, March 9th at Rabid Customs shop in Canal Winchester, OH. Twenty-two club members were in attendance for the meeting. After the meeting, the group was giving a tour of Rabid’s shop. The shop tour included two Ford GT’s, one a current model and the other an older model that had recently been painted by Chip Foose in Rabid’s paint booth, several 60’s era Ford drag cars, a Lola component car under assembly, as well as several others from the Ricart Automotive Group’s collection. Josh Duncan, the shop manager, indicated the shop would begin work on a Dayton Coupe component kit in the near future. All in all, this was a very impressive shop and tour.  

Rabid Customs handles everything from classic car maintenance, installation of appearance accessories, dyno tuning, installation of lift and lowering kits, custom paint, assembles component car kits as well as complete and total automobile restorations.  

After the tour, most of the club member enjoyed lunch in the restaurant portion of the U.S. headquarters for BrewDog, a Scotland-based beer maker located in Canal Winchester.

Our March OCC meeting was held on Saturday, March 9th at Rabid Customs shop in Canal Winchester, OH. Twenty-two club members were in attendance for the meeting. After the meeting, the group was giving a tour of Rabid’s shop. The shop tour included two Ford GT’s, one a current model and the other an older model that had recently been painted by Chip Foose in Rabid’s paint booth, several 60’s era Ford drag cars, a Lola component car under assembly, as well as several others from the Ricart Automotive Group’s collection. Josh Duncan, the shop manager, indicated the shop would begin work on a Dayton Coupe component kit in the near future. All in all, this was a very impressive shop and tour.

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

Iceburgh, the mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins National Hockey League team, as well as a President Lincoln imitator, stopped by our display at the show. In addition, George was live, on KDKA radio Sunday afternoon, and was able to discuss our LCS, our websites and Cobras in general with a Pittsburgh radio personality for some 15 minutes or so. 

However, tickets sale were down some 40% compared to last year’s show.

Iceburgh, the mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins National Hockey League team, as well as a President Lincoln imitator, stopped by our display at the show. In addition, George was live, on KDKA radio Sunday afternoon, and was able to discuss LCS, our websites and Cobras in general with a Pittsburgh radio personality for some 15 minutes or so.

LCS Mid-Ohio Track Day Announcement

We are pleased to announce the London Cobra Show will again offer a track day at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, OH. Due to Mid-Ohio being exceptionally busy with several new events that require them to make physical changes to the road course and infield this year’s track day will be a single day event on Wednesday, June 19th.

Details are being finalized and when final, they will be added to the LCS website under the EVENTS tab.

 

We are pleased to announce the London Cobra Show will again offer a track day at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, OH. Due to Mid-Ohio being exceptionally busy with several new events that require them to make physical changes to the road course and infield this year’s track day will be a single day event on Wednesday, June 19th.

TOLEDO AUTO SHOW

The  2019 LCS raffle car was on display and we sold raffle tickets at the Greater Toledo Auto Show at the SeaGate Convention on February 7th– 10th. However, the ticket sales were down slightly from the 2018 show.

We would like to thank all of the individuals that that helped set up the display, sell tickets and take down the display for storage.

Muddy, the mascot of the Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club said he would love to take a ride in our raffle car.


The 2019 LCS raffle car was on display and we sold raffle tickets at the Greater Toledo Auto Show at the SeaGate Convention on February 7th– 10th. However, the ticket sales were down slightly from the 2018 show.

CINCINNATI AUTO EXPO

Mr. Red, the mascot of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Club claims this was the best-looking automobile at the recent Cincinnati Auto show. He said he hopes we sell lots of tickets and ticket sales were up around 13% from last year’s show.

We would like to thank all of the individuals that that helped set up the display, sell tickets and take down the display for storage. A special thanks go out to two club members 1) Rick Boone for the use of his Cobra at this show, as the raffle car was at the Toledo show and 2) Mark McKimmins for his leadership of this show.


Mr. Red, the mascot of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Club claims this was the best-looking automobile at the recent Cincinnati Auto show. He said he hopes we sell lots of tickets and ticket sales were up around 13% from last year’s show.

AFTER THE HOLIDAYS PARTY

On Saturday evening, February 2nd, OCC club members enjoyed another After the Holidays party at the Bravo! Cucina Italiana restaurant at the Lennox Town Center in Columbus, OH.

The group had a great time, catching up on what has been happening during the last few months of our cold winter, enjoyed some good Italian food, a fun White Elephant gift exchange, and a short club meeting. It seems a certain gentleman was extremely lucky in his ability to pick out excellent gifts, such as Patron and Makers Mark, but was unlucky as he continued to have each of his most resent gift stolen. 

