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A WARM welcome to totalkitcar online…I really hope you had a great Easter.

With Stoneleigh fever rising and the show just over a week away at the time of writing, we’ve been finalising our own plans for the event.

You’ll find our stand in the usual spot – HALL ONE; STAND 66 and this year we think we have even more good reasons for you to visit us. We have a prototype version of a really SEXY NEW KITCAR, which believe me, is completely and totally stunning and will be a gamechanger, I reckon. I’m not allowed to reveal what it is until next Friday’s show preview right here, but you’ll want to see this one …

With the recent demise of Kit Car magazine, we have what we think is an outstanding subscription offer. Real value for money stuff. It’s a ‘STONELEIGH ONLY’ offer and is open to all readers, regardless of where you live, not bad considering that a UK sub only costs £29 for the year! Again, I’ll let the cat out of that particular bag as to what we’re giving you for your hard-earned lolly, next Friday (April 28).

You’re guaranteed to spot something unusual and rare at Stoneleigh like this Stimson delicacy

We’ll have copies of our new MAY/JUNE issue on the stand, plus bargains on automotive books and a load more stuff.

We’re also delighted that our friends from NITRON will be our guests at the show so if you want to find out more about their great range of top-notch yet affordable dampers, you know where to come.

You’ll find us over in the usual spot in the corner…We look forward to meeting friends, old and new. See you there.

A mate of mine who knows I like a sticker sent me this. I quite like it…

TKC Mag MARCH/APRIL 2017 is OUT NOW…in good – and bad – newsagents, via 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…

DNA 2fifty Cal DNA is best-known for their modern Italian exotic replicas. We think their first crack at classics with the BMW Z3-based 2fifty Cal is a stunner …
Caterham Seven 310 The Seven 270 is a great car but add another 30-odd bhp and it becomes a real hoot and a Caterham 310…
Autosport International 2017 REVIEW If it’s January then it must be time for Autosport International. Here’s our review of this iconic event.
Upholstery Repairs – Part One

 

We welcome Rob Marshall to the TKC Mag team with the first of a two-parter dealing with how to repair irritating problems with interior trim. Part two next issue …
Ariel Profile A visit to the Somerset factory of Ariel where the workshop was a busy place with Atoms, Nomads and Ace bikes under build.
Future Donor The editor puts forward his suggestion for the next big donor vehicle…

 

JHL Minor Restorations Not kitcars but very mad conversions! A habit for fitting Ford Zetec engines into Morris Minors makes a for an eye-opening performance enhancement…
Ultimate Cobra Replica Build? Barry Boughton is a very interesting man. He is also building arguably the ultimate AK Cobra replica. We kick-off his build here.
Project OMG – HOT MODS damper conversion The dampers on our MG TF-based RPX were looking a bit worse for wear and so here’s how we fitted some superb Protech-based HOT MODS replacements. They are fab and make a big difference.
Pilgrim Speedster We popped down to Hayling Island to meet a man who loves his Pilgrim Speedster replica. No wonder he LOVES it…
Industry Greats – TIM DUTTON and DUTTON CARS I’ve known Tim for well over 30-years and he really is a man deserving of his place in the annals of the UK’s kitcar industry. Over 8500 kitcar sales guarantees my respect. Here’s his career story.
Fitting a remote brake servo Gary Stretton guides us through the process.

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.

March/April 2017 issue still available – in good – and bad – newsagents, mail order or all digital platforms.

FROM THE TOTALKITCAR ARCHIVE – SCORPION K19

Created by serial specials builder, and ex-Jensen engineer, Tom E. Killeen and derived from his Mirage K18 creation. Powered by Hillman Imp with the 875cc engine hanging out back, with a fibreglass semi-monocoque and pressed steel floorpan arrangement. Its main rival, the similarly-powered Clan Crusader was more popular and the Scorpion faded away, a plight no doubt aided when its makers went into receivership.

Killeen had been designing racing car monocoques since the seventies and indeed had claimed to have produced the world’s first in 1950.

Rycam Engineering marketed the kit package although in 1973, Innes Lee Motor Company of Telford offered a fully built version briefly, although it looked all over in late 1975 when Rycam went into liquidation.

