Driving a Shelby Cobra & $5000 in a Bush

By | September 24, 2012

AJ Wilcox Driving a Shelby Cobra

With a title like that, you’re probably thinking, “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do,” and you’d be right. It all started when I came across a tweet from @provotreasure about a contest he is running. He hid $5,000 cash somewhere in Orem/Provo Utah, and he’s giving daily clues to where it’s hidden.

Now you’re saying something about a Nigerian prince.

Duncan, the man running the contest is shameless about his motives. He’s creating a new mobile app where UVU and BYU students can buy textbooks, sell, and trade text books for their classes. “It’s the perfect audience. By sponsoring a contest near both of these schools, I’ll have access to my exact user base.”

One of the methods that Duncan is using to attract attention for the contest is by offering drives in his Shelby Cobra replica. It just happens to be one of my life goals to drive something that’s 2,000 lbs with a giant 427cc (7L!) V8, so he caught my interest.

Initially he took me for a ride, and then handed over the wheel.

The racing clutch was amazingly stiff, and the brakes mushy until you really push. The throttle…responsive. REALLY responsive. (Once I accidentally started in 3rd gear, and didn’t realize it.) Power is not really an issue in this car.

After about 20 minutes, I started feeling comfortable, and gave it some love out of a turn. It got sideways in a hurry and I fought to stay on the road while the massive tires bit into the road. New rule: I don’t dick around in cars without stability controls.

The turn signals also don’t shut themselves off like in modern vehicles. That’s a long way of saying that the turn signal was on the entire time I drove.

After driving, I got in my Honda Civic and it revved, but didn’t budge. My marshmallow clutch didn’t change, but my leg was sure used to a tight racing clutch.

If you live in Utah County and are nuts about cars like me, get in touch with Duncan. He’s extremely generous with seat time, and maybe — just maybe, he’ll let you drive. Also, the man hid $5 G’s in a bush, so get looking. (disclaimer: I have no idea whether or not it’s in a bush.)

For those interested in finding the Provo Treasure, these are the exclusive tips I got from the man:

1. Put together a team. More heads for thinking will be an asset.

2. Familiarity with the area will be a plus, but a strong Google searcher can make up for weakness in the geography.

3. When asked about clue types and whether they would require advanced math, languages, etc., he seemed to shake his head.

4. Duncan is a programmer by profession, so get ready to think like a programmer.

So there you have it – exclusive info just for DailyDerbi.com readers. Start forming your teams as clues begin daily on 9-28-12.


[AJ Wilcox]



Shah B on September 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm.

That’s awesome AJ! We have a couple of clients who have those. Super fun to be in, never dared to drive one yet. Get a little nervous when my right foot is the traction control, stability assist, and the left is the ABS.

AJ Wilcox on September 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm.

For real, Shah! I would highly recommend it. After all, if you’ve ridden in one, you’ve already put your leg in a high degree of burning danger…you might as well drive :) But seriously, if you can get one in a wide-open area where some oversteer won’t hurt anyone, they’re a blast to experience.

Matthew Davis on September 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm.

Ha ha! Awesome article. Wish I was in Utah… and not for the 5 g’s.

AJ on September 25, 2012 at 8:47 am.

We wish you were here too, Matt!

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