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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

the trophy.

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.