Welcome to totalkitcar online…

A warm welcome to totalkitcar online……The fall-out from the changes to the MOT test, introduced a year ago, are still being felt. Diesel cars have seen an increase of 63 per cent fails, a though petrol-engines haven’t gone unscathed.

Lovely example of a Clan Crusader spotted at Stoneleigh

ANC Replicar – Mazda MX-5-based pastiche

Stunning GBS Zero

Based on a Tribute kit this BMW Z3-based beauty from new company, Grassbank Motorsport turned heads at Stoneleigh.

For a start, blue or oily smoke for more than five seconds attracts a fail, while the new standard for dashboard warning lights remaining on has also caught many out.

The top ten MOT ‘fails’ in 2018 are as follows:

1          Lights, reflectors and electrical equipment       15.73 per cent

2          Suspension-related                                         10.92 per cent

3          Brakes                                                             9.01 per cent

4          Visibility                                                         7.40 per cent

5          Tyres                                                               6.43 per cent

6          Body, chassis and structure                             5.19 per cent

7          Noise, emissions and leaks                             3.79 per cent

8          Steering                                                           2.4 per cent

9          Seatbelts                                                          1.53 per cent

10        Vehicle ID                                                       0.56 per cent

Our TKC MAG ‘SPECIAL OPS’ KITCAR GUIDE is available via mail order NOW and from our stand at Stoneleigh this weekend, while it’s officially published on all digital platforms and exclusively via WH SMITH High Street stores on May 24.

Back in 2003, we published the totalkitcar Almanac so this is a ‘sixteen years later’ Mk2 version, I guess. In a nutshell, it’s a round-up of every kitcar you can currently buy in the UK all listed in categories. You can buy a copy HERE (UK), EUROPEAN CUSTOMERS HERE or alternatively, if you live anywhere else in the world (such as Australia, North America and Japan etc) CLICK HERE.

TKC MAG MAY/JUNE 2019 is out NOW.

OUT NOW – MAIL ORDER, all digital platforms and good newsagents (and bad ones, too, no doubt).

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

Hawk Stratos We visited Hawk Cars for a look at their new Alitalia-liveried Stratos replica, plus we talk to one of their owner’s.
Quantum Xtreme Returns Good to see the Quantum Xtreme return to production, now under the control of Rob Hancock. It remains one of the finest Lotus Seven-inspired sportcars around.
Westfield Eleven There’s something very elegant and graceful about a Lotus Eleven and Westfield’s replica is quite sublime.
MEV Exocet Mk3 Rob Hawkins visited Mill Extreme Vehicles for a look at the new version of their top-selling MX-5-based Exocet model.
INDUSTRY GREATS – TIGER RACING Celebrating thirty years making great kitcars in 2019 is Tiger Racing, still under the control of the founding Dudley family. We trace the company’s history.
It’s all in the Detail More tips and tricks from Nigel Dean this issue and thanks for telling us you’re enjoying his excellent tech tips. ONLY in TKC MAG!
Marlin Sportster Diesel You don’t have to stick a diesel in your Marlin Sportster but as Steve Hole discovered a BMW V6 oil burner provides bonkers performance.
  The MX-5-based Enigma is a superb kit. Here’s the V8 version.
From the Archives Some more cars of interest from the TKC Mag/totalkitcar archive.
‘Sportscars’ Round-Up Our guide part-work reaches the world of the sportscar, always a popular kitcar category.
Introducing – Cable-Tec We’ve sent Rob Hawkins to do a feature on this leading control cable company but here’s a little taster to be going on with …
We Think You’ll Like – O’Rourke Leather Care A new range of leather care products from one of the UK’s leading classic car trimming companies.
Introducing – Classic Cobra Interiors Talking of quality trimmers, here’s another one!

FIND US IN GOOD NEWSAGENTS (and bad ones too, no doubt!) OR ORDER YOUR COPY VIA MAIL ORDER NOWUK CUSTOMERS HERE or MAINLAND EUROPE HERE or REST OF THE WORLD, HERE (this includes Australia, New Zealand, Japan and North America).

FROM THE TOTALKITCAR ARCHIVE – MARTYNI C23

Lotus 23 replica made by Martyn Perks, with assistance from his father, Malcolm. The company was based in Bilston, West Midlands.

The C23 featured a Zintec steel monocoque rather than a more conventional spaceframe and Perks fabricated lots of parts, such as double wishbones and hub carriers in-house, with Ford Sierra hubs at the rear and Alfa Romeo 33 power. The glassfibre body was supplied in three parts.

