A Car Is Born
It’s this series that got me into engineering TV. So, it has a special place in my heart and head.
The AC Cobra is, of course, one of the world’s best loved historic cars. And for good reason. It is loud and furious. The pumped-up, muscles-bulging, in-your-face styling of the most familiar Cobras is in such contrast to the smooth, elegant, aerodynamic, superfast E Type. Two cars from the same era that couldn’t look more different. Watching and listening to them compete at Goodwood is a brilliant way to insult your senses.
I chose to build a Pilgrim Sumo replica Cobra mainly because the factory is fairly close at hand and also because the kit is middle of the road, in terms of price. Much of the running gear was salvaged from a Ford Sierra but there was no way I was going to fit a Pinto engine. There’s no point in building a Cobra unless you’re going to slap in a V8. To do anything else would be like filling your toolbox with plastic spanners from Toys’R’Us.