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UPDATE ON JENNY SMITH

Monday was my daughter Jenny's 19th birthday!

Many of you have been part of her journey and her fight against Cystic Fibrosis.

Jenny is almost done with her first semester at St. Anselm College and will be home for Christmas break. Her new medicine is working well, but unfortunately, she will have to spend a good part of her break in the hospital as her CF has taken a bit of a turn.

Jenny is a strong, independent young woman.

A father cannot be more proud of a daughter!

Happy Birthday, Jenny!!

Dad (Dave Smith)

Pic: Jenny with her adopted dog Westley a.k.a. Crusty Dog

Monday was my daughter Jenny's 19th birthday! Many of you have been part of her journey and her fight against Cystic Fibrosis.

HOW YOUR RAFFLE TICKET PURCHASES ARE HELPING

Seventeen years ago, when four Cobra loving friends held a picnic with some 20 or so of their Cobra loving friends, none of them could envision that it would turn into a full-fledged international annual Cobra Event and that over the following years 14 Cobra replicas would be raffled and $1,228,000.00 would be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 Early on, as the yearly event grew it became necessary to institute a charge sufficient to cover such things as food, entertainment, police escorts, and insurance to cover potential liability. It was decided that if any money was left over, they would donate it to a charity. Once it was mentioned that Dave Smith, owner of Factory Five Racing and a manufacturer of Cobra replicas, had a daughter Jenny suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, CF quickly became the charity of choice.

Cystic Fibrosis is what medical providers call an orphan disease, a disease that affects such a small percentage of the world’s population that pharmaceutical companies do not believe they could ever see a profit after spending the large amount of monies that it takes to develop medicines that fight CF. Currently, there are approximately 30,000 individuals in the United States that suffer from CF

Your past ticket purchases/donations have in part, helped the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation itself fund the development of 2 medicines, KALYDECO and ORKAMBI. KALYDECO benefits approximately 1,300 individuals that suffer from CF, while ORKAMBI helps an additional 8,500 or so. Neither drug is a cure but both dramatically improve the lives of those with CF, allowing for a longer, healthier life. 

The event, now known as the London Cobra Show, takes great pride in the dramatic improvement in the health of all children with cystic fibrosis-like Jenny. She is now doing well and is benefiting from ORKAMBI, a new CF medicine approved by the FDA in 2015. 

ORKAMBI and KALYDECO are both produced by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where Jenny recently toured their facility. Her older sister Nicole made the tour arrangements for her. Nicole having graduated from Babson College this past spring is now working in the finance department at Vertex in Boston, MA.

Jenny graduated this year from Barrington High School in Rhode Island and is attending Saint Anselms College in Manchester, NH where she is a freshman. Jenny spent the past summer working at Factory Five Racing, traveling to Michigan and hiking in Maine with her eagle-scout boyfriend.

CF is a very challenging disease to live with and everyone that has purchased raffle tickets or participated in any of our London Cobra Shows should take personal pride in the dramatic health improvement of those individuals like Jenny that are helped by the CF drugs. It is our hope that your 2018 raffle ticket purchases/donations help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation reach their goal of finding a cure for CF within our lifetime. 


Seventeen years ago, when four Cobra loving friends held a picnic with some 20 or so of their Cobra loving friends, none of them could envision that it would turn into a full-fledged international annual Cobra Event and that over the following years 14 Cobra replicas would be raffled and $1,228,000.00 would be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE UPDATES

The following website updates have been made to our website:

1) Removed the stock photographs furnished by Backdraft Racing and replaced them with photographs of the actual 2018 raffle car. 

2) Added photographs of the actual raffle car’s interior, engine and rear view.

3) Added 2012 and 2013 LCS photographs to the MEDIA section.

4) Added information on the Mid-Ohio track days, autocross, and cruise to the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Vintage Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio.

5) Add your e-mail address to KEEP YOU UP TO DATE on ticket sales, cystic fibrosis, and the London Cobra Show.

6)   Added a place to download and print both a flyer and a poster for the 2018 raffle Car.

To view a short video of the 2018 raffle car, a beautiful Backdraft Racing Cobra replica, go to the following address - https://www.facebook.com/CobraforCF/videos/1104399979696320/

While on our website, don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets as they always make excellent stocking stuffers for Christmas.   


The following website updates have been made to our website:

THANK YOU to everyone that purchased raffle tickets!

THANK YOU to everyone that purchased raffle tickets to our 2018 LCS raffle car, at the recent United Ford Owners SUPERSWAP meet. 

The event, held at the Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH each year, was a huge success as the number of raffle tickets sold was the second best ever for us at this event.  Your support of our efforts to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research is greatly appreciated.

The 2018 raffle car is a beautiful Indigo Blue with White Stripes Backdraft Cobra replica equipped with a Craft Performance Engines 427 c.i. engine.


THANK YOU to everyone that purchased raffle tickets to our 2018 LCS raffle car, at the recent United Ford owners SUPERSWAP meet.

2018 London Cobra Show Raffle Car On Display This Weekend

The 2018 London Cobra Show’s raffle car will be on display at the United Ford Owners annual Fall SUPERSWAP, this Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26th. The SUPERSWAP is spread over three large buildings at the Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH, with our Raffle Car display in the Buckeye Building.

