Name: Doug of Newport Beach, Ca
Model: Shelby Cobra Daytona
Tell Us Your Story:I knew nothing of the Daytona Coupe and its history until I saw Tom Cotter’s story on Superformance and the new continuation car in the February 2005 issue of Road & Track. It was love at first sight. I began to research the car and its history online. Discovering this was a true continuation car, designed by the original chassis and body designers for Shelby (Bob Negstad and Peter Brock, respectively), I developed a deeper respect for both the original car and for the new continuation car. Two weeks after seeing the article I went to Hillbank Motorsports, test drove Lance Stander’s personal Daytona Coupe, and then placed my order. I have had the car for over ten years now and have over 40,000 miles on it. My favorite things to do with the car are track days and trips with my wife. I have run the car at AutoClub Speedway, Reno-Fernley Raceway, Willow Springs, and Buttonwillow. Over time, I have upgrading the suspension and brakes for occasional track duty, among other modifications. I have been fortunate enough to get to know Peter Brock and his wife Gayle, and Peter even helped with the engine placement and driveline alignment for the car. He developed the stencil for the “88” painted on the rear cove (the chassis number of the car) and guided me on many other key details of the car. I am proud to have his signature on the glove box. He is proof that car people are the best people on the planet!
It has a 427ci stroked Windsor that puts over 500HP and 500LB-FT of torque to the rear wheels through a blueprinted, close ration Tremec TKO 5-speed transmission. The absolute best part of owning the car has come in the last few years, as I now have someone who shares my passion for the car and its history – my wife. When we started dating a few years ago, she fell in love with the car just as I did and shares my thirst for knowledge about the history of the car. She proved this when, after proposing to her, she picked a wedding date of August 8 matching the chassis number of the car (8-8). The car was a big part of our wedding and was prominent in our wedding photos. I look forward to many more years of fun with our Daytona!