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This Factory Five Daytona Coupe Tribute Called ‘The Huntress’ Stalks Its Prey on the Racetrack

This Factory Five Daytona Coupe Tribute Called ‘The Huntress’ Stalks Its Prey on the Racetrack

Karen Salvaggio, 64, a health and wellness coach and retired school superintendent living in Hemet, Calif., on her Factory Five Daytona Coupe tribute,

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Karen Salvaggio, 64, a health and wellness coach and retired school superintendent living in Hemet, Calif., on her Factory Five Daytona Coupe tribute, as told to
A.J. Baime.

My entire life I have loved speed. When I was a kid, I would make road courses in the street using paint cans so I could ride my Huffy bike around it, trying to go faster and faster. I watched racing on ABC “Wide World of Sports” and I would say, “Someday I am going to do that!”

I joined the Air Force and became a B-52 mechanic, and through that I met a guy who ran stock cars in central California. He asked me to come to the track one day to help him and while I was there, he let me take the car out. I didn’t know what I was doing. All I knew was that I was in heaven. The very next Monday I bought my first race car, a stripped down 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 that came from a chicken ranch.

The car you see here I named “The Huntress,” and it is my fifth Factory Five Daytona Coupe tribute—specifically, a Gen 3 R model. The Daytona Coupe is a historically significant car. In the 1960s, Carroll Shelby built this car to beat the Ferrari GTOs in international racing, and it was amazingly successful, becoming the first American-manufactured car to win the GT class at Le Mans in 1964. A very small number were built [six, actually], and the survivors today are all worth millions. Factory Five is a Massachusetts-based company that makes tribute cars at a relatively affordable price.

This post first appeared on wsj.com

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