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Cobra Pilote: The Ed Hugus Story
by Robert D. Walker
This book primarily takes a close look at the Hugus-Shelby Cobra connection. In the early 1960s James Edward (Ed) Hugus personally financed the first seven production Cobras built since Carroll Shelby did not have the money or facilities for the project. Hugus ordered the first modified but unfinished Aces from the A.C. Cars factory in England, and had his service department mechanics at European Cars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania install the Ford 260 engines and Galaxie transmissions, completing the cars for sale. Once Ford signed a contract for Shelby American Cobra production in Venice, California, Hugus still completed Cobras for distribution and sales to all points east of the Mississippi River.

In his capacity as a driver, Hugus piloted the first racing Cobra (CSX 2001) in competition, and in 1963, the first Cobra (CSX 2142) to appear at Le Mans.

Carroll Shelby may have had the Cobra dream but it was Hugus who stepped forward and made Shelby's venture a reality.

  • Hard cover with dust jacket
  • 304 pages
  • 328 black and white, and color photographs
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Cobra Pilote: The Ed Hugus Story
Author Biography

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 18, 1944, Robert Daniel 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 in 1967. He then taught on the Secondary and Junior College level for 20 years in the areas of Vocational Education and Journalism. He subsequently owned and operated a successful retail furniture business for over ten years and retired to Pebble Beach, California in 1998.


He has been interested in sports cars from a very early age and in 1962 bought a 1960 Bugeye Sprite. 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 and he began vintage racing. Daniel 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 he met Ed Hugus through vintage racing and restoration work on his 1963 Cobra.


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Cobra Pilote:The Ed Hugus Story Robert D Walker October 18, 2017
Reviewer: Robert F. Beasley from Richmond, VA United States  
"The Ed Hugus story," I have found  t o be an exciting well written fantastically interesting account of Hugus' life story. I met him briefly at Elsco in Jacksonville, Fla. in the late 60's.  Thru that meeting though, I had the opportunity to meet Franz Blam, Steve Beiser and the remarkable John Miller; all  knowledgeable characters in their own fields of expertise!!  Well written ! Thank you RW.

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Cobra Pilote: the Ed Hugus story October 12, 2017
Reviewer: Robert Langley from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom  
Fantastic service, book arrived on my doorstep two days after ordering online and that is from USA to UK. Impressive. Well packed to protect against damage too.

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THE ED HUGUS STORY May 2, 2017
Reviewer: GORDON BRUCE from SEER GREEN, BUCKS United Kingdom  
As explained to Glyn, I wanted the book for reference, as I'm writing one of my own re a car that features prominently  in the Walker tome. The book was fine, if a touch expensive, but please note I was extremely impressed by the quality of your service from start to finish.

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Ed Hugas April 28, 2017
Reviewer: Nicholas Fasola from Marietta, GA United States  
Great Book.  Quick delivery.
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a really great read April 27, 2017
Reviewer: Bill Fulk  
What makes this book a really great read is that author Bob Walker got most of the facts by actually sitting down with Ed Hugus, and simply having a series of conversations over the years about his involvement with the early development of the Cobra. Therefore, this particular book about Cobras contains detailed information that has never before been made available to the general public, and that information comes from Ed Hugus, who was directly involved with the Cobra at its very beginning. An extra treat are the 300+ photos of vintage Le Mans, the 1950's and the 1960's! If you're into Cobras, or into Le Mans, this is the book for you!

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