Cobra Show

The London Cobra Show – June 25, 26 and 27, 2020

20th Anniversary – DVSF/LCS
Rain or Shine!

GUEST SPEAKERS

Miss Jennifer Smith

Miss Jennifer "Jenny" Smith

CF Fighter

Jenny will be speaking about how she has grown up with cystic fibrosis and how it has affected her life. She is currently a Junior at North Carolina State University at Raleigh, NC, majoring in computer science.

Jenny, the daughter of Dave Smith, owner of Factory Five Racing, suffering from cystic fibrosis is the reason the net proceeds from our DVSF/London Cobra Show’s raffles have always been donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and designated for research.

Mr. Marc Ginsky

Mr. Marc Ginsky

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Marc has been with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for just over two and a half years. He oversees the Foundation’s fundraising efforts as well as its HR, IT, Communications, Legal and Operations functions. Marc has made it a point to visit with every CFF chapter and has met countless membersof the CF community during his tenure. This mission has become very personal for him and it is his privilege to work every day in support of the incredible CF community.

Marc received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and also holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a B.S. in accounting from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He grew up in Syracuse, NY, and now lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife and two daughters.

SHOW SCHEDULE

Please check back later for information on the show schedule as details become finalized.

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020

1:00 pm until 7:00 pm - LCS Registration

Please see the sign in the Marriott’s lobby for directions to the LCS registration room.
If you need to register on-site, please do so here.
If you have preregistered, you may pick up your registration packet here.

1:00 pm until 7:00 pm - Self Guided Cruises

Maps for various cruises that one may take on their own or with other Cobras will be available in the registration room.

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please check back later to see the special event planned as our evening activity.


FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020

7:00 am until 9:00 am - LCS Registration

Please see the sign in the Marriott’s lobby for directions to the LCS registration room.
If you need to register on-site, please do so here.
If you have preregistered, you may pick up your registration packet here.

8:00 am - Begin Guided Cruises

Select from the following cruises that will have staggered starts every 15 minutes:

  • Dave Semko Commemorative Hocking Hills Cruise
  • Gary Osborne Commemorative Amish Country Cruise
  • Flyin’ Freddie Memorial Cruise National Museum of The USAF
  • Dan Semko Memorial Halderman Museum Barn Cruise
  • Wade Chamberlain Memorial Autocross – Extra cost for this event.
  • Frank Forestiere Memorial Cruise/Tour Transportation Research Center

Please check back later as additional cruises will be added as details are finalized.

Please see the EVENTS tab for a description of each these cruises. Cruises will have staggered starting times.

3:00 pm until 7:00 pm- LCS Registration

Please see the sign in the Marriott’s lobby for directions to the LCS registration room.
If you need to register on-site, please do so here.
If you have preregistered, you may pick up your registration packet here.

End of Cruises into the Evening

Leisure Time - Relax while visiting with your extended Cobra family.

4:00 pm until 7:00 pm – Food Trucks and Parking Lot Party

Come hungry! Smokeout BBQ Food Truck will offer Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken and Beef Brisket sandwiches with sides and StreetThyme Food Truck will have available the most scrumptious Burgers, Veggie Sandwich and Fries around. BYOB discreetly.

7:00 pm until Bedtime

After dinner, enjoy spending time in the parking lot with your Cobra friends.


SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020

8:00 am until 8:45 am - LCS Late Registration

You may register onsite at the Speedway Truck Stop, located approximately 15 miles west of the hotels, just southwest of the intersection of I-70 West (Exit 79) and U.S. Route 42 northeast of London, OH.

8:00 am until 9:00 am – Parade Line Up

Line up your Cobra at Speedway Truck Stop for the parade into London.

NOTE: Must be registered for the London Cobra Show in order to participate in the Cobra parade and to display your car on the closed off London streets. Your 2020 LCS window sticker must be on your windshield.

9:00 am

The Ed Combs Commemorative Cobra Parade leaves the Speedway Truck Stop, escorted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, along the approximately 10 mile parade route into London.

9:30 am Approximately

The Cobra Parade arrives down London’s North Main Street.

9:30 am until 3:00 pm

Visit with the vendors that are located along the LCS “Gasoline Alley” on London’s Main Street in front of the Madison County Courthouse.

9:40 am

Opening ceremonies and check presentation to the City of London and Madison County officials at the intersection of London’s North Main Street and Fifth Street.

9:50 am

Attend the drivers meeting for those drivers that are planning on giving charity rides.

10:00 am until 3:00 pm

Charity Rides provided in a Cobra for a $10.00 donation to Cystic Fibrosis.

3:00 pm

Cobras leave London and return to the host hotel.

5:30 pm until 6:00 pm

Happy Time with a cash bar in the Foyer of the ballroom.

Cookie Contest judging.

6:00 pm until 9:30 pm

Grand Gala in the Marriott’s ballroom, socializing with friends, three-course dinner consisting of a salad, entrée and dessert, evening activities, drawing of the winning raffle ticket and phone call to the winner.

NOTE: In addition to the water, coffee, hot and ice tea served with dinner, a cash bar will be available for those that prefer something stronger.

