Randy’s Tour De La Cobra
By Dan Wulff
This is the fourth year starting on September 19-21 2013, of the 24-hour cobra runs out of Jacksonville, Florida. Randy Dender and his Deep South Cobra Club member and best friend Ricky Harper started this run four years ago and it became very popular with cobra owners from the Northern end of Florida and states above. One week before the start of the 3rd event Randy was tragically killed while driving his cobra, so in loving Memory of Randy Evan Dender 1956-2012, age 56, who passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Tallahassee. Now this 24 hour event will be called (Randy’s Tour De La Cobra).
We had a chance to meet Jackie Riobe who joined us on this cobra cruise, being the daughter of Paula and Enzo Alibrandi of the cobra accessories company Finish Line. If enthusiasm and energy will get the job done, Jackie will make her new endeavor and position at Finish Line a very successful endeavor.
At 9am on Friday morning, we lined up with about 28 cobra drivers for the first leg of our cruise. We drove in and around the South Eastern coastal areas of Georgia. This day included some beautiful scenery, great dining, little or no traffic on fun roads. The old and new south was the theme, with moss-draped live oaks. The biggest thing of all these trips is seeing old friends and meeting new friends, and now if I could only remember all their names.
On Saturday September 29, we left the parking lot at about 8:30am, for more scenic cruising over beautiful roads. We were headed for some of the fantastic scenery of North East Florida including Amelia Island and Fort George. Saturday evening’s banquet concluded the trip and Ricky Harper gave out some great awards and prizes. The awards were made by Ricky from bent pistons and rods from a 4 cylinder blown engine that Ricky raced. The evening banquet was held in the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza with pizza and beer. Until next year and the 5th cobra in Tallahassee cruise keep in touch with the Deep South Cobra Club’s web site. www.dscc.us
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