The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
7/12/17 7:55 a.m.

Story by John Webber, black and white photo by Ozzie Lyons

Bill King, who often tootles around an Atlanta suburb in his gleaming Allard, says that he has learned two things in the process.

First, he now knows that a planned five-minute stop can easily stretch into half an hour, because curious crowds always seem to materialize around his car.

“What is it?” gets a simple answer, and so does “Is it restored?” The “Who makes it?” takes a bit longer, though. And when King opens the hood in response to frequent requests, folks often launch another round of questions when they catch sight of the car’s fuel-injected V8.

That modernized drivetrain is responsible for Bill’s other nugget of learning: After plenty of time on his back under old British cars, he doesn’t worry about getting stuck in traffic and spewing coolant all over his Brooklands windscreens. He also doesn’t fret about fried wires or lost brakes.

That’s because Bill drives an Allard J2X MKII, a time machine that serves up a leather-helmet-and-goggles rush of the 1950s in a 21st century package. Under this Allard’s classic skin sits a refined chassis, drivetrain and suspension that combine to deliver sensory overload without the vintage hassles. It’s fast, reliable and (dare we say it?) almost comfortable.

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Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
7/12/17 2:22 p.m.

If you haven't seen these cars in person, you need to. Roger Allard's re-creations are true works of art. From the detailing to the engineering, these are nothing like "kit cars", they are more like bespoke machines crafted by artisans. They are very much a high-quality pro-touring sports car---- a classic design, thoughtfully re-engineered to modern standards.

russellsifers New Reader
3/14/19 3:39 p.m.

Fascinating and beautiful.  Caroll Shelby's J2X  Allard #3146 resides here in KC.  I hope to see it some day. 

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