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    What's the best way to learn driving a Cobra ?

    Ok, a bit misleading title,

    But, what's the best way to prepare for owning and driving a Cobra?

    Can you recommend courses, driving schools, track days, racing schools ?

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    Club meet and get an owner to take you out for a spin. You’ll get a sense of what they are like.

    After that I’d say a skid pan or rally driving course. Lack of rear grip/driver aids is the main difference to a tin top IMHO. Driven enthusiastically, at some point you’re going sideways.

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    If driving in London, then the main issue will be making sure the engine doesn't overheat!
    Crendon Chassis No.49
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    Rally driving course? That sounds extreme for a car driven on asphalt!

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    Just remember Cobra's bite!
    Give it all the respect it deserves and you'll be fine.
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    It's a great way to get used to the feeling of, and corrective action for, the back end stepping out on you.

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    just get in and drive it - it's all based on the position of your right foot at the right or wrong time - no different to any other car if the right foot is doing the right thing
    Conny - A Carnival Red Metallic (paint code Ref: Jag CGG/1811) Southern Roadcraft V8 ( SRV8 ) with 383ci stroker chevy.

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    I drive sports cars from time to time, like a Jag F-Type 500hp or a Porsche Boxter (which is not that powerful), but they all have all the electronics, traction control etc. I rather not crash on the first corner, so I prefer to learn to drive properly first

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd Barnes View Post
    Club meet and get an owner to take you out for a spin. You’ll get a sense of what they are like.
    I'd love to, I checked this year's events, but they were all cancelled sadly
    My name is Mat.
    Looking for my first Cobra

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxmatix View Post
    I'd love to, I checked this year's events, but they were all cancelled sadly

    Socially-distanced club meets are re-starting. If you want to venture out of London, there is Hants Sussex meet in September.
    Contact details elsewhere on this site.
    Crendon Chassis No.49
    Huddart FE428 + toploader

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