On Saturday evening, February 2nd, OCC club members enjoyed another After the Holidays party at the Bravo! Cucina Italiana restaurant at the Lennox Town Center in Columbus, OH.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix to Host National Conventions and Honor Shelby/Mustang and Alfa Romeo

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) is excited to announce that it will be hosting the national car club conventions for both Shelby and Alfa Romeo during its July 11-21, 2019 Race Week. For the first time on the East coast, the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) and Team Shelby are combining forces to stage their national convention during the 2019 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

On Thursday, July 11 through Saturday, July 13, the SAAC-44 National Convention and Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals will be held during the PVGP Historics at Pittsburgh International Race Complex (PIRC) race weekend in Beaver County, PA. 

Look for hundreds of Shelby’s and thousands of enthusiasts to converge on PIRC for high-performance track days, a road rally, a Poker Run, Concours Judging and popular ballot car shows, and a few surprises.  

The celebration of Shelby continues as Shelby and Mustangs are featured throughout PVGP Race Week at car shows and parties in and around Pittsburgh culminating in Schenley Park for a massive car show and races through the streets on the July 20 and 21 race weekend. 

CONTACT:

Dan DelBianco – Executive Director

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association

412.559.3500

delbianco@pvgp.org


The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) is excited to announce that it will be hosting the national car club conventions for both Shelby and Alfa Romeo during its July 11-21, 2019 Race Week. For the first time on the East coast, the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) and Team Shelby are combining forces to stage their national convention during the 2019 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

2019 LCS Host Hotel Preview

The 2019 London Cobra Show has changed hotels and the new host hotel is the Crowne Plaza Hotel Columbus-Dublin.

The hotel is located at 600 Metro Place North, Dublin, OH. This change in hotels was made with a desire to have all LCS attendees stay in a single hotel.

For a quick preview of the hotel please click here.

 

The 2019 London Cobra Show has changed hotels and the new host hotel is the Crowne Plaza Hotel Columbus-Dublin.

Club's NEW Post Office Box

Your club has a new and more convenient Post Office box. It is the Ohio Cobra Club Inc., PO Box 91128, Columbus, OH 43209.

Your club has a new and more convenient Post Office box. It is the Ohio Cobra Club Inc., PO Box 91128, Columbus, OH 43209.

BARRETT JACKSON CLASSIC CAR AUCTION

Your club’s 2019 London Cobra Show’s raffle car is on display in FormaCars booth at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ. Hope it results in some great ticket sales.

 Thanks to Chris Relyea and his crew for displaying our raffle car in FormaCars booth at Barrett Jackson.

Your club’s 2019 London Cobra Show’s raffle car is on display in FormaCars booth at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ. Hope it results in some great ticket sales.

CAVALCADE OF CUSTOMS CAR SHOW THANK YOU

Your club had a display and sold raffle tickets at the Cavalcade of Customs Car Show at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, OH on January 11 – 13, 2019.

 We would like to thank all of the individuals that helped set up the display, sell tickets and take down the display for storage. A special thanks to club members Matt and Mary Ries for allowing the use of their Cobra as our display Cobra since our 2019 Raffle Car was on display at the Barrett Jackson auction.

 Drive safe and may 2019 be the year CF stands for CURE FOUND.

Your club had a display and sold raffle tickets at the Cavalcade of Customs Car Show at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, OH on January 11 – 13, 2019.

CYSTIC FIBROSIS fOUNDATION'S Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event

On December 3, 2018, Pam and Dave Beck attended the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Central Ohio Chapter's Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event.  Many individuals were recipients of various awards for different means, ways, and levels of giving.

Our Ohio Cobra Club was The Breath of Life Award recipient at this event in 2015. In  2016,  OCC received the Million Dollar Club Award.

Ami DeAngelo, Development Director for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Pam Beck, Ohio Cobra Club VP are shown in the photograph to the left.

On December 3rd, Pam and Dave Beck attended the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Central Ohio Chapter's Annual Update and Volunteer Awards Night. Many individuals were recipients of various awards for different means, ways, and levels of giving.

Thank you!

We would like to thank everyone that purchased raffle tickets and/or assisted in setting up our display, selling raffle tickets and removing the display for storage, at the recent Ohio Ford Expo. The photo to the left shows the 2019 raffle car as the display was being removed for storage. 

