WELCOME to totalkitcar online…

A very warm welcome to totalkitcar online…….We’ve had several readers asking about the progress with our Jakabi Abster magazine build project. Well, the simple answer is the car is here and just awaiting the brand new custom interior currently under-build at those meisters of such things, Intatrim.

Intatrim’s Robin Baugh has been teasing me this week, with several sneak peek shots of the new seats and doorcards and all that’s done is leave my jaw gaping as they look fantastic.

So, as soon as the trim parts arrive the car will just need an MOT and will be on the road. The aim is to be using on Christmas Day afternoon for a festive visit to relatives. Really pleased with the quality of the service and of course, work of Intatrim.

Hopefully our Jakabi Abster project will look as good as Paul Goldsmith’s demonstrator.

I decided a while ago to have the car built and back on the road before commencing the series in the magazine. That way there won’t be any gaps between instalments in the series.

We also had a sixteen week wait for the DVLA to alter the V5C. The initial result was that they reckoned the car needed an IVA test (it doesn’t) and that they were cancelling the existing V5C and withdrawing the numberplate allocated to the car…I appealed that decision and thankfully, it was reversed and the car is now correctly registered as a ‘Jakabi Abster MGF’

TKC MAG NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 is out NOW.

Available on all digi platforms, mail order and shops, good – and bad – NOW. Oh yes it surely is.

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

Nick Evans’ Lotus Europa Twin Cam Nick used to work for Filby back in the day and has owned more kitcars than most. His latest project, a painstaking restoration of a Lotus Europa (he likes them) is a marvel, as is its 220bhp Zetec twin cam.
T89 SSL F1 engineer Cal Trump is obviously a very clever chap indeed. We were intrigued by his plans-built SSL single-seater project so popped along to his Derbyshire base to find out more.
2rike three-wheeler This is what you get when a kitcar enthusiast, master toolmaker produces a stunning little reverse trike. Meet the 2rike. It’s great.
Tyre Pressure Monitor Systems Rob Marshall turns his attention to tyre pressure monitoring systems this issue. Once upon a time TPMS would have been out of reach for kitcar owners. Not now though and Rob identifies some potential systems you might be interested in.
XCS Hot Rod When Gary Sanders left DJ Sportscars after 30-plus years, he was never going to let the grass grow and watch Countdown every day. He set up XCS and has just created this stunning hot rod.
JK Sports Cars Erstwhile, DJ Sportscars agent, John Kox runs DAX Benelux. He’s also now acquired the DAX Cobra model under the JK Sports Cars banner.
Europa Engineering It’s a given that if you have a Lotus Europa and you need parts, you head off to the door – or website – of Richard Winter of Europa Engineering. We recently paid him a visit.
INDUSTRY GREATS – Dave Fisher The ‘King of the Buggies’ and co-founder of Kingfisher Kustoms has an extremely interesting career story…
DJC V-Storm WR3 The latest DJC V-Storm has turned a few heads and is quite simply spectacular.
Chipex paint repair Rather than use a chip-stick or visit a paintshop for a minor glitch on your car’s body, why not take a look at Chipex? That’s what we did, and here’s our findings.
Car Fest South Review A scorching hot weekend in late August, Jody Scheckter’s Laverstoke Farm venue and over 100,000 people helps make a great show. As does one kit magazine with eleven kitcar manufacturers in tow. Trust me – The kitcar industry rocked CAR FEST SOUTH!
Reader’s Drive – John Hannah’s Midget Here’s a nice Midget resto. A nice Midget resto with a bike engine. That’s cool enough, but when you hear of what owner, John Hannah had to overcome you’ll be doubly impressed I think.

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 ARCHIVE CONCEPT BANDIT

Dating back some 22-years, the Bandit from the Concept Car Company was almost definitely way ahead of its time, given the mainstream market’s switch to quirky hybrids and electrics.

The Bandit was subject to some massive publicity and a glitzy launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show of 1995, no less.

It was the work of brothers Andy and Chris Mynheer and big things were expected of the buggy-cum-sportscar-cum-hot rod. It was underpinned by a spaceframe chassis topped off by a GRP body and a choice of Rover K-Series 1.4 or Peugeot 1.5-litre diesel. It was initially known as the Urbanizer in prototype form before becoming the Bandit.

