Serb doesn’t advertise and doesn’t
need to. He has a waiting list and his
crew specializes in repairing crunched
Cobras as well as full restorations. His
upstairs contains rows of shelves con-
taining Cobra parts of every descrip-
tion which he prefers to use on
original Cobras. Continuations and
replicas have to look elsewhere. Don’t
even ask. One thing that crossed our
mind was that with all of the former
Shelby fabricators and mechanics on
site he could have put them all to work
and quickly eliminated some of his
Everyone was shuttled back to the
hotel and then to the Cobra Experi-
ence for the Saturday evening dinner.
The vans took everyone back to the
hotel and then out to the airport the
following morning. It was a perfect
weekend where 65 of these legends
mingled, slapped backs and traded
stories about the good old days. Almost
everyone agreed that it was hard to
imagine a future reunion attracting
more participants. As these guys con-
tinue to get older, traveling gets in-
creasingly more difficult. Everyone
who was there realized that they owed
Drew Serb, the Cobra Experience
staff, Bob Shaw, Bernie Kretzschmar
and all of the event’s sponsors a heart-
felt thanks for making the reunion a
reality. After the group picture, we
were waiting for them to hoist some-
one on their shoulders and parade him
around the room, singing “For He’s A
Jolly Good Fellow.” But because they
were in their 70s and 80s, the only one
they could probably manage was Bob
Shaw who squirmed out of reach be-
fore anyone was able to grab him.
The SHELBY AMERICAN
May we remember those no longer with us.
Their memories live on through the life of the cars.
Bob “Tweety” Aldridge
Charles Beidler, Jr.
John M. Chun
John M. Collins
Alan “Al” Dowd
Harold “Sonny” Fee
Ray A, Geddes
Fred L. Goodell
William “Bill” Jean, Sr.
Fred L. Larsen
Jim “Big Jim” McLean
John “Jean” Stucki
Ellis W. Taylor
Dr. Dick Thompson
Merle D. Van Steenwyk
Robert “Bob” Wyatt, Sr.
Kopec was able to provide a fitting tribute to Bob Shaw who, until he was asked to come
to the podium, was totally unaware that he was being honored for taking the lead in
establishing and running the Shelby American alumni group.
Drew Serb opened the festivities by wel-
comed everyone and thanking them for at-
tending. The event’s success was a tribute
to his hard work and foresight.
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