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A WARM welcome to totalkitcar online………..Soul-heartening trip to various parts of Yorkshire this was heartening for the soul. One of my visits was to Bogg Brothers in East Lutton, a few miles off the A64 York-Scarborough road, run by Steve and Pete Bogg although their dad, Dave, equally as well-known as ‘Boggy’ is still to be found working his magic on his rolling road.

Lurking in the company’s large workshop were some superb specialist cars, including a GSM Delta. A car owned by Dave, a JBA Falcon is for sale. It might not be the best in terms of body condition but it has a 2.1-litre Ford Pinto engine with a Cosworth YB gearbox and many other upgraded parts, so mechanically it’s very, very attractive. When it comes to bodywork, Dave says he’ll throw in a couple of matching Hammerite paint! More information from www.boggbrothers.co.uk and tell them we sent you …

Bodywork on Boggy’s JBA Falcon is in need of some TLC but mechanically it’s first class and includes …

… a Ford 2.1-litre Pinto with all the right bits on it.

We’ve updated our TRACKDAY calendar to cover February-April 2017 inclusive, so if you want to find out what’s on, when and where, CLICK HERE.

TKC Mag JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 is OUT NOW…in good – and bad – newsagents, mail order and also on ALL digital platforms…

We’ve got plenty of stuff for you this issue, dear reader and here’s just a flavour of what we have for you…

TKC Mag January/February is out NOW in newsagents, via mail order and on all digital platforms.

Grinnall Scorpion III Brilliant three-wheeler might be in its 26th year but it just gets better and better. Here’s a road test of the latest demonstrator.
Caterham Seven Sprint 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the iconic Seven. We recently tested a very special retro-flavoured limited edition.
Storm Warrior II One of the finest kitcars that I drove in 2016 was this, the Land Rover Discovery-based Storm Warrior II. Practical, affordable and BIG fun…
Smyth UTE

 

Hailing from America and created by the co-founder of Factory Five Racing, the UTE Volkswagen body conversion is big over there and now it’s over here!
Nick Fowler’s MK Indy RR A very special MK Indy built by a remarkable chap from Leeds.
Sylva Sports Cars in Profile When you take over an established kitcar marque it’s not always easy, especially when that marque is Sylva Autokits. However, David MacBean is doing very nicely. Paying homage to the past but developing for the future.

 

Teal Type 50 one-off Teal sold loads of Bugatti Type 35 replicas, but they also made this exquisite one-off Type 50…
MWS Wheels Wire wheels are almost obligatory on certain cars. There aren’t many companies making them these days but one of the very best is Motor Wheel Service International…
Option 1 Sportscars A visit to the well-known Bromsgrove-based meisters of GRP and paint
JPS Motorsports Speedster Our man Tony Thacker visited the North Hollywood home of JPS Motorsports for a close look at their Speedster replicas. He left very impressed.
Industry Greats – PAUL HAUSSAUER Mr H was the man behind the mighty marvel CLAN CRUSADER and much more besides in his long career…
Racebolt Bristol-based company who manufacture beautiful anodised fasteners

FIND IT IN GOOD NEWSAGENTS (and bad ones too, no doubt!) OR ORDER YOUR COPY BY MAIL ORDER NOW……UK CUSTOMERS HERE or MAINLAND EUROPE HERE or REST OF WORLD CUSTOMERS HERE.

FROM THE TOTALKITCAR ARCHIVESERAPH SPORTS RACER

Prior to taking over AED Bonito in 1985, John Grossart and Karl Nickless’ Temple Cloud, Bristol-based operation made a purposeful wedge-shaped, mid-engined coupe with Ford Crossflow or Lotus Twincam-power, which was intended as a dual-purpose road/racer.

The car featured modified Ford Cortina uprights at the front with bespoke wishbones. The rear featured wishbones and uprights fabricated in-house. Seraph also produced a version with Imp 998cc engine tuned to produce 120bhp.

I recall that many people lusted over it although none parted with money for one for some reason. I think they might have only built one. Was that ever fully completed?

SNIPPETS 1………Tickets are now on sale for Race Retro 2017, the International Historic Motorsport Show. Held between February 24-26 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, this is the must-attend pre-season event for classic motorsport enthusiasts.

