After months of building and tinkering, Father’s Garage is nearing the final stages of construction on an MK4 roadster kit, a replica of a 1965 Shelby Cobra. The project was organized by Fr. Aaron Kuhn as a means of raising money to support people interested in becoming priests and religious sisters.

Fr. Aaron Kuhn has spent the last 10 months building the roadster with members of his church, many of which were kids.
Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal
Fr. Aaron Kuhn has spent the last 10 months building the roadster with members of his church, many of which were kids. Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal


The almost done roadster has made its rounds to parades and car shows, showing off what weeks of combined teamwork can create. Recently the Cobra left the shop with a new paint job chosen by the people who helped build the vehicle. Stock red has been replaced with white and blue rally stripes. Only a few interior decorations remain then the vehicle will be complete.

Raffle tickets are available now through Sept. 8 and can be purchased at several different locations including the Church of St. Ann, Weber's Wadena Hardware, Auto Value Wadena, Drastic Measures Brewing, and John’s Car Care Center. Raffle tickets cost $100 with 1,500 tickets available.

According to Kuhn, the raffle operates on a tier system. If 500 tickets sell, the car will be paid for. If they reach 1,000 tickets sold, they will have an estimated $50,000 to donate. If the raffle reaches 1,500 tickets sold, the church will purchase another kit car. As of now, Kuhn hasn’t decided on a model if they achieve that goal. He stated that perhaps choosing the next vehicle could be a fun activity during the actual raffle.

Kuhn has been taking the Cobra, nicknamed “Teresa” after Mother Teresa, to various car shows and events as a means to market the raffle. Mother Teresa has even been spotted riding alongside Kuhn in a recent parade in Bluffton. The eye catching roadster has been seen cruising around Wadena recently. Its appearance often has people stopping Kuhn and buying raffle tickets on the spot.

“Every time I’ve been to a car show it's been a significant highlight because it's the kids helping to build it and it's going to benefit someone other than the people who simply made it,” said Kuhn.

With every completed step, the Cobra inches closer to the starting line. An event is planned to start at 3 p.m., Sept. 8 at the Church of St. Ann. The church will host games for kids from 3-6 p.m. A meal will be served in the main hall. The raffle winner will be announced at 4 p.m.