After 12-years away, Dovetail Plastics, of Lambourn, Berkshire, run by Peter Sylvester, who also made the Briton model for a time, acquired the moulds and rights to the Scorpion from erstwhile laminators, AMI Plastics of Stafford and set about revising the car ditching the original floorpan and semi-monocoque in favour of a multi-tubular chassis with foam-filled box section sills, for added side-impact protection.

Dovetail also amended the power to mid-mounted Alfasud with the complete front suspension set-up from a Vauxhall Viva HC. Meanwhile, the standard gullwing door arrangement of Killeen’s original was joined by alternative options such as targa and convertible.

The rear suspension, meanwhile, was quite interesting and was the work of Lotus thanks to a grant and input from the government’s Production Engineering Research Association body. Sylvester probably sold an extra six making a probable combined total of seventeen.

Rycam Engineering Ltd (Sutton Coldfield) 1972-74

Rycam Engineering Ltd (Telford) 1974-75

Innes Lee 1972

Dovetail Cars 1984-85 

SNIPPETS 1………The National Kit Car Motor Show, better-known to kitcar enthusiasts as as just, ‘Stoneleigh’ takes place over the weekend of April 30-May 1.

It remains the biggest kitcar show in the world and with so few dedicated kitcar events on the calendar in the UK, it takes on even greater importance, these days.

On the off-chance you don’t know where it is, the official address is – Stoneleigh Park, Royal Showground Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ. Gates open both days at 9.30am closing at 5pm.

Tickets – £15 on the gate. Children 8-16 get in for a fiver.

From London M40 – Exit J15, A46 to A452 and take B4113.

From M6 or M69 – Exit M6 J2 to join A46; M69 to A46, exit A46 to join B4113.

From M1 Northbound – Take exit J21, M69 A46, exit A46 to join B4113.

More from www.nationalkitcarshow.co.uk.

Everything could be beautiful with the world on April 30/May 1, dear reader …

595S – Stevens Barchetta originally created by Professor Peter Stevens, is back, with a completely re-designed chassis, bike power and not a sign of Fiat 126 donor vehicle anywhere.

AB Performance/Aries Motorsport – a collaborative effort this one that sees a Lotus Seven-inspired body fitted to an AB Arion chassis.

Batho Sportscars – A rather stunning-looking aluminium-bodied Lotus Seven-inspired sportscar.

FF Buggies – A bloke called Tim Cooksey started FF Buggies way back in the day. As the name implies they did beach buggies and also an Alfa Romeo Alfasud body conversion kit. This new company will concentrate on FF’s buggies and also those of most of the other UK buggy makers known to man – a line-up of seven beach buggy models, I hear.

Foreman Cars – To be honest, I don’t think the new owners of the NF Autos P4 recreation are exhibiting at Stoneleigh, but it’s a re-launch, this is a round-up and it’s a great replica, so I’ve included it here.

Hambly Kit Cars – Personally I’ve taken a keen interest in this one. Not only because the company is located quite close to totalkitcar Towers near Brands Hatch but it’s a resurrection of the old Primo Coupe. We have to call it that because the owners of GTM name won’t allow them to use that name. Undeterred Derek Hambly has swerved neatly round that. Rather apt this one is at Stoneleigh as the GTM celebrates FIFTY years in 2017.

Dave Jones Kitcars – Another welcome return and another one that’s a bit of a mystery. Here’s what we don’t know. Er, anything about it, cos Dave isn’t saying until April 30. What we do know is that the man has made a career out of producing very fine Italian exotic body conversions, so I’d reckon there was a great chance we should bet the farm on that being true here…

Mirage Auto Developments – Spawned from Car Craft Centre, who produced the Zero and the sublime Cyclone, is this glorious 250 Cal pastiche. I haven’t seen it in three dimensions yet but if it looks half as good in three dimensions as it does in print then it’s a corker.