We would like to thank everyone that purchased raffle tickets and/or assisted in setting up our display, selling raffle tickets and removing the display for storage, at the recent Ohio Ford Expo. The photo to the left shows the 2019 raffle car as the display was being removed for storage.

NOVEMBER 11TH CLUB MEETING

On Sunday evening November 11th, fourteen Ohio Cobra Club members enjoyed an evening of friendship, jokes, Cappy’s great pizza, subs, salads, as well as some of Cappy’s delicious bread. After dinner, the members participated in a short club meeting. Due to the colder weather, none of the club members were sufficient hardy or brave enough to drive their Cobra to Cappy’s. 

Club members in attendance were: Mark Braden, Tina Braden, Larry Hoboken, Kathy Hoboken, John Scharf, Patti Scharf, Dave Beck, Pam Beck, Stan Ream, Sharon Ream, Becky Daulton, Chris Relyea, and Roy Edgar.

Remember to save the evening of January 19, 2019, for our next Club Meeting and After the Holidays Party.  The meeting and party will be at the BRAVO Cucina Italiana, 1803 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH. More details to follow as we get closer to the date


On Sunday evening November 11th, fourteen Ohio Cobra Club members enjoyed an evening of friendship, jokes, Cappy’s great pizza, subs, salads, as well as some of Cappy’s delicious bread. After dinner, the members participated in a short club meeting. Due to the colder weather, none of the club members were sufficient hardy or brave enough to drive their Cobra to Cappy’s.

OLIVESBURG GENERAL STORE - LUNCH AND CRUISE

Saturday, November 3rd, Ohio Cobra Club members Dave and Pam Beck, Dawn and Gordon Gross, Stan Ream, Larry Hoboken, and Rod Pierce took a Fall cruise through the back roads to Olivesburg, Ohio.  After lunch at the Olivesburg General Store, the group cruised around the countryside of the Mohican State Park area.  

Weather was cool and crisp, the leaves were spectacular and the small family of Cobras had a blast!!  Unfortunately, the Lake Snakes Cobra Club had to cancel from this combined event, due to inclement weather in their area.  


Saturday, November 3rd, Ohio Cobra Club members Dave and Pam Beck, Dawn and Gordon Gross, Stan Ream, Larry Hoboken, and Rod Pierce took a Fall cruise through the back roads to Olivesburg, Ohio. After lunch at the Olivesburg General Store, the group cruised around the countryside of the Mohican State Park area.

SCHEDULED MEETINGS AND EVENTS SCROLL ADDED TO HOME PAGE

With the anticipated shutting down of bigtent.com a new feature – OCC SCHEDULED MEETING AND EVENTS - has been added to the home page of this website.

This new Meeting and Events section is the first thing you will see just below the home page photographs. This section will be used to keep club members informed of upcoming meetings and events.

Just remember - you will have to check the website, from time to time, to keep yourself informed of club activities. 

With the anticipated shutting down of bigtent.com a new feature – OCC SCHEDULED MEETING AND EVENTS - has been added to the home page of this website.

OHIO COBRA CLUB TOURS HALDERMAN MUSEUM BARN

On Sunday afternoon on October 14th, 20 OCC club members and extended family members toured the Halderman Museum Barn near Tipp City, OH. The museum contains several early Mustangs, a new Mustang convertible as well as 2 antique Ford automobiles. The museum exhibit also contains a large collection of Ford Motor Company design and styling drawings and other Mustang and Ford memorabilia. In addition, one room of the museum is devoted to Karen Halderman’s camera collection. Karen is Mr. Halderman’s daughter.

At the end of the tour, Mr. Halderman spoke to the group about his experience of working at Ford and his dealings with Carroll Shelby and several Ford executives.

Club members in attendance were Dave and Pam Beck, George and Becky Daulton, Mark and Tina Braden, Denny and John Burchett, Bill Serra and Roy Edgar. 

ABOUT GALE HALDERMAN

If you ask people who developed the design for the Ford Mustang, they most likely will answer - Lee Iacocca. But the fact is Iacocca did not design the Mustang.  The Mustang’s design actually came about late one night in 1962, when Gale Halderman penned a quick design sketch.

During 1962, Halderman was working on the 1965 Ford Galaxy, when his boss, Joe Oros, told Halderman that a meeting was scheduled for 8:00 a.m. the next morning to pick a design for a new Ford automobile. Oros asked Halderman to develop some design sketches, even though Halderman said he was extremely busy working on the Galaxy project. Oros said he didn’t care, do some sketches. So late that evening Haldermann sketched out four or five quick design ideas and took them to the next day’s meeting. During that meeting, a large number of proposed design sketches were placed on a wall and as the meeting progressed various design sketches were eliminated. Finally only Halderman’s side view sketch was the only one left.