Race Retro is one of the most diverse motorsport events on the calendar, comprising stunning displays, high octane live action, and – courtesy of HERO events – the opportunity for you to become a rally hero ad drive a classic car of your choice on a specially designed route within the grounds of Stoneleigh Park.

New for 2017 is the Motor Sport Hall of Fame; a whole hall dedicated to past and present inductees, also featuring the Motor Sport Live Stage with interviews and panel of racing heroes and industry experts.

Event Director Dan Nwaokolo, heading up the new organising team from Clarion Events, said: “We’re really excited about Race Retro for 2017. We hope to make the event even bigger and better than before, with something for everyone. We’re also excited to be able to let the public have their say as to who should be the next inductees into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame during 2017, as well as to having some Hall of Fame members and nominees at the show.”

Alongside the Hall of Fame, the Live Stage is set to bring more exciting high octane action to Stoneleigh. Group B and C cars such as the Peugeot 205 T16 and MG Metro 6R4 will join more traditional rally heroes including the Ford Escort and Mini Cooper on the specially created stage circuit.

If you have an itchy bidding finger you’re in luck too; Silverstone Auctions will be holding two auctions during the Race Retro weekend. The first, on Friday 24 February, is aimed toward competition cars. The second spans Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February and will feature classic cars, motorcycles and automobilia.

Adult tickets cost £20, when ordered in advance, with child tickets at £5, weekend passes at £34, and under-5s going free. For more information visit www.raceretro.com.

SNIPPETS 2…….. In addition to making the MG TF-based conversion, the RPX and their MGB ‘rubber-bumper’ conversion kit, Lowestoft-based, RPS Ltd has been working on their other MGB package, the VeeBee Wing kit making some amendments to the package and will debut the revisions at Stoneleigh this weekend at the MG & Triumph Spares show…here’s a couple of advance images. More from www.rps-ltd.info.

Revised VeeBee Wing for MGB from RPS Ltd has been very tastefully done

Detail is excellent

SNIPPETS 3…….. Sealey Tools want to make a difference, this is why they have chosen to support Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK with their New Pink Tools Promotion

The campaign features unique limited edition pink versions of some of their most popular lines and aims to raise £40,000 to split equally between the two charities. Included in the special selection are Premier screwdrivers and socket sets, a welding helmet, an air hose, an LED3601 lamp, a pair of folding axle stands, a 3tonne trolley jack, a multimeter and a three-drawer tool chest.

These will be eye catching additions to any garage or workshop and everyone will know that they are supporting two important causes. Alternatively, you can also support their campaign by donating via the Just Giving sites:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sealey-breast-cancer

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sealey-prostate-cancer

Copies of the new Pink Tool Promotion are available from your local stockist, or you can request a copy or view online at www.sealey.co.uk.

STEVO’S ALBUM TIP……..WHITFORD/ST HOLMESREUNION

Thanks for letting me know that you’ve been enjoying these fun little album tips. They are intended to bring you some great music – usually of a ‘crunchy’ guitar blues rock variety – that you may not have heard, while also being easy to find on Apple Music and the Android equivalent.

Back in 1981, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Derek St. Holmes of Ted Nugent’s band, released a self-titled album that was full of chest-beating hard rock tracks. Sadly it didn’t do that well and the two guitarists didn’t work together again until 2016 when they released this album, REUNION.

An absolute corker and well worth seeking out on Apple Music. There’s also a deluxe edition with the original album tagged on the end. Superb, in my view.

STEVO’S REAL ALE RECOMMENDATION…………DONCASTER BREWERYCRISPINIAN

Thanks for the über positive feedback over this beer-orientated weekly item. It’s our weekly real ale recommendation as with over 800 micro-breweries in the UK, cask beer drinkers are spoilt for choice. Let’s just point out that we definitely don’t condone drink/driving rather than enjoying a pint in moderation during your leisure time…

While in South Yorkshire this week I grabbed the chance to sample a couple of pints of Crispinian Bitter from tiny micro, Doncaster Brewery, located in er, Doncaster.

There’s a Roman connection to the name and it’s a nut-brown hued ale, which features brown ale malt, which gives a very refreshing pint. The dry, liquorice finish is pretty unique too. Check out www.doncasterbrewery.co.uk

Right, that’s about it from me until next Friday (February 24) so I’ll pause briefly to thank you for visiting and to wish you a great seven days. Do enjoy your winter driving but please do take care out on the roads.

See Ya…

Best Regards

 

Steve