MEV – I honestly don’t know if Stuart Mills is launching anything new at Stoneleigh 2017 but on the basis that the UK’s leading manufacturer normally does there’s a very good chance…one definite new launch on the MEV stand will be the fiendishly clever, Rocketeer MXV6 conversion, a Jaguar S-type engine transplant for MX-5 and therefore kitcars based on same. They’ll have one of their engines fitted to an Exocet and a feature in our MAY/JUNE issue on sale at the show…

MK Indy – The Indy was until not so long ago one of the best-selling kitcars in the UK. A concentration on the French market and a lack of show appearances saw it lose ground. It’s now back and under the control of Essex-based Kit Car Direct…

Phoenix Kit Cars – There’s several perennially-used names in the kitcar industry and Phoenix is one of them. The latest to rise is this new company who’ll be re-launching the old MEV Mevster at Stoneleigh …

Specialist Sporting Vehicles – Intriguing name, although the man behind the company is the big news. The one and only Lee Noble, no less. The prodigal son returns to his kitcar roots. Although I’ve known Lee for over 30-years even I can’t get him to tell me more about his new kitcar. All he keeps saying is ‘Be patient’. So, I guess we’ll just have to patient until April 30 …one thing is for sure, it’s guaranteed to be great though.

Speed 3 Automotive – In addition to having a production-ready version of their MG TF-based Mini silhouette on display they will also launch their new Metro 6R4 replica.

Tribute Automotive – I don’t know what Chris Welch is unveiling at Stoneleigh 2017, all I know is he’s bringing something new…

SNIPPETS 2…….. Torbay Motor Club is delighted to announce that H R Owen Ecurie has extended their partnership with the club to include headline sponsorship of their 2017 Wiscombe Hill Climb and will bring a selection of stunning cars to the event at the glorious East Devon venue. The company will also provide an example to run as the course car on the hill during the day’s action.

Cheltenham-based H R Owen Ecurie offer a showcase of the finest high performance pre-owned vehicles in the UK and also offer a sourcing service for outstanding supercars from around the world including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati from Italy, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW from Germany and Aston Martin, Bentley, McLaren and Rolls-Royce from the UK.

The club’s event at Wiscombe Park again looks set for a thrilling contest on the 914-metre track, with 120-cars and nearly 50-motor bikes making another capacity entry for the Devon club’s first speed event of 2017.

Competitors will battle for a number of regional, club, venue and series-specific championships in a wide variety of saloon, sports and racing cars, with the motorcycle riders contesting the National Hill Climb Association series.

The action starts with practice sessions in the morning, followed by the first of two competitive timed runs after lunch.

Additional support comes from long-time loyal supporters, The Tipton Garage and Alansway Body Repairs, who will sponsor the event’s vehicle recovery service.

Torbay Motor Club supports the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.  Web-link: www.daat.org.

For further information from http://www.hrowen.co.uk/ecurie/ or visit www.torbay-mc.co.uk.

SNIPPETS 3……..I’m a big fan of the work of Bogg Brothers and we visited them recently for a feature on Bike Carbs that appears in our May/June issue. While we were there our eyes were glued on a set of Ducati Panigale throttle bodies for a special project and I heard from Steve Bogg this week who told me:

OOO_EEE!

“The project using the Ducati throttle bodies has been completed. They went on a Mazda rotary engine going into an ex-F3 Reynard to be used for hillclimbin. We don’t think many people will have done this before! You can see that we put the original Ducati injectors near the inlet ports and put an extra set in the airbox directly in line with the trumpets as per instructions from the engine builder,lots of fabrication and a pretty trick looking set up to boot!”

Can’t disagree, Steve. Visit www.boggbros.co.uk.

STEVO’S ALBUM TIP – THE BEAT FARMERSVAN GO

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.

A band that I liked a lot back in the eighties and have been reminded of again recently is The Beat Farmers, oft described as ‘cowpunk’ in style but don’t let that put you off. Their 1986 release is well worth checking out and is a rocking little number featuring tracks such as ‘Riverside’, a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Powderfinger’ and the majestic ‘Blue Chevrolet’ and ‘Deceiver’. Really worth checking out…

STEVO’S REAL ALE RECOMMENDATIONSLIGHTLY FOXED BREWERYHOWLIN FOX

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…

Pleased to see a visitor from West Yorkshire in one of my locals this week. Howlin’ Fox from the Slightly Foxed brewery of Mytholmroyd.

A tribute to classic bluesman, Howlin Wolf, this is a very pale ale of 3.5% ABV and has a clean, dry, hoppy flavour. Bery nice, indeed. More from www.slightlyfoxedbrewery.co.uk.

Time for me to fly and to let you explore the site, so I’ll pause just to thank you for visiting and to say that I look forward to welcoming you here again, next Friday (April 28), where we’ll have a full Stoneleigh preview. Do enjoy your driving but please take care out on the roads.

See Ya…

Best Regards

Steve