 Halderman's side view sketch is what would become the new Mustang. Once the side view had been decided on, clay modelers were tasked with developing a clay model of the design. Late one night, as he was leaving work, Haldermann decided to check on the progress of the clay model and was told that no one had provided them with a design for the car’s rear end. That night Haldermann worked with the clay modelers and developed the design for the back-end and roofline of the Mustang.

 Joe Oros, who led the team to create the Mustang design, credits Halderman for 1) the original design, 2) contributing to the final clay model, and 3) a fully producible car.

 Halderman’s design skills were developed at the Dayton Art Institute, where he studied under Read Viemeister.  In 1947, Viemeister was the Creative Director of the group that designed the Tucker automobile. Halderman was studying industrial design but was encouraged to look into the auto industry. Once Haldermann received his degree, he moved to Detroit where he was hired by the Ford Motor Company.

 Halderman served as director of design for both Ford and Lincoln Mercury. Under his leadership, the Mustang was twice named Motor Trend Car of the Year, as was the 1990 Lincoln Town Car.

 Halderman retired from Ford in 1994, and in 2014 opened the Halderman Museum Barn, which houses several Ford automobiles, including his first Mustang, and a large collection of drawings, artwork, memorabilia and related information about all things Mustang, Ford and Lincoln Mercury.

 In addition to the automobile and related items, Halderman's daughter has one room that displays her collection of more than 500 cameras of all sizes and formats.

Halderman has plenty of stories that he loves to share with visitors to his museum. His book Mustang by Design will be available for purchase.


On Sunday afternoon on October 14th, 20 OCC club members and extended family members toured the Halderman Museum Barn near Tipp City, OH. The museum contains several early Mustangs, a new Mustang convertible as well as 2 antique Ford automobiles. The museum exhibit also contains a large collection of Ford Motor Company design and styling drawings and other Mustang and Ford memorabilia. In addition, one room of the museum is devoted to Karen Halderman’s camera collection. Karen is Mr. Halderman’s daughter.

WE LOST ONE OF OUR COBRA FRIENDS THIS WEEK

Obituary for Dr. Daniel D. Semko RICHMOND, Ind. – Dr. Daniel D. Semko, age 69, of Richmond, Indiana, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at his home. Dan was one of the four (4) Cobra loving friends that were the founders of the Double Venom Spring Fling (DVSF) that would later become the London Cobra Show.

Born May 12, 1949, in Youngstown, Ohio, to John and Rose Cicciarollo Semko, Dr. Dan lived in this community most of his life. He served as a Fleet Marine Corpsman in the U.S. Navy, attached to the U.S. Marine Corps, Company 33, during the Vietnam War. Dr. Dan was a graduate of Marquette University and completed his podiatry training in Cleveland, Ohio. He, along with his wife, owned and operated American Foot Services for the past 38 years. Dr. Dan was a brilliant and very compassionate man. He didn’t know a stranger and would help anyone, without expecting anything in return.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Dr. Suzanne A. Haritatos-Semko; daughter, Jena (Rich) Hugart of Martinsville, Indiana; grandson, Deaglan Hugart; sisters, Jan Ross and Jill Shane, both of South Carolina; brother, David Semko of Ohio; nieces; nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, M. Jeffrey Semko.

The family would like to thank Reid Hospice for the loving care and support they gave to Dr. Dan.

A memorial visitation and time of celebration for Dr. Daniel D. Semko will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Military honors provided by the Wayne County Honor Guard will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Help The Animals, Inc., P.O. Box 117, Richmond, IN 47375 or Wolf Creek Habitat & Rescue, 14099 Wolf Creek Road, Brookville, IN 47012.

Obituary for Dr. Daniel D. Semko RICHMOND, Ind. – Dr. Daniel D. Semko, age 69, of Richmond, Indiana, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at his home. Dan was one of the four (4) Cobra loving friends that were the founders of the Double Venom Spring Fling (DVSF) that would later become the London Cobra Show.

Ohio cobra club member passes

Robert "Bob" Martin Eley, 68, passed away July 31, 2018. He was born November 18, 1949, in Greenville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Alonzo, in 2010 and his mother, Joan Irene, in March 2018.

