I believe you have hit the nail on the head. We should admire the art form not specifically the source and run with what we have got.
On another point...
Phil is trying to log book the care here in Australia with very little progress with CAMS (confederation against motor sport - my own conflagration). I believe he wants to run it in various competition events, which proves he is serious to me, however, the "gentlemen" at CAMS in their blindness have flatly refused to log book it!!!!!!
I must add here that I am biased, as I have had a similar situation recently with the blinkered bills there in relation to log booking my Ti Super REPLICA, They just don't get it as they (as a whole) and in particular some who wish to pontificate, procrastinate and hinder those who love our cars and just want to get out there and run our pride and joy. CAMS are there, specifically, to ensure those that wish to run their cars can run them in a safe & fun environment, not to wander around and give every one the SHI!!
SORRY Off Topic I Know.
However if there is enough ground swell to put pressure on the mighty Conspiracy, sorry confederation, the we might see some of these wonderful cars performing as they were built to do and run competitively.
I have finished my ranting and will persue this else where on the BB, but please help Phil fulfill his dream.
As much as we all like to rubbish CAMS, ther are Historic classes to cater for replicas and others to cater for genuine old race cars with or without actual racing history. In all cases it is a requirement that the basic car is of and from the actual marque manufacturer. You have replicated a TI Super using a Super as a basis, in a class that allows race-replicas, OK. You did not try to start with Datsun and try to make an Alfa from it!
In classes that represent original
racing/sports cars, you cannot just create a LotusXYZ from a pile of tube and Cortina running gear and expect it to be "authenticated" by the issuing of a CAMS/FIA Historic log book. These are rules that prevent Historic racing being flooded with (for instance) replica Cobras and Ferrari GTO-esq Datsun Zs.
There is some flexabilty in regulations that allow say a car built up of original spare parts, or an original chassis damaged and repaired with original running gear. There are also some allowances for exact spec. 'factory continuations or recreations'. But things that are plainly replicas and really share only a passing approximation of the real thing in most technical areas just don't qualify nor deserve a log book under the rules as plainly stated. This is as much in respect to the people and original cars that do actually compete. that they do not miss out perhaps on an entry gone to a mock-up car.
There are also plenty of avenues to use and compete with replica cars, without having to attempt to get one through the process and perhaps get bitter and disappointed about the outcome.
If the basic rules are read first, it is quite self evident that with a replica, it is really a bit, umm....ambitious.