The end is nigh! At least for Corvettes and their owners.
The Wally Parks NHRA Museum is hosting the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Motor Company / Carroll Shelby partnership that marked absolute dominance in racing and gave generations of Americans a whole new meaning to the term ‘Cobra’.
Carroll Shelby found a British A/C that he thought looked alright, put the ultra-powerful, ultra-reliable small-block Ford motor in it and the rest of the competition on the track simply became history. The birth of the Ford / Shelby Cobra marked a swift and painful death for anything else on wheels in the 60’s. The power-to-weight ratio was simply unstoppable.
2012 is upon us, and the celebration of that racing Armageddon will be accompanied by a massive and dangerous Cobra infestation at the Pomona Fairplex. Spirited “demonstrations” of Cobras and Shelbys around the historic Pomona circuit will accompany a massive gathering of the finest examples on the West Coast and in the World.
It’s a wonderful thing to see history preserved in museums – it’s a whole other to see these Snakes in motion (in their natural habitat), to hear it pound your ears and to feel the vibration of small block Ford motors in chorus beat at your feet.
If you’re an owner of a Shelby, you may apply to include your car in the festivities by going to Museum.NHRA.com and if you’re a wannabe owner of a Shelby, you can come and feast your eyes and ears and heart as the Museum brings some of the most exciting examples of its history to life.