Upcoming events

Events and Cruises

The Saturday Parade of Cobras into London, along with the Cystic Fibrosis Charity Rides, the vendor displays and the lineup of Cobras on Main Street is considered, by many, to be the most exciting event of the London Cobra Show. However there are track events, official and self-guided cruises as well as a cruise-in scheduled throughout the week.

Diane Combs Commemorative Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest

Saturday Evening, June 22, 2019

Does everyone rave about how great your chocolate chip cookies taste. If so, this is your chance to see if your cookies can win the 2019 London Cobra Show’s chocolate chip cookie contest. The contest is held each year to honor the four individuals that began what today is the London Cobra Show.

It all started when four Cobra loving friends got together at the home of Ed and Diane Combs shortly before Christmas of 1999 and Diane served them her chocolate chip cookies. Later, Dan Semko stated “Ed's wife made the best chocolate chip cookies in the world.” and those words began the tradition of our annual chocolate chip cookie contest.

The chocolate chip cookie recipe shown is the one that Diane used. See if you can bake a better chocolate chip cookie.

CONTEST RULES
  • Must be baked by the individual that enters them.
  • Enter as many different batches of chocolate chip cookies as you like, as long as each batch is made from a different cookie recipe.
  • Enter 13 cookies per recipe.
  • No commercially baked cookies allowed.
Diane Combs Commemorative Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest

Mid-Ohio Track Day

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The London Cobra Show has arranged for a High Performance Driving Experience track day at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, OH, some 65 miles north of the hotel. Due to Mid-Ohio being exceptionally busy with several new events that require them to make physical changes to the road course and infield, they were only able to offer a single track day this year.

You may register with Mid-Ohio for this event HERE. Cost is $375.00 per participant. Mid-Ohio incurs certain costs upon an individual’s enrollment that cannot be recouped upon cancellation, regardless of how much advance notice is given. The standard Mid-Ohio cancellation policy will apply to any individual that choose to cancel after enrolling. It is the policy of Mid-Ohio to proceed with this driving course “rain or shine”.

Mid-Ohio is a fantastic place to learn to drive your Cobra safely, as you will receive instructions that will give you the confidence to comfortably drive your Cobra on the track. Don't have a suitable helmet? No problem, Mid-Ohio has loaner helmets available. Also available at the track will be race fuel and premium pump gas.

If you have any questions, please contact Larry Hoboken at lhoboken@yahoo.com or Gwen Duffy at gduffy@midohio.com.

Tuesday, June 18th:

Technical inspections of Cobras will be conducted during the afternoon in the parking lot of the Quality Inn and Suites Hotel.

Wednesday, June 19th:

The following is the tentative schedule which is subject to change. Drivers will be divided into two groups, with Group 1 being Novice drivers and Group 2 being experienced drivers.

  • 7:30 am – 8:00 am Track Registration.
  • 8:00 am – 8:15 am Introductions.
  • 8:15 am – 9:00 am Classroom Track Preview – Corner segments/Flags/Divide into groups.
  • 9:10 am – 9:45 am Track walk.
  • 9:45 am – 10:00 am To the Cobras and buckle up.
  • 10:00 am – Noon Track time with Group 1 and 2 having alternating 20 minute sessions.
  • Noon – 1:00 pm Concessions will be available for lunch at the track.
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Track time with Group 1 and 2 having alternating 20 minute sessions.
  • 5:00 pm End of track day.

As this is a one day event, there will be no skid pad or autocross sessions.

Remember, competition IS NOT the center of focus of this track 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. We know you will enjoy your Mid-Ohio track experience.

Address: 7721 Steam Corners Road, Lexington, OH 44904
Phone: (419) 884-4000
Website www.midohio.com
Distance: Approximately 120 miles round trip
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THE QUALITY INN AND SUITES BELLVILLE – MANSFIELD

This hotel will act as the host hotel for the Mid-Ohio track event. When you make your hotel reservation, please let their reservation specialists know that you are attending a Mid-Ohio School event.

Address: 1000 Comfort Plaza Drive, Bellville, OH
Phone: (419) 886-7000
Distance: Approximately 110 miles round trip.
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Mid-Ohio Track Day Hotel
Mid-Ohio Track Day

Dan Semko Memorial Halderman Museum Barn Cruise

Friday, June 21, 2019
Guided Cruise

If you ask people who developed the design for the Ford Mustang, they most likely will answer - Lee Iacocca. But the fact is Iacocca did not design the Mustang. The Mustang’s design actually came about late one night in 1962, when Gale Halderman penned a quick design sketch.

During 1962, Halderman was working on the 1965 Ford Galaxy, when his boss, Joe Oros, told Halderman that a meeting was scheduled for 8:00 a.m. the next morning to pick a design for a new Ford automobile. Oros asked Halderman to develop some design sketches, even though Halderman said he was extremely busy working on the Galaxy project. Oros said he didn’t care, do some sketches. So late that evening Haldermann sketched out four or five quick design ideas and took them to the next day’s meeting. During that meeting, a large number of the proposed design sketches were placed on a wall and as the meeting progressed various design sketches were eliminated. Finally only Halderman’s side view sketch was the only one left.

Halderman's side view sketch is what would become the new Mustang. Once the side view had been decided on, clay modelers were tasked with developing a clay model of the design. Late one night, as he was leaving work, Haldermann decided to check on the progress of the clay model and was told that no one had provided them with a design for the car’s rear end. That night Haldermann worked with the clay modelers and developed the design for the back-end and roofline of the Mustang.

