When I was a kid, a “race car” was a mid-late 60s “pre aero” Formula One car or a similar aged Indy car. Around 1982 or so, I ran across a 2 page photo spread in Dune Buggies & Hot VWs magazine titled “Outrageous”. It was sort of a 2 seat version of Formula Vee car (VW power). It reminded me of those old F1 cars. Ever since then, I’ve dreamed about building a car like that.
Getting Rob’s 427 on the road was very rewarding and the first year was full of smiles, driving, cruise-ins and a few car shows. I still love the car but truth be told, I miss the build process.
In October 2014, I ran across the BAC Mono somewhere on the web. I immediately sent my brother an e-mail that said, “THIS is what I wish I was doing for a living – building something like this!”. I saw it as a modern version of the car I’ve long dreamed about. Albeit, the Mono is a single seater and my dream car can carry 2 people. I’ve been wanting to build a car like this for 30 years… why did it take me so long to figure it out?
A few weeks later, my friend Lee Hamrick invited me to the SEMA show. I was very excited as I’d wanted to go for several years. After the first day of the show, I was really amazed at the incredible cars on display. Later that night, Lee and I had a long conversation about cars in general and what we liked and that’s when I realized that I really wanted to design and build a car from scratch.
Enter, the new car plan.
High level goals:
- Very high performance, suitable for “track days” but also street legal.
- Fun to drive, but offering a challenge, “Are you ready for more?”
- Should make you say, “I gotta have that!” when you see it.
- It has to sound GREAT. That means good engine and exhaust system choices.
Based on this, the design criteria landed on:
- Mid/rear engine, rear wheel drive
- Side-by-side seating
- Very low center of gravity
- Highly capable suspension and brakes
- Does not cost a fortune to operate
- Approximately 80″ wide, 40″ tall, 100-105″ wheelbase
- Doesn’t require a second mortgage to build
This is going to be fun!