HB Special Rebody : RUNGE KAROSSERIE

The HB Special was an SCCA race car built in the 1960’s to run in the SR or “Sports Racing” class. It runs a Ford Cosworth 4 cylinder engine mated to a VW Splitcase Transmission. The HB Special utilizes a VW Front beam and drum brakes.

I was asked to take on the project of giving the HB Special a newly designed shell before the car is shipped to Germany where it will undergo a full restoration of its underpinnings. This project had some challenges in design due to trying to retain the original door placement yet working with the wide track width and short wheelbase of the exisiting racecar, all on a tidy budget. This is how I received the car.

Working through these elements brought out a design that carries a Can Am racer look with some modern exotic feel to it. The design was influenced by the Ford GT40 as well. I am nearly finished with the project and upon completion will post a full photo gallery.

Vintage Speed Porsche meets VW

Over the past few years I’ve had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with Landspeed record setter and fellow Porsche enthusiast Tom Bruch. Tom has been tuning early 2 piece VW motors since the 60’s. Tom and I came up with a plan to build this Vintage Speed motor for my current Frankfurt Flyer series racer. Here you can get a taste of what it sounds like.