The SHELBY AMERICAN
IF WE DIDN’T see IT WE WOULDN’T HAVE BELIEVED IT.
This gives a whole new meaning to putting power on the ground. Don’t ask us to explain how it works be-
cause the concept is way beyond our technical expertise. Besides, exactly what is inside this black box is
a tightly kept a secret. It has something to do with the continuous magnetic force fields created by the
friction of the pistons moving up and down in the cylinders, which are harnessed and directed to the fly-
wheel where the car’s horsepower is quadrupled for brief periods of time – all controlled by an app on an
Apple iPad. It’s still being tested in Silicon Valley, right next to driverless cars. Once it is perfected it appears
that the performance landscape will be changed forever. Look for a couple of specially-equipped Cobras
and Shelbys to be at the convention providing demonstrations. And listen to the whisper in your ear: don’t
buy any stock in automotive aftermarket performance parts companies. Think “buggy whips.”
. Our interview with Cobra Registrar Ned Scudder in
the Fall 2015 issue included the fact that his first Cobra was CSX2306, and that
got SAAC member Ed Maxwell to think about the car when he owned it (prior
to selling it to Scudder). That’s often how these stories are conjured up. You see
something that jogs your memory and before you know it you are seeing the past
very vividly in your mind. The next step is to put your thoughts on paper (or on
the computer screen) and share them with the rest of us.
. Return with us now to the thrilling days of
SAAC-23. It was our third time at this North Carolina “cathedral of speed” and
it was a pleasant convention location because we knew our way around. We
stayed at different hotels, because more had been built since the last visit. The
Charlotte area has more NASCAR teams setting up shops there that you can
shake a stick at. SAAC member Butch Mock invited everyone to visit his place,
the home base for his Remington Arms Taurus race cars.
. We save the car-related cards we receive so we can
share them with you. There is a lot of inventiveness out there, and it’s nice to
see the kinds of cars that members have. That sometimes changes from year to
year. Most interesting was the mystery card, sent anonymously, showing what
we assume was a barn find Cobra. We have no idea who sent it or where it was
sent from, much less where the picture was taken and what the serial number
of the car is (if it, indeed, has one). Maybe it will be unveiled during the new year.