Celebrating the Shelby Cobra, the Reunion brought together an amazing group of former Shelby employees, racing legends and Ford Cobra Shelby aficionados. More than 1,000 spectators participated in the day-long festivities which included a Show-n-Shine display, a racing legends panel discussion, a new exhibit and a special banquet.
From Mustangs to Cobras, more than 150 collector cars in every color lined the Museum parking lot. There was everything under the Ford Cobra and Shelby sun including one rare King Cobra as well as celebrity guests such as Grand Marshal Parnelli Jones, Bob Bondurant, Pete Brock, Don Prudhomme, among others. Marlen Motorsports put together a road course for driving participants on Friday and Saturday at the Fairplex grounds. A parade lap on the course brought back fond memories for those who raced here in the 50s and 60s.
A panel discussion with half a dozen racing legends kept a crowded room of attentive listeners entertained with stories and adventures of racing and working with Carroll Shelby. The Reunion was made extra special when Parnelli Jones presented the Museum with his original 1970 Mustang Funny Car driven by Danny Ongais to be part of the Museum’s collection.
A new exhibit, “Speed Merchants of Venice” honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Cobra was unveiled to a welcoming crowd. Eight unique Cobras are featured in the exhibit as well as never-before-seen photographs from Carroll Shelby’s personal archive. The exhibit will remain open for the public through December 2012. A special banquet in the evening closed out the Reunion where monies raised were donated to the Museum and the Carroll Shelby Foundation.
[Source: NHRA Museum]