Owners Competition

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s competition, and congratulate the following owners on their exceptional contest entries. Each one will receive an official Hurricane Motorsports prize package.

Grand Prize Winner:
John Shelton

Runner Up:
Chris Doss

Honorable Mentions:
Ken Walker
Bill Bess
Paul Proefrock

 

(click on the owner's name above to view their entry)

Honorable Mention: Paul Proefrock

Photos

Paul Proefrock's HM-1078

Paul Proefrock's HM-1078

Paul Proefrock's HM-1078

Paul Proefrock's Hurricane Roadster (HM-1078)

Paul's Story

"When building a Cobra replica, there are three milestones/stumbling blocks you will face.

  • That conversation with your significant other to discuss their agreement to move forward on the idea.
  • Which kit to choose
  • What color

As cobraphiles, we all dream of owning an original car. Finances and availability generally stop this dead in its tracks. We then begin studying what meets our needs and our budgets. I quickly learned there seem to be three tiers of replicas. The very high end (CSX continuation cars and Kirkhams) The aluminum car is nice and original, but I learned there a major maintenance issues with them. Very sensitive to dings, rocks, fingerprints. Plus the cost put them almost into the realm of the originals

The lower tier presented those kits that resemble a Cobra enough to pass scrutiny of the casual observer. But when you really look into them, you find all kinds of issues. Most have taken liberal license with the body shape. The Cobra was a 90” wheelbase, not 96”, it didn’t have a “perky butt”. Whether for cost savings or manufacturing ease (or both), they clearly weren’t an original. I wanted to build a replica, not a look-alike. And most of them were based on the donor concept. Buy an old Mustang, salvage many of the parts from it and put into your new car. Something just didn’t ring true with this approach. Any problems in the donor would be transferred to your new car. Who wants a new car with a worn out drivetrain, or an electrical system with problems? No, thanks, I choose the “new kit” approach. Also quickly realized these cars also seemed to have a value cap in the mid to high 20’s. There were a few exceptions but it appeared that most just barely exceeded the price of the basic kit. I know these aren’t money makers but I’d like to keep as much of my investment as possible.

The middle tier received my focus (an eventually my dollars). The completed cars could be well over $50,000 in value, based on equipment and build quality (They would never be an original or a continuation so I saw $80,000 as the ceiling) But they also, due to their originality approach, seemed to command much more than the lower tier kits. When the originality word crept into the equation, the cars that were “splashed” from an original car return the highest value. As I investigated the various manufacturers and options available to me, I learned although there only a few manufacturers in this category and pricing was essentially the same, once you added the necessary options and pieces. Yes, the initial “basic cost” varied all over, but when you add in the pieces or options needed to finish the car, they all are within a few hundred dollars of one another. However value helps you to narrow the choice even further.

When you look at the pieces supplied with the kit, NEW pieces, not used. REPLICA items, not look-alikes. In very short order, the Hurricane Motorsports kit is clearly the logical choice. Authenticity, Value, Availability, all attributes I was looking for. After purchasing a Hurricane and becoming part of the family, I found the User’s group and was welcomed with open arms. I not only received a great kit but I have made friends with a number of other Hurricane owners.

Buying a Hurricane is not only an event or an experience, after a while, it becomes a lifestyle. Come in and join us. You find a family of owners, anxious to welcome you.

Oh, and the color. The website will help you see various ideas as each expressed his personality. But color is really a personal thing. And you’ll struggle with it to the day you see the finished car. Then you’ll know you made the right decisions, in color and in the Hurricane kit. "