He was married in 1972 to Marian Louise (Schwarz) Eley. He had two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Bradley and Treva Eley of Richmond, Indiana, and Scott Thomas and Ashley Eley of Waynesville, Ohio, that he loved more than they knew. His other pride and joys in his life were his two grandsons, Evan Bradley Eley, and Dorian Alonzo Eley. He also leaves behind his loving brother, Doug and wife Jane, and their two girls, Jessica and husband Craig Campbell, and Erin and husband Luis Garceley, who all live in Texas. He enjoyed spending time with them during the winter and visiting the Southwest. He also had many cousins and friends around the country that were dear to him. He also leaves behind many wonderful friends from Go-Karting, raising rabbits, and drinking coffee. He was a good friend of Bill W. for 32 years. His loving dog, Max, will miss the many golf carts rides they enjoyed.

Robert attended New Madison High School, graduating in 1968. He recently enjoyed attending his 50th class reunion and remembering his past. He enjoyed wearing his bright red, white, and blue bibs to the Tri-Village Patriot basketball games for the past few years. He raced go-karts all over the country for many years. Many Christmas vacations with his family were spent at Daytona Beach at his races. He achieved his goal of becoming National WKA Go-Kart Champion in his racing class in 1990.

After racing, he then joined his wife showing Netherland Dwarf Rabbits all over the country. Another goal of his was achieved when, in 1996 and 1997, they were ANDRC National Quality and Points Champions. Also, adding to his goals met, they were Best of Breed Netherland Dwarf rabbit at the National ANDRC show in 2000 and Best of Breed at the National ARBA show in 2002.

He was a member of the New Madison United Methodist Church, Greenville Masonic Lodge, American Legion of New Madison, Ohio State Netherland Dwarf Club, American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA), and the American Netherland Dwarf Club (ANDRC).

He earned a mechanic's license after High School. He was self-employed for a while operating a Union 76 and then the Sohio service stations in New Madison. Later, he retired after working for 25 years as a rural mail carrier out of the Medway, Ohio Post Office.

Although in failing health, Bob was able to attend this past London Cobra Show. 

Robert "Bob" Martin Eley, 68, passed away July 31, 2018. He was born November 18, 1949, in Greenville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Alonzo, in 2010 and his mother, Joan Irene, in March 2018.

BACKDRAFT RACING DEALERSHIP

Backdraft Racing of Boynton Beach, FL has announced their newest Backdraft Racing dealer is Central Classic Cars located at 8444 Central Avenue in Sylvania, OH 43560.

Bret J. Abraham is the General Manager of Central Classic Cars and may be contacted as follows:

Phone - 419-517-1795

Email - sales@centralclassiccars.com

In addition to their inventory of Backdraft Cobras, Central Classic Cars also have an inventory of pre-owned specialty vehicles. They also offer mechanical, restorative, fabrication, paint correction, glass coating, and specialized detailing of all aspects of specialty vehicles.

Check out the Central Classic Cars website.

Backdraft Racing of Boynton Beach, FL has announced their newest Backdraft Racing dealer is Central Classic Cars located at 8444 Central Avenue in Sylvania, OH 43560.

Great news for Amazon shoppers

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know and have been using - same products, same prices, same service. The only difference is that Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Ohio Cobra Club at no cost to you.

Please support the Ohio Cobra Club and our efforts to raise money for cystic fibrosis research by shopping at smile.amazon.com using our unique AmazonSmile login location - https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2462827

Thanks for your support of our efforts.


AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know and have been using - same products, same prices, same service. The only difference is that Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Ohio Cobra Club at no cost to you.

West Chester Cars and Coffee

On Saturday morning, August 25th, five Ohio Cobra Club members displayed their Cobras at the West Chester Cars and Coffee – three Factory Five’s and one Backdraft. The club members were Pam and Dave Beck, Rick Boone, Rob Street and Roy Edgar. Everyone enjoyed the event even though it was cut short due to a heavy downpour. The rain also eliminated lunch and a cruise. Maybe next time the weather will be more cooperative.

The Cobras received many compliments over some of the more expensive cars there. Three owners had their Audi G8’s parked together - over $400,000 worth of Audis. One person commented that it was unusual to see three G8’s at one time, but it was even more exciting to see four Cobras parked next to each other. 

On Saturday morning, August 25th, five Ohio Cobra Club members displayed their Cobras at the West Chester Cars and Coffee – three Factory Five’s and one Backdraft. The club members were Pam and Dave Beck, Rick Boone, Rob Street and Roy Edgar. Everyone enjoyed the event even though it was cut short due to a heavy downpour. The rain also eliminated lunch and a cruise. Maybe next time the weather will be more cooperative.

