50 Years of the Shelby Cobra Commemorated at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

By Cole Q.

Road & Track magazine captured a series of time-lapsed photos to create this video of what may be the largest gathering of original Cobra cars in one place. Led by the first Cobra (CSX2001) ever built, the cars were positioned one-by-one on the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca . Forty-six cars in total. Equally impressive is that almost all of them competed in a race honoring of the late Carroll Shelby on August 18, 2012 as part of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion!

“It is a thrill to see such an outpouring level of support from Cobra owners who are going to share their prized Shelby Cobras,” explained Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “There will be plenty of opportunities for them to participate in the activities, even if they are not competing on the track.


Among the group – and at the rear of the group photo – is car number 96, owned and driven by Jim Farley, Group Vice President of Global Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford.

Edsel Ford II, Member of the Board of Directors, Ford Motor Company, was at the event and road in the first production Cobra, (CSX2001) during a parade of 169 Cobra cars prior to the race.


This salute to Mr. Shelby and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cobra took place during the four-day event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The event draws hundreds of vintage cars and thousands of car lovers annually to the Monterey Peninsula. It’s also lets automobile enthusiasts enjoy the vintage cars racing wheel-to-wheel in 17 period-appropriate classes, starting with pre-1940 Sports and Racing Cars and representing nearly every era of motorsports history through to 1990 Stock Cars. You can learn more at mazdaraceway.com .

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