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A warm welcome to totalkitcar online……..Plenty of continued love for this year’s Stoneleigh show, with yet more manufacturers reporting continued levels of enquiries from the event, with test drives and yet more orders booke

We conclude our pictorial round-up of 2018 here:

Second exciting new model from AB performance/Aries Motorsport at Stoneleigh 2018 was the Typhon.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the latest V-Storm demonstrator from DJC Kit Cars. The colour is Zircon Blue, by the way.

Exo’s Rocket II demonstrator will want for nothing

As a fan of the Cox GTM, Hambly Sportscars’ re-working of the old stalwart is very welcome

Rennen GT made its debut at Stoneleigh

Spotted this electric-powered Kewet El-Jet outside at Stoneleigh. Made between 1990-98. Wow that trailer is very close to the back of the car though isn’t?

It was good to a good line up of Moss models on the club stand. Once upon a time, Moss was a major player

You don’t see many Reliant Kitten-based Tempest Vantiques around these days. This is a lovely example.

The Ultima Sports stand was its usual power-packed self

I was extremely impressed with the new RoadRunner Racing SR2 demonstrator, which featured many upgrades highlighting the level of aftermarket goodies that you can buy for MX-5 engines. A nice line in gold paint too! However, it does beautifully highlight key areas of the car, I feel.

Really excited to announce that Nigel ‘Detail’ Dean has joined the TKC Mag team as technical contributor. One element of rival publications over the years that I always enjoyed was Nigel’s technical advice from his garage-to-die-for, while often wearing his trusty carpet slippers.

That makes it doubly special for me that he’s joining us and there’s only one place that you’ll be able to enjoy his tech advice and tips and that’s TKC MAG from our September/October issue. We’re really very pleased about that. 

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL – Delighted to announce that Nigel ‘Detail’ Dean will be writing for TKC Mag each issue. Read his tech tips ONLY in TKC MAG.

TKC MAG MAY/JUNE 2018 is out NOW.

OUT NOW ON ALL PLATFORMS – INCLUDING GOOD (AND BAD, NO DOUBT!) SHOPS, MAIL ORDER AND DIGITAL

We’ve got plenty of good stuff this issue again, dear reader and here’s just a sample …

Spyders Inc 718 Spyder A stunning take on the 718 RSK theme that’s been around for several years but has now stepped up a gear.
Project OMG Part One At long last the Jakabi Abster build series is here…
Mirage GT A stunning BMW-based pastiche of a classic sixties exotics
   
Richard Bird column This issue Richard talks car buying and how best to bag a bargain
INDUSTRY GREATS – Ginetta Cars Ginetta Cars celebrates sixty years of production in 2018. Here’s our tribute to the marque founded by the Walklett brothers.
Starter Motor DIY Rob Marshall deals DIY repairs of your starter motor. You don’t have to buy a new one.
Barry Boughton’s AK427 Barry Boughton has been a busy boy on his glorious AK427 build and brings us up to date with developments this spring.
Reader’s Drive – Dom O’Brien’s AK Sticking with the AK theme Dominic O’Brien tells us about his experiences of Cobra replica ownership.
Kingswell Coachworks We visit our favourite paintshop as they meticulously prepare and paint a Hawk 289
Tomcat Motorsport Off-road kits that make a statement. Low profile maker but high on quality and with a big following
MK Sportscars We recently visited the resurrected MK Sportscars now part of the thriving Kit Car Direct operation.
We Think You’ll Like … We champion more of the low-key yet passionate hero car care companies, producing products that work.
Beach Buggies round-up We round up all the beach buggy kits that you can buy in the UK. We think …as there’s defo a few under the counter offerings out there, available from a bloke who knows a bloke!

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 – CMT 1SP

I remember the CMT 1SP, which was a replica of the roadgoing Jaguar XJR-15 produced between 1990-92 and based on the mechanicals of the Le Mans-winning XJR-9 with a carbon-fibre/Kevlar chassis, mid-mounted 5.3-litre V12 engine producing 450bhp and was the first roadgoing car to feature a full carbon-fibre body.

Tony Southgate engineered the chassis, with Professor Peter Steven designing the oh so curvy body outline. Around 53 were produced with prices starting from £500,000 in 1990.

The cars were built by Jaguar subsidiary Jaguar Sport in collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR). The CMT replica appeared once at a show, the 1998 Sandown Kit Car show and went down a storm. Sadly it was never seen again.

SNIPPETS 1………Westfield Technology Group (the really brainy bit of Westfield Sports Cars) and Ordnance Survey have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support future Autonomous Vehicle development.

The MoU will support a wider range of Autonomous Vehicle operations by improving access to detailed and accurate mapping. With a history of a strong working relationship, Julian Turner, Chief Executive Officer at Westfield Technology Group, said: “We’re very excited about strengthening our working relationship with Ordnance Survey. This MoU will allow us to further advance and improve our Autonomous Vehicle operations, particularly in areas which desperately need access to sustainable, reliable and flexible transport.”

