Press Release | Nov 02, 2021

Austin Hatcher Foundation to unveil Custom “Keiki" Roadster at SEMA Show

By Austin Hatcher Foundation
By The Austin Hatcher Foundation
Austin Hatcher Foundation to unveil Custom “Keiki" Roadster at SEMA Show

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (November 2,2021) – SEMA Cares Charity, Austin Hatcher Foundation and the Kawasaki Family will be unveiling a custom Roadster on November 2, 2021 at the SEMA Show.  

This project build began with a Factory Five Mark IV Roadster kit, which resembles the look of the legendary 427 Cobra. Keeping its essence intact, the build has modern technology, parts, and materials to improve performance and comfort.

Finished in Ford Guardsman Blue with Ford Wimbledon White Stripes exterior, the Roadster features FORD Performance 347 cubic inch Street Cruiser Crate Engine – Edelbrock EFI, Tremec TKX 5-Speed Transmission, Moser Differential, and Halibrand Replica 17” Wheels. The custom paint was applied by AkzoNobel Coating Inc. using Sikken Paint Product.

What makes this custom Coupe so special are the hands that helped - the children and young adult cancer patients and survivors.

This custom Roadster was a part of the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s Industrial Arts Program.  The Industrial Arts, STEM program serves a multipurpose function; first to introduce and educate a STEM-based trade, second to treat and improve coordination deficits, behavior, memory, learning and many other deficits as results of childhood cancer.

“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Wade, Rose and the entire Kawasaki Family. This build was such an exciting opportunity for our patients and families,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. “I believe SEMA fans and automotive enthusiasts will love this legendary 427 Cobra Replica “Keiki” build…all while loving the impact it has on so many children and families.”

Car enthusiast, keep your eye open for when the Austin Hatcher Foundation announces the auction platform for the sale of this beauty late 2021 or early 2022.  All proceeds fund services at the Austin-Hatcher Foundation - the nation’s only 100%-free, whatever-it-takes-to-empower-families-to-thrive pediatric cancer foundation.