In the press, it was heavily marketed as a ‘hyper-micro’ car intended for sale as a fully built car, priced from £10,668 although kit versions were soon offered. Who remembers the company’s memorable stand at Stoneleigh in 1996? It was possibly the wildest ever kitcar show stand resembling a Mexican Cantina in downtown Tijuana. I’ve not forgotten that one.

It was actually a well-made car that deserved to do better that the small handful produced before it was withdrawn in 1997.

SNIPPETS 1………Fans who purchase a ticket to Autosport International by the end of December will be automatically entered into a prize draw to go to Passione Ferrari at Silverstone.

Taking place from April 27-29, 2018, Passione Ferrari is set to be packed with plenty of on-track activities featuring a number of the cars on display at Autosport International. It will be the only event in the UK demonstrating Ferrari’s 2018 different track activities at the same venue on the same weekend.

The action-packed motorsport extravaganza at Silverstone will include on-track racing from the Ferrari Challenge series, which includes the 488 Challenge racer, a car already confirmed to line up on the main Ferrari feature at the NEC in January. 

Autosport International is celebrating Ferrari’s heritage with a display showcasing its legendary sports cars through to F1, courtesy of Corse Clienti – Ferrari’s exclusive client racing programme.

Racing enthusiasts who purchase tickets for Autosport International, in addition to those who have already bought tickets to the show, will be in with a chance of winning one of fifty pairs of tickets.

Advance ticket price information for Autosport International 2018 is as follows: 

Standard:

Adult – £35pp

Child (6-15yrs) – £17

Ticket includes entry into Autosport International, the Live Action Arena and Performance Car Show (children under five years of age go for free). Ticket price includes £2 booking fee per ticket.

Paddock Pass:

Adult – £46pp

Child (6-15yrs) – £27.50pp

Ticket includes entry into Autosport International, the Live Action Arena and Performance Car Show (children under five years of age go for free). Access to backstage Paddock area in the Live Action Arena, Paddock Guide and access to driver autograph sessions. Price includes £2 booking fee per ticket.

Family Pass:

£87 (2x Adult and 2x Child of 6-15yrs).

Ticket includes entry into Autosport International, the Live Action Arena and Performance Car Show (children under five years of age go for free). Valid for standard tickets only on Sunday 14th January and 10:00 am Live Action Arena. The price includes booking fee charges.

VIP Club:

£127 (no VIP Child ticket available).

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

Ticket includes entry into Autosport International, the Live Action Arena and Performance Car Show. In addition VIP Club includes free parking, seat at VIP enclosure in the Live Action Arena, complimentary drinks and canapés, VIP gift bag and much more. Price includes £2 booking fee.

Make sure you head over to www.autosportinternational.com

Terms and Conditions: Winners are selected at random. Travel is not covered and winners are liable for their own safety at the event. Competition winners will not be able to transfer their Passione Ferrari  ticket. The draw for the winner will be made two days after the competition closes on the December 31, 2017. If the winner does not respond within seven days, the tickets will be distributed to a different winner, selected at random.

SNIPPETS 2………Following the ratification this week of the Formula 1® calendar, Goodwood is delighted to confirm the dates for the 2018 Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard will be July 12–15.

The Festival of Speed theme will celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary: “Festival of Speed – The Silver Jubilee”. The first Festival, in June 1993, redefined what a car event could be, and, in the years since, it has firmly established itself as the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture.

Now, to mark the Silver Jubilee, the Duke of Richmond (formerly Lord March) will choose his 25 favourite moments from the first 25 events – personal highlights which, in very different ways, have been landmarks in the Festival’s history. These moments, and the cars and drivers which created them, will be cornerstones of this year’s event, alongside the usual gathering of extraordinary vehicles from the dawn of motoring to the present day and beyond. 

2018 will be a bumper year of celebrations for Goodwood as the West Sussex Estate also marks the 20th Anniversary of the GRRC (Goodwood Road Racing Club) and the 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Revival, which will take place on September 7-9. 