Recognising the mutual benefits of collaborating on domestic and international activities, both organisations are excited to continue developing and advancing Autonomous Vehicle capability. By utilising 3D High Definition mapping capability, this partnership will add significant value to the Autonomous Vehicle industry.

Andy Wilson, Region Director, Europe & Africa at Ordnance Survey, said: “This MoU further cements our relationship with Westfield Technology Group. We’re excited about collaborating on this important project, which is another example of how accurate, up-to-date geospatial data and mapping is key to the success of new and emerging technologies.”

Previous collaborations between Westfield Technology Group and Ordnance Survey include jointly collaborating with Emirates Group in Dubai and mapping potential Autonomous Vehicle routes in the Lake District for the Innovate UK funded project: LAVIS.

For further information www.westfield-sportscars.co.uk.

SNIPPETS 2……….This year’s Festival of Flight show at Biggin Hill on August 18-19, once again includes the Biggin Hill Car Show, which according to people I know who went last year said it was a fab event.

The very friendly organisers have even offered totalkitcar readers a very pleasing discount entry ticket, which means a car and driver will get in for £20 with passengers at £10. To claim your discount all you need to do is enter the code: ‘tkc18’.

GRAB A DISCOUNT FOR THE EXCELLENT BIGGIN HILL CAR SHOW

More information from www.bigginhillcarshow.co.uk.

SNIPPETS 3………. News from Great British Sports Cars this week. Nothing unusual in that, I hear you say. However, this one is aimed at our US readers as it concerns GBS’ American agent, Paul Barnes.

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

The primary reason that the GBS Zero is so popular is down to California-based Paul’s efforts, although the quality of the kit helps, obviously.

Paul will be exhibiting at the Miatas at Mazda Raceway (Laguna Seca, basically) event taking place at the legendary race circuit on September 14-16 aka ‘Miatagasm’ and is the biggest MX-5-inspired gathering in the USA.

GBS Zeros at Laguna Seca Mazda show recently

It looks like a fantastic event with more details via www.miatasatmazdaraceway.com.

If you are a Zero fan regardless of where you live, you may be interested to hear that the new range of GBS clothing is now available. The collection (crikey, not often that a kitcar manufacturer announces a ‘collection’) includes hoodies, T-Shirts, beanie hats and caps visit Kit Spares to find out more.

STEVO’S ALBUM TIP LARRY MILLEROUTLAW BLUES

Thanks for letting me know that you’ve been enjoying these fun, little album tips. They are intended to bring you some great music – often, admittedly, of a ‘crunchy’ guitar blues-rock variety – including some stuff that you may not have heard before, or even forgotten about, while also being easy to find on Apple Music or Android equivalent.

One of the UK’s best (without a doubt) blues-rock guitarists, Larry Miller, suffered a debilitating stroke in 2015 and has been on the long road to recovery ever since. A Miller concert was a joy as it allowed fans to share a room with a complete virtuoso – a self-taught one at that – and I consider myself privileged to have seen him live on many occasions.

With a Les Paul in his hands, he was a formidable player, with a style of his own while also have the uncanny ability to be able to mimic guitar greats like Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and Eric Clapton.

In my view, his best and definitely most accessible album is the ‘Outlaw Blues’ set from 2008, which has belters like ‘Shame On You’, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, ‘Rebekah’ and ‘Only One Woman I Want’.

Some of the guitar work on that album is sublime, majestic and completely mindblowing. Get well Larry and I hope to see you back on stage soon, although your legacy is assured with work of the quality of ‘Outlaw Blues’.

STEVO’S REAL ALE RECOMMENDATION THE GODSTONE BREWERSJUNCTION 6

Thanks for the über positive feedback over this fun weekly beer-orientated item. It’s our real ale recommendation as with over 1400 micro-breweries in the UK, you won’t struggle to find a local artisan, with some of them truly tiny. Fact is cask ale drinkers are spoilt for choice. Let us also point out that we definitely DON’T condone drink/driving rather than enjoying a pint in moderation during your leisure time.

We’re lucky in our area to have some really excellent micro-breweries and one of my favourites is The Godstone Brewers, whose growing range includes some great beers. A recent addition is one I tried recently, the rather aptly named Junction 6 (the brewery premises is less than a mile from M25 Junction 6!) a refreshing pale ale of 4.2% ABV, with an amazing mandarin flavour, is extremely moreish. More from www.thegodstonebrewers.com.

About time for me to let you enjoy the site, so until next Friday (May 25) I’ll wish you a great seven days and also THANK YOU so much for visiting. Pleasant motoring but do take care out on the roads.

See Ya…

Best Regards

Steve