Monday, July 20, 2009
The next hot item.
Well, this is my prediction anyway. With Cobra replicas, GT40 replicas and Clubman sportscars consuming the attention of car builders and would-be car builders around the world, what's next? It has to be Hotrod replicas. It may well have been happening for a while already and I haven't taken it on board to any great extent. Earlier in the year when at the Healey Factory, the Ford coupes/roadsters with beautiful paint jobs and leather upholstery didn't go un-noticed. My last post on the Veskanda didn't attract much interest in the sportscar but a few emails arrived enquiring about the rods in the same picture. Then look at the roadsters that get to the salt racing at Lake Gairdner and all of the early 30s coupes etc. that go on the various rod-runs around the country. I suppose it's like that all over the world. It looks like a huge cult following to me. Some time ago Colin alerted me to the professional way a company in America called Factory Five went about the production of Cobra and GT40 replica kits. Last week, "Winding Road" visited Factory Five to take a look at their latest offering - sure enough, '33 Ford Hotrod replicas. Just look at the chassis and suspension packages and that body. I think it's great. In a way, the concept is not unlike clubman building - same only different.