The second annual Current River Cobra Rallies will be held Sept. 7 in Salem.
The event is being organized by the Mid America Cobra Club and the goal is to get as many 1960s era AC bodied Shelby Cobras on display around the courthouse square as possible, but the car show is open to all special-interest vehicles. Last year the show featured 28 Shelby Cobras.
Rally organizer Randy League, a 1971 Salem High School graduate, and Planning Director for the Mid America Cobra Club, said the event is open to all makes, models and years. The entry fee is $20 and includes access to the car show and Current River scenic cruise.
“This is a very informal car show with all proceeds from the event going to the Salem High School Marching Band,” League said.
Last year the event raised nearly $1,000 for the Marching Blue, he said.
League, now a resident of Lee Summit, has close ties to Salem and still owns property in Dent County. His parents, Craig and Erma League, were natives of the area.
League said the format of the car show will change a bit this year. Both the car show and the cruise will be on Saturday.
“It will be a no-stress weekend to meet other car enthusiasts, enjoy the cars, visit with families and friends and just enjoy being in the beautiful Ozarks area,” League said.
The car show will start about 9 a.m. Saturday around the Courthouse square. There will be a break between the show and the cruise for lunch, and the cruise will be in the afternoon, then an informal dinner Saturday evening at the Brick House Grill.
“Proceeds from the show will go to a great cause, the Salem High School Marching Band,” League said. “We will be asking for $20 donations at the courthouse during the show. There will be trophies for Mayor’s Pick, Police Chief's Choice and the SHS Marching Band will select a favorite.”
League said the afternoon cruise will accommodate multiple scenic and historic stops.
“The cruise will include a 126-mile cruise around the Ozarks. Scenic stops will be made at Montauk, Akers Ferry, Round Spring and Alley Spring and then return to Salem for dinner,” League said.