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SSOTN - Featured Member

February 2005 Featured Member
Full Name Jack O’Donnell
Screen Name KRMAN68
Type and year of car 2003 Cobra & 68 Shelby GT500 KR
Born where Philadelphia, PA
Reside Where Doylestown, PA
Family Karen ,my wife of 16 years and I have 2 kids, a boy and girl, Jake who is 11 and Devin who is 8. Jake is keeping the Mustang flame alive – he is a true anti-ricer.
Pets I own 2 border collies, Scout & Gracie


 
What modifications do you have to the car(s)?

The Shelby is pretty much stock except for; a livelier cam, petronix ignition, 69 Shelby wheels, hooker exhaust, Stereo/CD and rear suspension mods.

The 2003 – Only minor modifications, K&N, Flowmaster exhaust and a PRO 50 Shifter with MGW handle.

 
What mods to you have planned for the future?

The Shelby: removing the power steering and changing to manual steering to get rid of sloppiness and I want to upgrade the rear brakes from drum to disc.

The 03: Smaller S/C pully, Diablo tuning, Eibach springs, camber caster plates, 5 pt harness and chrome wheels.

 
What was your original goal for the car(s)?
Pleasure and Open track
 
What is your present goal for car(s)?
Same
 
What was your reason for buying the car(s)?
After reading the Auto magazines about the new supercharged Cobra, I really wanted one but also was curious about the 2005 body style. So I was hesitant about looking into one. Karen ordered the car for me without my knowledge for my birthday in the color I wanted – Sonic Blue. I took delivery of it in Dec 2003 and we got 3 inches of snow the next day. I was like a kid on Christmas morning with a new sled and no snow.
 
What other cars have you considered buying?
None
 
What are some of your Car / Driver achievements?
I open track the Cobra at Watkins Glen and other SAAC events. It’s a total blast.

I’ve drag raced the Cobra once. I ran consistent 13.1’s at 111 mph on street tires… I couldn’t launch well to save my life. It was fun though – I wanted to get in the 12s.

I bought the Shelby in 2000 – it was a total POS – un-drivable but complete. I restored it with the help of friends and many many dollars to professionals. It was finished early in 2002.

The Shelby won second place at Carlisle in 2002.

Ford Mo Co. also used my car as an exhibit for a press party in NYC prior to the annual auto show. They introduced the 40th Anniv. Models and the 2005 Mustang concept cars at the show. My car was one of six vintage stangs used by Ford at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Ford footed the bill for my family to stay in luxury in NYC for the event. It was an awesome event with my car as the center of attention – I loved it.

At the event, I met John Force, Parnelli Jones, John Colletti, Nick Sheele (Fmr Pres. Of Ford) and the Mustang design team. It was a totally cool event.

 
Shout outs to people that helped you achieve these goals?
First I’d like to thank my wonderful wife Karen for getting me the Cobra – it’s awesome. I am also eternally grateful to her for allowing me to pursue the dream of getting and restoring the Shelby. It was something I really wanted to do and it cost significantly more than I expected. Karen was great all throughout – fully understanding the importance of it to me.
Thank You Dear !!

I’d also like to throw out a huge thanks out to Steve Trevisan, a good friend and fellow Cobra and Shelby owner. Steve spent countless hours in my cold and damp garage helping me re-assemble that old car. I am especially grateful for his assistance and patience during our three week ordeal tracking down the starting problem. Once it started – I was in heaven – If it weren’t for Steve that car would still be sitting in the garage ½ done. Thanks Steve !!

Finally, I’d like to thank all the great people of the SSOTN. I’ve really enjoy the camaraderie and friendship. The Lounge is a great place to get a laugh, vent, or simply ask a stupid question (which I seem to do often). SSOTN, you are simply the best!

 
What is your Best 1/4 time?

13.1 – stupidly slow for that car. Idiot for a driver.

Next time maybe I'll take it down the track ;) - Matt

 
Do you have any regrets along the way?
Of course – too many to mention. Selecting JDM to work on my 95 vert comes to mind.
 
What was or is your favorite vehicle to this day and why?
The Shelby – I now own a car that I thought I would never have the opportunity to own. Its old, drinks gas like a plane, handles like a toboggan but I still love it.
 
What was your main reason was for becoming a part of the internets first and best mustang club?
My good friend Rich Nagle introduced me to the SSOTN. I came to the Fall Nats a few years back with Karen, met some great people, did a few bodyshots and was hooked. Yeah, we enjoyed that, thanks! -Matt

This by far is the best car club on the net. People sincerely care about one another here. Of course we all jab one another but in general, a great great group of people. I think everyone needs to savor the friendships made here because true friends are rare.

 
What do you enjoy most about driving your Cobra on the twisties?
The adrenaline rush of speed and chasing and passing someone in front of you at high speed. For 30-40 minutes at a time you’re living the French connection car chase (of course without the El above you). At the end of your session, you are physically and mentally drained. It’s a blast – it’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on. This is something I've always wanted to do. -Matt
 
What upcoming events in 2005 do you plan on racing in if any?
I hope to make it to the Spring /Fall NATS this year. I know every year I promise to make it but real life seems to get in the way. The past few events always have come when I have other non-car things planned. Bring on the booze for more belly button drinking!!

I also plan on open track events at Watkins in June and August plus other open track events that I can fit in.

 

Congrats to Jack O'Donnell for being the SSOTN Featured Member for February 2005.
Interview conducted by : John Paulson - Founder
Web Site Production: Matthew DeCillis - Webmaster

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