Le Mans cars reincarnated in Boksburg
Bailey Edwards builds race-ready replicas for local and international petrolheads
Peter Bailey manufactures replicas of legendary sports cars by hand, from scratch, in a nondescript corner of the East Rand. Customers from all corners of the world come knocking on his Boksburg factory door and he also has US- and EU-based agents who sell his products. He has created and sold about 80 bespoke sports cars since opening Bailey Edwards cars in 2003. What makes the entrepreneurial journey of this man even more remarkable is that the products he creates were famous when he was a young tyke playing with toy cars. And what fascinates even further is how some clients arrive at his factory brandishing a toy car to be recreated in life size and operational form. Not any hot wheels toy, though. It has to be a Le Mans World Sports Car racer from the sensational 1965-1972 era when the Ford GT40s, Porsche 917s, Lola T70s,Chevrons, Alfa Romeos and Ferrari P4s were beasts of note, easily able to attain speeds upwards of 350km/h and also outrunning even the period Formula One cars....