(Posted Oct. 10, 2014)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
London is good to the Ohio Cobra Club and, in turn, the club is good to the city.
Each June, the Cobra car enthusiasts hold their annual show in conjunction with the London Strawberry Festival. The show attracts hundreds of car enthusiasts from throughout the United States, as well as local visitors interested in an up-close look at the curvy, fast vehicles.
Each fall, the club presents donations to the city and county in appreciation for accommodating the show. At the Oct. 2 London city council meeting, George Daulton, club president, presented $1,000 to the London Police Department, $500 to the London Fire Department, $500 to the EMS, and $500 to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Daulton said the show is very well liked in Cobra circles.
“Everybody wants to come to London,” he said, noting that this year’s show attracted car owners from as far away as Texas and California.
The Saturday of the Strawberry Festival, the Cobras parade into town via Main Street and park in the shadow of the Madison County Courthouse for the day. Club members show off their cars, take festival visitors for burnout rides down Main Street for donations, and sell merchandise and raffle tickets for a Cobra kit car. All of the proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“This year, we gave 540 rides at $10 each, and we sold 1,100 raffle tickets (in London),” Daulton said.
In the past 12 years, the Ohio Cobra Club has raised over $900,000 for the cause, making it the largest single donor to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“The raffle car is already built for next year, and we’re already selling tickets,” Daulton said.
Go to http://ohiocobraclub.com for more information.
The 2015 London Strawberry Festival is slated for June 25-27. The Cobra show will take place on June 27.