Reptile Roundup

The Deep South Cobra Club invades the Lake mirror Classic Car Show

On Thursday October 15, 2015 all out of town attendees of our annual Reptile Roundup headed for the guest hotel, the Hilton gardens at the Lakeland Airport for check-in.  At around 6pm the locals and hotel guests headed over to the newly built Brew Hub located in Lakeland for some craft beer tasting and something to eat.  The brewing facility and tasting area was huge but food was never really considered top priority as the food was delivered from a food truck located in the parking lot.  I know when 50 or more people hit a restaurant all at once, a wait is inevitable, but.  The beer was delivered promptly but the food took forever to be brought to our table, plus after living in Florida where eating early bird especially during snowbird season is a must or not eating at all, getting our food at 8pm is really way too late for me.  

On Friday morning October 16, we had our cobra cars and attendees photo shoot before taking off for our road trip cruise.  Mike Cheek had his son bring in a 14 foot ladder to get some really interesting photos, than normal.  I had to hand my camera off to the younger crowd as my climbing ladder days are long gone.  After our brief photo shoot we headed out into Polk County to run the back roads and eventually end up having lunch at Woodys River Roo Pub & Grill.  We had the same large group of cobra owners but at Woodys the service was excellent and fast.   After we returned to the hotel at around 4pm we departed again for downtown Lakeland at 6pm for our normal Meet & Greet hosted by Backdraft Racing  Reg, Frank, Craig and the gang had their trailer loaded with their cobras, pizza and beverages for all. This is the first year we had to wear arm bands to participate as there were a lot of people who had dropped in to see all the cars present at the Lake Mirror Promenade for the Budweiser Rendezvous on this Friday night.

On Saturday October 17, it was ShowTime at The Lake Mirror Classic annual car show held from 10 AM to 3 PM. All cars registered for the event departed as a group from the hotel and were staged together in an expanded area of the downtown Lakeland streets as we had twice the cobra attendees as normal. Upon our arrival we were parked and instructed where to pick up our registration materials. Go to  to register for next year’s event. A nice sign along with 2-lunch vouchers were included with our show packet. For those Reptile Roundup attendees that were not registering for the car show, they had a fun day planned for them also.  As a group they departed from the Hilton hotel for special parking to visit the Lake Mirror Classic car show for a couple of hours before a group rally winding some backroads to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales for a visit and lunch.  They were having their Boktoberfest with free admission, so special parking was arraigned.

On Saturday evening we all headed out and had dinner at the Club at1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd. Lakeland.   The restaurant overlooks the beautiful 18th hole of their golf course.  Our awards and annual meeting was held right after dinner.  John Hill won our only Deep South Cobra trophy award for having a very nice Factory Five Mark IV in street dress, painted in British Racing Green.  David VanSleen having the most mileage on his Factory Five attending this annual Reptile Roundup with 42,000 miles on his speedometer got his annual dues paid by the club.  David and his wife Yvonne had some trouble on their trip home to Gastonia, NC they did not get far as it happened on I-4 in Orlando.  A car in front of Dave stopped short and Dave’s cobra ploughed into this car.  After driving some 42,000 miles in their cobra and never being burnt Yvonne departed the cobra so quickly after the accident that she got snake bit, OUCH!  Other than that they both are OK and ready to re-build their cobra so they can come back next year, as their dues are already paid.

On Sunday they had a short cruise for breakfast for anyone that might not have a long travel day home led by Mike Cheek.

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