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A warm welcome to totalkitcar online………We’ve been planning future project vehicles this week and have been doing a bit of general sorting out at our workshop. We’ll reveal what the next project build will be in due course, but the result is that we will be reluctantly offering our RPX RPS project car for sale, so if you are interested in finding out more about its specification send me an email (tkcmag at carpr dot net) the car certainly turns heads wherever it goes and Garry Hutton of RPS has created a great refresh on the TF.

The paintwork is Citroën Karma Purple with added yellow accents on the front splitter and was painted by Kingswell Coachworks, while the engine work was done by Mike and Martin at MJS Auto & Marine in Littlehampton and the 1.8-litre VVC K-series in Trophy 160-spec is a good, strong performer.


There are a couple of wrigglies, of course, but if you fancy bagging yourself a bargain, you know what to do.

Hawk Cars is celebrating another IVA compliant Stratos replica this week.


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.


I’ve known for a long time that the metalworking skills of Martin Batho, of Batho Sportscars, were top notch, but look at this job he’s just completed. A Beauford owner approached Martin to scratch-make him a bespoke Bentley-style grille to replace his original (pictured above right). I think you’ll agree he’s done a rather nice job, to say the least!



















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

595S Barchetta Inspired by the Fiat Jolly, revised by Peter Steven and then silence for twenty years. That is until a chap called Mark Hill acquired the moulds and set about resurrecting this delightful and delicate little car…
Caterham SuperSprint Another of Caterham Cars’ limited edition Sevens and this one became the fastest ever seller. All sixty examples selling out in seven hours!
NuBodi/Tribute Kobra It may not be to the taste of the purist but this BMW Z3-based body conversion is pretty popular.
Richard Bird column This issue Richard continues with his tips and tricks of car buying
INDUSTRY GREATS – GP Projects There was so much more to GP Projects than just the beach buggy. This feature gives you the full roundup
Instruments and Gauges Rob Marshall tells us about restoring instruments and gauges
Stoneleigh 2018 REVIEW Here’s our best of Stoneleigh 2018
OVC Mustangs Our man in America, hot-rod big cheese, Tony Thacker went off to Venice Beach to find out more about their continuation Shelby Mustang GT-Rs.
MGF Suspension Upgrade Mike Satur is a bit of an expert when it comes to the MGF and TF and Rob Hawkins brings us news of his new suspension conversion kit
Cobra Round-Up Our guide to the industry reaches the Cobra replica this issue. Here’s every Cobra replica that you can buy in 2018
TECH TIPS Gerry Hawkridge shares some very handy tips with us this issue
We Think You’ll Like … We champion more of the low-key yet passionate hero car care companies, producing products that work.
Introducing – Roll Out Covers We round up all the beach buggy kits that you can buy in the UK. A potentially brilliant parking solution for kitcar owners. Meet Roll Out Covers.



Status Motor Company was run by former Lotus engineer, Brian Luff and in the eighties, he produced several stunning handling kitcars that were extremely highly-regarded.

One of his lesser-known designs was the Sabot of 1985, which was Luff’s take on the Mini Moke. Sadly, the Mini-based device remained a one-off. Photos of the car are incredibly rare so enjoy this one…

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

SNIPPETS 1…….Although American V8s have become all the rage for kit and specialist car use in recent years, particularly the GM LS, there are still a lot of people installing Rover V8s in their projects. There are a lot of companies in the UK who will sell you all the parts, both standard and upgrade for a Rover V8, while most will also build one for you.

One of the finest specialists of the Rover V8 is JR V8 based in Ballymena, North Ireland, who really are masters of the engine offering a selection of packages and copious amounts of know-how on the subject.

You can find out more by visiting www.jrv8.co.uk.

If you want a superb Rover V8 – JR V8 is one of the UK’s leading specialists in such matter

SNIPPETS 2……..I’ve been using the Green Zones app for some time when I drive in northern Europe and it’s ideal for keeping you up to date with which cities in France and Germany are being added to the ‘clean air’ network.

If you are driving in France this summer five tourist areas have introduced driving bans due to poor air quality: Paris, Strasbourg, Lyon, Annecy and Isère (Alpine region, Grenoble).

In these zones, cars without the Crit’Air environmental badge and with Crit’Air Class 5 – and in some cases Class 4 – are no longer allowed to drive. In the case of Isère, the whole department with its highways (A7 and A41 to 47) is affected. Stay up to date with Green-Zones app.

In France, a temporary air protection zone exists, where driving bans are only imposed within the environmental zones if air pollution is particularly high. After many weeks of increased air pollution values, the French government has reacted and declared driving bans in many parts of France.

Tourists, as well as professional drivers, need to take care because any transgressions attract a fine. If you do not have the required badge, you shouldn’t drive in the affected zones although Crit’Air badge holders (3, 2, 1 or E) may continue to drive. 

A map of the affected environmental zones can be found via www.crit-air.fr or on the free Green Zones App.

SNIPPETS 3……..Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) is celebrating breaking the Goodwood Festival of Speed supercar record, having romped to victory in this year’s Michelin Supercar Shootout in an unprecedented time.

With experienced racer Anthony Reid in the behind the wheel, BAC’s Mono conquered the famous hill in just 49.13 seconds – topping the charts by more than a second and beating the previous best supercar record by 0.14 seconds.

The Festival of Speed fastest supercar accolade formerly belonged to Jann Mardenborough, who set a time of 49.27 seconds back in 2014 behind the wheel of a Nissan GTR.

Its nearest challengers in 2018 were Porsche GT2 RS (50.38 seconds) Ford GT (51.63 seconds) and Aston Martin Vulcan (51.66 seconds).

Following the record run, Reid said: “What a sensational achievement this is – the fastest-ever supercar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed! To go up against some of the very best supercars and drivers and win so convincingly feels fantastic – and the new record is just the icing on the cake.

“I know the Goodwood hill very, very well but it’s always different and remains a challenging drive – there are lots of undulations and always so much to think about – but the Mono is so accessible and agile that it just lapped up the challenge.”


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.

It’s no secret that I am partial to a bit of BJH, a criminally under-rated band albeit one that is loved with a passion by their fans. For over twenty years now there have been two versions doing the rounds fronted by co-founding members – Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd and John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest.

Just out is this newly remastered and expanded version of their self-titled debut album from 1970, which now features a whopping 37 tracks, which I think means it’s thirty up on the original’s seven!

Some of the tracks have aged beautifully and are further enhanced by being remastered and well worth checking out. A great British band.


Thanks for the über positive feedback over this fun weekly beer-orientated item. It’s our real ale recommendation as with over 1500 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.

A nice spot of lunch in Eastbourne this week gave me the chance to sample a pint of Um-Bunko by Uckfield-based Holler Boys Brewery. It’s a light pale ale of 4.2% with a massive hit of juicy citrus with a punch of hoppiness at the finish. Very refreshing. More from www.hollerbrewery.com.

Until next Friday (August 17) I’ll let you get on with enjoying the site so have a great seven days and I look forward to welcoming you to these pages again. THANK YOU so much for visiting. Pleasant motoring but do take care out on the roads.

See Ya…

Best Regards