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Old 11-12-2006, 09:11 AM
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I am new to the idea of building a cobra replica. I had a Tiger about 30 years ago, and I am eager to relive that driving experience again. I am very interested in the Hawk car. I can't seem to get any really detailed shots of a build from the Hawk company. ERA has a really detailed web site, but they don't build a slabside.I went to their facility, and they produce a solid car. Can anybody help me with any information, and pics of the Hawk during a build. If it seems right, I will venture over to Enland late this winter to look around.................John
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Consider adding Kirkham to your list of builders producing a replica of the original, slab-side 260-289 roadster. They offer a nearly identical aluminum-bodied car, using a narrowed frame from their 427 coil-spring car. They also produce a slab-side with a transverse, leaf-spring suspension. If I recall correctly, Kirkham believes the coil-spring car to be the better choice.

Hawk cars are very well thought of and their approach to design and construction differs from Kirkham's.
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Old 11-12-2006, 12:18 PM
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Hawk cars are Kirkham........
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Old 11-12-2006, 12:43 PM
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apparently Hawk is a dealer for Kirkham in the UK???
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Hawk cars are Kirkham........
Hawk cars are definately not Kirkham. They have their own glass slab side as well as several other models. They are a UK sales rep for Kirkham for those that want the aluminum option.
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They are there own manufacturer of glass cars and as mentioned a delaer for Kirkham tin cars.

Hawk info...

http://www.hawkcars.co.uk/

They do a beautiful glass slabside. Someone on CC had one for sale in TX 2 or 3 years ago, dark blue with wire wheels and stunning at $47K.
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In addition to Hawk and Kirkham, check out slabsides from Johnex3 Motorsports and Shelby
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They do a beautiful glass slabside. Someone on CC had one for sale in TX 2 or 3 years ago, dark blue with wire wheels and stunning at $47K.[/quote]
There was also one for sale last year in CA, black on black for $50K (asking) also stunning. My only issue with that one was that it still had the "original" Hawk MGB front suspension. They now have an independent coil/shock front suspension available for their slabside.

BTW they also make an AC Ace replica for those who want something even more "vintage" than a cobra.
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Hawk makes its own glass slabside and have done so for many years. It will take a 289 or 302 engine without a problem. I am about to photograph a fabulous example that was recently built by its owner as a replica of AC Cars own demonstrator from 1964, APA6B. It uses a 302 and other than the type of engine and glass body, has been finished to 1964 specs. It's a labor of love and a minor work of art!
Hawk have a silver demonstrator and might be persuaded to part with it for the right money - several people have recently made offers so you will need to move fast, although it is right-hand drive (of course).
Hawk also supply the Ace with a choice of engine and are currently building one for a client with 6-cylinder Triumph power. I was lucky enough to drive an example and it's genuine time-warp motoring - great fun.
If you need more information contact gerry@hawkcars.co.uk or call Gerry Hawkridge on (UK) 1892 750341. He will be away from Friday to Monday at a show. He is also the agent for Kirkham in the UK, builds the best replica Lancia Stratos on the planet (and is the UK agent for the SPF GT40 in rolling chassis form)
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From what I understand Kirkahm is supplying Shelby with the tin model, and Shelby makes his own glass Slabside. I wrote to Johnex, and will see what they have to offer. For now Shelby, and Kirkham are a bit above my budget. My wife refuses to sell the house. I refuse to sell the 13.7M catamaran, so I am stuck with a lower budget. I am really enjoying the reading here on CC. Sounds like I am getting myself into another great hobby with lots of helpful people to meet.
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Would you post some pics of the catamaran?
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Ditto what Steve said.......lets see the Cat
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I will post the pics of the cat as soon as I figure out how to shrink them down to fit the limit here. WARNING....you got love red
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One has eyes of a cat, and the other is a cat. I am still trying to work on my favorite in Georgetown of the Bahamas in April 06. Ok I think they are in?
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I agree. Don't sell the cat. Ever.
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WTM442, I have recieved a quick reply from Johnex3. Thanks for the information. Any, and all help finding a slabside project is welcomed. Hope you enjoyed the pics of IMAGINE. 20MPH doesn't sound fast unless your doing it in a 3bedroom 2 bath house on 10 foot waves....John
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Imagine2frolic, you have a PM
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