The UFO SUPERSWAP is the largest fall indoor all-Ford swap meet in the United States with nearly 1,000 indoor spaces and car corral. 

Why not stop by and visit our display, purchase a raffle ticket while working off some of those Thanksgiving calories.


The 2018 London Cobra Show’s raffle car will be on display at the United Ford Owners annual Fall SUPERSWAP, this Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26th. The SUPERSWAP is spread over three large buildings at the Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH, with our Raffle Car display in the Buckeye Building.

COBRA GUYS ARE THE SAME THE WORLD OVER

Recently Mr. Nige Taylor, a pilot with NETJETS Transportes Areos, S. A. based in Paço De Arcos, Portugal, had a stopover in Columbus, OH. Nige was able to take time to have lunch and spend an afternoon with several members of the Ohio Cobra Club.  However, due to the cold weather, he was not able to experience a ride in a Cobra powered by a big American V8 engine. 

Nige has been able to fulfill his boyhood dream by building his own Pilgrim Motorsports Cobra replica that is powered by a 3.5 liter Rover engine. Nige lives close to the Pilgrim’s plant in Brighton, West Sussex, England.

Before leaving he purchased a raffle ticket. Those that met with Nige are hoping he will be able to return to EXPERIENCE the POWER of LONDON, Ohio   USA in June of  2018.

Nige and his Cobra are pictured in the photograph to the left. 

The Ohio Cobra Club, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization organizes the London Cobra Show.


Recently Mr. Nige Taylor, a pilot with NETJETS Transportes Areos, S. A. based in Paço De Arcos, Portugal, had a stopover in Columbus, OH. Nige was able to take time to have lunch and spend an afternoon with several members of the Ohio Cobra Club.

Sneak Peek of the actual 2018 Raffle Car at the Kentucky Speedway

A Sneak Peek from the October 7, 2017's photoshoot of the actual 2018 Raffle Car at the Kentucky Speedway, a gorgeous Backdraft. From left, Roy Edgar, Dave Beck and George Daulton. 

Additional photographs will be added to the website soon.

Photography by Juan Lopez-Bonilla


A Sneak Peek from the October 7, 2017's photoshoot of the actual 2018 Raffle Car at the Kentucky Speedway, a gorgeous Backdraft. From left, Roy Edgar, Dave Beck and George Daulton.

2018 RAFFLE CAR 427 C. I. ENGINE

The engine for the 2018 raffle car was build and donated – free of charge – by Craft Performance Engines, Arkadelphia, AR 71023.

It is a small block Ford type, 427 cubic inch, Craft Performance engine with a Dart iron block, and a forged rotating assembly. It is equipped with a hydraulic roller cam and lifters, 10:1 compression ratio Craft Aluminum heads, Edelbrock Dual Plane Intake and a Quick Fuel Carburetor.

This engine was engine dyno tested and is rated at 510 horsepower and 555-pound-feet torque and comes with a 2 year or 24,000 mile warranty from Craft Performance Engines.

This is a very unique “one of a kind” engine, as it has both Craft Performance Engines and the Ohio Cobra Club logos engraved on the valve covers and air cleaner.

The engine for the 2018 raffle car was build and donated – free of charge – by Craft Performance Engines, Arkadelphia, AR 71023.

FOUR WEBSITE UPDATES

Four updates have been made to our 2018 London Cobra Show website and they are as follows.

1. Mr. Dave Friedman will be our featured speaker at our 2018 LCS Saturday evening dinner. You will find his bios under THE SHOW tab of our website.  

2. The photograph above is a picture of the interior of the Backdraft RT3 Cobra.

3. The MEDIA Video Section of the website has been updated with several past London Cobra Show videos as well as one of Bill Cosby describing to Jay Leno what it was like to drive one of the two Super Snake Cobras ever manufactured. 

4. The MEDIA Photograph Section has been changed and now shows photographs from 2017, 2016 and 2015 London Cobra Shows as well as a few photographs from both Double Venom Spring Flings III and IV. 

REMEMBER - you cannot win the beautiful Backdraft RT3 Cobra is you don’t purchase your raffle tickets. 


Four updates have been made to our 2018 London Cobra Show website and they are as follows.

2017 LCS RAFFLE CAR DELIVERED

The winner of the London Cobra Shows raffle car was Mrs. Jackie S., of Montgomery, OH. Jackie took delivery of her Cobra on Sunday, July 9th. Jackie said that she had purchased a single ticket, with never a thought that she might win, just thinking she was helping a worthwhile charity. The happy Jackie is shown with her Cobra in the photograph.

 

Jackie’s husband, son and grandson were also very happy with her having the winning ticket. In fact, her grandson could not wait for his grandmother to take the first ride, as he rode in the Cobra as it was being backed out of the trailer.

 

This year, as a result of the raffle, we were able to donate $100,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As with past donations, this year's donation was designated for research into developing new medicines for CF.

 

Over the past several years, the LCS Cobra raffle has allowed donations of $1,228,000 to CF. 

The winner of the London Cobra Shows raffle car was Mrs. Jackie S., of Montgomery, OH. Jackie took delivery of her Cobra on Sunday, July 9th. She said that she had purchased a single ticket, with never a thought that she might win, just thinking she was helping a worthwhile charity.

Thanks to the following supporters: