The SHELBY AMERICAN
Winter 2016 21
magazine is a niche publication dedicated to memories of a simpler
time. They describe themselves by inviting people to “
Take a trip down memory
lane as readers share heartwarming stories and photos from the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s
” Doug Cresanta of Haskell, New Jersey wasn’t expecting to find a ‘66
GT350 in the August/September 2015 issue but that’s the way this stuff works.
When you least expect it, things jump out at you. We’ve enlarged the page so
you can read it for yourself, and figure where the ‘66 Shelbys fits in.
We’re sure there’s some kind of synergy going on here that we can’t explain.
Kenzie Smith’s grandma took her to the amusement park. Nothing special,
there, right? But when Kenzie was released to run to get in a car, she went
straight, like an arrow, to the blue car with “Cobra” on the side. Coincidence,
you say? Then explain this: Kenzie’s grandmother is Colleen Kopec’s niece.
There is some connection there, looming just below the surface.
Apparently it’s taken Cobras reaching
the $1M mark to drag the Sunbeam
Tiger into the spotlight as a Cobra al-
ternative. It’s only been–what–fifty
years? The January 2016 issue of
carries an exten-
sive article on Tigers. It compares MK
I and a MK II models and includes a
little Tiger history, how to differentiate
between the two models and driving
impressions with sidebars on vintage
racing, Tiger values and telling fake
cars from real ones. All in all, it’s a
complete and well done article. If it
can be said that the Tiger suffers from
anything, it has to be the continual
comparison with the Cobra, in which
it will fall short in every category you
can come up with. That’s hardly fair
because while the cars share some
basic similarities, they really are ap-
ples and oranges.