“Hurricane Motorsports may have been silent for a while, but owners like you kept the legend alive by building, driving, and raving about this car which has now become a major part of our lives,” begins the letter which went to approximately 100 current Hurricane 427 Roadster owners this week. It’s safe to say most have already heard the news that the manufacturer of their beloved cars is up and running again under the direction of new parent company Scranton Manufacturing, meaning the gifts were simply a symbol of appreciation. Inside the customlabeled package, owners received a signed letter from Mike McLaughlin and Steve Sinnard of the new Hurricane Motorsports, an embroidered Hurricane baseball cap, and an embossed Hurricane logo keychain.
Hurricane Motorsports today revealed it will make available a limited number of 427 Roadsters prior to the 2010 production release of the legendary sports car. A handful of loyal Hurricane enthusiasts will be able to reserve a prime production slot and be the first to experience the thrill of owning and driving the new Hurricane. Exclusive slots can be reserved by calling 888.99.THRILL.
After months of development at its new Iowa home, Hurricane is now able to grant a limited number of prime slots to the original 122 owner enthusiasts as well as to some of those whom waited over 2 years to purchase a Hurricane 427 Roadster. The company is asking all original and current 427 Roadster owners to submit their contact information on the Hurricane website (www.hurricane-motorsports.com) to receive exclusive information and provide feedback on future improvements and offerings.
First steel frame is also complete;
Special plans in store for first new Hurricane
There are only one hundred twenty-two authentic Hurricane 427 Roadsters in existence around the world (there are Hurricanes in Mexico, Belgium, and Indonesia), so the creation of car body number one hundred twenty-three is welcome news to those whom have been waiting nearly 2 years to purchase one themselves. The highly accurate shape and caliber of the Hurricane’s fiberglass body, as well as the car’s overall quality and completeness, have proven to be a major draw for enthusiasts. Steve Sinnard, the new vice president of Hurricane says, “It’s fantastic to see this great car coming to life again. The body came out just as expected with an excellent consistency and quality.” Sinnard says though the car is in preliminary production and not yet available for purchase, Scranton Manufacturing is already receiving many Hurricane order inquiries.Hurricane Motorsports is making rapid progress at its new home where new owners Scranton Manufacturing are diligently reviving the legendary roadster. The first fiberglass body in nearly 2 years has emerged from the original Hurricane mold, just days after the first steel frame received its final welds. Thursday, November 19th marked the birth of the first fiberglass body, which was captured in a photo revealing the car fresh out of the mold with a black gelcoat finish. The build staff at the high-performance car manufacturer (including original fabricator Jason Kovachevich, who is overseeing the entire process) is very pleased with the quality of the first Hurricane body made in a facility specializing in fiberglass. As for where the first new car will go from here, Hurricane is only saying there are special plans they believe will excite followers.
Revived brand quickly roaring to life under direction of original fabricator Jason Kovachevich
LAKE CITY, IA – Nearly 2 years after the last Hurricane 427 Roadster rolled off the production line, the legendary high-performance car is being assembled once again. To the delight of enthusiasts worldwide, Scranton Manufacturing purchased the inactive Hurricane Motorsports on September 21st, signaling the brand would finally receive the proper revival it deserved. Over the past two months, Scranton has worked earnestly moving the operation to a new state, hiring an expert from the car’s past, and developing improvements to the production process.
The first new Hurricane frame began production on Monday, November 9th under the direct supervision of Jason Kovachevich. A driving force since the car’s inception, Jason served as the lead fabricator of all the original Hurricanes produced in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Jason is working closely with Scranton’s production team in Lake City, Iowa, to ensure a smooth transition and to maintain the outstanding quality of the original. Purists are sure to celebrate Jason’s involvement, as well as the fact that the cars are being produced on the original Hurricane frame jigs. There are some improvements to the new Hurricane including more precise weld quality, laser-cut parts replacing some previously heat-bent parts, and a subtle addition to the cabin’s leg and foot room. Recent hire Josh Brauckman is a car builder and 9-year racing veteran from Glidden, Iowa. His unique perspective ensures every car will be ready for the track.
One of the most talked-about names in kit car production, Hurricane Motorsports, has been acquired by Scranton Manufacturing Co. of Scranton, Iowa. This is the first official announcement of the acquisition which was finalized on Monday, September 21st, 2009. Hurricane Motorsports’ initial run of one hundred twenty-two Hurricane 427 Roadsters made waves in the kit car world and beyond, and loyal fans have been thirsting for more ever since. The new owners are ready to build excitement once again, bringing decades of related experience in product development, engineering and manufacturing. Scranton is especially skilled in frame welding and precision fiberglass molding. The company’s previous vehicle manufacturing experience includes the Litestar, a hybrid between car and motorcycle which featured a sleek, fiberglass jet plane design.