@Lane Anderson posted:
I have to share with y'all (a southerism meaning "all of you" ) some of the response I've gotten to this car at the four car shows (Carlisle, two local Cars & Coffee, local Ale and Octane) I've attended so far. The reception has been amazing. @chines1, I hope you realize the hit you have with this car. I've had elderly folk (meaning slightly older than me) who owned 356s back in the day, current Porsche owners, and pretty much everyone else tell me that it's one of the most beautiful cars they've ever seen. They are amazed at how it looks, how it captures the best of the 356, and how it includes modern engineering. I'll take some credit for the color and design choices as apparently everybody loves Oslo blue with cognac leather, but the overall theme has really hit the target. Carey, please let Chuck know just how on target this is. It's interesting how many people recognize the Beck name.
I posted some pictures yesterday on an international Speedster/Coupe replica site and already have nearly 450 likes and nearly 90 comments. I have a friend (Jim) who has built high end hot rods and even an aluminum bodied sports car that is a cross between an Aston Martin DB3S and a late 50s Ferrari sports racer. He fell in love and tells me he wants one. He's also offered his time and his shop to help me with the final sorting. A mutual friend told me that Jim told him that my car was "f*cking gorgeous!" That is high praise from someone who builds six-figure passion-mobiles.
I'm not saying this to brag. Instead I want to express how lucky I feel I am. It was a long wait and I almost bailed at a couple of points, but it was worth it. This has been a fun, occasionally frustrating, but ultimately rewarding adventure.
I've got some sorting to do, which will make me feel more involved/invested in the whole project, which is important to me. I think most of us on this site want to have a personal investment in the car, otherwise it's just a car, regardless of how well it performs.
Happy 4th, y'all!
I can’t remember if Carey mentioned the Coupe project to me when I dropped in to have them give my Spyder the once over before I drove it back to New York, or a couple years later when I dropped it off to have them do some mods for me, but every since I heard about it I thought this was going to take Chuck and SE to the next level.
IMO, this is way more significant than another replica. This is up on the Plastic Car Olympus with dropping a V8 in a Devin, or a Lister, or Chevy commissioning the Cheetah to compete with Ford’s Cobra.
I hope they can make enough of them to fill the demand. I think in 20-30 years they’re going to be legendary.