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The book focuses on Hugus' role in bringing the Cobra sports car into production. Previously unseen photos & rare documents.

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Cobra Pilote - Ed Hugus' Story

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About the Book

Cobra Pilote chronicles the life of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania sports car dealer and road racer James Edward (Ed) Hugus during the 1950s and 60s.  Following the establishment of European Cars in 1952, Hugus prospered as a well respected businessman and helped to establish the Steel Cities Region (chapter) of the Sports Car Club of America.  The book focuses on Hugus' role in bringing the initial Cobra sports car production to fruition.  Through Hugus' financial backing and his completion facilities in Pittsburgh, the first of many production Cobras were completed and sold by him during those early days.  Hugus was the first Cobra dealer and the East Coast Cobra Distributor.  Because of that early Cobra production at European Cars,  Carroll Shelby and the Ford Motor Company were finally able to sign the first Shelby-Ford contract, establishing Shelby American and beginning west coast Cobra production in Venice California. 


Hugus is documented as having raced the first production Cobra (CSX 2001) at Connellsville Pennsylvania on August 26, 1962, weeks before Bill Krause's debut of the Shelby American Cobra, CSX 2002, at Riverside in October.  Hugus was also the first American driver to pilot a Cobra at Le Mans in 1963 with his own car, CSX 2142.  This is Hugus' story, illustrated with numerous and previously unseen photos and rare documents.


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About the Author

 Robert Walker grew up in Hayward, California and received a BA degree in Public Relations from San Jose State College in 1965 and a Masters in Industrial Arts from Chico State College two years later. He then taught Vocational Education and Journalism on the Secondary and Junior College level for 20 years. He subsequently owned and operated a successful retail furniture business for over ten years and retired to Pebble Beach, California in 1998. 

From an early age, he owned a series of convertibles and sports cars and his enthusiasm was cemented when he bought a Ferrari and then took a driving class at Russell Racing School at Laguna Seca in 1993. The next year, his wife bought him a 1963 Elva Courier for a Christmas present. He has also restored a 1958 Elva Courier and raced both cars in club events and the Monterey Historics as a member the Historic Motor Sports Association and with Steve Earl's General Racing. He continues to restore sports cars and fabricate race car parts for vintage racing applications. 

In 2004 Robert met Ed Hugus through vintage racing and restoration work on his 1963 Cobra. It is this story that he relates here. 

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