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December 8, 2022

Cobras Are Loose In Utah!

by Mike –

Utah is not just for skiing! There are some very interesting cars there as well.

Eight historically significant cars from the Larry H. Miller Total Performance Museum at Miller Motorsports Park will be on display at the 2012 Intermountain Concours d’Elegance on September 22, 2012 in Lehi, Utah.

The Intermountain Concours d’Elegance

This event celebrates the beauty and magnificence of rare and historic collector cars and motorbikes. Held on the grounds of the beautiful Gardens of Thanksgiving Point.

Some of the cars on display are described below.

1964 Shelby Cobra CSX-2299 This is one of six specially-built coupes built to compete on European tracks that were longer and faster than American tracks. They were nicknamed “Daytona Coupes” after they made their debut in the 1964 24 Hours of Daytona. This was the second built, and has the best racing record of them all, finishing first in the GT class and fourth overall in its debut race at Le Mans with Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant (handing Ferrari its first defeat in the GT class at Le Mans since the class was established in 1959), and took the same result in the season-ending Tourist Trophy at Goodwood in England with Gurney.

Shelby Daytona Coupe

1966 Ford GT40 Mk II P-1015 One of the most significant Ford GT40s ever, this Mk II finished second in what was arguably the most controversial finish in the history of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. This car, co-driven by Ken Miles and Denis Hulme, was leading in the final hour, with another GT40 (Jacky Ickx/Chris Amon) in second on the same lap. Ford executives called for a “photo finish” and the Ickx/Amon car actually took the checkered flag first, robbing Shelby development driver Miles, who had already won at Daytona and Sebring that year, the chance to be the first man to win the “Big 3” of endurance races (Daytona/Sebring/Le Mans).

1962 Shelby Cobra CSX-2002 This was the third Cobra ever built, and the first built in Carroll Shelby’s shop in Venice, California. It was also the first Cobra ever to race, driven by Billy Krause in the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix at California’s Riverside International Raceway in October 1962.

Shelby Cobra

Read about Shelby Cobra CSX 2001-The First Production Cobra.

See a video of Shelby Cobra CSX 2001.

1967 Ford GT Mk IV J4 The final iteration of the Ford GT, only four J-Car prototypes were built before Mk lV production was finalized. This is the final prototype chassis and the car utilized in testing to determine the final body shape of the Mk lV. It raced only once, in the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring with Mario Andretti and Bruce McLaren. It qualified on pole and won the race, bringing the first victory for a Mk IV.

Ford GT40 Mark 4 Sebring

1963 Shelby Cobra CSX-2128 This was one of two Cobras built for the 1963 12 Hours of Sebring with rack-and-pinion steering. In its original color scheme, it was photographed to appear on the cover of “Hey Little Cobra,” a record album recorded by The Rip Chords. This was the car that caused Larry Miller to fall in love with Cobras. In January 2005, Larry purchased this car after placing highest bid at auction against none other than George Lucas, who had been on the crew when the car was subsequently owned by San Francisco-based Allan Grant and designed the livery used on the car at that time, which was reversed from the original black-with-yellow scheme.

Shelby Cobra Hey Little Cobra

1962 Shelby Cobra CSX-2019 This unrestored Cobra was originally a “PR car” for Shelby, used in promotional pieces and magazine articles. It was painted different colors for different magazine features, to appear as though there were many cars. In the summer of 1963, it was rented to MGM Studios for use in the Elvis Presley movie “Viva Las Vegas” (red Cobra No. 98). In late 1963, it became the “Dragonsnake,” or drag racing-equipped Cobra, with which employees from Shelby’s production-car facility won a national championship.

Shelby Cobra

1964 Shelby Cobra CSX-2488 This Cobra was built as a USRRC team car. It was raced by team drivers Dan Gerber (scion of the Gerber Baby Food family), Bob Johnson and Ed Leslie from 1964-66. It won overall at Mosport (FIA) and Grattan (SCCA) in 1965, and was first in class at Mid-Ohio (USRRC) and second in class at Nassau (FIA). After the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona, it was loaned to Universal Studios for the movie “Redline 7000”. Gerber bought the car himself in 2000.

1965 Shelby Mustang GT-350R SFM5R535 The most desirable of the 1965 Shelby GT350 Mustangs are the racing versions designated ‘R’ and there were only 36 of these GT-350Rs built. This car is number 35 of the 36.

I love Shelby Cobras, Shelby Cobra Daytonas and Shelby GT350 Mustangs. I may just have to go to this event!

All photos by Miller Motorsports Park/Jeremy Henrie

Shelby Cobra Daytona Poster

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