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Just when you thought it was safe

to assume that 2015 would be the year

of the GT350, along comes Charles

Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and

Kinrara. Lord March, a British aristo-

crat, is the founder of the Goodwood

Festival of Speed and the Goodwood

Revival. He is also President of the

British Automobile Racing Club, hon-

orary member of the British Racing

Drivers Club and, some would say, the

Patron Saint of British Vintage Rac-

ing. For this year’s Revival he invited

all six of the original Cobra Daytona

Coupes – and thereby sucked all of the

oxygen out of the vintage racing world.

Every year at Goodwood, Lord

March and the other event organizers

find a way to make headlines by at-

tracting some of the most iconic cars

in automotive racing history. All six

Cobra Daytona Coupes, together for

the first time ever, would be quite a

feat for this year’s event. It would com-

memorate the 50th Anniversary of

Shelby American’s Cobra winning the

World Manufacturers Championship.

No sooner was it announced that all

six Coupes would be together than

doubts it would happen were being

whispered. Five of the cars were on

board, their owners ponying up their

individual transportation costs. The

lone holdout was Dr. Fred Simeone,

and after some serious back-and-forth

phone calls between England and

Philadelphia he relented. There

would, after all, be six original Day-

tona Coupes at the Goodwood Revival.


Fall 2015 77

Nigel Harniman photos.

– Rick Kopec