Striking! Cobra Club aims to be out en-masse at Tambo

  • Come check the venom of 100 Cobras
  • Annual classic day for classic-cars rumble
  • Cobra Club aiming for a century of muscle
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SPITTIN’ IMAGE: AC Cobras today are replicas of the cars first built by Carrol Shelby using a combination of British AC sport car and American Ford muscle. Image: Motorpress

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Cobra Club of South Africa will host its annual Concourse Day at Emperor’s Palace, Kempton Park, on Sunday August 20 with, it’s hoped, a record 100-car entry.

The show will be the pinnacle of 2017 Cobra Club activity.

Cobra Club chairman Paul de Klerk told Carman’s Corner in a media release: “The annual concourse goes back more than 30 years and has always been central to raising the standard of our cars here in South Africa.

HEAD FOR JOZI AIRPORT

“We’ve had a huge resurgence in club interest in the past two years – remarkable, given the difficult economic climate – but when the going gets tough, the Cobra Club gets going.”

The event will be at The Red Roman Shed – a funky old-school structure ideal for the show’s retro mood – near the main entrance to the Emperor’s Palace gambling complex in Jones Road, Kempton Park, adjacent to OR Tambo airport.

GREEN AND MEAN: Cobras are meant to look that way! See this one and, it's hoped, 99 others at the annual Cobra Concourse at Emperor's Palace. Image: Motorpress
GREEN AND MEAN: Cobras are meant to look that way! See this one and, it’s hoped, 99 others at the annual Cobra Concourse at Emperor’s Palace. Image: Motorpress

De Klerk added: “We’re going to make that place rock – or at least rumble. A highlight at noon will be a mass start-up of all the cars. The corrugated iron walls of the Red Roman Shed will be put to a serious test of structural strength!”

Cobras in South Africa replicate the famous AC Cobra created by the now legendary Carrol Shelby in 1962 when he put a small-block Ford V8 into an English AC Ace sports car, considered outdated at the dawn of the 1960s.

THE DAY A COBRA BIT FERRARI

The result was a car that shook General Motors to its roots as it immediately out-paced the then all-conquering Chevrolet Corvettes in American SCCA racing. Soon 289 cubic-inch and then 427 cubic inch (seven-litre) versions were introduced and a Daytona Coupe version won its category in the 1965 World Sports Car championship.

Ferrari was the loser!

To honour that event every owner of a Daytona Coupe, as built here in South Africa by Hi-Tech Industries, will take part in this year’s Cobra Club concourse along with Ford GT40 replicas.

UNIQUE MIX OF BRIT AND EXCESS

De Klerk again: “The 1960’s were the golden years for Ford Motorsport but no other Ford achieved the iconic status of the Cobra with its unique mix of classic British styling and American excess.”

Visitors to the Emperor’s Palace will have to pay a nominal fee to gain entry to the car park on Sunday, August 20, but entry to the Cobra Club Concourse will be free.

Refreshments will be on sale at The Red Roman Shed and the event will run from 10am-4pm.

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