New OCC Board of Directors

The voting membership of the Ohio Cobra Club elected for a two-year term the following individuals to the Ohio Cobra Club / London Cobra Show Board of Directors at the Ohio Cobra Club’s August 11, 2018 meeting.

President - George Daulton

Vice President - Pam Beck

Treasurer - Dave Beck

Secretary - Roy Edgar

Board Member - Dave Pohli

Mark McKimmins and Russell Howard both will continue as BOD members, as their term of office does not expire until August of 2019.

To contact a board member, please go to the CONTACT tab of the https://londoncobrashow.com/



The voting membership of the Ohio Cobra Club elected for a two-year term the following individuals to the Ohio Cobra Club / London Cobra Show Board of Directors at the Ohio Cobra Club’s August 11, 2018 meeting.

2018 LCS SHOW SHIRTS AVAILABLE

Did you miss out on getting your 2018 London Cobra Show souvenir shirt? If so, or if another member of your family would like to have one, then here is your chance to purchase a 2018 LCS show shirt. 

Your cost is $20.00 per shirt, shipped free of charge via USPS.

To order, please forward the following: 

1) Name

2) Mailing address, 

3)     Phone number,

4) Number of shirts you desire, 

5) Shirt sizes and 

6) Check made out to the Ohio Cobra Club for the correct amount. 

Note: Available sizes are S, M, L, XL, 2XL AND 3XL.

Please mail your order to the following address:

Ohio Cobra Club 

PO Box 340498

Columbus, OH 43234


Thanks for your order and please allow 2 weeks for shipment.




Did you miss out on getting your 2018 London Cobra Show souvenir shirt? If so, or if another member of your family would like to have one, then here is your chance to purchase a 2018 LCS show shirt.

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF OUR 2018 LONDON COBRA SHOW RAFFLE CAR

We are pleased to announce the winner of our 2018 London Cobra Show raffle car is Larry K. of near London, OH. 

Larry took title to the Backdraft Cobra replica Wednesday evening. He said he had purchased an LCS tee-shirt at our Ohio Cobra Club booth, then went on down Main Street and let his 13-year-old granddaughter take 4 Cobra charity rides. While waiting for her to take her rides he purchased a single raffle ticket. As his granddaughter, Lexi stated: “My grandpa – he is so lucky.”

Our 2018 London Cobra Show and Raffle was another huge success, as we donated $104,500.00 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, again designated for research into finding new medicines that fight CF. 

Over the years $1,333,000.00 has been donated for CF research. 

We are pleased to announce the winner of our 2018 London Cobra Show raffle car is Larry K. of near London, OH.

RAFFLE IS HELPING!

Please read Matt Hennessey's comments below and learn how Orkambi has improved his life.

"We find ourselves at an incredibly exciting time in the CF community. We are moving the ball forward in any number of ways. Progress is happening. We are on the inexorable march toward a cure. 

 The most inspiring aspect of this progress is that I can feel it in my everyday life. Before introducing Orkambi -- a first of its kind drug that partially corrects the underlying causes of CF -- into my treatment routine, I would be sick every other month or so, meaning heavy-duty antibiotics, increased chest therapy, and symptoms normally associated with the flu (cough, fever, fatigue, etc.). In the four years post-Orkambi, I’ve been prescribed additional antibiotics only a handful of times, and my lung function has remained remarkably stable.

The following anecdote encapsulates this point. In 2016, I moved to Washington, D.C. from Columbus, OH for a new job (I'm back in Ohio now). One of my first tasks, obviously, was identifying a new doctor. So, I go to the Children’s Hospital in northwest Washington, and the doctor performs his examination and runs all of the various tests. At the conclusion, he stops, looks at me, and matter-of-factly states, “Mr. Hennessey, you’re really quite healthy.” 

And that’s the bottom line here, right? I’m quite healthy. It speaks to the promise of Orkambi and other drugs like it—that they can deliver genuine results that tangibly improve my quality of life. And, God willing, Orkambi is only the first rung of the ladder to an ultimate cure. Onward."

Matt Hennessey

NOTE: When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955 people born with cystic fibrosis had a bleak future and often did not live long enough to start kindergarten. Due to the foundation's encouragement and funding of pharmaceutical companies to invest in CF-specific research, the CF medicines Kalydeco, Orkambi and Symdeko have been developed. Today, due to the advancement in these medicines, treatment, and care, more than half of the people with CF are 18 or older,  and like Matt, attend college, get married, and start families.