Joe Oros, who led the team to create the Mustang design, credits Halderman for 1) the original design, 2) contributing to the final clay model, and 3) a fully producible car.

Halderman served as director of design for both Ford and Lincoln Mercury. Under his leadership, the Mustang was twice named Motor Trend Car of the Year, as was the 1990 Lincoln Town Car.

Halderman retired from Ford in 1994, and in 2014 opened the Halderman Museum Barn, which houses several Ford automobiles, including his first Mustang, and a large collection of drawings, artwork, memorabilia and related information about all things Mustang, Ford and Lincoln Mercury.

In addition to the automobile and related items, Halderman's daughter has one room that displays her collection of more than 500 cameras of all sizes and formats.

At the end of the tour, Halderman will speak about his experience of working at Ford and his dealings with Carroll Shelby and several Ford executives. Halderman’s book Mustang by Design will be available for purchase.

Halderman Museum Barn Cruise

FRANK FORESTIERE MEMORIAL CRUISE/TOUR TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER

Friday, June 21, 2019
Guided Cruise

This cruise/tour is limited to a maximum of twenty individuals. To reserve your space, please email info@ohiocobraclub.com indicating you would like to reserve one of the available spots.

The Transportation Research Center (TRC) offers automotive manufacturers a range of capabilities, with a variety of road surfaces for testing of safety, energy, fuel economy, emissions, durability, noise, crash, performance, road surfaces and more. This automotive research center is the largest independent vehicle test facility and proving grounds in the U.S.

TRC offers the automotive manufacturers a world of driving conditions, with wet spring weather, hot summers and icy cold, snowy winters over approximately 4,500 acres of road courses, wooded trails, a 7.5-mile High-speed Oval Test Track, and the 50-acre Vehicle Dynamics Area, which some individuals call the “black lake.”

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER
FRANK FORESTIERE MEMORIAL CRUISE/TOUR TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER

WADE CHAMBERLAIN MEMORIAL AUTOCROSS

Friday, June 21, 2019
Guided Cruise

Our autocross event on paper seems very simple – have a group of Cobra owner’s drive around the Circleville Raceway Park’s 7 tenths of mile asphalt paved 10 turn road course to see which driver is the quickest without going off course and into the grass.

While speeds are no greater than those encountered in highway driving, the hope of beating other Cobra owners for the fastest time of the day, the combination of concentration and precision maneuvering to stay on course will leave many drivers with their heart racing and hands trembling from adrenaline after each run.

You will need a helmet to participate but if you do not have a helmet, “loaner” helmets will be available for your use. Your Cobra will not need any special attention for this autocross. Competitors range from a Cobra owner and his daily driver Cobra to the more experienced autocross driver who has his Cobra set up with special tires and suspension settings.

Whatever your skill level – beginner or have ran autocross before, there is a place for you at our autocross event, so plan to enjoy our autocross event with your fellow Cobra owners.

Maybe, just maybe, you will be able to say that you had the fastest time of the day at the 2019 London Cobra Show autocross.

WADE CHAMBERLAIN MEMORIAL AUTOCROSS

FLYIN’ FREDDIE MEMORIAL CRUISE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE USAF

Friday, June 21, 2019
Guided Cruise

Visit the world’s largest military aviation museum which contains some 350 or so rare, historical and/or technological important aircraft covering the history and development of aviation.

On display you will see the Memphis Belle, one of the first United States Army Air Forces B-17 heavy bombers to complete 25 combat missions, as well as Bockscar, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress that dropped the Fat Man atomic bomb on Nagasaki during the last days of World War II. Additionally there are many older aircraft and well as more modern ones such as the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and the F-117 Nighthawk stealth ground attack aircraft and others. You will also see the aircraft dubbed the Hanoi Taxi, which at the end of the Vietnam War, brought American POWs back home.

You can also board a space shuttle, see four presidential aircraft, including SAM 26000, better known as Air Force One. This is the plane that carried 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 his first presidential trip to China. You may also step inside cargo planes, and much more.

In addition, you will find numerous memorabilia and artifacts from the history and development of aviation as well as the National Aviation Hall of Fame - all with FREE admission and parking.

FLYIN’ FREDDIE MEMORIAL CRUISE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE USAF

ED COMBS COMMEMORATIVE CRUISE 2019 VINTAGE GRAND PRIX OF MID-OHIO SPORTCAR VINTAGE RACING ASSOCIATION (SVRA)

Friday, June 21, 2019
Guided Cruise

See vintage sports cars race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, OH. The Chevrolet Corvair is the featured marque at this years event. However you will also be able to view other iconic automobiles such as Lola, Ferrari, Ford Mustang, Triumph Spitfire, Trans-Am and Aston Martin. The pits will be open which will allow you to see the race cars up close, speak with the owners, drivers and crew members.

Mid-Ohio’s park-like setting and challenging, 2.4-mile,15-turn configuration make it a favorite track with both fans and competitors.

ED COMBS COMMEMORATIVE CRUISE 2019 VINTAGE GRAND PRIX OF MID-OHIO SPORTCAR VINTAGE RACING ASSOCIATION (SVRA)

SELF GUIDED CRUISES

Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21, 2019

If you are looking for something to do Thursday or do not wish to go on one of Fridays guided cruises, you will find maps and directions for several self guided cruises in the LCS registration room of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

These are cruises that you may take on your own or you could invite other Cobra owners to cruise with you.

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