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Welcome to the site for my build of the Factory Five Racing Mark 4 Roadster.

Since I was a young driver I have dreamed about building my own car. I got the bug for sports cars when my Dad would take me down to the local VW/Porsche. While he was buying a green 68 bug, I was admiring the international orange Porsche. Back then these cars were simple and pure; a light car with no frills and lots of power for the weight.

My first idea was to take my 64 VW Beetle and turn it into a dune buggy. Well as we all know family, life and job all had a higher priority so my daily drivers were “store bought” as we say down south. First it was a 1972 Triumph Spitfire I had in college; a fun driving car but painful to maintain on a college kid’s budget. After being fed up by the reliability of the Spitfire, I purchased a Toyota Corolla SR5 which had no virtues in the way of sportiness but was Number 1 in Consumer Reports. My next venture into the sports car world was a Datsun 280Z. The last of the original body “z” cars, it was a blast to drive. After that car I went into the dark side driving a 1973 VW camper and Volvo sedan until buying and restoring a 1981 MGB. Although a typically British car to maintain, it served me well making 2 transcontinental trips. After a few years in Cadillacs, I finally got back into a car that provided the comforts and handling I really enjoyed; a BMW 330 CI convertible. In 2007, I bought a new BMW 335I which is now my daily driver. Now I am staring my ultimate dream of building a Factory Five Racing Mark 4 Roadster like the one below.

Another version with a darker grey base color and lighter grey striping.

A version with a darker grey base color and lighter grey striping.

I really like the silver with ghosted grey or dark grey stripes.

I really like the silver with ghosted grey or dark grey stripes. This particular car also has the hood rivets associated with the racing cobras as well as a transmission oil cooler.

Another version with the darker grey, i.e. almost black color with lighter grey stripes

Another version with the darker grey, i.e. almost black, base color with lighter grey stripes

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