Owner: Roger Vincent
Occupation: College Administrator
Location: Bowling Green, KY, USA
Model: Superformance Mk-III S/C
Car_Number: 2080
Odometer_Miles: 16,452
Year_Car_Built: 2005
Car_Receive_Date: Apr 14, 2005
Purch_From: Dynamic (Ohio)
Car_Purpose: Weekend Cruising
Color: Indigo Blue/White

Engine_Builder: Perf Engineering
Engine: 351 windsor style block
Actual_Cubic_Inches: 427
HP_and_Torq: 570hp, 530tq (dyno)
Cyl_Block: Dart
Cyl_Heads: AFR
Induction: Quick Fuel carburetor
Compression_Ratio: 9.5:
Best_Fuel_Mileage: 17
Top_Speed_Seen: 140 (speedo)
Best_Drag_Time_MPH: 11.98 @ 117

Longest_Trip_Driven: 425
Transmission: TKO 600
Rear_End_Ratio: Dana 3.46
Rims: Stock, 15 inch
Tires: BF Goodrich 295 Rear
Date_Submitted: 10/27/09
SPF_Owner_Since: April 14, 2005
Other_Details: Hardtop, Red Rookie Stripes, Roundals
Other_Mods: RT suspension mounts,

I first saw a Superformance MKIII at a  My Classsic Car  event in Evansville, Indiana in 1998 I think.  The Coach from Dynamic Motorsports in Ross, Ohio was driving it into the event and I was helping the event by parking cars (I was a Corvette owner and club member).  I loved the look and sound of the car, and spent most of the day looking over and under the car.  It just looked right.  I made my mind up that I would sell my 911 Porsche and buy one of these cars.  I went to Ross, Ohio and met with the folks there and Mr. Rosen (the elder) spent most of a Saturday with me.  We drove; I drove.  I drove the big block cars and the small block cars.  Finally, I left a $5,000 deposit check and left.  On Monday, the fellow who was supposed to buy my 911 backed out, and I called them.  I told Dean I needed 25k for the car.  The next day, he called and said he had a buyer.  But by this time buyer s remorse had overtaken me, and I told them I wanted to keep the 911 and just save for the Cobra.  I knew I would have a hard time getting the deposit.  I didn t deserve it, but Mr. Rosen got on the phone and said he understood and said the check was being mailed to me.  He did, and it arrived in a few days.  That impressed me.  So, about seven years later, I called Jim Gammons and said I was ready to buy a Cobra.  We placed the order in November, 2004 and the car arrived in March of 2005.  I talked with Eric at Performance Engineering and decided to go with a 427W and said all I wanted was to be able to run the quarter in 12.4 seconds.  (I had a Corvette at the time, and that was serious ET for a C4 Vette.)  The car has never run 12.4, but always quicker.  We replaced a clutch this past winter because of driver ignorance, but other than that it has been trouble free.  A few water leaks, but nothing serious.  My wife hates this car.  My daughter loves it.  My son-in-law loves it.  Since I bought this car I have also bought a new Ford GT, a new Honda S2000, and a Toyota Camry Hybrid.  We loved the Ford GT, but honestly, the Cobra attracts as much attention if not more.  We have since sold the Ford GT, the Corvette, and the Porsche, but I doubt I will sell the Cobra as it is now in my will to my daughter.  It is, after all, just a car, but it feels like a part of the family. 

PART 2: A few years back, Stacy David, of Gearz on ESPN called me at home.  I hadn't seen his show and didn't know who he was. In any event, once I was sure he was legit, I listened as he explained the nature of his show, and that he wanted to build a modern Cobra using a Miata as a base car.  The project was called "Banshee."  To kick the series off, he wanted to use SPF 2080  to introduce the Cobra.  So, I agreed and he came to my home, loaded the car, and two days later we were at the Nashville, TN Speedway.  SPF 2080 is the opening scene and probably gets about five to ten minutes of air time, which is a lot by today's standard.  The attached pictures show Stacy behind the wheel and at the track.  If you ever catch the Gearz on the Internet, look for the first episode of the "Banshee" project.  That's SPF 2080 doing all the wheel spin and so forth.  Hard driving, but no bad effects on the car, 10,000 miles later.