Mary at the Kirkham Factory

Today’s Post by Joe Farace


If you’re not familiar with the Kirkham Motorsports here’s some information that I gleaned from their website: “Kirkham Motorsports started in 1994 with the mission to build the finest replicas in the world. It  began when David Kirkham was restoring the 427 Shelby Cobra CSX3104. At the same time, a relative bought, sold and imported to the US a Polish fighter jet. The already sold jet had bounced inside the shipping container and the nose was severely dented. David was called to fix the plane, and during inspection of the damage, realized the construction was strikingly similar to CSX3104.”

Kirkham roadster




Inspired, David found the manufacturer in Poland and sent a fax off to Poland. The simple note read, “Can you guys build an aluminum bodied car?” Within 12 hours the reply: “No problem.”

A week later, David was on a plane to Warsaw with an English-Polish dictionary, a toy model of a Cobra, and a dream. He spent a week scouting the factory and exploring their manufacturing abilities. He saw a silent factory with idle machines. The enormous factory had produced aircraft for over 60 years.

During the tour, David knew this was the place he wanted to build cars. After meeting with three generations of skilled craftsmen eager to make these cars, he forged some agreements and left filled with high expectations and enthusiasm.

Since then, Kirkham Motorsports has become one of the leading manufacturers in the component car industry. At the inception of the company, KM focused on building the most accurate replicas in the business.