Upcoming events

Events and Cruises

Saturday’s Ed Combs Commemorative Parade into London, the Cobra’s on display along Main Street, vendor exhibits, and the Cystic Fibrosis charity rides are considered, by many, to be the most exciting event of the London Cobra Show. However there are track events, official and self-guided cruises scheduled throughout the week as well as show below:

SELF GUIDED CRUISES

Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26, 2020

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

DAVE SEMKO COMMEMORATIVE HOCKING HILLS CRUISE

Friday, June 26, 2020
Guided Cruise

Join a group of your Cobra friends as you cruise the roadways through the Allegheny foothills in southeast Ohio. You will be cruising through an area commonly known as the Hocking Hills Region, which is an area of winding roads as well as caves, cliffs and crevasses.

Driving these winding roads in your Cobra, as you take in all the area’s natural beauty, provides you with a spectacular cruise along what many consider to be Ohio’s best scenic drive. The Hocking Hills roadways aren’t just a treasure known to the locals and visitors from the region, they’re world-renowned and many consider them to be Ohio’s cousin to the “Tail of the Dragon”.

Besides the drive itself, a highlight of the Hocking Hills is the cavernous Ash Cave, which forms a huge open recess in the rock that can be walked in and around.

DAVE SEMKO COMMEMORATIVE HOCKING HILLS CRUISE

GARY OSBORNE COMMEMORATIVE AMISH COUNTRY CRUISE

Friday, June 26, 2020
Guided Cruise

Visit a place in America where the lifestyle is of a people who defy modern conveniences while enjoying the simple pleasures of farm life and country living. You may see the Amish in their horse drawn carriages on the roads.

Amish County is a different part of America where the Amish live according to their Bible beliefs, which means little technology and lots of faith. For many of the Amish people, Pennsylvania Dutch is their first language, rather than English.

This cruise boasts views of natural vistas along winding curves and over rolling hills. In addition, you will be able to enjoy a lunch of Amish Country cooking.

GARY OSBORNE COMMEMORATIVE AMISH COUNTRY CRUISE

FLYIN’ FREDDIE MEMORIAL CRUISE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE USAF

Friday, June 26, 2020
Guided Cruise

Visit the world’s largest military aviation museum boasting more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display - many rare and one-of-a-kind - along with thousands of historical items and powerful exhibits that bring history to life and connect the Wright brothers' legacy with today's stealth and precision technology all with FREE admission and parking.

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, 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.

FLYIN’ FREDDIE MEMORIAL CRUISE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE USAF

Dan Semko Memorial Halderman Museum Barn Cruise

Friday, June 26, 2020
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

WADE CHAMBERLAIN MEMORIAL AUTOCROSS

Friday, June 26, 2020
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

FRANK FORESTIERE MEMORIAL CRUISE/TOUR OF TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER

Friday, June 26, 2020
Guided Cruise

This popular and highly recommended 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.”

FRANK FORESTIERE MEMORIAL CRUISE/TOUR OF TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER

Diane Combs Commemorative Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest

Saturday Evening, June 27, 2020
5:45 pm in the ballroom lobby

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

ED COMBS COMMEMORATIVE PARADE, CRUISE-IN, VENDOR EXHIBITS, CHARITY RIDES and RAFFLE

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday’s events start off with the lineup of the Cobras at the Speedway Truck Stop near the southwest corner of I-70's exit 79. At 9:00 am the Madison County Sheriff’s Department will escort the Cobra parade into London. Once the Cobras have been parked along London’s North Main Street and the opening ceremony is completed, drivers will offer charity rides, until 3:00 pm, for a $10.00 donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

While the Cobras are parked on Main Street, visitors may view the Cobras, speak with the owners and visit the many vendors displaying their products in Gasoline Alley. On hand will be the major manufacturers of "build-it-yourself" component car kits as well as suppliers of “turn key minus” cars that are complete with paint, interior, wheels, and tires less the drivetrain. Also having their products on display will be engine manufacturers, transmission suppliers, and agents for component car insurance, as well suppliers of Cobra and Shelby memorabilia, tee shirts and a Cobra raffle.

South Main Street is also closed off for the londonstrawberryfestival.com which takes place concurrently with the London Cobra Show.

ED COMBS COMMEMORATIVE PARADE, CRUISE-IN, VENDOR EXHIBITS, CHARITY RIDES and RAFFLE ED COMBS COMMEMORATIVE PARADE, CRUISE-IN, VENDOR EXHIBITS, CHARITY RIDES and RAFFLE

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