Cobra – The Snake that Conquered the World
By Colin Comer
With a forward by Carroll Shelby
Not just another Cobra book!
Colin’s rendition of the Cobra and Carroll Shelby story is punctuated with personal memories by Vintage racer and restorer Colin Comer and a steady stream of trips down memory lane from past & present Cobra employees like Phil Remington, Peter Brock, Gary Patterson & John Morton.
Tributes from long time Cobra owners/supporters like Barry Robles, Rick Kopec, Nick Scudder, Lynn Park, Tom Cotter, Henry Ford III and Don Roberts make for interesting, insider reading.
There are plenty of previously unpublished action shots on the track, in the pits and in the garages to satisfy any fan of the breed.
Foldout renditions of Cobra’s in action from Hector Cademartori add an artistic bent to the book with my favorite chapter being “Step into the Ring – Famous Cobra Rivalries” which documents the Cobra versus Corvette, Shelby versus Chevrolet & Shelby versus Ferrari battles.
The continuation of the marque is well documented with pictures and stories of the original cars now either on display with many still driven on the street and on the track
Cobra – The Snake that Conquered the World even includes a whole chapter on Costly Cobra Trinkets which demonstrates that the cars, in some cases, are not the most valuable of Shelby’s creations.
The final chapter deals with the tribute and continuation cars (some of them in kit form) by which the current lover of the Cobra can feel like he has his or her own piece of automotive history.
Overall an enjoyable book for any fan of the Cobra and a must buy for anyone who has or intends to own a Cobra – real or tribute.
Mike Cesario, Racers Drive
Good morning all:
Under warm and humid skies the Car Guys of Los Gatos assembled yesterday for our monthly car show and luncheon held at Aldo’s Ristorante on Winchester. The event was made even more special as it was the eve of the groups founding member, Rubin Jurman’s 88th Birthday which we celebrated with a cake presented by Aldo and a singing rendition of Happy Birthday by the group led by choral director, Milt Wheeler.
We all had a good time and Rubin, who was accompanied by his granddaughter Sadie, seemed to enjoy himself immensely.
Yesterdays lineup of members and their classic rides was outstanding as well. The attendees included the following:
Robert Manley – 1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
Ralph Moceo – 1958 Fiat 1200 TV
Mike Knipp – 33 Franklin
Austin Kilburn – 64 Austin Healey 3000 – owned by Austin since new!
Bill Baum – 1985 El Camino
Bill Brooks – 67 Mercedes Benz 300SE
Dave Gitin – 48 Buick
Dennis Bryon Studebaker Champ
Forrest Straight – 65 Shelby Cobra
Gary Goeringer – 289 Cobra
Mike Cesario – 69 Jaguar KE 2+2
Milt Wheeler – 48 Packard
Roger Zimmerman – 66 Corvette
Rubin Jurman – 34 Derby Bentley
Steve Pedoni – 47 Lincoln Traveler
Teresa Mills – 40 Plymouth Pickup
Bob Jacobsen – 91 Mercedes
Roy Brett – 40 Mercury Tudor
Jim LaMaack – 1929 Ford Leatherback
Chic Cannon – 1932 Ford Pickup – Chic was a first time attendee and interestingly one of the four original founders of the NHRA.
Dave Jensen – 55 Jaguar XK140
George Graveline – 1959 Thunderbird
Gary Allison – 1964 Porsche 356C
Matt Pumphrey – 1931 Cadillac
Dick Tuttle – 1928 Indian Scout Police Special
I have attached a few pictures to this email courtesy of Teresa Mills. Roy Brett also took quite a few pictures and
here’s the link to the pictures which Roy Brett provided.
The next gathering of the Car Guys of Los Gatos will be Tuesday July 14th. Please RSVP your intentions to attend.
We are going through the Jag with an attention to detail this car deserves. It gets prettier every day and I’m getting more attached to this baby. I may need to back off and get some perspective . . . . Oh – watch for pictures soon of the working electric sunroof. (Factory or very close -reportedly these are very, very rare and were installed in England at a shop down the street.) Thank to Steve Kiefer “The Moonroof Master” for his magic fingers, experience & patience and for getting it working perfectly.
Car Guys of Los Gatos at Aldo’s of Los Gatos.
Great weather and an excellent field of cars showed up at Aldo’s of Los Gatos today for the club’s monthly car show and luncheon.
The stars of the gathering looked to be Rubin Jurman and Neil Kirkham with their matching 1934 Bentley 3 Post Drophead Coupe’s.
