Brian Evans 68 Shelby Conv.


    As they finish their eighth year of being open, I think most of the Mustang community knows about The Co-bra Experience in Martinez, CA, a non-profit museum and event center committed to the promotion, conserva-tion, education and preservation of the cars produced by Shelby American. The museum was founded in 2014 and is operated by Drew and Janet Serb and their daughter Emily Lambert, along with a crew of dedi-cated volunteers. As they like to say, “The cars can’t talk, but we can!” Their official tag line is “America’s Place for Cobra and Mustang Fans” They are very down to earth and a wonderful family to share the cars and memorabilia with the general public. The museum is open the third Sunday of every month and if you visit their website at you will see that there are many other events held throughout the year. Now that I’ve earned a beer from Emily for this free plug, on to the car of the month
A new program they have just started is a “Car of the Month” program, where the Museum would like to honor one car each month from their Northern Califor-nia “fan base”, by displaying the car in the museum for a month. The only requirement is that the car must be a Ford (duh!)…and fit on their car lift to get it into the museum! There are several opportunities or levels of participation: “The Riverside”; “The Sebring”; “The Daytona”; and “The Le Mans”…each one with a differ-ent cost (it is a fundraiser for them) and features, bene-fits, levels of “swag” that are described in detail on their website. At a minimum, you get to keep the placard that is displayed next to every car in the museum describing its features, you get a swag bag, and you receive a pic-ture of you with your car in the museum.
Yours truly enthusiastically signed up to participate, and currently I have the honor of displaying my 1968 Shelby in the museum, from last month’s November 20 Public Open Day to the upcoming December 18th Open Day. Remember, the car doesn’t have to be a Shelby, or even a Mustang, to participate! Just has to be a Ford. Gotta a lime green 1973 Pinto wagon with the (rare) plastic simulated wood paneling on the sides (rare be-cause it hasn’t flaked off yet!)? ...let’s see it in the Musuem!
So if you haven’t seen the Museum, or haven’t vis-ited in a while, come on out on Sunday, December 18th, between the hours of 10am to 3pm. The 18 minute promo movie on Carroll Shelby, the history of Shelby American, and the historical significance of what they accomplished on the 1960’s international auto scene, is alone worth the price of the $10 admission!
Congratulations, Brian! What an honor to have your car in such a great venue. Thank you for submitting this Happy News for Car of the Month