I first discovered the Shelby Cobra as a teen. My father, a big fan and restorer of vintage cars, took the family to the Watkins Glen Grand Prix. I saw many Cobras and I am sure most were replicas. But given the prominence of the event, I’m pretty sure there was a least one genuine Cobra present. I thought it was the most beautiful car there, and from that moment I knew I wanted one. Not being wealthy, I quickly found myself exploring the Cobra kit car market. By all accounts, Factory Five Racing seemed to produce the most respected, complete, and attainable kit.
Fast forward a couple decades and I finally found myself in a position to purchase one. Before I made that purchase decision, I planned a visit to Factory Five Racing in Wareham, MA. I had a Coast Guard colleague that was retiring at the nearby Cape Cod Air Station in March 2022, so I made the trip with my daughter, Quinn. It was our first daddy/daughter vacation.
A couple days after returning home, I placed my order on 13 March 2022. Factory Five Racing reached out that week to confirm my options and provided a 31 December 2022 completion date. It is going to be a long 9+ month wait!