WELCOME to totalkitcar online…

A very warm welcome to totalkitcar online……..Along with the kitcars that should have made it big is the Razor three-wheeler. If I had a quid every time I heard combinations of: “Whatever happened to the Razor, I liked that.” I’d be sitting on a palm-tree clad beach in Mauritius…

I remember doing a feature on Dave Chapman’s first demo, a very orange bolide with a Suzuki Hayabusa providing the aural soundtrack and considerable ‘go’ and being completely blown away by it.

I needed a stiff drink after going out in the Hayabusa powered paperweight, the Razor with Dave Chapman! I reckon my terrible handwriting was totally indecipherable after that.

Just when it seemed that it couldn’t fail, circumstances had other ideas. The men behind the project, John Barlow and Dave Chapman, went their separate ways, with the latter retaining the Razor project. Trouble is Dave was kept very busy making his bread and butter funeral cars, which meant that time was stretched and the Razor was back-burnered…

Awesome Razor three-wheeler

However, it never really went away and it was always intended to return it to production…well, that time is nigh and Dave has kept in regular touch to keep me updated with developments.

Our most recent conversation this week, made me sit up and take notice. He’s currently building two Razors, one with a Kawasaki ZZR-1400 engine (gulp), the other with electric power…

Sneak peek! Forthcoming electric-powered Razor. WATCH THIS SPACE! ONLY THIS SPACE!

If ever a three-wheeler was suited to lithium ion batteries, it’s the Razor and Dave reckons it’s the way forward and early testing mileage has proven to be very promising. We’ll keep you updated with this one as it develops and we’ve also been promised the EXCLUSIVE first drive of the ‘electric Razor’ (sorry!) although it’ll be a close shave (sorry again) to get it done by Christmas! You can be sure that we’ll look ‘sharp’ though (!) …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TKC MAG SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 is out NOW.

STILL IN GOOD – AND BAD –  SHOPS AND ON DIGITAL FORMATS FOREVER!

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

Speedster Clinic Coupé They may keep a low-profile but Speedster Clinic aren’t short of customers and this 356 Coupe built by Neil Griffiths is a complete stunner.
AK 427 Any new AK Sports Cars demo car is a bit of an event. More of the same excellence with this one…
Westfield Sport 250 Take a great Westfield kit and add a Ford EcoBoost engine and you have a superb sportscar
Kitcars and headlights Rob Marshall brings us good and bad news about some of the new HID kits available on the market.
SBD Motorsport EcoBoost 1.6 When we heard that Steve Broughton of SBD Motorsport had developed a new tuning package for the EcoBoost 1.6-litre engine we had to find out more.
Project OMG – FINISHED Our RPX (MG TF-based conversion) comes to the end of the process this issue – at last.
Ultima Sports It’s always an event going to visit Ultima Sports and this time was no exception
INDUSTRY GREATS – PETER PELLANDINE Peter Pellandine is a very important name in the history of the UK’s kitcar industry and doesn’t get the credit he deserves. We pay tribute.
The Autostore In addition to importing the South African CAV GT40 replica there’s so much more to The Autostore, as Steve Hole recently found out.
From The Archives – DJ SPORTSCARS We’d planned this feature looking at the long history of DJ Sportscars before we’d heard that John Kox (JK Sportscars) had taken over the DAX range. Time to reminisce.
Pie Valley Minx A beach buggy is a beach buggy right? Not when it’s based on MG TF like the excellent Minx from Pie Valley Buggies.
Reader’s Drive – Peter Raybould’s GP Madison A good GP Madison always puts a smile on your face and Peter Raybould’s superb example is no exception.

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Shhhhhh…Another sneak peek!

FROM THE TOTALKITCAR ARCHIVE – RUSKA SPRINTER/CLASSICA

Ruska was a popular kitcar maker in their homeland in The Netherlands in the late seventies and they had a bit of a push in the UK in 1980 too, with an east London company, Dovercourt Plaistow offering their Bugatti Type 35 replica and Regina models (if you closed one eye and squinted with the other it bore a remote resemblance to a Mercedes-Benz SSK, although they didn’t sell any.

A similar fate befell their Sprinter (aka Classica) model, which was probably overly familiar with a Renegade T beach buggy that was also offered here in fully built guise only from £6000 in 1980. Again, no takers.

SNIPPETS 1……… A recent YouGov survey by Halfords has shown that 32 per cent feel safer when using a dash cam, while 27 per cent feel more confident when driving with a dash-cam.

Natasha Chauhan, Halfords’ dash-cam expert said: “We believe that the launch of Operation Snap will offer drivers greater peace of mind and protection for drivers on the road. When used correctly, dash-cams can help provide a clear record of an accident, helping the police to deal with driving offences quickly and efficiently. 

“If every car on the road had a dash cam we’d undoubtedly see a reduction in cases of crash for cash fraud and improved road safety as drivers would know their every move was being recorded.”

Halfords offers and range of dash-cams to suit all needs, and now offers a hardwire fitting service at all shops for £30, meaning power wires are hidden behind the car’s trim and the vehicle’s power socket is free to charge and power other devices. 
For more information visit www.halfordsautocentres.com or www.halfordscompany.com.

SNIPPETS 2………Race Retro, the international historic motorsport show, will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Formula 1’s ground-effects era in the Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from February 23-25, 2018.

Formula One’s ground-effects era to be celebrated at Race Retro 2018. Like the Williams of 1980 world champion, Alan Jones

Although the use of aerodynamic influence can be traced back more than a century in motor racing – Gustave Eiffel, he of Parisian tower fame, had a wind-tunnel that Peugeot used to help shape its Grand Prix cars in the early 20th century – it was Colin Chapman of Team Lotus who first capitalised fully on the notion of the racing car as an inverted wing, pressed to the track by the air that passed over its bodywork’s contours.

