My new favorite thing in the world: Snake gathering in California

Look at all those beautiful creatures. Story and photos via NYTimes.com:

In February 1962, Carroll Shelby set out to beat the Chevrolet Corvette by inserting a Ford V-8 engine into a lithe A.C. Ace roadster from England. Born humbly in the speed shop of Dean Moon near Los Angeles, the resulting Shelby Cobra would achieve nobility. And the road-going production version, built on Princeton Avenue in Los Angeles’s Venice neighborhood, sold well for a specialty model, a less punitively priced alternative to the Ferrari.

To mark the 50th birthday of the Cobra, a potent concoction of horsepower and star power was convened last Saturday under the name the Ford Cobra Shelby Reunion at the Wally Parks N.H.R.A. Motorsports Museum in Pomona, Calif. Displayed outside the museum entrance were dozens of original Cobras, seldom-seen siblings like the open-cockpit King Cobra racing car and recent continuation models produced at Shelby American’s facility in Las Vegas.

In the adjacent parking lot were about 150 cars wearing Shelby nameplates, including an original 1965 Ford Shelby GT350, painted white with twin blue stripes, which ambled away late in the day with roughly the same gait as Clint Eastwood in “Gran Torino.” The slinky Ford GT40 in attendance served as a reminder of Mr. Shelby’s involvement in that bellwether endurance-racing program as well.

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