The London Cobra Show is our premier event of the year. We hope you will be able to join us and possibly win a Cobra as well! During that weekend, we have many other events to participate in. Here is a quick overview. You may learn more about each event which will take you to our dedicated London Cobra Show website.
The London Cobra Show will sponsor this two-day event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The track is in Lexington, OH, about 68 miles north of the hotels. The cost for this event is $375.00, before April 15, 2017, and $425.00, after April 15. Don't have a suitable helmet? No problem, Mid-Ohio has loaner helmets available. Also available at the track is race fuel and premium pump gas.
You may register with Mid-Ohio for this event here. The completed form should be sent back electronically to Mid-Ohio. As they receive the forms, they will send a confirmation to you along with a waiver & inspection packet. The number of Cobras is limited, so register early to be certain you will be able to have your Cobra on the Mid-Ohio track during the 2017 London Cobra Show.
The Quality Inn and Suites will act as the host hotel for our Mid-Ohio event and is located at 1000 Comfort Plaza Drive, Bellville, OH. The hotel's phone number is 419-886-7000. When you make your hotel reservation, please let their reservation specialists know that you are with the Ohio Cobra Club, as this will make you eligible to receive the Ohio Cobra Club rate - which is $81.00 per night instead of the over-the-counter rate of $95.00.
Some of the best racers and instructors in the world will provide you with classroom instruction, autocross, corner drills, skid car drills, open lapping, insight and feedback. This instruction will give you confidence, hone your skills on the autocross course, and learn to comfortably drive your Cobra at speed on the track. You will also have Q&A sessions with pro drivers and even learn to drive on ice or in extremely slippery conditions.
Competition is NOT the center of focus of this event. Your safety, as you gain knowledge of how your Cobra handles and brakes at speed is of the utmost concern. Everyone learns at their own pace and are encouraged to work up to speeds that they are comfortable with.
One of the things you will enjoy is the camaraderie of like-minded Cobra enthusiasts. If there is a problem with your car you will be surprised at how many people will step up to help get you back on the track. Yes, a few drivers in the past have had fully prepared race Cobras, and can go really fast. However, most are street Cobras and are only out to have a great time.
So for those of you who have never participated in this event, you should take the plunge, sign up, come out and see what it is all about. This event is different from most others. You will be glad you did.
Note: Please ask for the Ohio Cobra Club's event price at when making your reservations at these hotels.
The Wade Chamberlin Memorial Autocross will take place on the Circleville Raceway Park. The track is located about 30 minutes south of Columbus, and 5 miles north of Circleville on the west side of U.S. Route 23.
You will be testing your driving skills on a 0.7-mile asphalt paved road course containing 3 right turns and 7 left turns and the track itself is 20 feet wide.
During autocross competition, drivers compete against themselves and the clock as they navigate the track. Each driver is given as many chances to post their best time, as time will allow. The actual number of chances will be determined by the number of LCS participates that sign up for the autocross.
If you would like to participate in this autocross event, your Cobra and a helmet are pretty much all you'll need to get started. This autocross not a competitive event.
This is a tentative list of the cruises that will occur during the weekend of the London Cobra Show. If you can't make the official cruise, feel free to visit some of these locations on your own!
The world’s largest military aviation museum . You can now see aircraft in four new galleries - Presidential, Research & Development, Space and Global Reach. You can board a space shuttle, walk through four presidential aircraft, step inside cargo planes, and much more - all with FREE admission and parking.
One of the the most famous aircraft in the museum is SAM 26000, better known as Air Force One. This is the plane that carrried President John F. Kennedy's body back to Washington, D.C., after he was assassinated in 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president on this plane and Richard Nixon flew on this plane on the first presidential trip to China.
You will also see the aircraft that was dubbed the Hanoi Taxi. At the end of the Vietnam War, this plane brought American POWs back home.
Clifton Mill is perched above Clifton Gorge on the Little Miami River which is about 20 feet wide at the mill site. The river is deeply entrenched and layers of bedrock are exposed creating a spectacular gorge. About one mile upstream, a large dam creates a millpond to supply water via a millrace to the water-powered turbines of the mill.
Clifton Mill is an impressive structure with six levels. It is built with two floors below the rim of the gorge, and four floors above the rim. The lower level contains the water turbine. The upper levels house all of the milling equipment and storage of the ground corn and wheat. A self guided tour of the mill is available for a nominal charge with plaques that describe the machinery.
Plan on lunch at Clifton Mill's Restaurant and don't forget your camera.
This cruise will allow you an exceptional opportunity to drive your Cobra through an area of Ohio that has plenty of twisty roads and the area is full of nature at its finest. The drive will take you through forests, and past cliffs, gorges, rock shelters and waterfalls.
