More than 160 Cobras will slither into London on June 26

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After a year off, the London Cobra Show returns to North High Street on June 26 during the London Strawberry Festival. More than 160 cars will roar into town at 9 a.m. and stick around until 3 p.m.

(Posted June 14, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Get ready for more than 160 Cobras to slither into London on June 26. Rather than hiss, these Cobras rumble and roar.

After a year away due to COVID-19, the Ohio Cobra Club will return to London on June 26 for its annual show. The event, which takes place in conjunction with the London Strawberry Festival, attracts Shelby Cobra car enthusiasts from around the country.

“We’re glad to be back. We look forward to a successful show,” said Pam Beck, club vice president.

Show participants will make a grand entrance with a Cobra parade. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will escort the group for 10 miles from the Speedway Truck Stop near the southwest corner of I-70’s Exit 79 to the show grounds on North Main Street in front of the county courthouse. The cars will arrive shortly after 9 a.m. and stay until approximately 3 p.m.

The show features 1960s-era Shelby Cobra Roadster, Daytona Coupe, and Ford GT40 replicas and originals. Several car-related vendors will be on site in what the club calls Gasoline Alley.

Besides the chance to get up-close looks at beautiful, powerful cars, visitors have the opportunity to go for a ride in one. Charity rides are $10 each with all proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Ride hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Since its founding in 2001, the club has donated $1.7 million to CFF which raises awareness and funding for research to fight cystic fibrosis, an uncurable disease that makes it difficult to breathe.

The Ohio Cobra Club is raffling off a Hurricane Motorsports 427 Roadster Cobra replica. Tickets can be purchased online or at the London Cobra Show. The drawing is set for 9:30 p.m. June 26.

The club raises money for the cause through the charity rides, t-shirt sales, and a car raffle. Typically, the raffle brings in $90,000 to $120,000 each year. Last year, thanks to widespread publicity by the car manufacturer, the raffle raised a whopping $267,000, all through online ticket sales.

This year’s raffle car is a Hurricane Motorsports 427 Roadster Cobra replica. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the London show or at ohiocobraclub.com. The club has already sold more than 6,000 tickets. The drawing will be held at 9:30 p.m. June 26 during the club’s evening activities.

In addition to donating money to CFF, the Ohio Cobra Club shows its appreciation to the city of London and Madison County by making donations to several local first responder groups. This year, those check presentations will take place at 9:40 a.m. on show day.

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