The London Cobra Show’s donations are always donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and designated for research. The show's past donations have aided the Foundation in developing Kalydeco, Orkambi, and Symdeko.

THANK YOU - YOUR SUPPORT DIRECTLY HELPS THOSE LIVING WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS.

Please read Matt Hennessey's comments below and learn how Orkambi has improved his life. "We find ourselves at an incredibly exciting time in the CF community. We are moving the ball forward in any number of ways. Progress is happening. We are on the inexorable march toward a cure.

BREAKING NEWS - FDA APPROVES NEW MEDICINE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS

This is exciting news  - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday, February 12, 2018, approved a new treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF). This new medicine will be available under the brand name Symdeko. 

The approval of Symdeko now offers more individuals that suffer from cystic fibrosis an important new treatment option and is a significant milestone in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s research to find a treatment for every person with CF. All three cystic fibrosis medicines, Kalydeco, Orkambi and now Symdeko, address the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, rather than just symptoms. 

Everyone that has purchased raffle tickets or participated in any of our London Cobra Shows should take personal pride in the dramatic health improvement of those individuals that are now being helped by these three CF medicines. 

Our 2018 donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation again will be designated for research into developing additional medicines for CF. Approximately 60% of the individuals that have CF may now benefit from Kalydeco, Orkambi or Symdeko. Hopefully one day soon, other medicines will be developed that allow everyone with CF to say - “I used to have CF.” 

Thank you for your raffle ticket purchases and helping to make a difference and bringing hope to all people living with cystic fibrosis. 

Please purchase your 2018 raffle tickets and maybe this year's LCS donation will help pay for the research needed to cover the remaining 40% of individuals that suffer from CF.

For additional information on cystic fibrosis, please go to cff.org

This is exciting news - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday, February 12, 2018, approved a new treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF). This new medicine will be available under the brand name Symdeko.

how everyone's hard work for the lcs is helping

A little over two years ago Orkambi, the CF wonder-drug we’ve all heard so much about, was released into the open market. I started taking the medication not too long after the fact, and its effect on me has been nothing short of staggering. 

Prior to Orkambi my own health was constantly in flux. My teenage years were pockmarked with many long and difficult hospitalizations, and I struggled as my own lung function and well-being slowly declined. Life before Orkambi was defined by a horrible, omnipresent fear of my next hospitalization. It’s hard to imagine living a normal life when you’re saddled with that kind of fear, but thankfully I had an incredible support system to get me through those tough times. My parents, Karen and Daren, supported me in all aspects of life, whether it was getting me through long weeks in the hospital, helping me organize homework drop-offs with my school, or just trusting me to take charge of my own health. 

When I went on Orkambi two years ago I wasn’t prepared for what was about to happen. The medication provided a shocking amount of relief. I went from getting seriously sick every six months, like clockwork, to only getting mildly sick about once a year. Now, as I write this in January of 2018, it has been over three years since I was admitted to the hospital.

The fear that I had been saddled with for so long, that unnerving, always-present fear of going back into the hospital, it has since faded into the background. Orkambi didn’t miraculously fix every aspect of my life; I still catch a nasty cough every once and a while, and I still worry about my life going on pause to accommodate a hospital visit, but I now enjoy a peace of mind that I previously could never have dreamed of. 

I live an amazing life. I have a wonderful, beautiful fiancee that I will be marrying in May of this year, I have a career (something many with CF do not get to have), and I am surrounded by many wonderful friends and family who have helped me on this journey. 

The life I live is possible because organizations like the London Cobra Show continue to work tireless to fundraise and spread awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. Fundraising has an honest, real benefit to the people living with this disease, and I sincerely thank you for your time, effort, and money that has been spent on this wonderful cause.

Alec Marshall

A little over two years ago Orkambi, the CF wonder-drug we’ve all heard so much about, was released into the open market. I started taking the medication not too long after the fact, and its effect on me has been nothing short of staggering.

Thank your from marc ginsky

George and the Entire Ohio Cobra Club:

I am so sorry that I was unable to meet all of you last summer. Thank you so much for all you have done to improve the lives of people with CF. You really have made a difference. Hope that all of you enjoy Thanksgivings filled with joy and laughter.

Until its done.  

Mark Ginsky

Executive Vice President and COO 

George and the Entire Ohio Cobra Club:

Cobra sports-car enthusiasts help cystic-fibrosis patients

Members of the Ohio Cobra Club take personal pride in the dramatic improvement in the health of Hilliard resident Emily Kerr.


