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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. Subsequently, he and his talented wife, Joy, 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 of 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.

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Cobra Pilote: The Ed Hugus Story by Robert Walker Shelby Cobras: CSX 2001 – CSX 2125 by Robert 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.

This book narrates the work required to develop the first production Ford-powered AC Ace 3.6 roadsters that today are referred to as Mark I Leaf Spring Cobras. Seasoned Cobraphiles, novice enthusiasts and especially those who had the foresight to buy the cars, will enjoy the hundreds of fascinating snippets and backstories about the people and the cars. The author has researched each of the 125 production Mark I Cobras built and conducted several hundred interviews with the people connected with each car. This endeavor uncovered unknown histories and facts, as well as hundreds of previously unpublished photographs and documents.

   
 
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