30th Annual Cobra 1000 -- 17 Original Cobras in WY, ID, and MT


lc2006

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Nov 10, 2011
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Centreville, Delaware
This might not be the timeliest of posts, although I have been meaning to get to it for a while. Life has been busy… not the least of which was spending time finalizing the specs and colors, etc. for L0054.

In any case, Drew and Janet Serb, along with daughter, Emily Serb Lambert, organized their 30th annual – yes, their 30th! – Cobra 1000 driving tour. Although the tour did not officially kick-off until September 9, a bunch of us gathered with our 17 original Cobras in Jackson, WY a few days in advance of the tour.

I should probably mention that you might notice that none of the photos, in the link below, show any of the Cobras with their convertible tops up – despite some rain. This is because none of us ever bother to carry a convertible top… if it rains, it rains, so what? The cars will dry out – eventually!

This year’s Cobra 1000 began in Jackson and wound its way over to Idaho and into Yellowstone National Park before stopping for the night at the stunning Sage Inn in Pray, MT.

Day 2 of the 1000 took us from Pray, MT to a lunch stop at a friend’s 25,000 acre ranch in Townsend, MT. Here is a link to a drone video showing the Cobras arriving at the ranch, unfortunately, there is no audio. It takes a minute for the video to load.

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Before the video was shot, a few of us broke into low triple digits on our way up the one-mile-long driveway to the ranch house; although the ranch owner told us that he holds the driveway speed record at over 140mph in one of his blown hot rods!

We made our way from Townsend to Seeley Lake, MT where we overnighted at the Double Arrow Lodge.

Thursday found us driving through some stunning vistas as we made our way to Big Sky where we overnighted at the 320 Guest Ranch.

Following our stay in Big Sky, we wound our way back to Jackson and to our base of operations at Spring Creek Ranch.

The 30th annual Cobra 1000 was, just like the 29 others, a superb event. All of us had a blast driving these Cobras in the precise manner in which Carroll Shelby had intended for them to be driven!

(Note: Now that the the GT Forum has been overhauled, I cannot figure out how to get more than five photos to upload.)

Here is a link to the photos for anyone who might be interested:


All the best,
Lee Cross
 

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68Rcodeman

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Very nice! Thank you for sharing. That is some breath taking country not to mention seeing the trail of cobras . Just beautiful!
 

twobjshelbys

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Jul 26, 2010
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Las Vegas, NV
Yes, I look forward to seeing/hearing about this event! No bears this year?

I should probably mention that you might notice that none of the photos, in the link below, show any of the Cobras with their convertible tops up – despite some rain. This is because none of us ever bother to carry a convertible top… if it rains, it rains, so what? The cars will dry out – eventually!
I can vouch for this. I got stuck in a hail storm once. Bigger, about quarter sized (bigger than shooter marble, smaller than golf ball) that beat my ears to bloody (not head because I always wear a baseball cap). Pulled under a tree to ride out the storm. Passenger seat and foot box had about 6" of hail in the bottom. Scooped it out, parked it on a slope and left it in the sun for a couple of days. Dried out nice.
 

lc2006

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Nov 10, 2011
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Centreville, Delaware
Yes, I look forward to seeing/hearing about this event! No bears this year?



I can vouch for this. I got stuck in a hail storm once. Bigger, about quarter sized (bigger than shooter marble, smaller than golf ball) that beat my ears to bloody (not head because I always wear a baseball cap). Pulled under a tree to ride out the storm. Passenger seat and foot box had about 6" of hail in the bottom. Scooped it out, parked it on a slope and left it in the sun for a couple of days. Dried out nice.
No bears this year... at least none that came after us!

Uh-oh, you were very lucky! Hail and aluminium-bodied Cobras do not mix well!
 

twobjshelbys

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Jul 26, 2010
5,198
Las Vegas, NV
Uh-oh, you were very lucky! Hail and aluminium-bodied Cobras do not mix well!
To make a long story short, I found just the right Cobra. Mine was CSX4005LA, one of 6 carbon fiber cars built by HST International for Shelby. Yes, CARBON FIBER!!! I knew aluminum and hail don't mix. In fact, in this storm even fibreglass would probably have had some star-checking. The CF took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. The aluminum Raydot mirrors didn't fare so well though!! The experience confirmed my plan!!! Cobras are sort of like Harley motorcycles. One never (OK, rarely) decides to drive a Harley into a thunderstorm. Same for Cobras. Usually it's the case of "weather was perfect when I left then turned to cr**". Which is the every day weather in the monsoon season on the Front Range. THunderstorms most often crop up about 14:00 to 15:00, but that day, started early!!
 

lc2006

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Nov 10, 2011
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Centreville, Delaware
CF should do the trick! Lol!
 

Blue Moose

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Oh my god!! What a beautiful journey in the Cobra's and Country. Thank you for posting the pictures and story.

We (the GT Forum) have got to do some overnighters driving the GT's.
 
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