In honour of the 20th anniversary Goodwood has released a new Revival video, telling the story of the famous classic car event through the eyes of a couple in love: www.goodwood.com/revival

Tickets to the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival are now on sale on www.goodwood.com and through the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755 055.

SNIPPETS 3………Heritage Car Insurance and its breakdown service partner, Auto Legal Protection Services (ALPS), have come to the rescue of a UK couple and their rare 1980 Saab 99 on the German Autobahn.

Customers David and Anne Dallimore, from Bristol, were on route to an International SAAB Club meeting in Dinslaken in their two-door 99 Turbo – one of only a handful left on the roads worldwide – when they found themselves broken down and stranded on the Bundesautobahn.

Hoping at first that it was a minor issue or, as they were only fifteen miles away, a part they could replace at the event, it quickly became apparent it was a more serious concern. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the idler shaft, requiring an engine removal and therefore a full recovery.

Heritage’s breakdown service Road Rescue was called into action, with the team returning the Saab safely to the UK for repair, providing alternative transport and ensuring the comfort and well-being of the owners.

The relieved couple had this to say: “Thanks to you all in the UK and Germany for making what was a very stressful time bearable. Your frequent calls to check we were okay and supply of a hire car meant we could finish our trip without any worry. There are only around twelve cars still on the road in this colour and model type, making it both very rare and valuable, especially as we have owned the car from new.

“Please pass on our gratitude to everyone involved in returning our car back to the UK and to our local Saab garage. The rescue service was outstanding and everyone we spoke to was friendly, helpful and reassuring.”

The couple have finally sourced the replacement idler shaft, one of only two they could find in the country, and it’s waiting to be fitted.

As well as specialising in classic car insurance cover, Heritage Car Insurance provides Road Rescue to customers with single vehicles and those who take out its popular Multi Car policy.

The breakdown service is 24/7, 365 days of the year, with Roadside Assistance & Local Recovery, Nationwide Recovery, Homestart, European Breakdown, Mis-fuelling Cover and lots more. With Multi Car, Road Rescue covers every car on the policy.

Mark Wilkinson, managing partner at the family-owned company, commented: “As classic lovers and specialist insurers we know how vital it is to provide the highest quality rescue service, both in terms of the precious cars and the wellbeing of the customers. We’re delighted to have been able to help.”

For more about Heritage Car Insurance’s policies and Rescue service, visit: https://www.heritagecarinsurance.co.uk/

STEVO’S ALBUM TIP – RORY GALLAGHER PHOTO FINISH

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.

This week’s album is one of a raft of corkers produced by the late, great and much-missed, Rory Gallagher.

It’s his 1978 set, ‘Photo Finish’ and is quite simply brilliant and although forty years old almost, sounds fresh, dangerous and fantastic. Oh, and not to mention Rory’s fantastic guitar work. Exquisite.

The man’s output around this time was masterful with albums such as ‘Blueprint’, ‘Calling Card’, Top Priority’, Stage Struck’ and ‘Jinx’. However, a diamond among the jewels is ‘Photo Finish’ in my opinion.

It features classic Rory tunes like ‘Shin Kicker’, ‘Brute Force and Ignorance’, ‘Cruise on Out’ and the marvellous, majestic ‘Shadow Play’. Brilliant and if you haven’t heard it for a while, seek it out on Apple Music or the Android equivalent…

STEVO’S REAL ALE RECOMMENDATION – OLD DAIRY BREWERY ÜBER BREW

Thanks for the über positive feedback over this beer-orientated weekly item. It’s our weekly real ale recommendation as with over 1400 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…

A lovely pint or two of Tenterden-based Old Dairy Brewery’s Über Brew, a hoppy pale ale of 3.8% ABV went down very well while on a little trip to the historic East Sussex coastal town of Rye (The Standard Inn, well recommended) and I found the beer to be full-bodied, fizzingly hoppy with a strong floral aroma and a fruity finish. More from www.olddairybrewery.com.

That’s it from me this week, so I look forward to welcoming you to these pages again next Friday (December 15), so have a great week. Take care out on the roads, but enjoy your driving.

See Ya…

Best Regards

Steve