Update: F1-67 Designer Comes to Hooniverse!

Pardon us while we feel all full of ourselves for a second, but Ian Gray, designer and builder of yesterday’s glorious F1-67 Race Car Replica, stopped by yesterday to give us a little more information in the comments. In case anyone missed it — and I would have, if he hadn’t emailed me to tell me he had visited — I’ve posted it below the jump.

A Visit from Sir Ian
A Visit from Ian Gray. It's like Christmas, but we didn't even have to give him cookies!

So, it appears that the only disagreeable factor about it is that it’s being built in the UK where everything is much more expensive. £30,000 in the UK is the price of, what, a nicely-equipped Focus? A stripped-down BMW 3-series? Quite affordable. Unfortunately, when you exchange it for Canadian Dollars, the universally-accepted currency standard as we all know, that works out to almost $70,000, which is roughly the same as a nicely-equipped Jaguar XF. And I can’t remember if the American currency is still in free-fall, but let’s just say that amount of money in US dollars would buy, oh, say, Detroit. (All math done off the top of my head, so pipe down you nit-pickers.)
That said… that’s still really damned affordable. Detroit ain’t worth nothin’ no more anyhow. And Mr. Gray informs us that it is quite driveable — I think that’s what he means when he says it’s a “doddle” — with power levels appropriate to your skill level. I, personally, would choose the 350-hp option, not because I consider myself a fantastic driver, but because I want to be able to say I did it. And I like scaring myself.
Now that’s out of the way, I’m personally putting Ian Gray’s name forward as a nominee for our first official Hoonourary Knight of the Realm. All in favour, say aye!
Sorry, I seem to be getting British all over the blog here. Maybe that’ll mop up. Terribly sorry.

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  1. PowerTryp Avatar

    You better clean that up quick I think that might stain.

  2. engineerd Avatar

    Aye! Wholeheartedly, aye!
    Welcome to our corner on the fringe of sanity, Sir Ian!
    $70000 is about what I was thinking. The good news is, I live in America and after converting to USD it's like $20!
    Still, even at that price you are getting a vehicle that takes the spirit of vehicles costing millions and putting it in an affordable package we'd be willing to race. I, for one, think Hooniverse should pool its resources and buy one. I'd be willing to change tires, or calculate drag, or something.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      We pooled our resources earlier, and realized we didn't have enough, collectively, to buy a coffee at Starbuck's.

      1. Han_Solex Avatar

        I only had enough to get a ghetto late (http://starbucksgossip.typepad.com/_/2006/09/a_re… But I'm lactose intolerant! FML.

        1. Deartháir Avatar

          Wow… that was amazing. The number of people who thought there was something wrong with that. I'm sorry, it's STARBUCKS. They're ripping you off and raping you over a barrel, and someone figures out how to get raped a little less, and that's somehow wrong?

          1. FTGDHoonEdition Avatar

            Ripping. Raping. Raped.

  3. joshuman Avatar

    I'd start at 250 and work my way up from there. I think I have enough to learn about car control to get me into trouble for a while.

  4. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    ooops, I mean AYE!!!

  5. Manic King Avatar
    Manic King

    Daily Telegraph’s test drive story had this line: “The first customer version is on its way to Texas, fitted with a BMW V12 at the customer’s request.”
    Totally beats me why would Texan customer choose this motor over V8….

  6. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Aye! Chocolate covered awesome.
    BTW, if we paid Detroit, we'd have to add about 1/4 of Cleveland just to break even.