With the success of that little girl, we feel like we did something — like we actually contributed,” said Nick Zeyen, 65, a club member and North Side resident.


What the club of Cobra sports-car enthusiasts has done is raise more than $1 million for research to combat cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that seriously challenged Kerr until 2012 — when, at age 15, she began taking the newly approved Kalydeco.


The drug virtually stopped the progression of the disease — which causes mucus buildup in the lungs and digestive system — and allowed Kerr to become much more active.


The youngest of Bruce and Lynn Kerr’s three children is a cheerleader at the University of Dayton (where she is a rising junior, majoring in early-childhood education) and last year went on a mission trip to the southern African country of Zambia.


It has basically reversed everything for me,” said Kerr, 20. “Their work has literally changed the future. ... It’s amazing. It’s something you can’t explain.”


Most of the money donated by the club is raised through a year-round sale of raffle tickets ($20 apiece) for the chance to win a new Cobra at the annual London (Ohio) Cobra Show, which this year will take place on Saturday.


The club grew out of an informal gathering of Cobra enthusiasts in 1999 in London, where a former member owned a shop that produced make-your-own Cobra kits.


Cobras, originally produced on a limited basis in the 1960s, were known for their extreme power in a small, light sports car. The cars are no longer in production, but several companies sell kits, or partial cars, that enthusiasts can finish on their own.


It has basically reversed everything for me,” said Kerr, 20. “Their work has literally changed the future. ... It’s amazing. It’s something you can’t explain.”


Most of the money donated by the club is raised through a year-round sale of raffle tickets ($20 apiece) for the chance to win a new Cobra at the annual London (Ohio) Cobra Show, which this year will take place on Saturday.


The club grew out of an informal gathering of Cobra enthusiasts in 1999 in London, where a former member owned a shop that produced make-your-own Cobra kits.


Cobras, originally produced on a limited basis in the 1960s, were known for their extreme power in a small, light sports car. The cars are no longer in production, but several companies sell kits, or partial cars, that enthusiasts can finish on their own.


I'm not going to say it’s a cult, but if you have the bug, you have the bug,” Zeyen said. “It’s my ‘happy’ car.”

The show expanded quickly, drawing thousands of people and hundreds of Cobras.

Seeing an opportunity to raise money for charity, the club members chose cystic fibrosis as a beneficiary because Dave Smith, owner of one of the major kit-making companies, had a daughter with the disease.

Each year, club members use part of the raffle proceeds to buy a Cobra kit, which they use to build the giveaway car. (Kits start at about $25,000 and can run up to $100,000, members say.)

Emily’s ties to the club date from 2004, when she was a sickly 7-year-old and the group was presenting its first check to the central Ohio chapter of the CF Foundation. The club had reached out to the chapter seeking a Columbus-area family to participate in the show. Emily drew the winning ticket — an honor she continues to perform.

Leslie Lucas, executive director of the CF Foundation’s central Ohio chapter, said the Ohio Cobra Club is one of just two donors that has topped $1 million in contributions to the chapter (the other is the Hennessey family of Upper Arlington).

The club reached the milestone after the 2015 show and is now at $1.125 million — money designated specifically for research.

They’ve really made a huge impact,” Lucas said. “They’re a special group, for sure.”


Brian Freer, a Powell resident and the club vice president, said seeing Emily Kerr’s improvement has motivated members to continue their fundraising efforts.


It has been a labor of love,” Freer said.


Bruce Kerr said he has been “overwhelmed” by the club’s devotion to the disease in general and his daughter in particular. Members treat her like family, he said, having sent stuffed animals to her when she was younger and in the hospital, and always greeting her with hugs and well-wishes.


It would take a lot of fundraising walks and an enormous amount of bake sales to raise a million dollars,” Mr. Kerr said. “From a dad’s perspective, I give thanks every single day that these men and women do what they do.


I’m eternally grateful.”


By: Ken Gordon


kgordon@dispatch.com


@kgdispatch

Above was taken for the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch Newspaper – June 20, 2017


Emily Kerr with Ohio Cobra Club members, from left: Roy L. Edgar, Mark G. McKimmins, Dave Beck, George Daulton, Brian Freer and Mark Braden

Photograph by Fred Squillante/Dispatch



Members of the Ohio Cobra Club take personal pride in the dramatic improvement in the health of Hilliard resident Emily Kerr. “With the success of that little girl, we feel like we did something — like we actually contributed,” said Nick Zeyen, 65, a club member and North Side resident.

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