The 2012 Monterey Motorsports Reunion will certainly be a loud one. The featured marque will be the Shelby Cobra, which will celebrate 50 years of exciting existence. Ahead of next year's festivities, one man decided to get a taste of on-track action a bit early. That man is Jim Farley, and if his name sounds familiar, that's because his day job is Group Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service at Ford Motor Company.

A well-liked, well-known car guy, Farley got to push a U.S. Road Racing Championship Cobra around Laguna Seca during California's recent Monterey Historics weekend. The rare, open-top racer had a few cameras, a lap timer and a g-meter strapped to it, which is good news for the rest of us. The Cobra produces sounds that would make modern race cars shriek in terror, and Farley does a good job of pushing it around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Click past the jump to check it out.



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      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure beats dodging shopping carts in a Camry around Walmart parking lots like in your last job for Toyota, eh Mr. Farley? :) You couldn't wipe the smile off my face for a week if I had the chance to drive that car around that track.
      QCRamAir
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that's what I call a "music video"!
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 3 Years Ago
      good job? that's a decent job at best. He's driving at 6, maybe 7 tenths
        QCRamAir
        • 3 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        No ****, Sherlock. He wasn't out there trying to smash any records. He was out for a joyride around the track. Why risk destroying the car when there was nothing to be gained by going flat-out?
          Kyle Potter
          • 3 Years Ago
          @QCRamAir
          You're 100% right. During the trans-am practice, a couple of cars were badly damaged in some accidents.....the president of the trans-am racing club was shouting at the drivers....he was livid.....This is all about fun and nostalgia, not record breaking.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car isn't producing any sounds that make modern race cars shriek in terror. If anything it actually sounds tame. The current C6.R Corvettes sound more vicious and even those can't hold a candle to the Panoz LMP-1 Roadster S. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U86lf-LRXiE
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      I expected that he wouldn't drive a production car. Lets see.... the GT500 can't even crank off one lap around the ring without overheating the blower. It's nearly 4000lbs and requires some work to be ready for the track....... Sure enough he's driving in a gutted lightweight Cobra..... you know from back in time when light weight was considered the biggest selling point.
      sundude
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweeeeeet! This car is CSX2513, one of six original 289 USRRC Cobras campaigned by the Shelby American factory racing team. A very rare and valuable ride...
        sundude
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sundude
        Turns out that Jim Farley is (was) the cousin of Saturday Night Live comedian, the late Chris Farley. Whoodathunkit?
      Moosetang
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hell yes, nothing quite like a hot lap with a 427
      mike m
      • 3 Years Ago
      1.1g off a 1966 car is pretty amazing although undoubtedly there's some sticky slick gripping the pavement. I'm sure in a hot lap situation and throw in a better driver, a sub 1:40 is doable.
      ICantDrive88
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better than his cousin would have done...
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