When car folks close their eyes, they can each imagine their very own “dream drive.” Maybe it’s a run around the Nürburgring in a GT3 Porsche, or it might be a simple cruise down Beale Street in Memphis driving a convertible pink Cadillac. For most of us, our dream drives are usually a bit unobtainable. I don’t own a GT3 Porsche or a pink Cadillac, which means these drives are going to be pretty tough to get to do. However, Hagerty’s DriveShare peer-to-peer car rental service changes all of that.
To hype its DriveShare program, Hagerty is offering a four-day, three-night “dream drive” from San Francisco to Los Angeles along California’s famed Highway 1 coastal route. This is a beautiful and challenging drive, but the road isn’t the real carrot here, it is the vehicle Hagerty is offering you to drive: a Factory Five replica of the 1965 Daytona Coupe. This is a modern reimagining of the Pete Brock-designed, Carroll Shelby-built, Ford-powered car that Bob Bondurant drove to win the 1965 FIA World Manufacturers’ Championship.
Factory Five made its mark designing affordable kit cars of Cobra roadster replicas where you take the guts of a 1987-2004 Mustang GT and slap them into a fiberglass Cobra body in your garage. And the price is right, all of this Cobra roadster glory for only $12,990 for the kit. Factory Five also builds other models, including the Daytona Coupe (featured in the Hagerty DriveShare “Dream Drive” contest), a 33 Ford Hot Rod, and a GTM Super Car. The formula is simple: buy its kit, find a donor car, and start putting it all together.
If you don’t want to spend a month in your garage building a kit car and just want to drive a Daytona Coupe down California’s Highway 1, then simply enter the Hagerty DriveShare “Dream Drive” contest. The process for entering the contest could not be easier — simply provide your name, e-mail, list a city where you would like to enjoy a dream drive, and boom you are finished. The whole process took less than thirty seconds. You have until January 31, 2021, to get it done. You can enter the Hagerty DriveShare 2020 Dream Drive Contest HERE and maybe be the one cruising down the California coastline.
According to Steve Haas, senior manager of DriveShare operations, “the Daytona Coupe captures the look and feel of the original 200 mph GT cars, but as with all Factory Five designs, it is more reliable and comfortable.” What he is saying is the car that Bob Bondurant drove to glory in 1965 didn’t have a heater or a radio in it, the Factory Five car does.
I was curious about what other types of vehicles I could play with listed on the DriveShare platform, so I started imagining some of my dream drives. A simple search of the DriveShare website netted me a whole bunch of “bad” ideas, like Italian supercars for $600 a day. I think it is a good idea; it is my wife who said it was a bad idea.
Besides its DriveShare program, Hagerty has a lot of other cool programs for car folks, namely its HPDE or race car insurance called Track Day Insurance. Through Hagerty, you can insure your car on a racetrack where your daily auto insurance stops at the registration gate. So, if you make a mistake and find yourself shiny side down, that doesn’t mean your car is a total loss.
If you are looking for a different rental car experience in something you never thought you could get the chance to drive, check out DriveShare. If you want to build a Cobra in your garage, head over to Factory Five. If you need track day insurance, look to Hagerty. And if you don’t want any of that stuff but like free things, enter to win the “Dream Drive.”