Cobras strike in Old Town

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Old Town Auburn will be the place for multiple cobra sightings on Friday — Cobra sports cars that is. As many as 50 classic Cobras will be resting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot behind Bootleggers Old Town Tavern & Grill. These unique-looking vehicles are part the Bay Area Cobra Club (BACC), which will be stopping in Auburn for lunch during their annual “Snakes to the Lake” weekend cruise event. Spectators are welcome to come by and look at these classic cars. This drive has been held since 1996 and is considered one of the longest running Cobra events in the country. Starting in the Bay Area the club will snake their way along California back roads to their final destination in South Lake Tahoe. The group is being hosted by the Old Town Business Association. The parking lot behind Bootleggers will be posted and closed off between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Friday. “Please welcome the BACC during their short stay in Old Town. I just know that they’ll want to come back,” said Linda Robinson, Old Town Business Association president in a press release. “They don’t have a specific restaurant chosen where they will dine but will spread out and have a complete dining and shopping experience.” After lunch the drivers will continue their rally to Grass Valley and Nevada City following Highway 20 and eventually reach South Lake Tahoe. “I usually cater lunch for the group but visited Old Town (Auburn) a few months back and loved it so much that I decided that my group would love it, too,” said Mike Vilamontes, Bay Area Cobra Club president. For information on the Bay Area Cobra Club’s visit, contact Robinson or (530) 888-1585. ~ Staff report