LOOKING at Peter Dore’s candy apple red AC Cobra replica you’d never know there wasn’t one original part in the car.
But its headlights are from a 1964 Mini, the gearbox is from a Mustang, the steering shaft is made by Mitsubishi, the 5.4 litre engine is from a Ford F150 and the blinkers are from a Land Rover Defender.
Even the wipers are not original, they’re from an old MG. The grey suede seats once lived in a Mazda MX-5.
The RACQ Contractor from Brisbane built his dream car from the floor up.
“It’s a replica kit car. I bought it as a kit which included the chassis and a moulded fibreglass body and spent a few years building the car into what it is today,” he said.
“I wanted to buy a real Cobra, but they are just too expensive –about a million dollars for a top of the line one - so the only way I was going to do it was to build a replica.
“I’ve spent quite a bit on building this car, but I won’t say just how much. It even scares me.
“It’s actually really satisfying to build it yourself, from scratch, using good quality parts.”
Perhaps the most genuine part of the Cobra replica is the black eight ball which Peter stole from a resort pool table during a drunken night ashore with his then Navy colleagues 25 years ago.
“One day, I was clearing out my cupboard then the infamous black eight ball fell out. It occurred to me that it would make a great gearstick for the Cobra, so I had a hole drilled in the bottom, bolted it on to the gear stick and there you have it.”
Unlike most car enthusiasts, Peter’s not afraid to share his eye catching Cobra.
“I think you have to share toys. And that’s what I love doing.
“My four kids and 15-year-old grandchild love the car, and I even get requests to use the car for special events like debutante balls and formals from time to time.
“My wife, Joy, loves it too, but not as much as me,” he laughed.
“I definitely love showing it off and sharing it with people.”
Peter will be sharing his Cobra replica, which sounds as mean as it looks (the number plate is “HISS”) at RACQ MotorFest 2011.
Brisbane’s annual premier car event will return to Eagle Farm Racecourse on July 17 and will feature more than 750 unique, vintage, classic and special cars from the world of motoring.
The entry fee is a gold coin per person, with all proceeds going to RACQ‘s Helicopter Rescue Network. Entry is free for children under three.
If you’re like Peter and you too have something you want to show off,, make sure you register your car for the event.
Get in early and register your car before May 9 to receive a $5 discount. All registrations for MotorFest 2011 close on June 17, so don’t miss out.
Register online now at racq.com.au/motorfest , call 3872 8696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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