Other notable attendees included the following:
Bill Baum – 93 Jag XJS
Bruce Betancourt Lotus Elise Dave Gitin – 75 Buick Riviera Riviera
Glenn Roberts 1973 Jag XJ6
John McCue 1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Sport
Bill Hyland - 73 MGB
Milton Wheeler 1948 Packard Super 8 Convertible
Mike Cesario & Steve Kiefer (Racers Drive) 69 Jag XKE 2+2 and a 2005 Porsche C4S
Steve Marciaggani – 58 Bentley
Ron Fowler – 84 F150
Jim Lamaack – 56 ford pickup
First time attendee Mike Menesini – 91 Ford Ranger
TJ Noto – 66 Ducati Mach 1
Mike Kniep – 39 Ford Coupe
Heinz Schu – 41 Lincoln
Forrest Straight – 05 Mustang Challenge race car
Dennis Byron – 70 MGB
Doug Boyer – 49 Ford Convertible
Doug King – ERA Shelby Cobra
Andrew Weinberg – 99 XJ6
Joining the group for lunch were Ken and Ken Jr. Rodriguez, Mel Basuimi, John Collendich & John Davis.
The next gathering of the Car Guys of Los Gatos will be at Aldo’s on Tuesday, June 9 followed shortly afterwards by an invitation to show our cars and have lunch at Club Auto Sport on Saturday, June 13. Please RSVP for both events. Thank you.
It was a British weather type of morning as an intrepid crew of Car Guys of Los Gatos members braved the elements and vigorously mastered Highway 17 on the drive over the hill to the Canepa Cars and Coffee show in Scotts Valley.
We had a special area with room for 25-30 vehicles and we put forth a quality show rather than the big numbers we were hoping for this morning.
As an early arriver Lord Byron’s elegant Rolls presided in our paddock alongside Jim LaMaacks’s consistent award winning 56 Tbird in Thunderbird green . Both played nicely together to help highlight the aged but rich in depth of color of my 69 E Type 2+2. Larry Simon rolled in in his 1971 Series 2 Toronado followed closely by Brad McClure in his 74 Porsche Carrera and Larry Battista in a recently acquired and refreshed 1978 Porsche SCR.
The Porsche onslaught continued (we are hardy souls – we drive in any condition) with the arrival of John and Reid Bertolotti in dueling Porsche’s – John had a serene 72 Leaf Green 911T and Reid rumbled in in his mocha brown Ducktail draped 74 Carrera. Rolling in after the Bertolotti’s were Jim Weager and Greg Smith in their individual Porsche Boxter’s.
Grabbing a lot of attention was Luke Rizzutos’s 1918 Chevy V8 which has competed in a number of long distance races including the New York to San Francisco event in 2008. Amazingly cool piece of automotive history still going strong.
Perennial show winner Neil Kirkham expected to arrive in his 1934 Bentley 3 Position Drop Head Coupe but he encountered some fuel starvation issues so returned to arrive a bit delayed “on Italian time” in his son’s 1961 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato.
Thanks also to master machinist and CGLG member Ron Fowler for attending and joining the party.
Im sorry more of you couldn’t attend as the Canepa restoration shops and museum is a world class facility and was open for any and all to check out.
Next event for the Car Guys of Los Gatos is our regularly scheduled 2nd Tuesday of each month at Aldo’s of Los Gatos on Winchester on the 12th. Cars can start roiling in at 10:00 with seating for lunch to begin at 11:45. $25 Inclusive
Thank you for your support.
Racers Drive secured this sporty machine gave the engine a bit of a freshening up all the while confirming that it might not be real pretty right now but that it was a sound machine and had plenty of potential.
Now its been sold to an investor/collector in Colorado and its ready for Pickup and delivery to the body and paint shop
Aaron Brown’s “Uncatchable” 1939 Ford Pickup Rat Rod set the Land Speed World Record in its class today at The Ohio mile.
186 MPH is the new record and Aarons 1939 Ford is now officially the Worlds Fastest Rat Rod!
Aaron’s “Uncatchable” 39 Ford was built in large part with racing products supplied by Roush Yates Performance Products with additional support coming from Racers Drive and Call Family Distillery, artisan producers of Uncatchable” Moonshine.
Riverside International Raceway by Pete Lyons
A photographic tour of the historic track, it’s legendary races, and unforgettable drivers
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and reviewing Pete’s newest book, Riverside International Raceway.
This hardbound copy, coffee table addition is one you can peruse and enjoy the book’s great pictures or take more time and delve into the details and personal stories that Pete remembers and recalls.
Every facet of the tracks history, is discussed, with every kind of motor sports activity recapped in separate chapters from its 1957 opening day until its final demise in 1988.
This is a trip down memory lane which will satisfy the interests of anyone from the most casual fan to the racers themselves.
Riverside – Gone, but not forgotten.
Good job Pete – fantastic pictures and great story lines.