Authentic replica. If that sounds like an oxymoron, you likely haven’t heard of Backdraft Racing. This is a company that specializes in building high quality replicas of some of the world’s most iconic sports cars and roadsters. This is a labor of love for these folks, a passion that was born in racing and continues to this day.
Backdraft Racing was founded in early 2001 by Tony Marten and Reg Dodd, two world champion race car drivers. Marten, a native of Durban, South Africa, won the 1984 Daytona 24 Hours race as part of an all-South African team. Tony also was a Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic champion. He continues to race to this day, choosing to race his hand-crafted AC Cobra replicas he crafts at his South African Backdraft Racing Location.
Reg Dodd spent a great deal of his racing career in both the United States and South Africa and, in fact, was South African Champion for two years running. Today, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of Backdraft Racing and its 53,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Boynton Beach, Florida. As CEO, he sells and markets Backdraft Racing and continues to test and race his completed Backdraft Racing products.
Between them, the pair has produced hundreds of left and right-handed cars for automotive and racing enthusiasts across the globe. The company is known particularly for its brilliant Cobra Series replicas.
The company has evolved considerably over the past few years, establishing itself as one of the industry’s leaders in producing turn key minus cars. Backdraft Roadsters are built in the Backdraft Racing facility in Boynton Beach which includes Backdraft Park which opened in 2012.
Recent editions include the Backdraft RT4 “Heritage Edition” the result of years extensively developed and refined through many years. Its use of an independent front and rear suspension provides the ultimate in drivability.
The Backdraft RT4B “Black Edition” features a 60s design with modern styling. Influences from modern day super-cars are apparent. This is a head-turner and not for the timid.
Backdraft Racing has been featured in many industry magazines through the years. Its growing base of customers appreciates the attention to detail and quality the company provides in every car it produces. This is a company founded by racing enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. More about the company and its latest inventory is available on the company website at BackdraftRacing.com.