Continuing the Dream 77 frames in production,” Bob says, “and then I had it all shipped on a f leet of tractor-trailer rigs back to Crofton. I’m glad I had the opportunity to buy and preserve it,” he continues. “It’s my way of keeping history alive. Besides,” he pauses for a moment’s ref lection, “If I hadn’t done it, no one else would have, and I just couldn’t let that happen.” Between 2007 and late 2015, Bob
Shelby Cobra being assembled at Wingard Motor Sports.
Wingard and his small team of dedicated gear heads operated under the name of FII Roadsters, primarily doing two things: they provided repair and modification services for owners of Shelby Series I sports cars but also went on to design and build a slightly larger, nominally different version of the famous Shelby AC Cobra and called it the FII Roadster. Both cars offer a choice of carbon fiber or aluminum bodies built on the same heat-treated and forged aluminum frames with honeycomb f loors and side walls. Amazingly, these frames are stiffer and stronger than the current Corvette’s yet weigh in at only 154 pounds. (The a luminum body c a rs a re ha ndmade in t he tr uest sense. They are brush finished and gas welded jewels requiring an exquisitely high level of craftsmanship almost impossible to find in today’s disposable, high-tech world. His current aluminum-body sculptor/artisan is a gentleman who hails from the Baltic nation of Lithuania.) Fast forward to today, and I can attribute Bob’s altered state of feverishly dream-like enthusiasm to two recent developments: (A) Upon successful completion of negotiations, Wingard Motor Sports is now the solely authorized worldwide manufacturer and distributor of Shelby CSX 5000 Series II sports cars and the service center for the original Shelby Series I sports cars for the next ten years.
Tidewater Times August 2016