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POMONA, Calif. (December, 2011)Not one but two King Cobras to be featured at the Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion scheduled for Pomona, April 19-21, 2012.


“Getting two King Cobras to a single event is very exciting.” Said Lynn Park, guest curator of the 50th Anniversary Cobra exhibit scheduled to open April 20 at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Pomona, Calif., in conjunction with the Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion. “The King Cobras, of which there were only eight, were a short but exciting chapter in the Cobra story.”


Owners Bill and Evelyn Hartman and Donn Vickery will bring the two King Cobras to the Reunion. Hartman’s car was driven to victory by the late Dave MacDonald at the 1963 LA Times Grand Prix at Riverside and at the ’63 Monterey Pacific Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. Donn’s car, (chassis # CM 6/64) was driven to victory by Parnelli Jones in the LA Times Grand Prix at Riverside in October ’64.


“We’re extremely excited about the addition of these two significant King Cobras to the Reunion,” commented Parks Museum director Tony Thacker. “This is going to be an exciting event with more Cobras coming out of the wood work than you can shake a stick at.”

Scheduled for April 19-21, the Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion is a 3-day fun fest for all Cobras, Ford and Ford-powered vehicles, including GT40s and GTs as well as all Shelby vehicles.

The list of activities is still being developed but will include:

·        3 Days of Open Track on the historic Pomona Road Race Course (1956-’63) organized by Mid America Ford Team Shelby.  

·        A new exhibit honoring the Cobra’s 50th birthday. Lynn Park, curator.        

·        A banquet honoring Carroll Shelby.

·        Show ’N Shine organized by Team Shelby Pacific Coast Region.

·        Vendor’s midway, poker run, etc.

Proceeds to benefit the Parks Museum and the Carroll Shelby Foundation.

For more information call: 714.771.4499


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Founded in 1998 and named for the founder of the National Hot Rod Association, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by Automobile Club of Southern California houses the very roots of hot rodding. Scores of famous vehicles spanning American motorsports history are on display, including winning cars representing 50 years of drag racing, dry lakes and salt-flat racers, oval track challengers and exhibits describing their colorful backgrounds.

                The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., PST. Current NHRA members are admitted free and Auto Club members enjoy a $2 discount. Admission for non-members is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 60 and older, $6 for juniors six through 15, and free for children under the age of five. The Museum is also available for special group tours.

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona. For further information on special exhibits, museum events or directions, call 909/622-2133 or visit



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