There are several shows each year well attended by NorCal FFROG owners and cars. Typically you can see 10 or more cars. Check this website for upcoming events, as well as www.cobraforum.com.
Alternately, you can contact David Borden at firstname.lastname@example.org to find an owner near you.
You can also see cars at local autocross and track events, especially the SCCA Sacramento Region
Once you have or are building a Factory Five Racing Cobra replica and live in northern California, write to David Borden at email@example.com to be put on the local email list. There are no dues, newsletters, or regular meetings. Events are usually announced on the www.cobraforum.com site.
Everything from Santa hat runs to track days at road race tracks to autocross to charity events. Something for everyone.
Component kits are purchased from Factory Five Racing. For finished cars, you can contact Factory Five for a builder recommended in your area, or check for ads on www.cobraforum.com for completed cars.
A-Prepared: The SCCA allows replicas of cars to run in the class the original car is eligible for as long as the replica adheres to the spirit of the original. For the FFR 427 replica, this is the A-Prepared (AP) class. As of the 2001 season, superchargers are legal, and you must run 16" or smaller wheels. AP is normally a slicks class. AP would be the best class for the FFR car nationally, however it is quite a bit over the minimum weight.
OSP: The Bay Area chapters all have a catch-all class for DOT R-tired cars called OSP (Other Street Prepared). There are effectively two rules: 1. Run a DOT legal R-Tire (i.e. no slicks) 2. Car must have been registered for the street at least once in its history. These are essentially MOD cars that run on DOT legal R-tires. There is no OSP class nationally; it is a regional class only.
Street Tire: Another regional class- Street Tire applies to cars using a DOT legal tire with a treadwear rating of 140 or greater. All entrants in this class finish according to the PAX adjusted time. PAX is a handicapping system to equate different car types.
Cobra Class: The Sacramento Chapter of the SFR (San Francisco Region) Solo II program is considering a Cobra Replica class for the 2001 season. Currently it is for street tires only- DOT legal tires with a treadwear of 140 or greater. There may also be a race tire version of this class.
The street version of the FFR Cobra does not meet the safety requirements of known sanctioning bodies (SCCA, NASA) for racing.
Spec Racer: Factory Five Racing has recently begun a spec series using a slightly modified version of the street car. Refer to the Factory Five Racing site for information.
See also Driving Schools, below.
Driving schools such as those by NASA (National Auto Sport Association) allow the street cars to be used for schools at tracks like Laguna Seca International Raceway, Thunderhill Park Raceway, Sears Point International Race and Buttonwillow Raceway.
Sears Point International Raceway (SPIR) and Sacramento Raceway have 1/4 mile drag strips.
Write to James Creasy at Black94PGT@pacbell.net.