The finest collection of significant and authentic racing AC Cobras ever assembled in the UK will gather at next year’s Goodwood Revival (14-16 September 2012) for an exceptional one-model race.
It’s always difficult to tell a real one from a replica Cobra or a continuation edition (unless you’re a bit of a connoisseur / anorak), but don’t worry: the organisers of the Revival will have done the hard work for you!
To mark the 50th anniversary since Carroll Shelby’s introduction of the initial versions of this cult Anglo-American sports car, the 2012 Revival will feature a grid exclusively made up of 30 Cobras and their derivatives. This special all-Cobra race will be a 45-minute two-driver competition, with driver changes in the pits between 15 and 30 minutes.
It is expected that this one-off race will feature an extraordinary mix of historically-significant competition Cobras, including some of the special-bodied aerodynamic Cobra-based coupés. Goodwood (and I!) also hope that Carroll Shelby will be able to attend the 2012 Revival in person as well, although this has yet to be confirmed.
The race promises to make for an intriguing spectacle and a fitting tribute to one of the world’s most revered, and copied, sports cars.
The Cobra has a long association with Goodwood and an exceptional line-up of top drivers is expected to campaign the Cobras. (Please don’t bend any of them!).
Tickets and further information for the 2012 Goodwood Revival, plus Festival of Speed and Moving Motor Show, can be ordered on the Goodwood website (www.goodwood.com/motor sport/).