The annual London Cobra Show was held this year on June 24-25 in London, Ohio. Close to 200 Cobra replicas and handful of Daytona Coupe replicas showed up to enjoy perfect weather for cruising, autocrossing, and road racing.
Factory Five Racing’s Dave Smith was accompanied by his daughter Jenny to attend the Saturday car show and Saturday night awards dinner. This year’s raffle car was a Factory Five Mk4 Roadster 20th Anniversary model, serial #001.
The Factory Five big rig ended a three-week road trip fresh off the Hot Rod Power Tour to land in London for the show.
The Saturday daytime car show begins with a massive parade from 10-miles out where 200 or so Cobra replicas invade the small mid-western town of London, OH. After the cars arrive in town, they fill up Main Street accompanied by vendors and manufacturers. At midday, customers can get 1/8 mile drag race rides for charity held safely under the supervision of the London Police Department complete with the Police Department and safety workers. Over 360 people participated in the charity drag race rides.
Thanks to customers Ron Everitt, Henry Renaud, Garry Bopp, and John Takvorian for helping work in the Factory Five booth.
The staging for the Saturday morning car parade begins out by Highway 70, about 10 miles from downtown London.
Dave Smith daughter Jenny accompanied him on the parade.
Factory Five customer Karen Salvaggio worked the flags at the drag races, and Factory Five customer Henry Renaud borrowed Dave Smith’s silver-and-yellow Mk4 to give charity rides.
George Daulton of the Ohio Cobra Club worked tirelessly throughout the weekend despite having just had shoulder surgery.
Jenny (center) helped draw the winning ticket for this year’s give-a-way car.
Members of the Ohio Cobra Club presented the Ohio chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with a check for $125,000!