The SHELBY AMERICAN
Summer 2016 25
Craig Conley spotted the Cobra t-
shirt in a photo in the March 26 issue
The Wall Street Journal.
It was fea-
tured in a review of the book, “Small
Town Talk,” about the infusion of
singers and musicians into the small,
out of the way, upstate New York town
of Woodstock which became something
of an artists colony in the 1960s that
painters, dancers and craftspeople.
This picture, taken in 1964, shows
then resident Bob Dylan astride his
Triumph 650 Bonneville. He preferred
the small town because it provided
some measure of anonymity to the
reclusive songwriter who became one
of the music icons of that period. He
was forced to move away when rabid
fans discovered where he lived and
would not leave him alone. He came
home one day to find some of them
prowling around in his bedroom.
The town’s name really has noth-
ing to do with the legendary Wood-
stock music festival which drew some
400,000 counterculture freaks, kooks and wackos in 1969. That event was held was held on a farm in Bethel, New York,
some fifty miles away, after an application for a permit was rejected by the town of Woodstock. A few thousand attendees
had originally been expected when the concert was first announced, and despite a location change, the name “Wood-
stock” stuck. It was part of the fabled “summer of peace and love” which was something of a protest against parental
authority, military intervention in Vietnam and responsibility in general. What it turned out to be was a celebration of
sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll in the mud with no adult supervision. Dylan was slated to perform there but decided to pass.
Steve Sloan of Pasadena, Texas en-
tered 6S087 in a local car show spon-
sored by Pasadena Police Department
. His car won First Place and Best
Overall Engine. Imagine his surprise
when he saw the Cobra roadster on
Rod Hengst of Mertztown, Pennsylva-
nia purchased a Wooster extendable
paint pole. He reports that painting
with a GT convertible is neither faster
not any more fun.
Hengst also spotted a Foot Chris Craft
Cobra mahogany runabout in a copy of
Hagerty’s magazine. They were made
in 1955 and according to Hagerty’s
price guide, the values range from
$50K for “good” condition to $189K for
one that has been professionally re-
stored. Only 55 were made.
Just because this happened in 1973, it
is no less painful. J.D. Kaltenbach of
Akron, Ohio submitted this photo from
something called “Mustang Week,” a
source we are not familiar with.