The SHELBY AMERICAN
260 Fall 2015
There is probably no bigger fan of the 1960s rockers Paul Revere and the Raiders than George Watters of Cambria,
California. So when he saw this You Tube video of an unaired promo for a Dick Clark television show titled, “Where
The Action Is,” the first thing he did was send the URL to the second biggest Paul Revere fan, Howard Pardee. They
both watched the video and spotted the small block Cobra and Sunbeam Tiger early in the show. Then, near the end
when the credits were rolling, both cars made another appearance. And how about the guy jumping into the Cobra,
holding the windshield and hopping onto the passenger seat? The last time we saw that happen was at SAAC-2 when
someone offered Pardee a ride in their Cobra and he was so excited he could not control himself.
Don Johnston of Honolulu, Hawaii
saw the blue 427 Cobra fender in an
ad for Visa card. It spurred him into
action, not because of seeing the Cobra
but at the thought of earning 30¢.
Known locally as something of a skin-
flint (he prefers to describe himself as
a “thriftoholic”), Johnston often parks
his car as far away from the gas pump
as the hose will reach, stretching it so
he can drain out every drop of gas
after he has shut it off. In larger sta-
tions, with a dozen or more pumps, he
often visits them after hours with a small container and stretches each hose out to collect the gasoline left inside it. On
a good night says he is able to milk them for as much as a half pint.