Martyni Sportscars 1999-2008

Approximately 30 made

SNIPPETS 1…….Great British Sports Cars customer, Ben Shepherd, recently stopped flying fast jets in the RAF and was missing the buzz of speed, so he built a GBS Zero.

Ben said: The RAF’s Tornado GR4s were retired from active service on April 1 and are waiting to be scrapped, so I took the opportunity to have a few photos taken! This is the type of aircraft I flew during my time in the RAF.”

Ben also used his Zero as his wedding car back in 2017 and has now covered almost 14,000 miles. Ben, and his wife, Trixie, drove back from Albacete, Spain to the UK via Barcelona, through the Pyrenees to Toulouse, up through France and then took the overnight ferry to Portsmouth. He now plans to clock up lots of miles over the summer and plans to do his first trackday this summer.

More information on all things Zero, from www.greatbritishsportscars.com.

Special Zero …

SNIPPETS 2………The 750 Motor Club is thrilled to reveal a record-breaking start to the 2019 circuit racing season; the 80th anniversary year since the club’s formation in 1939. The near-200 strong entry list for April’s single-day meeting at Donington Park followed on from the busy Brands Hatch season opener; with near-capacity grids spanning the majority of formulae in attendance – something that looks set to continue with a record entry for the Club’s forthcoming Croft weekend on June 1 and 2.

Club Enduro continues to lead the way as the UK’s biggest championship, and the addition of a move to championship status for 2019 has allowed BMW Car Club Racing’s grids to flourish alongside the evergreen Locost, MR2, Formula Vee and Hot Hatch – the latter further bolstered by an influx of returning Mk2 Golf GTis. With a portfolio now comprising 21 formulae, the 750MC season has showcased an extremely promising start for new offerings Type R Trophy, Ma7da Locost and 116 Trophy, while Bikesports has grown to become the UK’s largest championship for sports-racing cars.

Having joined 750MC for 2019 onwards and filling a space in the club’s line-up for a cost-effective slicks and wings single seater, the F1000 championship is currently undergoing an exciting period of growth, further boosted by various 750MC members having already purchased cars to compete this season.

New for 2019 has been the introduction of live-streaming for at least eight race days during the season; the first Donington stream offering unprecedented viewing numbers and exposure for formulae and drivers alike. Produced by Alpha Live and streamed on YouTube and across the club’s Facebook pages; the coverage is accompanied in the 2019 Competitor Benefits package by a new club and sponsor-backed prize giveaway to the value of nearly £10,000, while membership and almost all registration costs remain frozen.

The club’s official 80th Anniversary celebrations are set to take place at September’s Donington Park National meeting, where heritage members aim to display up to 80 racing and roadgoing Austin Sevens as a tribute to 750MC and UK club-level motorsport’s formative years, in a Sunday lunchtime track parade. Dubbed ’80 For 80’, any Austin Seven is welcome to attend to achieve the 80-car target, and the display will take alongside the two-day meeting with a Saturday evening celebration at the Club’s home circuit.

More from www.750mc.co.uk.

SNIPPETS 3………New from Lego and an ideal Father’s Day gift idea is this LEGO Technic Corvette ZR1. It has a wealth of realistic features, including a large rear wing, four tailpipes, black spoked rims with low-profile tires, working steering and a detailed V8 engine with moving pistons.

Available at shop.lego.com for £39.99.

STEVO’S ALBUM TIP – HAMISH ANDERSONOUT OF MY HEAD

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.

I like the Australian blues guitarist, Hamish Anderson and his new album, ‘Out Of My Head’ is out now and features some excellent tracks as well as some fine guitar playing. Personal favourites are ‘No Good’ and ‘World’s Gone Mad’ and Anderson is well worth checking out. 

STEVO’S REAL ALE RECOMMENDATION – BLUE MONKEY BREWERY99 RED BABOONS

We’ve been receiving some very positive feedback over this fun weekly beer-orientated item. It’s our real ale recommendation as with over 1750 micro-breweries producing over 7500 beers, 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 obviously, we definitely DON’T condone drink/driving rather than enjoying a pint in moderation during your leisure time.

A welcome chance, this week, to sample a nice pint or two of 99 Red Baboons, from Gilthead, Nottinghamshire-based Blue Monkey Brewery. It’s a ruby red ale of 4.2% ABV that combines fruity hoppiness with a dark, malty finish. More from www.bluemonkeybrewery.com.

That’s about it from me this week, so, until next Friday(May 24), I’ll leave you to enjoy the site, pausing just to wish you a great seven days. Enjoy your driving but please take care out on the roads.

Best regards

Steve