Owner: Juan Lopez-Bonilla
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Location: Louisville, KY
Model: Superformance Mk-III Roadster
Car_Number: 2891
Odometer_Miles: 3,500
Year_Car_Built: 2008
Car_Receive_Date: July 21, 2008
Purch_From: Dynamic Motorsports
Car_Purpose: Weekend Cruising

Color: Light Toreador Red Metallic
Engine_Builder: Perf Engineering
Engine: 302 style block
Actual_Cubic_Inches: 331
HP_and_Torq: 500/495 (dyno)
Cyl_Block: Seasoned 302
Cyl_Heads: AFR
Induction: Airgap
Compression_Ratio: 10.25:1
Best_Fuel_Mileage: 23

Top_Speed_Seen: 125 (speedo)
Longest_Trip_Driven: 975
Transmission: Tremec T500
Rear_End_Ratio: 3.46
Rims: 15" Dayton Wire wheels
Tires: AVIAD
Date_Submitted: 11/05/09
Past_SPFs_Owned: MKIII 1649 5,300         
SPF_Owner_Since: July 2003
Other_Details: Undercar exhaust, hardtop

As a youngster, growing up in the 1960s, I was fascinated by automobiles and specifically those of the Muscle Car Era starting with GTOs and 442s, etc. At the time anything with a slight exhaust rumble captivated my attention and made me drift away from anything that should have been academically prudent during my high school years (can you relate?).  The Cobra of course was such a strong influence to kids like me that, of impressions etched in our hearts from that time, the Shelby Phenomenon remains on the surface of our consciousness forever. Economics, stints in the US Navy, college years and a family, washed some of those early memories with an untouchable veil of longing. Our responsible quest to take care of family was our Cobras of the 80s, our kids  education. Oh boy did it pay off, with 4 solid kids on the right path to living well, and a wonderful and supportive wife, Cindy. That really should be our legacy on this Earth.  After 4 great kids and 4 college careers it was time to revisit earlier thoughts of  Visceral Tingling  at the sound of 500+ ponies at the tip of your right foot.  1998, that is when I stumbled upon what I thought was a real Cobra from the 60 s, at a Superformance Tradeshow Booth in Louisville, KY during the Hot Rod Nationals. My youngest son Marcos was with me. He was 15 at the time but knew quite well this moment was special. Not only did I find out that the car was not priced in the high $250,000s, like most of us thought, but that it was a replica costing a fraction of that.  Dean Rosen was there, then one of the owners of Dynamic Motorsports in Ross, Ohio, a Superformance dealer. He captivated me with his passion and love for these cars and, yes, I blame him for jump starting this phase of my life. "Replicas, what are they?"  That was my question to Dean at the time. Later I discovered that there was an entire industry dedicated to, satisfying the likes of me, affording us the financial reality of owning one of these beautiful, nasty and insane monsters of the roads.  I left the Dynamic Motorsports Booth and Dean  BITTEN BY THE SNAKE with  the thought of 500 plus ponies in my head. The seed was planted with periodic visits to the computer in search of more information on anything Cobra. What I found out was that only those with endless sources of green grass can afford what a real Cobra costs today. The alternative for us mere mortals is clear. Replicas.  2002, four years later, and the sale of my Design business, became the sparkplugs that ignited the high octane fuel for my 8 cylinders of lust for a Cobra replica.  I am not going to enter the debate engaged in by many on which Cobra replica is the best, the most original, etc. That I leave to the Purists. I just enjoy looking and driving my replica. The feeling is all Real.