Many people that have taken this cruise before say this is one of, if not the most beautiful part of Ohio they have seen. The cruise makes for an outstanding item to check off of your bucket list for those visiting Ohio.
The relatively extreme topography of this area is due to a particular formation of rock that is thick, hard and weather-resistant, and so forms high cliffs and narrow, deep gorges.
If you feel the need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and want to enjoy rolling hills and well cared for farmsteads, take this cruise. Most folks tell of exiting the freeway into Amish country and have the feeling of "unwinding" and driving back into time. The gently undulating hills gently pull you slowly into the lushness that is Amish country.
You will see that the Amish farms are scattered throughout the area. The Amish still farm their land and raise beef, chicken, and pork the old fashioned way. As you drive through the countryside you find that the Amish travel by horse-drawn buggy. They are a proud, yet humble people that enjoy life at a pace that is a shade slower than most of us.
The Amish staunchly guard their identity as a people "separate from the world,". Most, speak in a distinct German accent, but enjoy interacting with the English or non-Amish. Visiting an Amish-owned business is good way of interacting with the Amish without infringing on their lifestyle.
The Mohican State Park and the adjacent state forest are outstanding in their beauty and is considered to be one of Ohio's most unique natural regions. The striking hemlock forest and scenic Mohican River offer you a wilderness experience as you cruise through the park.
Mid-Ohio’s is an idea cruise for Cobra fans as the day will be offer non-stop action, on and off the track. You will be able to join in celebrating the history and heritage of racing these special cars, as there will e a variety of events comprises the SVRA weekend, including races and sprints in a broad range of classes and car corrals.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a comprehensive motorsports facility, that features a permanent road-racing circuit with two primary configurations: a 2.4-mile, 15 turn, and a 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit. The park-like, 330-acre complex is located in Lexington, Ohio, 60 miles north of Columbus. The track has been called the most competitive course in the U.S.
To but it bluntly, this is a hidden gem of a museum. The museum was established in order to help educate the public on the importance of America’s military past through the documentation, collection, interpretation, and preservation of tangible artifacts and personal stories of the men and women who served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Displays contain materials from the American Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and Desert Storm.
The museum also contains the the second largest collections of artifacts from the September 11 Terrorist attacks from both the World Trade Center in NYC and the Pentagon. Unfortunately, these items are currently in storage until the museum can raise the necessary funds, materials, and labor to construct an addition to display them. The museum has a fire truck, crushed during the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, along with police cars from Ground Zero, a piece of the World Trade Center, and an antenna. However, if you ask nicely, you may be permitted to view these extraordinary items.
Cruise directions are as follows.
The Citizens Motorcar Company, known by many as America's Packard Museum, is the world's only restored Packard dealership operating as a museum. This is the only full-time museum dedicated exclusively to the Packard Motor Car Company, its products and philosophies.
The Packard Motor Car Company comes to life again in America's Packard Museum. The museum is located in an original Packard Dealership building which was built in 1917.
The museum features over 50 automobiles on display in the restored Art Deco showroom, service department and pavilion. In addition, significant artifacts from the Packard Motorcar Company are on display.
Cruise directions are as follows.
Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre park and open-air museum located in Dayton, Ohio. You will find the park to be both enlightening and interesting. Included in the museum is one of the best examples, left in existence, of an early Wright brothers Wright airplane.
The park highlights the last two centuries of invention and innovation that made Dayton what it is today. You will be amazed to learn how many modern inventions started in this part of Ohio.
The park is named for the 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon, an art modern-style carillon tower which was built in 1942 and was designed by New York architects Reinhard & Hofmeister. Today, with its 57 bells, the carillon is Ohio’s largest.
The Carillon Brewing Company, an 1850s style brewing operation and cafe, is nestled among the trees of the park. Carillon Brewing offers you a glimpse into the era of 1850's, through the authentically prepared food and drink of the times. It is the nation’s only production brewery in a museum, and the only brewery in the country replicating the historic brewing process.
Cruise directions are as follows.
The Honda Heritage Center is a culmination of the success that Honda has had in North America over the last half century. Inside, guests will find an array of historical, current and future products. All of these products are fun to examine, but more importantly, they each have their own unique story.
Honda's origins may be half a world away, but Honda has very deep roots in Ohio. Marysville is where it all started for Honda in America. During November of 1982, the very first Honda Accord rolled off the production line at Honda of America's Marysville manufacturing plant.
The Honda Heritage Center is a small museum. Letting visitors see the accomplishments of Honda in America.
Please note that Honda requires you to phone ahead and make reservations, prior to going to the heritage center. Their phone number is 937-644-6888.
Cruise directions are as follows.