Cobra Show

The London Cobra Show – June 21, 22 and 23, 2018

GUEST SPEAKERS

NOTE: Information on additional speakers will be added as soon as we have finalized details.

Dave Friedman

Mr. Dave Friedman

Automotive and Film Photographer
Automotive Journalist

Mr. Friedman’s Saturday evening talk will offer fascinating first-hand, behind the scenes accounts of Shelby, Shelby-American's factory personnel, racing drivers and crew members. After leaving the U.S. Navy, Friedman began attending and photographing local amateur sports car races around his native Los Angeles, at these races, Friedman met several young racing drivers, including Carroll Shelby.

In 1963, Shelby hired Friedman to be the official team photographer for the Shelby American organization. This position offered Friedman the opportunity to accompany the Shelby American team to races around the world. Friedman photographed Shelby's Cobras at three of the biggest endurance races in sports car racing: the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans and at various other tracks around the United States, as well.

Friedman with camera in hand was able to document, in great detail, the entire development and production of Carroll Shelby's legendary Cobras. His historic photographs featuring Shelby's 260, 289 and 427 Cobras, King Cobra and Cobra Daytona coupe covers one of the most exciting periods in all of racing history. Friedman's photographs also captured the final development of the first American-designed and built race cars that dominated the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans race between 1966 and 1969.

Friedman also worked at 20th Century Fox as an assistant cameraman and later became a still photographer for film productions, where he continued to capture iconic images of American cinema and television. He worked on Steve McQueen’s last two motion pictures, Tom Horn and The Hunter as well as other such Hollywood classics as The Sound of Music, Grease and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In recognition of his professional accomplishments, Friedman is the only still photographer elected to the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to his automotive and film photography Friedman has written over 30 books on automobile racing, covering a variety of classes including sports car road racing, Formula 1, Can-Am, Trans-Am, drag racing and stock cars. In addition, he has contributed photography to dozens more.

On Saturday evening, Friedman will also be offering for sale signed copies of one of his recent books

Mr. Friedman’s photograph by Skye Schmidt

SHOW SCHEDULE

The show schedule will be updated soon. Please check back often.

SHOW HISTORY

What began as the Double Venom Spring Fling and later became the London Cobra Show had its beginning shortly before Christmas of 1999. It all began when four Cobra loving friends, Gary Osborne, brothers Dan and Dave Semko, got together with Ed Combs, at Ed's house near London, Ohio. The reason for the meeting was for a pre-holiday celebration. At the time, Ed's wife just happened to serve the group some of her chocolate chip cookies. Later, Dan would state on the Club Cobra forum that - “Ed's wife made the best chocolate chip cookies in the world.” As you can imagine, that comment led others on Club Cobra to say that their wife was the best cook. 

Eventually, the comments on Club Cobra led to a suggestion for a Cobra family picnic during the spring of 2000. It was decided that the picnic would allow everyone the opportunity for a cook-off, to see who actually did cook the best tasting food. From that small picnic of 20 or so people, it became a full-fledged international Cobra Event called the Double Venom Spring Fling or simple DVSF in 2001. The name came about, due to the fact that Ed Combs owned a Viper V-10-powered Cobra.

As the event was becoming much larger than they had anticipated, the expenses would be more than the four friends wanted to cover by themselves. These expenses were for such things as food, entertainment, police escorts, and insurance to cover potential liability. The question the four friends asked themselves was how much should they charge. As they did not intend to make money from hosting DVSF, they settled on an amount sufficiently large to cover the expected expenses.

As the number of attendees continued to increase, the expected income was likely going to surpass the actual events cost. So the friends decided that if any money was left over, they would donate it to some charity so no one could accuse them of making anything off the show. Next, they needed to decide on the proper charity. After much discussion, one of them happened to mention that Jenny Smith, the daughter of Dave Smith, owner of Factory Five Racing, had Cystic Fibrosis. So CF became the charity of choice.

The first DVSF had approximated 300 Cobras in attendance with almost 400 Cobras for DVSF II, with 300 plus for each of DVSF III and DVSF IV. The show is still said to be the largest gathering of Cobras in the world and is considered to be the “Crown Jewell” of Cobra events.

Prior to DVSF IV, Ed's daughter became gravely ill, which weighed heavily on him. Unfortunately, between his daughter's health issues and with the event now being so large, the friends decided to end their efforts with DVSF. It was at this time the Ohio Cobra Club, a 501(3)(c) non-profit and tax exempt organization, took the event over and it became the London Cobra Show in 2005. Since the beginning, the venues have remained essentially the same and Cystic Fibrosis has remained the club's charity of choice.

The London Cobra Show, gives homage to both England and Carroll Shelby. London, for England which was the home of AC Cars, builder of the car chassis and body and Cobra for Mr. Shelby, as he combined a Ford V8 engine with the AC Cars chassis and body to give us the Shelby Cobra, that we all have come to love.

It is great pleasure to be able to say that over the years, many great friends have been made, thanks to the show. In addition, the show has allowed donations of $1,228,000 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund research into developing medicines to fight CF.

The Ohio Cobra Club would like to thank everyone that has made a donation or has purchased raffle tickets for helping support the research that is working to find a cure for cystic fibrosis! Please visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website, for additional information about CF.

The Ohio Cobra Club and the London Cobra Show are governed by a Board of Directors that consists of seven non-paid, volunteers. You may contact us at info@ohiocobraclub.com or if you wish to contact a board member directly, please see the contact tab.

Past Winners

2017 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Jackie, S. from Montgomery, Ohio
Superformance Mark III Cobra

2016 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Braden D. from Westlake Ohio
Factory Five Racing Mark IV 20th Anniversary Roadster

2015 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Joe T. from Chadron, Ohio
Superformance 20th Anniversary Roadster

2014 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Mark B. from Galloway, Ohio
Shell Valley Classic Wheels Cobra

2013 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Don W. From Pennsylvania
Hurricane Motorsports 427 Cobra

2012 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

George S. from Medford, Massachusetts
Unique Motorcars 289 Cobra
A Tribute to Allen Grant

2011 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

George “Buddy” B. from London, Ohio
Factory Five Racing 427 Cobra
A Tribute to Dick Smith

2010 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Linda M. from Zanesville, Ohio
Backdraft Racing 427 Cobra

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