The SHELBY AMERICAN
Spring 2016 75
Lest anyone think that clobbering a hay bale is about as damag-
ing as hitting a huge cotton ball, examine Exhibit “A.” If you’re
going fast enough, even a plastic cone can do some damage.
Ever since Cobra replicas have become plentiful, some of their
owners have been desirous of competing in vintage races. The
sanctioning bodies, however, mindful of opening a Pandora’s Box
for all manner of cars from exact duplicates to crude junkyard
specials, have resisted. Until recently. As starting grids dimin-
ished some have begun allowing replicas. The thinking is that a
few Cobra-looking vehicles in the mix is better than none as far
as spectators are concerned. The unintended consequence will
likely be that fewer owners of original Cobras will be willing to
put their cars at risk racing against replicas. Wait and see.