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Spring 2016 41

One of the typical pranks the Cobra team was famous for took place at Laguna Seca

when team jackets were presented to the three Cobra drivers, Ken Miles, Ed Leslie and

Bob Johnson. On the back they said, “Old Folks Racing Team” to point out that the

Cobra drivers were older than the other Cobra team members; they were all in their

mid-40s. The names on the jackets’ front were “Brittle Bones Miles,” “Grand Pop Leslie”

and “Over The Hill Johnson.” The two photos at the left were taken by Shelby photog-

rapher Dave Friedman.

(CSX2431, driven by Ken Miles, 1st

O/A in the manufacturers race) were

on Shelby American’s race transporter

with CSX3012 (#1 driven by Lothar

Motschebacher who finished 7th Over-

All in the USRRC feature race). Also

on the transporter was a new Ford

GT40 Spyder (GT/108), one of four; it

was used for exhibition and demon-

strations but was not raced.

We’ve seen factory black-and-

white photos from this event but see-

ing them in color adds another

dimension. This is the first time they

have been published in fifty years.