Tucked beside a country highway in North Carolina, impossible dreams come to life in the form of howling racecar replicas from Superformance. The model year says 2014, but the dream of piloting a Le Mans car on the street generally share a birthday with a 196* starting point.
Authorized and licensed by Safir Spares and Shelby American, Superformance is not a fly-by-night organization.
Badges and paperwork are a sure thing with every model they sell from the dozen or so assembly and retail outlets like Olthoff Racing all over the world.
But the one thing with racecar assembly versus mass-market vehicles? Racecars are incredibly difficult to build and perfect, with challenges every step of the way -- even for the original designers and pit crews.
But adding A/C, nearly any crate motor, and buyer customizations for everything from paint to steering wheel position to seating position and tires?
It takes time, skill, passion and experience.
Luckily, Olthoff Racing possesses a surplus of all these excellent traits.
Visiting the factory showroom was delightful, with my perma-grin not fading for days and days once I pulled back onto the country highway, and reality of modern life, when leaving this dream castle.