Chapman’s landmark design was the Lotus 79, introduced early during the 1978 season. Mario Andretti gave the car a winning debut in the Belgian Grand Prix and scored four further victories on his way to winning that season’s world title.

Building on Chapman’s initiative, Williams took the concept a stage further with the Patrick Head-inspired FW07, which gave the team its maiden F1 success in the 1979 British Grand Prix and carried Australian Alan Jones to the world championship in 1980. The organisers of Race Retro’s Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live will have an FW07 on display, from the Williams Heritage collection, and it is hoped that a 79 will also be present. 

Event Director Lee Masters said: “The ground-effect philosophy filtered down from the top of the sport and the 2018 Hall of Fame Live display will showcase a stunning range of cars that symbolises one of the most innovative periods in racing history.”

The Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live will also include other racing and rally cars, with a number of key milestones celebrated and tributes paid to attendant special guests, many of whom will be interviewed on the Motor Sport Live stage. Introduced to Race Retro last year, this was the biggest talking point of a show that is now owned by Clarion Events. 

We’re more than happy to support this great charity at TKC Mag/totalkitcar – get it checked out boys.

Race Retro will also welcome motor sport industry race series, rally organisers, and traders, with more than 85 specialists already committed. These include Classic and Sports Car Club, Equipe Classic Racing, MG Car Club, HERO Events, Classic World Racing, Historic Sports Car Club, Millers Oils, and the Vintage Sports-Car Club. 

Tickets are now on sale for Race Retro, held from February 23-25, 2018 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with free parking for all visitors. For the latest updates and ticket information, visit www.raceretro.com.

SNIPPETS 3……..The Historic Lotus Register will be making its first appearance at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, at Birmingham’s NEC November 10-12, with a truly spectacular display.

In keeping with the ‘Family Ties’ theme of this year’s show, the Register has arranged a stunning selection of seven cars, each representing both the story of the marque and a milestone in automotive history.

‘Family Ties’ will be the theme for the Historic Lotus Register at the forthcoming Classic Motor Show at the NEC

The Mark VI was the company’s initial ‘production model’ while the Twelve, the Eleven, the Elite Type 14 and the Seven will all be celebrating their sixtieth anniversary at the show. 

The Twelve, which became the first Lotus Formula One entry, and the Eleven, which won the 1957 Index of Performance at Le Mans, were the result of Colin Chapman’s pioneering experiments into the use of aerodynamics on a racing car. The London Motor Show of that same year saw the debut of the Elite – one of the greatest sports cars of the post-war era and the first vehicle in the world with a self-supporting GRP body.  

Such is its appeal, the Lotus Twelve Registrar, Mike Bennett, will be travelling from Adelaide, Australia, to attend the show as additional support on the stand. Now that’s what you call ‘Family Ties’.

As for the Lotus Seven, it is a true automotive icon and the Register will be presenting three prime examples at the NEC, from an early Series One model to a Series 2, the Lotus forever associated with ‘The Prisoner’ the sixties TV programme.

Showgoers will also be able to see one of only three third generation SS ‘Super Seven’ Twin Cams known to exist in the UK. This has been the property of Philip Jewell, the Register’s Event Officer, since 2004 and he is ‘delighted to be a part of the event.’

“This is our first time at the NEC and we are thrilled at the chance to celebrate Lotus’ past and to welcome a new generation of enthusiasts to our stand,” said Philip. 

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, is honoured to be the venue for such an astounding presentation of motoring heritage; one that should not be missed by any motoring enthusiast.

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, returns to Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 November. For more information, as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

STEVO’S ALBUM TIP – DAVID GILMOUR LIVE AT POMPEII

(PRNewsfoto/Columbia Records)

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, or a reminder of a past glory, while also being easy to find on Apple Music and Google Play.

As an admirer of much of Pink Floyd’s output I’ve always really liked the solo work of the band’s guitarist, David Gilmour and he’s been fairly prolific (for him) of late with the studio album ‘Rattle That Lock’ in late 2015 and the recently released Live at Pompeii set.

Both are brilliant, coated in Gilmour’s stunning playing and on a journey to Gloucestershire this week I revelled in the stunning tone that the man gets out of his trademark Fender Stratocaster, aided of course by the fact that he is a brilliant player.

The material on the live album is pretty much a greatest hits of Floyd and Gilmour’s careers, although the band is new, except drummer, Steve DiStenaislao and bassist, Guy Pratt, with the long-established rhythm section beautifully underpinning the sound.

The album kicks off with ‘5AM’, continues with ‘Ratle That Lock’ and the set closer, ‘Comfortably Numb’ brings things to a crashing climax and yep, that guitar solo is still blinding. I also found the tribute to his friend and former Floyd bandmate, Richard Wright, ‘A Boat Lies Waiting’ very touching and like the rest of this album quite brilliant. One moan, where does the bell go halfway through ‘High Hopes’?

Well worth checking out.

STEVO’S REAL ALE RECOMMENDATION – NOSS BEER WORKSCHURCH LEDGE

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…

I’m loving the landlord of one of my locals this week, who brought a batch of Church Ledge by Devon micro Noss Beer Works up to East Surrey. Based in Lee Mill in the South Hams area, the beer, a light IPA of 4% ABV is named after a reef that lies underneath Wembury church at the mouth of the River Yealm. A light, zesty and very hoppy pint. More from www.nossbeerworks.co.uk

So, until next Friday (October 20), I’ll leave you to explore the site. All that remains for me to do is to thank you for visiting us and to wish you a great week. Until next time do enjoy your driving but please take care out on the roads.

See Ya…

Best Regards

Steve