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COBRA GUYS ARE THE SAME THE WORLD OVER

Recently Mr. Nige Taylor, a pilot with NETJETS Transportes Areos, S. A. based in Paco D'Arcos, Portugal, had a stopover in Columbus, OH. Nige was able to take time to have lunch and spend an afternoon with several members of the Ohio Cobra Club.  However, due to the cold weather, he was not able to experience a ride in a Cobra powered by a big American V8 engine. 

Nige has been able to fulfill his boyhood dream by building his own Pilgrim Motorsports Cobra replica that is powered by a 3.0 liter Rover engine. Nige lives close to the Pilgrim’s plant in Brighton, West Sussex, England.

Before leaving he purchased a raffle ticket. Those that met with Nige are hoping he will be able to return to EXPERIENCE the POWER of LONDON, Ohio   USA in June of  2018.

Nige and his Cobra are pictured in the photograph to the left. 



Recently Mr. Nige Taylor, a pilot with NETJETS Transportes Areos, S. A. based in Paco D'Arcos, Portugal, had a stopover in Columbus, OH. Nige was able to take time to have lunch and spend an afternoon with several members of the Ohio Cobra Club. However, due to the cold weather, he was not able to experience a ride in a Cobra powered by a big American V8 engine.

Holiday Party on January 13, 2018 – Save the Date

Our annual holiday party is scheduled for Saturday evening, January 13, 2018. The party will beat the BRAVO Cucina Italiana restaurant located at the Lennox Town Center, 1803 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH.

Additional details will available as we get closer to the end of the year.

Our annual holiday party is scheduled for Saturday evening, January 13, 2018. The party will be at the BRAVO Cucina Italiana restaurant located at the Lennox Town Center, 1803 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH.

2018 London Cobra Show/Raffle Car website is now active

The 2018 London Cobra Show/Raffle Car website is active, as of Friday, September 1. So now is the perfect time to register for the show and to purchase your raffle tickets.

The 2018 raffle car is a beautiful indigo blue with white stripes Backdraft Racing RT3 Cobra replica. The 2018 raffle car is powered by a 427 cubic inch, Ford style small block engine attached to a 5-speed, Tremec TKO 600 transmission.

The engine was donated – free of charge – by Craft Performance Engines, Arkadelphia, AR 71023. It is a small block Ford type, 427 cubic inch, Craft Performance engine with a Dart iron block, and a forged rotating assembly. The engine is equipped with a hydraulic roller cam and lifters, Craft aluminum heads having a 10:1 compression ratio, Edelbrock Dual Plane Intake and a Quick Fuel Carburetor. Dyno tested and rated at 510 HP/555 pound feet torque. Engine comes with a 2 year / 24,000 mile Warranty.

The 2018 raffle car engine is a unique one of a kind, as it has both Craft Performance and the Ohio Cobra Club logos engraved on the valve covers and air cleaner.


The 2018 London Cobra Show/Raffle Car website is active, as of Friday, September 1. So now is the perfect time to register for the show and to purchase your raffle tickets.

2017 LCS Raffle Car Delivered

The winner of the London Cobra Shows raffle car was Mrs. Jackie S., of Montgomery, OH. Jackie took delivery of her Cobra on Sunday, July 9th. She said that she had purchased a single ticket, with never a thought that she might win, just thinking she was helping a worthwhile charity. The very happy Jackie and her husband are shown with her Cobra in the photograph below:

This year, as a result of the raffle, we were able to donate $100,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As with past donations, this year's donation was designated for research into developing new medicines for CF

Over the past several years, the LCS Cobra raffle has allowed donations of $1,228,000 to CF. 

The Ohio Cobra Club takes personal pride in the dramatic improvement in the health of all children with CF such as Miss Emily K., a local resident of the Columbus, OH area. Cystic fibrosis had seriously challenged Emily, until 2012 - when, at age 15, she began taking the newly approved CF drug - Kalydeco. This drug virtually stopped the progression of the disease and has allowed Emily to become much more active in her daily life. We wanted to let you know how these donations to CF actually work to improve the lives of individuals with CF.

Past donations have helped fund research and development of two CF medicines, KALYDECO and just recently ORKAMBI. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is committed to finding a cure for CF within our lifetime. We hope this year's donation will assist the Foundation in meeting that objective.

Thank you for your support.

The winner of the London Cobra Shows raffle car was Mrs. Jackie S., of Montgomery, OH. Jackie took delivery of her Cobra this past Sunday, July 9th.

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.

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

Mr. John Morton the featured speaker at the 2017 London Cobra Show authored a book 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 the featured speaker at the 2017 London Cobra Show authored a book titled - Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s.

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