Allen started at Carroll Shelby's as a mechanic's helper and welder but quickly graduated to the office where he finagled a deal to drive a Cobra from Coventry Motor Cars of Walnut Creek as a "privateer." The paint scheme was designed by his then-roommate, George Lucas of later "Star Wars" fame. His first race was at Santa Barbara where he faced off against the A/Prod. Corvettes, winning both races on Saturday and Sunday. With another win at Candlestick Park near San Fran and a second place at Riverside along with a couple wins at Laguna Seca, Shelby was convinced and put Allen on as a Team driver, after he served some time in the National Guard.
Coventry Motors was the top dealer of CSX 2000 Series Cobra cars from 1962 though 1965, selling 25 examples.
|Back cover from 1963 Pacific Grand Prix program at Laguna Seca. Image via, John Bessey.|
|Grant at the old turn 6 Laguna Seca in one of the most recognizable Cobras, yellow, black stripes and polished Halibrand wheels with black centers.|
|Allen Grant with George Lucas riding shotgun after a win. Image, Julie Grant Weiss Collection.|
|Grant towed his race car with a matching Ford truck. Image, Julie Grant Weiss Collection.|