2013 “Year of the Snake.” It’s playing out more like “Year of the Flake.” Despite having multiple Mustang Cobra and Dodge Viper owners respond interested in being interviewed for this project, none have actually followed through. Fortunately, people like Jake Scholz (GBXM #2) and Patrick Wyman (GBXM #3) fully step up to the plate and share their stories with us. Ask any gearhead to list three cars named after snakes and I guarantee you one of those three – if not the first – mentioned will be the Shelby Cobra.
The stuff of legends, Carroll Shelby’s Cobras were so ground-breakingly innovative, their place in the pantheon of all-time greatest cars is everlasting. Our collective respect and admiration for these weapons grade roadsters has a potentially limiting side effect, however. We tend to think less of replicas.
IT’S KINDA LIKE JAMES BOND
Those who know the Bond franchise know Sean Connery is the definitive 007. Like the original Cobra, many were unsure of Connery’s ability to do the job. Even Ian Fleming, creator of the Bond novels, doubted Connery in the beginning. But it wasn’t long before Fleming began adapting his stories to better suit the actor who would go on to become a cultural icon.
In recent years, some Bond purists have spoken out against Daniel Craig being the new Bond. Did you notice he’s blonde? Like Sean Connery, the original Shelby Cobra set the standard against which all others are measured. It will always be the best, but if I might be a little controversial, just as Daniel Craig brings a modern edginess to the role, resulting in a better Bond, I think these modern Replicas stand to be better than the original Cobra.
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
- getting started with a kit car build
- overcoming obstacles along the way (other than money)
- the first thing you need to figure out when you start building a Cobra
- the real vs replica debate (and why it’s stupid)
- good sources of information on these cars
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