9:30 pm until Bedtime

After dinner spend time visiting with your extended Cobra family.

SHOW HISTORY

The Double Venom Spring Fling (DVSF) had its beginning shortly before Christmas of 1999. DVSF later became the London Cobra Show (LCS). It all began when four Cobra loving friends, Gary Osborne, brothers Dave and the late Dan Semko, got together with Ed Combs, at Ed's house near London, Ohio. The reason for the meeting was for a pre-holiday celebration. At the time, Ed's wife Diana just happened to serve the group some of her chocolate chip cookies. Later, Dan would state on the Club Cobra forum that - “Ed's wife made the best chocolate chip cookies in the world.” As you can imagine, that comment led others on Club Cobra to say that their wife was the best cook. Each year, the LCS features a chocolate cookie contest in honor of Diana Combs and the Chocolate Chip Cookies she baked and served to Dave, Dan, Gary and Ed some 20 years ago.

Eventually, the comments on Club Cobra led to a suggestion for a Cobra family picnic during the spring of 2000. It was decided that the picnic would allow everyone the opportunity for a cook-off, to see who actually did cook the best tasting food. From that small picnic of 20 or so people, it became a full-fledged International Cobra Event in 2001 that the guys called the Double Venom Spring Fling. The name came about, due to the fact that Ed Combs owned a Viper V-10-powered Cobra.

As the event was becoming much larger than they had anticipated, the expenses would be more than the four friends wanted to cover by themselves. These expenses were for such things as food, entertainment, police escorts, and insurance to cover potential liability. The question the four friends asked themselves was how much should they charge. As they did not intend to make money from hosting DVSF, they settled on an amount sufficiently large to cover the expected expenses.

As the number of attendees continued to increase, the expected income was likely going to surpass the actual events cost. So the friends decided that if any money was left over, they would donate it to some charity so no one could accuse them of making anything off the show. Next, they needed to decide on the proper charity. After much discussion, one of them happened to mention that Jenny Smith, the daughter of Dave Smith, owner of Factory Five Racing, had Cystic Fibrosis, so CF became the charity of choice.

The first DVSF had approximated 300 Cobras in attendance with almost 400 Cobras for DVSF II, with 300 plus for each of DVSF III and DVSF IV. The show is still said to be the largest gathering of replica Cobras in the world and is considered to be the “Crown Jewell” of replica Cobra events.

In 2002 a decision was made to raffle a replica Cobra as a way of raising additional money for CF. The group called their fund raising efforts – Team Jenny - in honor of Jenny Smith.

Prior to DVSF IV, Ed's daughter became gravely ill, which weighed heavily on him. Unfortunately, between his daughter's health issues and with the event now being so large, the friends decided to end their efforts with DVSF. It was at this time the Ohio Cobra Club, a 501(3)(c) non-profit and tax exempt organization, took the event over and it became the London Cobra Show in 2005. Since the beginning, the venues have remained essentially the same and Cystic Fibrosis has remained the club's charity of choice.

The London Cobra Show gives homage to both England and Carroll Shelby. London, for England which was the home of AC Cars, builder of the car chassis and body and Cobra for Mr. Shelby, as he combined a Ford V8 engine with the AC Cars chassis and body to give us the Shelby Cobra, that we all have come to love.

It is great pleasure to be able to say that over the years, many great friends have been made, thanks to the show. In addition, the show and raffle has allowed donations of $1,423,000 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund research into developing medicines to fight CF.

The Ohio Cobra Club would like to thank everyone that has made a donation or has purchased raffle tickets for helping support the research that is working to find a cure for cystic fibrosis! Please visit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website, for additional information about CF.

The Ohio Cobra Club and the London Cobra Show are governed by a Board of Directors that consists of seven non-paid, volunteers. You may contact us at info@ohiocobraclub.com or if you wish to contact a board member directly, please see the contact tab.

Past Winners

2019 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Anthony “Tony” M. from New Castle, PA
Factory Five Racing MK IV Roadster

2018 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Larry K. from London, Ohio
Backdraft Racing RT3 Cobra Replica

2017 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Jackie S. from Montgomery, Ohio
Superformance Mark III Cobra

2016 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Braden D. from Westlake Ohio
Factory Five Racing Mark IV 20th Anniversary Roadster

2015 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Joe T. from Chadron, Ohio
Superformance 20th Anniversary Roadster

2014 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Mark B. from Galloway, Ohio
Shell Valley Classic Wheels Cobra

2013 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Don W. from Sunbury, Pennsylvania
Hurricane Motorsports 427 Cobra

2012 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

George S. from Medford, Massachusetts
Unique Motorcars 289 Cobra
A Tribute to Allen Grant

2011 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

George “Buddy” B. from London, Ohio
Factory Five Racing 427 Cobra
A Tribute to Dick Smith

2010 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Linda M. from Zanesville, Ohio
Backdraft Racing 427 Cobra

2009 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Tom R. from Ross, OH
Factory Five Racing Coupe

2008 LONDON COBRA SHOW WINNER

Mike J. from Youngstown, OH
Superformance Cobra

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