The SHELBY AMERICAN
Winter 2016 22
Master Eagle Eyes Continue to Thrash it Out
Ok, this thing has lasted far
longer than we ever expected. It all
started when we began getting mul-
tiple eagle eye sightings from Ken
Young in Wisconsin and Jim
Hutchinson in Massachusetts for
each issue.We wondered, aloud, if it
might just be a coincidence, or if it
wasn’t, how long they could keep it
up. Then, before we knew it we
started getting multiple sightings
from Ted Warren from Louisiana.
We got the feeling that as War-
ren waded into the fray, it might be
the eagle eye equivalent of the red-
neck boast, “
Hey, ya’ll–watch this...
In real life, that kind of swagger,
usually fueled by a steady stream of
alcohol, is followed by either an ex-
plosion, a barrel-roll or a belly flop.
Warren’s eagle eye sightings were
surprisingly unique, homespun and
it seemed like they were finding
him and not the other way around.
Then we got a large batch from
Bob Barranger of New Jersey. We
challenged him to maintain his
level of participation and were
somewhat surprised when he did.
Like a horse race, some seemed to
step it out while others fell back. Po-
sitions changed continuously. And
once in a while we get a few sight-
ings from dark horses who look like
they might have what it takes but
fade in the stretch. Where will it
end? We have no idea. We just sit
back and watch the race.
Young spotted the GT350 in this ad for the Carcoon. Essentially a plastic
box you park the car in and through the use of a fan. keeps the air circulat-
ing. There are several different models, priced between $945 and $1,195.
Not including fan and carbon filter. Did Young buy one? With all the street
rods he owns, his garage would look like the set of a science fiction movie.
In Seattle, visit-
ing his daugh-
ter on the
ren was be-
moaning that he
hadn’t seen any-
thing Cobra-related, not even in Victo-
ria, British Columbia. Then, while
eating lunch in Dave’s Diner which
was filled with auto memorabilia, he
spotted this poster for Elvis, movie
“Viva Las Vegas.” He thought he spied
a Cobra, way down in the corner and
had to get down on one knee to photo-
graph it, causing the waitress to won-
der about his sanity. No question
there–it is long gone.
Jim Hutchinson was walking past
this hand-lettered sign advertising
the Boston Aquarium’s Exploration
Center.What caught his eye was the
line, “Ask about our new Cobra
Fish!” We’ll admit that a new one on
us. There probably is such a thing as
a cobra fish but we’ve never heard
of it. We have long maintained that
there is one of everything in this
club, so we’ll sit back and wait for an
ichthyologist to enlighten us.
With all of the automobile auctions
going on all over the country during
the entire year, the competition for
getting people’s attention is fierce.
Every auction has one or more
headliner cars that are expected to
set sales records. Ken Young was
quick to spot this clever double-
header: a comp Cobra and a comp
Corvette came up at the RM-
Sotheby’s in Ft. Worth, Texas.
CSX2011 changed hands for
$1,980K. The ‘62 Gulf Oil-spon-
sored ‘Vette went for $1,650K.
Those are powerful figures.