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Bob Yowell’s “Fidget” E/S Cobra Jet
What 16-year-old kid didn’t want to buy a performance car and tear up the local dragstrip back in the 1960s? Well, Ohio’s Bob Yowell was able to live that everyman’s dream. At first, his Shelby G.T. 500 was primarily for street prowling, but speed works mysterious wonders in a young man’s brain. Bob found the stock 428 big-block just didn’t provide enough “umph” to satisfy his craving. The same could be said for the public roads. His Shelby was now serving double duty as a street/strip machine, so the addition of performance-enhancing accessories was necessary to stay competitive. At one point, Bob realized he’d crossed the line and the car was no longer streetable. He was competing in E/Sport class and took top honors at both the Nationals and Spring Nationals in 1968. There were two Yowell Mustangs: a 1967 428 and a 1968 428 CJ. In this photo, shot at the 1969 NHRA Spring Nationals in Dallas, Texas, we see the ’68—a slick-looking machine with 18-year-old Bob at the wheel. Bob credits his father, Neil Yowell, and the family moving business for the bucks required to fuel this high level of show and go. In honor of that dedication, the car’s moniker, Fidget, was designated to honor his dad’s favorite pastime as son Bob went hurdling down the nation’s dragstrips. When the Sport classification was disbanded after 1969, the Mustangs were put to pasture—converted back to street machines by none other than Ford Drag Team icon Hubert Platt. They were then sold. Over the years, Bob has tracked down the ’68, but the whereabouts of the ’67 have eluded him.