Barry Watkins' SHA-DO Prototype
In April of 2000, Barry Watkins, an internationally celebrated automotive designer and enthusiast began a campaign of hand-built prototype cars that would evolve over the remaining decade.
Originally, Watkins assembled a team of builders and fabricators to construct a prototype car he would use as a fundraising tool for charitable contributions. The initial prototype, called SportStar, debuted in 2006 featuring twin 88 CI Harley Davidson engines mated to a Corvette transaxle.
Later, in 2010, the SHA-DO prototype was built as an evolution of the SportStar. It featured an upgraded composite chassis and body, an LS-7 Corvette 427 CI with 555HP. It features a Ricardo Ford GT 6-speed transmission operated by electronic paddle shifters. With a curb weight of 2,000 pounds, the SHA-DO prototype boasts tremendous power to weight ratio.
The trim is primarily black-chrome: wheels, roll bar, windshield frame, headlight bezels, grill and rear wing supports. Exhaust megaphones tilt up at 10-degrees. The overall length is 13-feet with a width of 84-inches to yield immense cornering stability. The Windshield frame comes from a 1953 Corvette.
The side script ‘Sundoulos’ represents Watkins’ company Sundoulos World Motorsports. His Company’s mission was committed to charitable work and fundraising. Sundoulos derives its name from the Greek word for "servant," synonymous with religious or spiritual servitude. In an interview Watkins stated: “We're realists and know our charitable work can only address a small portion of the vast needs we see in the world. But we are committed to making a difference, and that makes us innately stronger and more likely to make a viable impact.”
Donated to the Museum of American Speed