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The Witness - Wheels - - MO­TOR­ING -

BACK in 1964, the Co­bra won races ev­ery­where, ex­cept at Le Mans.

To fix this, Car­roll Shelby gave de­signer Pe­ter Brock the job of mak­ing the Co­bra’s body sleeker. The re­sult­ing Co­bra Day­tona Coupés went on to win Fer­rari in the 1965 FIA Sports Car Cham­pi­onship and hearts all over the world. Only six of th­ese cars were con­structed. Th­ese Shelby mas­ter­pieces very rarely come to mar­ket, but one does, it fetches a for­tune — the last Day­tona Coupé fetched $7,25 mil­lion (R93 298 075). Now, for the first time ever, all six will as­sem­ble at the Good­wood Re­vival meet­ing from Septem­ber 11 to 13.

Back­draft Rac­ing builds repli­cas of th­ese cars in Prospec­ton, which han­dle as good as they look. The Back­draft fac­tory is in­volved in mo­tor rac­ing through­out South Africa, with for­mer in­ter­na­tional rac­ing driver Tony Martin at the helm.

The Back­draft crew re­cently won first prize at the Dezzi track day, and Martin is keen for new own­ers to join in. “With or with­out fac­tory back­ing, we can dis­cuss many op­tions to get you on the track. Even our en­try-level Track Day Cars will give you very com­pet­i­tive times,” he told Wheels. The cars are built in both left-hand and right-hand drive con­fig­u­ra­tions for ex­port.

Ar­range to view the cars in progress by e-mail­ing tony@back­draftrac­


One of the six orig­i­nal Shel­bys fetched $7,25 mil­lion (R93 298 075), but in Prospec­ton, race-win­ning repli­cas by Back­draft Rac­ing sell from R463 000.

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